De Dolle "21" | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle "21"De Dolle "21"

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Crosling on 07-25-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11 year old bottle at Erasmus in Brugge (thanks Tom!). He charged only about 4 euros for it, which was incredible. I expected it to cost more like 20.

A - Clear orangish copper color with a minimal off-white head and some chunks of sediment at the bottom.

S - Sweet malt, apple, spices, wood, and whiskey.

T - Very complex and somewhat sweet with lots of honey sweet malt, caramel, apples, barrel notes, whiskey, sherry, muscat, and spices. A little oxidized but still very good.

M - Smooth palate with low carbonation and medium-full body.

D - Pretty good. This was a great beer despite being possibly a bit past-peak and I'm really glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted on the Hotel Erasmus in Bruges while having dinner with my wife. I was happy to see that there were still a few bottles of this remaining.

At the time of my tasting, this bottle was about 9 years old and the label on the bottle really showed that aged as it looked like it had been in a cellar for nearly that many years. It added to the character of the bottle.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. There was not much head to the beer but that was to be expected due to the age. The beer had alot of suspended crud floating around in the beer but overall it didn't affect the taste or the tasting experience. The nose was slightly sweet and a bit citrus as well. The taste was a bit sweet as well but not overpowering and there was a nice cognac or higher abv liquor taste in there that was very pleasing and made this beer not seem as old as it was. Overall it was a pleasing and very drinkable beer. I would have enjoyed a bottle of this when it was first released to try to taste the difference.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Hotel Erasmus on an afternoon trip from our Ostende base to Brugge on Easter Friday 25th April, 2005 during my annual Easter trip to Belgium.

After we had tried the simply excellent Liefmans Unsweetened & Unfiltered Kriek on tap, it was time to pick out a few bottles from the Beer menu. The De Dolle “21” was the first of a few bottles that I tried. “21” is a Special Brew that was commissioned by the Hotel Erasmus and brewed by De Dolle to celebrate the 21st Birthday of Hotel Erasmus in June 1998. The 33cl tall thin bottle has some explanation of the brew on the side. Listed at 9%.

Appearance: Ruddy light brown with some amber orange hints. A thin tan colored was slow to form but lasted the drink. Subdued Barleywine look.

Nose: Lovely nose on this one. Sweet honeydew malts and a rich dark fruit background. Hints of raisins and prunes with some skinned plums and a lightly toasted caramel and Devon toffee aroma.

Taste: The rich dark fruits don’t seem to come through in the mouth. The sweet Candy Sugars seem to mask the fruits here, which is a shame. Mature profile, soft and chewy at times. Sadly the taste doesn’t live up to the excellent nose, but nevertheless, it’s a nice warming brew that really is meant to be sipped.

Mouthfeel: Rich toffee feel throughout. Nice warming feel to the chewy swallow.

Drinkability: The one 33cl bottle was enough, towards the end though the sweetness becomes a little too much. The fact that the tastes fail to live up to the rather lovely and enticing nose is also a shame.

Overall: This is now around 7 years old, and whilst it is a decent enough libation, I think it has seen better days to be honest and that it will not improve any further.

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Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Erasmus in Brugge, Belgium. Apparently this beer was a special release from De Dolle celebrating the 21st anniversary of Erasmus which was in 1998.

Muddy Orange.

Very lively. The aroma just exploding out of the glass. Notes of plums, prunes and honey in the nose.

Mellow, aged, soft and very delicious with lovely fruit notes; plum, peach and pear. Definately sweetened with cane sugar.

I'm glad I found this rare one.

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4.08 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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