De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 (Bottled 2006) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 (Bottled 2006)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 (Bottled 2006)
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by 86sportster883 on 01-21-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2005 bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Appearance. Pours a dark brown with a finger of light khaki head.

Smell. Dark cherries and plums, sherry and leather, light molasses.

Taste. Dark sour cherry, light leather and funky old barrel, a touch of molasses. Not getting much in the way of alcohol but there is a very slight cardboard note.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low soft carbonation. Slightly warm in the throat.

Overall. Great stuff. I will have to try a fresher version. This one aged nicely but I'm guessing it's a bit over the hill.

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Photo of claaark13
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SalMineo
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this Gem at Monks Cafe in Philly. It cost a pretty penny but was worth ever goddamn penny.

Pour-dark brown with light foam head had great carbonation for being in a bottle for six years!

Smell-get a heavy burning alcohol smell mixed with raisins and dark fruits as well as some sugar.

Taste-definitely get a little bit of malts with sugar and some fruit. It has an overwhelming sour taste to it. I love the taste mixed with oak. Reminds me a Ron Jeffries concoction.

Mouthfeel-light and crisp definitely can feel the carbonation. Surprisingly no burn at all going down for 13% beer.

Overall-extremely well done definitely worth its hype. I will be so bold as to say its the best beer aged that long I have ever had.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bbadger
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark orange mahogany amber. Half finger fine very light tan head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark cherry, oak, brown sugar. Much less sour and fruity than the fresh one. Flavor is dark sour cherry, plum, with a moderate red wine note, likely from the oak, complex and well integrated. Dry, somewhat sour finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied. This is obviously well made, but not my favorite style. Tasted alongside a 2010 bottle. Glad I tried this well made oud bruin, but I'm not a sour beer fan.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours brownish without much of a head on it

S - the nose is caramel and a little sour smelling. Nice complexity.

T - this is somewhat sour with caramel malts and toffee thrown into the mix. Ends with some vinous character and a little bit of sugary raisins. Nice combination of flavors, the aging has smoothed this out nicely.

M - medium bodied with some good carbonation still

D - solid flanders that has stood the test of time thus far. Recommended if you can track one of these down.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rate from 2006 I believe.

2005 vintage. Brown ruby red highlights with persistant white lacing. Sour aroma of cherries, oak, grape must. Flavor is stunning: quick beginning with sour cherries, then an explosion of yeast, sour cherry, wine, balsamic vinegar. Amazingly round and chewy. Soft and fizzy, deep and haunting. A strange and mystical brew; enjoyed from an 11.2oz botle.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a 2005-2009 vertical shared by Jeremy – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish-amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of white and red grapes. Also present are slight hints of vinegar and slighter hints of smooth oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart grapes. Midway through the sip hints of brown sugar and light molasses come into play, quickly fading into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It’s a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer is beginning to show its age. It’s a bit one-dimensional with large vinous qualities and the mouthfeel has begun to thin out a bit. If you’re sitting on one I’d recommend drinking it sooner rather than later. My least favorite along with the 2009.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got to try 4oz of this bad boy. So impressed I had to review.

A - Poured a pretty nice ruby brown with a little head

S - I smelled mostly Belgium yeast. A bit of Nose is cherry, clove, brown sugar which took me by surprise.

T - Flavor is sour but with a sugar cherry and a alcohol tingle, but very little if any. I was surprised to find little ABV burn to speak of which left me in Awe.

M - Medium to heavy. I found myself sipping but enjoying,

D - No way would I find this in normal circumstances but very cool to try thus resulting in a 5 drinkability!

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Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy ruby-mahogany with a bit of orange

Smell: Old brown sugar, balsamic vinegar; aged red wine

Taste: Similar, balsamic vinegar and honey with some brown sugar, farmhouse cheese and red wine; tastes old.

Mouthfeel: most of the carbonation was gone

Drinkability: I wasn't to impressed by this one; outside of how well the 13% abv is hidden. I would not sit on these any longer.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva pours a cloudy, brown color with orange tints at the edges. It's topped by a full, light-brown head that fades to a continuous film, leaving moderate lace. The aroma is dominated by two characters, acidity and a boozy, aged maltiness. The acidity is the more dominant of the two caracters, but when combined with the aged out malts give the impression of sour fruit. All overtly sweet, malty aromas have been aged out. There are notes of orange peel, alcohol, and a slight woody aroma.

This beer greets the tongue with a strong, acidic sourness, which mellows, but never disappears. All malt sweetness is attenuated and aged out, leaving the malt flavors, but none of their sweetness. This results in a mildly boozy impression, which melds well with the earthy and woody notes in the finish. This Oud Bruin feels surprisingly light on the palate. The mild carbonation, and relatively light body really accentuate the dryness of this beer.

I was very happy with this beer. I was expecting an aged, malt heavy brew, but instead got a nicely acidic and dry beer. Fantastic. I'll definitely pick up some more of these vintages if I see them.

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Photo of baggio
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Dark brown with a huge foam and lots of lacing.

S: Yeast, Wild apples, Citric notes, Port wine, Wood.

T: Wood, Fruit, Wild apples, Port wine, Belgian yeast.

M: A light malt base is overwhelmed by a distinct sourness with lots of flavours going around. Wow.

This reminds me Duchesee de Bourgogne only beefed up and better. Very good beer. Intense!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I am talking about. I had been on a hunt for some of these older vintages for a while. This is no doubt an exquisite offering and one that I am not shy at all about gushing over. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/04/2009.
 
The pour was very well done. Rich dark amber in color with light hints of reddish brown on the sides and bottom of the glass. Smooth, cloudy and very rich look about it. Nice inch and a half of head rose up from the bottom the glass, settling down only slightly while depositing tons of side glass lace all along the glass. Enormous aroma of dark fruits, prunes, grapes and hints of wonderful spices dancing all around this one. Really a perfect balance here of fruity esters and rich underlying malts made this a wonderful way to end the night. Smooth flavor here, rich candied sugar, lovely fruits and a wonderful light spice note sent this over the top. No hint of the ABV here at all, as it has all passed us by and now this is just a wonderful way to sit and relax. Near perfect carbonation led to a wonderfully smooth journey across the palate and a sublime finish that was just tart enough to make you come back for another round.
 
Overall one of the best of the style and a fine example of what a couple of years can do to an already fantastic bottle. I would love to get a hold of a couple more to sit on, but them memory of this will have to do.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Deep red-brown color, big foamy beige head that subsides to a small dense layer, thick drippy continents and islands of lace.

Smells like ripe golden and green apples, red wine, sourdough, grain, black tea, herbs/ grass, pine forest, mild oxidization like sherry and brown apple. Complex, cohesive, and very good.

Tastes sharp and sour, with some mild applelike sweetness balancing well with the acidity. Dry bready malt. Some bitter and tannic fruit skin, herbs, tea, and pine resin develop, and then some oxidization. Long, dry, sharp, complex finish.

Great smooth carbonation, astringency, acid. The tart, refreshing, thirst-quenching drinkability is ridiculous for a 13% beer.

Great beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark crimson, mahogany, with a dark amber color with steady streams of moderate carbonation. A thick, silky light tan head sticks around the glass. Streaky bits of lacing all over the glass. Looks amazing.
Smell is of vanilla oak, vinuous notes, mild tartness, caramel, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some blackberry preserves and tart berries with vanilla oak in the background.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, tart, and very, very enticing, and addictive.
I would put this one up against some of the better wines I've had. It's about as nice as I would want & expect from De Dolle at this point. More, please!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brickstoredave for a chance to try this one. Much appreciated! Poured almost still at this point in its life. No real head or lacing, but otherwise was normal and didn't taste flat at all. Smelled spicy and sour, and relatively big, but not hot at all. The alcohol has had lots of time to mellow and integrate nicely with the rest of the beer. The taste is quite complex with layered levels of tart, sweet, and bitter that keep changing. A nice spicy kick of pepper to the beer as well as some funk that develops as well and gets a bit more pronounced and slighttly bitter as the beer warms. Very smooth mouthfeel. I think this is drinking fine right now, but for me this is probably not going to get any better or more integrated. The sourness may increase a bit, but the complexity may start bottoming out a bit too. I'd drink now.

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Photo of shivtim
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks aforbes10!
Definitely a style and beer I was excited about. Pours out murky brown orange with a foamy head that lasts. Looks thick yet lets plenty of light through. Nose is sweet orange and oak, alcohol, molasses, and more alcohol. Quite complex. Taste is a mishmash of sour grapefruit, woody and fruity flavors, alcohol, and some hops. Sourness dominates. Very interesting! Mouthfeel is above average. Drinkability is hurt by both the ABV and the intense mix of flavors, but it's a great beer overall. Wouldn't mind trying more of the style.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Capone's in Norristown, PA after shivtim told me he desired one. Poured chocolate brown but transparant. Thin brown head. Smells of soy sauce, truffles, maple syrup, and readily apparant alcohol. Tastes of fruits, prunes, alcohol, soy sauce, tangy apricot, oak, vanilla, mandarin oranges, tangy cherries. Yeah, its pretty tangy. Medium bodied. A good oak aged beer with lots of character. Memorable, but not something i'd pay that much for again.

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4.35 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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