De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emerge077 on 12-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
26
For Trade:
4
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Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is very hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a short tan head that consistently covered the surface and left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak are present in the nose. The cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of underlying malts and the oak seems to be more prominent and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer taste nothing like a 13% abv beer and is incredibly easy to drink considering its strength. If I had to venture a guess, I would say it tastes more like a 7% abv beer. It has plenty of malts and tartness to cover up the alcohol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As the otherwise mild mannered Oerbier undergoes a major overall, what does in is a gentlemanly and stately stronger, darker Belgian ale. What comes out- is a beast!

Taking on seemingly redder tones, the dark brown ale is now rusty in color, tawny gold at its margins and hazy with yeast and wood spices. As a delicate and dainty creme of froth swirls to the top, its head character soon dissolves, making way for a wine-like appearance as the ale finishes out.

Sharp aromas of sourness dominate the nose- both sour and black cherries, plums, prunes, dates, figs, tart apples, sour red grapes and under-ripened berries all play into the ales tart and fruity scent. But the overwhelming balsamic aroma offers up the savory sourness with minerally brine that keeps the nose coming back. Its light "pickle-juice" nuances weave into an oaken and limey character as the ale ripens.

Similarly its flavor follows suit, especially in the middle. But the early palate is greeted with more sweeter malt character than is expected for sour but is spot-on for dark ale. Pulled candy and a touch of toasted oak and an almost-chocolate tone stands out as the black cherry, plumb and balsamic flavors fold in. A tarter finish invites the citrus rinds, dry cider and acute salty vinegar flavors that sharpens the taste in acidic finish.

The ale is medium-bodied for sour but is light for dark ale. Its early creaminess is quickly cast aside as the beer's acidity chases away the carbonation and malt sweetness- preferring dry merlot to finish, equipped with wood tannin, spicy and vinous-warm textures to finish. The beer has quite a bite from both hop bitterness and surprising 13% strength.

Oerbier Special Reserve is a near flawless ale, but I'm not sure there's a style delineation that fits it. It's artistic, masterful and beautifully crafted. Its balance is impeccable and its complexity is unyielding. Savory, sweet and sour rolled all into one seamless taste.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's back baby! After a 2 year hiatus, the Reserva has returned.

Into an Oerbier glass it pours a tawny dark brown, with ample tan foam that fizzles for a couple seconds and settles to a compact surface layer. Creamy texture, minimal spotty lacing in the glass. When backlit it has perfect clarity, and appears mahogany brown.

Woody and slightly funky aroma, tart cherry skins, peppery red wine.

Full bodied with a creamy feel, ample sourness, vinous and woody. Cherry skins, red grapes, cheese rind, sweet balsamic. Dry finish. So complex and layered, it's a real treat to drink this.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.26/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Must be an infected bottle because it tasted like mould and dust.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ZEB89
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bigred89
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Brewed in 2012.

A- Pours a murky medium brown color with a 1/4 light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of bubbly surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick jagged ring behind.

S- Musty aroma of lactic acid, oak, booze and what you could say might be funk but it's so unique I'm not sure if that's what it actually is.

T- Well-balanced flavors of medium-high sourness, oak and dark fruit. At no point would I ever guess this is as strong as 13%.

M- Dry with a solid pucker. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Very good. Would liked to have tried it fresh first, but this is a satisfying Flanders red with a kick to it that you don't sense until you're halfway through.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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