De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 11-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of amano_h
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle at Café Kulminator (Antwerpen, Belgium)

Aggressive aged Bourgogne wine on the nose. Holy crap the oak hits you really, really hard. Lots of malt, cherry, and faint hints of citrus and stone fruits.

Sour cherries. I can taste a little oxidation at first but it goes away after letting it sit for a few minutes. Wine-like acetic characteristics take over by the end, with the malt rearing its mild head around the same time.

Surprisingly light-bodied but still with a discernible amount of carbonation. It does finish a little boozy near the end, but it's by no means unpleasant.

Overall extremely complex, unlike anything I've ever tasted before. I wish my palate was better equipped to fully express all the nuances in this amazing beer.

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Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DLucky
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mookihouse
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Yabev15
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Been eying this one in the cellar for a while. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours a deep amber. Almost burgundy. Slight bubbles, but it's damn close to flat.

Smell - Astringent and vinous notes. Deep malt. Buttery. Some acidity coming off of this one.

Taste - Incredibly astringent. Getting sour with some oxidation. Still malty and vinous. Red wine notes. Tannic.

Mouthfeel - Dry and not boozy at all. Vinous and have I said astringent? Still a sipper.

Overall - It's interesting, but probably way too old. No way to tell if the age made it interesting or the original beer was interesting.

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Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Crittervision
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. €12. Consumed after Vin de Céréale. 

Brown body with a touch of amber. Thinnest off-white cap that turns into a web and a surrounding ring. 

Smells like old orange, sweet cherry, some wood, perfume, vanilla and oak, very soft and sweet with a bit of Belgian yeast. 

In the taste is a bit of acetone, but nothing like the previous beer. Apple skin on the front that moves to unripe peaches plus grappa. The alcohol is very evident. 

Mouthfeel is tart, full, [great? — I can't read that word], and carbonation is on point. 

Quite complex. A pleasure to drink. 

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Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FooFaa for opening this one up at the Mad-Murren event at Al's of Hampden. Poured into a tasting glass.

A - Pours dark amber with a light film of white head leaving no lacing down the glass at all. A bit under-welming to say the least.

S - Tart cherries dominate from first sip to the last. As it begins to warm, more and more caramel malts come thru. Quite a bit of tartness but it still maintains a very nice balance.

T - Lots of tart cherries up front carry thru the entire glass. They blend very nicely with the rich caramel malt sweetness. Finish is a delicious balance of tart cherries and sweetness. A nearly flawless balance of sweet and sour. One of the best dark ale's I have ever had.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Quite the tart cherrie feel with plenty of lingering tart/malt flavors in the finish.

D - Fairly high. I am not the biggest fan of this style but I still really liked the flavors in this one. I just can't see myself drinking more than one of these at a time as the flavors dominate

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as a fan of prize old ale this i figure is a must. A belgian character to an old ale that runs hot down the throat because of abv and black pepper. A mahogany cherry mild cloudy with a smaller head but it did fizz up a bit when cracked. It also gave off the swell of its nose. A distinct cherry pie and wood followed by a pollen honey sweet nose. This is soon after bombarded with booze. That lingers for a few minutes. But the beer does mild. Palate is a liquid apple with a woody bitterness that is hammered into one dimensional finish of heat and bitter cognac. The beer is a tad burnt clove sweet and mineral based. This is the perfect while spiced, and mildly spicey seitan or particularly pulled pork. The heat sits on the tongue with the wood bitter cognac. The cherry is meaty and the sour apple accentuated by the smoke and aby but still not heavy handed.

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Photo of jedwards
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of mine shared with friends over the holidays.

Pours very dark reddish brown with a thin but pillowy light tan head -- looks quite a bit like fresh Oerbier Reserva. Smells woody, tart, lots of stone fruit/raisin, slight citrus. Taste is phenomenal, vinous and astringent with a perfect candy/fruit sweetness and a creamy, effervescent body.

I've put a hold on drinking any fresh Oerbier Reserva from now on. I wish I had another bottle of this to check in a few years time.

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Photo of rye726
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to rhinos00 for the tip on this one.

Pours a woody brown with a silky tan head. Light lacing as well.

Nose has caramel, ripe cherries, plums, leather, oak, vanilla, tart citrus, musty funk, manure and red wine.

Taste is equally complex. Sour cherries, wild figs, sweet caramel malts, wine, subtle whiskey, funky yeast, mold ridden wood and horse blanket.

Big, fruity body has a subtle, yet crisp and refreshing carbonation.

One of the best beers I have ever had. Huge thanks to the guys at Bull and Bush for making this available.

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Photo of rhinos00
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part 3 of rhinos00 vintage beer night. Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a snifter.

A- One of the best looking beers I have seen in a while. Pours a semi-clear amber/cider. Strings of CO2 bubbles rose up on all sides of the glass. Produced two fingers width of vanilla colored head. Amazing head retention and some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Hot damn! Reminded me of childhood sipping on a cup of apple juice. Caramelized apples, little bit of citrus, lots of sweet malts. Imagine apple juice with a tinge of sourness. Very solid indeed.

T- Flanders on steroids. What I mean by that is that it was not as sweet as a traditional flanders, but more restrained with a wild side that produced a sour profile. Vinegar with sour apples and cherries upfront. Some fruit in between with a strong sour finish. What I loved is that everything was so balanced, yet different. This tasted like a flanders, but didn't have a huge vinegar flavor and wasn't as sweet. The finish was that of a big sour, yet wasn't so sour that it caused your mouth to pucker. This beer blew my mind!

M- After 6 years this beer had tremendous carbonation. Very full, but medium bodied mouthfeel. The carbonated bubbles just seemed to explode on the palate, but not take away from the flavor.

D- Simple, yet perfect in every aspect. I could drink this one all day.

This was one of the best beers I have ever had. To tell you the truth, the only thing keeping this beer from being a perfect 5 was the lack of complexity in the taste. If you have this beer, drink it now.

EDIT: I had to go back for another one. I take back everything I said about the lack of complexity. This is one of those special beers that just tastes better and better as it warms. The flavors and mouthfeel were just ridiculous. This will be my first 5. Honestly, if you have one, drink it.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition drank October 2008 with a big thanks to hopdog. I really loved the regular so I was anticipating the reserva for sure. My 800th rating. Pours a a large and thick beige head on top of a reddish-brown body. The aroma was instantly noticed as more sour than the regular version; lots of sour cherries and tons of woody notes. Some light candies and chocolates too. The taste was great; a initial smooth and mellow sour woody and tart cherry flavors. The sweet candy and ripe fruits come out later, especially as it warms. The six years in bottle plus the barrel aging has mellowed this considerably, and the alcohol is only hinted at in a pervasive warmth. A real treat for sure.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was completely unlike any Belgian Strong Dark I have ever had, but it was very, very good. It poured a cloudy, murky, reddish brown with huge pieces of sediment and two finger thick foamy head that remained for about 90 seconds. The chunks of debris were very appealing to me. Smell was very bizarre for the style, but I enjoyed it immensely. Very vinous and definite presence of alcohol with a touch of chocolate it you're really searching for it. This was like sniffing a glass of pinot noir and a chocolate bar at the same time. Many other subtle aromas presant here such as dark fruits and rich candy. Taste is sour like one of those Flemish sour red ales, but the sourness subsides to sweetness rather quickly and takes on a more familiar form more akin to what this style should be. I suspect the age of this beer coupled with the possiblity that its previous owner may not have stored it properly are what's responsible for these aromas and flavours. I cannot imagine, however, that a 12% Belgian would be ruined after only 4 or 5 years. Enough heat or light exposure, though, and I guess it's possible.
Anyhow, the mouthfeel on this is very smooth with a nice level of CO2. This drinks well, dangerously well, below 12%abv. A nice beer that I am very glad I had the chance to review!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last enjoyed April, 2012 (Zythos weekend):

Oerbier Special Reserve unrelentingly borrows a lot of qualities of both beer and wine. The 10 year cellared version carries a sharp sherry wine flavor that's layered upon a serious pale malt base with spices and fruits of good red grape must. Rusty garnet with solid burgudy saturation, the lightly creamy foam stance evades the sparkling character of younger versions and favors a delicate creme that reduces to a trace around the rim. The scent emits tart notes of sour cherries, berries, and acidic fruit aromas--somewhat pungent to taste and lightly astringent to texture. Faded hop character lends muted spice and bitterness but better yet evolves into the taste of we tobacco. Soft spices of integrates cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin weave into the fruity-malty complex just as a more savory briny soy-sauce note weaves in. The body is medium to robust as the dissipated carbonation lays flatly on the tongue and coats it evenly with the malty weight for maximum flavor. Lightly powdery late, the finish reminds me of sandalwood, red wine, and sherry.

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Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An heavy aroma of plum, candy and cookie dough with some malt elements present. The flavor was of malt, plum, a touch of chocolate and a hint of coffee. It had a medium body with a very sprite, yet sweet finish. A very good beer once again from this brewer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear crimson and orange accented chestnut body rests seemingly timid beneath a full head of light tan foam that holds well and leaves some short walls and wide splashes of lace about the glass. Streams of tiny bubbles can clearly be seen rising steadily to support its thin cap of foam. The nose is vinous (think Bordeaux), hoppy, spicy (think alcohol, spice, herbs and red pepper seeds), and malty (think cookie dough or chalky hard candy, but the resulting flavor is not sweet....?). It's delicately effervescent on the tongue like a fine Champagne ( - not like sparkling wine), and it's otherwise light bodied and smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a touch more tartness to it, and perhaps some more dark grape skins. It has a similar acidity and astringency to a dark, tannic wine, and it lingers in the mouth in the same way except for the addition of some dull, leafy hop notes. The dry, low-key, mineral-like bitterness is similar to that of a Bordeaux as well. Wow! The vinous character is astounding! This is a beer unlike any other beer! And it should probably be sought out and sampled for that reason alone, although you might learn to love it along the way.

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Photo of granger10
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer certainly is a kick in the pants. Pours a burnt bronze color with honey on the sides. Large sticky foamy white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of a cherry liquer, yeasty dryness, and I seriously am getting a woody flavor in the finish. Taste brings lots of complexity and unusual flavors. Starts out apple cider sweet but a big kick of red wine tannins ensues. Lots of sourness and tarty flavors in the middle. Is this brett or lactobasilius? Sharp, intense, pungent flavors. Finish is dry and lingers. Very dry in the finish actually. This is pushing the borders between beer and wine. Alcohol fusels are strong throughout, this almost tastes stronger than 12%. Very unique offering and tasty but I think I could have been done after about halfway through.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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