De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007)

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GbVDave on 11-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 95
Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, 06 vintage, that I picked up either at State Line or Maxs, I can't remember which.

A clear dark mahogany reddish brown with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The head retention is exceptional, considering the ABV here. The nose has a big, vinous sourness along with a blend of smoky cocoa, raisins, plums and toasted oak. There's a mildly dusty note that pairs well with the oak. The fruit character is fairly intriguing too. Along with the aforementioned raisins and plums, there is some dried cherry, jammy raspberry and strawberry acidity present. Very nice.

The palate opens with a rather bracing acidity, a blend of lactic and acetic, with the acetic flavors carrying the raspberry and strawberry flavors while the lactic acid brings forth the vinous notes. The mid-palate has a blend of red wine, cocoa, a little vanilla and some oak. The cocoa character is interesting, I don't usually taste much in big sours. Oak appears on the finish, along with a little bit of a fatty/meaty texture, which is an interesting (but not wholly enjoyable) contrast to the tannic and alcohol-induced astringency that this beer does have. This fatty/oily texture does fade with time, though. Fruity and vinous flavors do linger on the finish. Medium in body this beer is slightly over-carbonated (but not by much). A pretty excellent beer IMO.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle, enjoyed 12/31/12, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Very murky mahogany, with a quarter finger so off white head. Head actually leaves some lacing, and hangs around as a thick rim.

Smell: Lots of caramel up front, followed by some overripe tart cherries. Lots of oak... it probably owns the nose honestly. A light lemon juice on the finish.

Taste: A ton of sour cherries and caramel. There is some oxidation there, but it surprisingly works, and lends some raisons and old dark fruits. More sour lemon juice, a light funk, and loads of dry oak finish.

Mouthfeel: Really tart, and borderline sour. Wait... this is 13%??? Are you sure it's not like 6% De Dolle? Carb mixes perfectly with the tartness, and the dry is super dry with oak.

Overall: This beer was the sleeper of my NYE 2012, and held it's own again Flora b3 and DDG. Insanely drinkable. I'll be crossing my fingers to see more vintages of this beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a snifter; side by side with the 2007

The body sits a murky brown with a small, bubbly bone white cap. The head rose a little less than a finger, and subsided leaving some spider web lacing.

Tart cherries, oak, brown sugar, and earthy. Not overly complex, but very rich and well-balanced sweet/tart/earthy aromas.

Tart, slightly puckering, cherry flavor with loads of oak tannins. This almost has a red wine aroma to it. Grape skins, earthy toffee, raisins, and rum, all in equal doses. The complexity really comes out on the palate. Every sipped revealed a different layer.

Creamy with a little prickly acidity, but not much. Dry, oaky finish with some lingering tartness from the cherries and a little bit of rum-like alcohol.

This was plain delicious. Tremendous complexity and damn tasty. A stellar example of the style.

I preferred this to the 2007. The extra year seemed to have made this more well-rounded. The flavors played better together and the sourness wasn't as abrasive as the '06.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle courtesy of Joe, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown and opaque with a finger of light brown froth that fades in half a minute, yielding scattered lacing.

S: Date, fig, and prune meet brown sugar and earth. Oxidation is light and there's a dash of caramel. Plum accompanies grape and a light tartness with a restrained funkiness. There's a faint citrus note that reminds me of orange. The malt is rich and complex, with treacle and toffee. No alcohol is evident. Amazing aroma.

T: Tarter than the nose suggested, with a faint acetic note. The malt is robust and rich, with notes of treacle, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. There are vinous notes throughout: plum and grape with a little prune. Date blends with fig and tannic grape skins. I detect a little cherry.

M: Lower full body with a creamy medium carbonation.

Overall: A unique and excellent beer.

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Photo of chakadrum
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 2/27/2012 at Resurrection Ale House in Philadelphia, PA.

Side note, I love the fact that this bar/restaurant always has a good cellar selection.

Related... Today is Monday and I had a good Monday. A good Monday truly deserves the chance for a memorable beer. This didn't blow me away but it was a solid good and held up well to the aging which is such a cool thing.

Served at room temperature (probably 65-70°F) in a Oerbier glass.

Pretty good lacing throughout. I'm a sediment drinker and this one didn't have an overwhelming amount which was also a good thing. The color wasn't anything special but that's not a bad thing.

There was a hint of "old" in the nose. I imagine if you are really really into aged beers you develop a love for this aspect. I'm still learning and old still smells a little old to me. However, it wasn't overwhelming and there was a little dry-fruit-belgian-magic in there too.

Solid taste. Again, a hint of old but some oat, some subtle dried fruit, brown sugar...

A very appropriate level of carbonation, almost pleasantly surprising for something like 5 years old.

Again, I wasn't blown away by this beer but I was glad to have tried it.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, opened 1/13/2012

A: Murky, red-brown body. Thin off-white skim. A few stray bubbles left on the sides of the glass.

S: Cherries, caramel, leather, lactic tartness, raisins, and red wine.

T: Tart cherries, sweet caramel malts, a nice tartness, and a fine madeira-like quality. Mild oxidation has treated this beer well.

M: Silky smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, nice tartness in the finish. A little boozy, but I won't complain.

O: Aged De Dolle is a wonderful thing.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God Bless my local brew show for having this beer randomly available.
A: Rich cloudy brown color with a nice lace of head.
S: The beer is slighly sour aroma with a nice blend of roasted malt, banana, and roasted nuts with slight oak undertones.
T: Nice tangy malt flavor a nice blend of tropical fruit and roasted malt that really bring out the flavor of the hops.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable with a great complex flavor that blends with the alcohol content and doesnt overpower.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this @ kulminator

pours deep red-brown with a small fine tan head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is intense. malt vinegar. lemon. leather. bit of horse blanket. bit of orange. light alcohol. cracker. bit of grain. white bread.

taste is great. lightly toasted white bread. multi-grain crackers. leather. tobacco leaves. bit of horse blanket funk. light alcohol. lemon. bit of orange. malt vinegar. hint of dark chocolate. light dark fruit - cherry.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body with a dry finish.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, hiding the alcohol quite well. the funk and sourness also don't overpower. great depth and complexity overall.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears chestnut / dark ruby hued with a light tan head that leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass. Fantastic aroma of wood, sour cherries, yeast. Terrific flavor, with a prominent wood character throughout. Cherries and a light, basement like funk. No way I would guess this is 13% abv. Alcohol content masterfully hidden. Nice feel. Easy to sip and enjoy. A superb example of the style.

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Photo of scinerd3000
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last bottle at Teresa's and poured into a tulip.

A: Medium pour raised a perfect one finger head which fizzled but stayed for almost the entire time i was drinking it. Hazy dark ruby/brown beer and red highlights. Lacing was poor.

S: Very complex, cherries, dark figs, pronounced sourness, clove, cinnamon and fresh leather.

T: Sour with some fruit up front. Cherries or maybe something else- couldn't say. Lingers long into the taste. Just sweet enough to cover the 13% alcohol. No bitterness. Only fault is a slight cardboard note at the very end- possibly oxidation which was a bummer. otherwise a 5...

M: well carbonated and smooth. Medium body. Leaves a lactic fruity sweetness which is very pleasant.

O: Would drink again if i could find it....

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Photo of DaveHS
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of pranaferox.

A-Opens with a hiss and nearly gushes all over the place. Luckily I had a glass ready to go. Pours deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a foamy amber head that hangs in streaks down the glass.

S-Smells like an awesome flemish sour ale. Rich notes of oak and cherry, balsamic vinegar, dried stone fruits, rose petals, musty barnyard funk...Jesus. This is going to be good.

T/M-Balsamic vinegar acidity, sour cherries, brown sugar and dried flowers. There's a lingering funkiness on the back end that becomes more pronounced with each sip. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and rich without ever approaching cloying. There is a warming quality in the finish, but that's about the only indication of the ABV.

O-One of the better years of this I've tried. It's drinking perfect right now, so if you have any bottles, now's the time to enjoy them.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 lightly tart white grapes. Also present are hints of leafy hops and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by booze-soaked and lightly tart grapes. Midway through the sip light funk comes into play and the tartness intensifies a bit. Near the end of the sip mild leafy hop flavors even things out and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer as much as the 2008, more than the 2005 and 2009, but not as much as the 2007. I feel as though it’s seen its peak. Still, it remains a complex beer and is worth a shot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Capone's a few months back. Thanks to Matt, as always. Served in my trusty Cantillon tulip.

Pours a murky mahogany with a good off-white head. Forms up and is pretty bubbly at about 1.5 fingers. After that, it dies down and leaves a nice cap and a lot of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose has some notes of bright sherry and semi-tart cherry. Mild acidity is present in the nose. It's showing some signs of oxidation, though mostly in a good way. The flavor lives up to the nose. Not too much complexity, but the light acetic touch balances the cherry and light malt notes very well. The sherry in the background is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium and quite creamy. Low carbonation and not hint whatsoever that this is 13%. Holy crap, I can't believe that after looking up. Good job, De Dolle.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle split three ways davejanssen recieved from a bartender in Brugge.

Pours a murky orange/red with a thin foam cap.

Rich dark fruit and oak on the nose. Tart and funky/blue cheesy.

Very vinous taste. Tart black currants, oak, big dry cab character. Tastes like Consecration made sweet love to some Rogue River Creamery blue cheese. Mildly solvently, from the 13%, I imagine. Damp oak.

Not thin or harsh from the high alcohol.

This was a nice beer. Didn't know what to expect going into it and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A late night bottle into a new belgium snifter.

A- three fingers of tan head from a moderately hard pour that settles rather quickly leaving a few patches of lace and a solid ring. Hazy brown red in color with a red amber glow at the edges. Looks like a beautiful old piece of furniture.

S- funky oak barrel, sour cherries, some red wine vinegar. Musty and leathery with some barnyard. Some apple skins and cider. The nose on this just gets better and better as the beer warms.

T- layerd and interesting. Funky oak out front that rolls into a deep fruity sour. Tart cherries and lots vineous notes. There is a sweetness that comes off slightly burnt sugar and a bit of spice tossed in way in the back. I keep coming back to the oak and the bugs it brought with it.

M- on the lighter side of body with a small bubbled, tingley, aggressive carb. Quite a strong pucker but not the strongest ever. Your mouth waters for more. A small warming in the back of the throat letting the abv be know without that it would be hard to tell. Mild tannic finish

D- this is a special beer and the time it has spent in the bottle has done some very nice stuff. I've had this on the fresher side and enjoyed it very much but this is a master piece. One of the best beers I've ever had. The bugs do start to get to you after a bit but I love my bugs and I haven't met a beer I can't tangle with yet. Worth the hefty price or a one and awhile treat.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Freezer chilled for approx 20 minutes

This pours a medium, almost dark, shade of brown. Backlighting exposes some dark ruby highlights. An easy pour forms an almost four-finger head of light brown colored foam. The retention is very good and leaves some nicely clumpy lacing.

The tangy sourness hits the nose first. With a little searching though, it's not hard to find big notes of wood/oak and some nice hints of strong chocolates. A good deal of cherry presence. Lighter hints of mustiness and some mild barnyard funk.

Let me say that this one is worth the wait. (I've had a slight bit of trouble tracking a bottle of this one down.)
The expected sour twang of an oud bruin is here. It is balanced out by a very pleasant funk quality. There are also some stone fruit notes which seem to be dusted with cocoa powder. Light, drying, hints of oak.
Very tasty.

This is medium-bodied and has an almost high level of carbonation. It is nicely smooth, yet very active.

This is very drinkable. The acidity level is balanced enough, so as not to offend. The 13%abv is absolutely nowhere to be found. Crisp and lightly refreshing.
A fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jedwards for this beer, awesome. I had been wanting to try this for awhile and I've never seen it on the shelves in Colorado. Dark amber-brown-bruin, flanders on steroids. That is exactly how I would describe this beer. It smells nice, sour, a little glue and band-aids. the taste is a little sour and malty, really like a strong flanders red or oud bruin (what do I know). My only complaint would be the abv.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, part of cellar cleaning winter 2010, into a St. Bernardus glass.

A- Muddy waters brown with dark red/blush stains seen within. Not able to see through this. A blossoming dark tan healthy looking head reached 3/4 of an inch and settled into a nice cap. Spraypaint lace. Looks delicious.

S- It smells on point, a bit of vinegar up front but the fruits that come out do so in true De Dolle style. Big time oak and wood. Cherries and a hint of chocolate.

T- Regular Oerbier is unique enough as it is, but the barrel addition takes it somewhere else, for the better. Getting some sour acidic notes underneath some pears and apples. Sour cherries and some vinegar but not to much. Delicious.

M- A nice amount of tart spunk backed with a nice malt build to ride it out. Pretty much in the middle body wise and a solid amount of carbonation, it is De Dolle after all.

D- Easy drinking, the 13% is big but not noticed, the vinegar gets in the way a bit, but everything else is lovely. A nice sprinkle on the taste buds with the wildness.

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Photo of jampics2
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Chuck's - did a double take since I bought a few 07-bottled 08's for a few bucks more a few months ago and thought I cleaned them out ;)

Brownish red, kind of murky. Little head but persistent, some suspended yeast as well. Not the best looking beer.

Smell is great. Apples, pears, sour funk, sweetness.

Taste is awesome. It has a nice, sharp sour taste that then turns into a wine and sweet taste. Almost like sour brown sugar wine, lots of grapes. Nice taste, very unique and seems to be at a good age these days.

Mouthfeel is good but very very crisp. Drinkability is well above average - very pleasant beer!

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish color. Large light-brown head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Smells pretty sour with bold fruit and ester notes. Cherry with brown sugar and yeast. Very bold.

T: Sharp tartness turns more sour as the "funky" taste comes in. Some dark berries with a nice oaky note makes it well balanced and delicious.

M&D: Mouthfeel is light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable if it's a style you're into.

Overall: I'm not an expert on the style, but this was amazing! Even more amazing is that I picked up 3 of them on sale for $.99 each! I can't wait to try the others in a year or two.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample- pours a turbid chestnut brown with a lively offwhite head. Nose- sour cherries, and wood. Taste- very balanced sour cherry and dusty funk vs a chocolate tannic wood malt base. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and finish is slick. Drinkability is very high considering the abv. Without looking at the label, never would have guessed the horse power on this. A very unique brew and one I would enjoy trying again.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown that completely opaque with only the faintest of lighter colored dark ruby edges and a two finger foamy light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly tart earthy oak tannis aroma with a ton of dark fruit, especially dark cherries. The oak presence is very prominent with some slight vanilla notes. The dark fruit notes provide a sweet balance to the amazing oak wooden presence. Very vinous with faint hints of chocolate malt. Slight vinegar presence, probably coming from the blending of different aged beers.

Nice tart puckering earthy oak flavor with lots of sweet dark fruits, especially sour black cherries and grape. Very vinous with nice oaky tannis. Also some subtle chocolate malt underneath. This is a perfect blend of tart vinegary sourness, earthy oak, vinous mouthfeel and sweet dark fruit. The high 13% ABV is very well masked making it dangerously drinkable. Slightly puckering sweet dry finish. Highly recommended!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with brownish hues, very clear. Thin, tannish foam starts out leaving a quaint ring. Sporadic carbonation rises from the bottom. Moderate vinegary tartness in the aroma. Apple and vinous-like fruit character dominate, but overall smell is not too intense, nor is the alcohol. Also a touch of honey-like floral sweetness is present.

The taste has a nice range of flavors. Letting it sit awhile draws out the complexity. The tart fruit character seems to pull one way while lightly toasty wood notes balance the scale. I can almost taste a bit of smoke. Decent acidity, not drastically sour initially, but the tang lingers on top of the tongue in an unforgiving way. Alcohol is mostly not perceived. Has a bit of syrypy character in the mouthfeel, slightly thin. Carbonation is adequately subtle.

I have to say this is a nice Oud Bruin. Not amazing, but tart enough to keep me coming back , and it hides the alcohol well. Recommended...

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, deep red with a huge, 2 finger head of fluff that never totally fades away. Plenty of natural CO2 bubbles quickly rise to the top of the glass. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy vanilla, rutabaga pie, cherries, merlot wine, caramel, light notes of toffee, spicy pepper, raisins, and rum-like demerara sugar. Super complex.
Taste is of the aromas with standout vanilla, strawberries, cherries, wine, raisins, brown sugar, and vinuous notes.
Mouthfeel is creamy up front, vinuous acidity, lip smacking, chewy, and semi-dry on the finish.
Damn. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of WilliamD
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Brown with reddish hues, getting lighter near the top. Almost no head. A lot of small chunks floating around.
Smells tart and slighly acidic. Grapes, raisins, and oak as well.
Taste is sour and tart. Mild, oaky earthiness and acidity. Faint rotten fruit tones.
Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and acidic. Lots of carbonation.
Can't taste the alcohol at all. I find this one very drinkable. I can feel the alcohol though, so I know to take it slow with this one.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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