De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2004 (Bottled 2005) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2004 (Bottled 2005)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2004 (Bottled 2005)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silenius on 07-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by PatYoda:
Photo of PatYoda
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2004, bottled in 2005.

Appearance is perfect. Incredible head and lacing even if this weren't 13% abv. I need to go back and edit down my appearance scores for some other beers for sure because this should be a 6. Beautiful clear ruby color. Tiny bubbles make up the never ending head. Smell is very potent. Vinegary sourness and cherry dominate. Oak is in there. Ok, now to taste. Before your tastebuds adjust, you just taste the acidic sourness. But then, it really opens up. The sour is accompanied by juicy cherry and a definite oak character, which lingers on with the dry finish. Spicy alcohol lets you know this is 13%, but in no way does this cross over into the medicinal or solvent category - the spiciness, mild palate numbing, and the buzz are the only indications of the potency of this brew. The body is light to medium, and the active carbonation really works here. The quenching sourness and complete lack of detectable alcohol makes this possibly the most drinkable 13% beer on the market. This beer is amazing, I will definitely be buying more, even at $6 per 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 300th review here and I'm excited to try this brew. Pours from the bottle a murky reddish brown with a tight bubbly off white head on top. Light red streaks flash out from the glass as the light hits it. The first smell brings a bountiful array of sour cherry, vibrant woody tannins, earthy slighty funky yeast notes, a hint of vanilla, cocoa, licorice and interwoven puffs of alcohol. Deeply layered and enchanting, this is a treat for the nostrils.

First sip brings a clash of sweet and sour cherry tones along with slightly dry oak tannins that tingle the taste buds. Earthy, barnyard yeasties mix in well without becoming overbearing. Slightly spicy with a touch of vanilla, cocoa and some licorice weaving in and out with each sip. Only the slightest hint of alcohol shows up on the back of the palate...truly impressive for a 13% brew. A treat of a brew that does a wonderful job of employing oak aging without making it too overbearing. Simply decadent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a wash of fast moving carbonation that hits every crevice of the mouth. A delight to drink, however the ABV stops it from being something I'd have more than one of in a sitting. Maybe we need a Double Flanders Oud Bruin category! I highly recommend this brew. Cheers to De Dolle Brouwers for a fantastic creation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ouncer, bottle tells me this was brewed in 2004 and the cap tells me it was bottled in 2005. Pours dark amber, with a slight reddish tint, cloudy, with tiny bubbles slowly rising up. Tan head is impossible puffy and lumpy, slowly settling down to an irregular, lumpy film and leaving the motherlode of irregular and intricite lacing and sheets of lacing. Nose is loaded with sour cherry, moldy wood, mildew, god its amazing stuff! Notes of more cherries, herbal/fruity/spicy/moldy/sour/bitter/tart/compleximus maximus. World class, one of the best beers I've ever encountered. Run to the store and try to secure some of this stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mellow though potent alcohol beer worth having once. Perhaps owing to the sourness, though understated in this version, it is not that complex. I had it with supper in order to generate different tastes. It takes the place of wine, but I do not think more years of aging will make it anything more special. Good amount of retained head, and there was lace.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on January 27, 2007. 2004. 33cL bottle. Nice crisp horse blanket, pineapple and lychee aroma. Coconut juice rolls through. Brett, baby. Amber orange pour, with lacy soap of white. On the tongue, that sweet and sour Brett lactic presentation, followed by cursory sour apple skin and chestnut meat. This holds a dash of coarsely ground pink pepper. Smack rules. New fresh morphing flavors develop in the residuals that linger, some of sultry fatty-acid heft and some pineapple meat. Lots of pale grapes and their respective skins and juice, before closing with a crisp wheaty bite. This hid 13% alcohol? Incredible.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, finally.

Now this is what I am talkin' about.

The beer pours a touch hazy and is the colour of red earth.

The smell is really the only area where this beer doesn't excell. I'd like to use flowery terms like 'sour cherries', but really what it smells like is cherry malt vinegar. Not terriby inviting.

Ahhh, but the taste. Now I can use terms like 'sour cherries'. Ahhh, a very nice crisp, somewhat sweet but undeniably, lip-puckeringly sour beer that puts you in your place. Oh boy. This beer is a treat. It isn't the most complex beer I've ever had, to be sure. Just sort of a quick, somewhat fruity lead-in with a quenching sour finish, but ahhh, it is the simplicity that creates the magic. When I burp while drinking this beer, all I can think of are sweet tarts.

The mouthfeel is quite pleasant. The ample carbonation helps fill out the thin-ish body, but . . . this is really a teardrop shaped beer. At first the taste is full and round, but it quickly fades into a nice finish that leaves you wanting more. Excellent.

Drinkability? You kidding me? If I could afford it, I would totally drink this as a session beer. What, 13%??!?!? I only realized that after I had finished ~75% of the beer and had started to review it. D'oh!

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Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three fingers of off-white foam billow and settle to a generous lacy skim atop the opaque ruddy brown liquid.

Initial aroma of red wine grapes, iron, funky yeast. As it warms, sweet cherry, oak barrel, and distinct Brett funk. Rich and dizzying purely by smell.

Sharp tartness is tapered into sour fruit, then a warming brandy finish. Tiny effervescent carbonation evaporates on the tongue, leaving a dry cherry pit aftertaste. Earthy, fruity, and tart, in a nutshell. Big sour grape with Brett funk/oak pucker. Mouthfeel very close to a red wine with low carbonation. Full, slightly tannic, dried fruit finish. Taste evolves over time revealing new facets of it's structure. Overall not as balanced as the 2005, but still excellent. Slight hint of the ABV integrates itself in the taste, but keeps the sipping slow. A sublime Flanders Oud Bruin...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a dark reddish color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of cherries with some detectable tartness and sourness. Taste is an incredible mix between sour cherries, tart, oak with some real wine quality to it. Extremely complex but very well balance at the same time with no alcohol showing in this beer even though it is up to 13%. Probably one of the best Flemish sour I had the luck to drink.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Crittervision
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into an Oerbier tulip. At Kulminator on 13 August 2011. €11.50. 

Served a little cold. By some natural phenomenon, it manages to warm up. 

Dense brown body, tinted orange. Beautiful pinky-width off-white blanket that falls slow and regenerates easily. Negligible lacing. 

Smells of sour cherry and mild vinegar as expected. As it warms, vinegar and acetone express them selves quite a lot. 

Taste starts off very gently acetic with light and fruity yeast flavors. Vinous. Alcohol is well-hidden but is evident from the warmth it produces. Vinegar remains soft but becomes more expressive after some time in the glass. No acetone: nice. 

It's thick and fluffy with lively carbonation. Finishes tart with a woody dryness. 

Tartness is gentle and drinkability is high. This year has fewer complexities than the 2002. Both are very well-done. What a nice beer. 

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of silenius
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the fact the regular Oerbier seems to be a Strong Dark Ale, the sour/tart characteristics in this beer make me classify it as an Oud Bruin. According to their website, the name means Original Beer, so mixing the style up a bit may not mean much. After all, they are the Mad Brewers!

Bottle says "Brewed in 2004" and the cap says "Bottled in 2005".

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a large fluffy off-white cap. The entire beer filled my St. Bernardus chalice. Half with beer and half with head. The lacing looks great.

Smell is slightly sour and musty with definite sweet overones. A bit like a balsamic reduction. I can feel the alcohol warmth tingle my nose.

Taste is sweet to begin with then quickly segues to sour, tart and finishes with a woody bitterness. That must be the oak.

Mouthfeel is lively and meaty. The beer leaves with a dryness and an alcoholic warming in the throat.

A nice warming beer that puts a smile on my face and reminds me of Belgium.

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Photo of horndecker
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of all things De Dolle, so it was with much anticipation that I popped this little fella open.

Looks pretty nice. A clear, orange pekoe cast to it. A big head billows forth, tan, cappuccino, ecru, whatever. It's very sticky and settles like merengue. So far so good.

The nose is a rainbow of fruit and candy sensations. Before you say "That's not what I want from my beer", let me note that there are limes, taffy and butterscotch, bananas, and something like sweet Kansas City barbecue sauce. Underneath all this is a funky and old wood/grass aroma. It's really amazing and wonderful, but strange nonetheless.

The taste is tart and berryish at first. Intense and acidic, with obvious alcohol which numbs the lips and burns the back of the throat a bit. It's woody and complex and has a mildly bitter aftertaste. I'm trying to decipher it, but it just seems a bit muddled. Maybe this one needs some age.

Somewhat disappointed in this jumble of unrelenting intensity. There are no moments of "aaahhh....", just "oh!" and "yikes!"

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Photo of ken3c
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown though quite clear. Slightly rocky half inch head disappates to a layer of bubbles. Lacing is evident

Mostly balsamic aroma with a hint of oakiness.

There is a strong sense of merlot in the taste with the tartness up front and the tannins and oak lingering.

The mouthfeel is thin (almost watery) but foamy, tingly and dry. It's actually the most interesting thing about this beer.

There is almost no sense of the alcohol content of this beer. The similarity to merlot gives a hint.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer has a very pleasant whiskey color to it, good consistent stream of carbonation and a patchy, sticky generation of foam. nose reeks of sourness, from the cherry/wood smoky notes of an oud bruin to the sickeningly sweet overripe sherry or port blast. nothing to indicate 13%, however, which is a good sign for sure.

with one sip i'm sold.. initially a big burst of overripe berries. sweet with a fermentation funk following quickly. overall body imparts a vinous dryness. surprisingly bitter finish... not hops mind you, more of a waxy woody character. alcohol shines through briefly in a previously-unexperienced way.. a quick ting and a warmth in the belly.

essentially, what i have here, is an oud bruin on steroids. the basic flavors are there, but age adds new sprouts from the old root. bigger without being offensive and well worth the money to experience the franken-version of a beer i already love. now i know why this beer is so limited in its presidential schedule of release.. its a very special treat meant as such. i will treasure my remaining bottles.

drinkability suffers, but only because this beer is a true sipper.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much head andbrown clear beer. Nose is very poty, oaked, sour, cherries and alcoholic. Woww you can smell that this most have been port/sherry vessels. Taste is also good having nice sherrytaste, strong alcoholic, good sourness and lots of oak. Aftertaste is more sour & sherry like and hardly any hops used for this strength of brew but overal well balanced. Realy something else and very good brew IMO.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cypressbob
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, capped

Pours with a deep burgandy body, some ruby hints. Off white head with fairly good retention. Some slight lacing up and down the glass

Smell, whiff of rich sherry, strong oaky sour fruit, spicy alcoholic aromas, syrupy cherries

Taste, thick sour cherries, mellow sourness with a hint of acidity, spritzy mouthfeel, oaky fruit and a little bit of spicy alcohol although very slight

Hard to believe that this is 13%, tastes around 6 or 7. Fantastic drinkable and full bodied beer

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Photo of ypsifly
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red capped 330ml poured into a tulip.

Deep amber that is a bit hazed and supports one finger of light tan. Steady carbonation and good retention for the abv. Sheeted lace.

Dark, bitter cherries and old wood. Nice restrained citus aromas. Bitter.

Quick malt feel upfront into the dark cherries followed by a pleasant taste of wood. The alcohol wants to push through and be counted, but the wood and citric bitterness keep it under the surface. The abv only shows itself in the warming in my belly and a little heat on when I exhale. The finish is tart, almost astringent but it seems to be kept in check by the abv that is trying to cut through. The word is balance. Its like a beast that is kept in a beautiful cage.

The mouth is tart almost to the point of puckering, but the flavors and carbonation work so well. If one piece of the puzzle was missing it would fall to ruin. A sipper.

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Photo of putnam
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iced cola colored brown liquid prickles distantly. A translucent sheet thin layer of cream color lives on top. The aromas are plummy and reminiscent of blackberry paste combined with brandy and bitterly charred banana. Sour fruity flavors make it surprisingly drinkable. Black slate mineral bitterness launches sour mulberry and boysenberry concentrate. This is a dry beer. Vinous like a nervy young and black-colored hillside northern Rhone Syrah or Touraine Cabernet Franc. Stewed brown spices and meaty, marrow flavors. Sticky, dried pollen covered weed flowers linger. Interesting.

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Photo of sacfly
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium, hazy brown. Light head of small to medium tan bubbles. Huge sweet sherry nose. Cherry, a bit tart and overripe. Excellent. As it warms, a woody smell comes into the background. About half way through the glass, the aroma changed to more of a original flavor bubblegum…

First sip is sharp, candy sweetness balanced with a tartness. Cherry and sherry. The sides of my tongue are lighting up. Slight alcohol. Rich mouth feel, but not syrupy like some other De Dolle. The oak takes front and center when the brew warms.

In my opinion, start this one chilled and let it open up as you sip. The hints of alcohol do not hint at the big 13% in this one. If you are in the mood to drink just one beer tonight, try this one.

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Photo of ATPete
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split two 750ml bottles amongst the Burgundian Babble Belt group/ Bier-Mania bus trip in April 2008 at De Dolle Brouwers.

A- Pours a murky brown with red highlights, no head to speak of, lots of sediment.

S- Very acidic to the nose, some lemon and pine, sweet like a port wine, some raison/dates and alcohol.

T- Sweet, dead fruits, port, mellow, mature and very inviting.

M- Full bodied, flat, no carbonation remained, a bit syrupy but not thick.

D- This is a sipper theres no doubt. This is a pretty rare one, if you have a bottle you are in for a treat!

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is fairly sweet with a sour kick that wasn't expected. Interesting. Lots of fruitiness and tons of flavor. I like it. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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