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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by ctdfalconer:
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was gratified to walk into a local bottle shop today to find an expanded beer selection with a hefty lineup of new unusual imported beers, including many barrel aged products. I have often had De Dolle beer that was very nice, so I went gave their barrel beer a try. Honestly, I wasn't expecting what I got, but that's not to say I didn't like it because I certainly did. Nowhere on the label does it say "Flanders Red" or "Oud Brouin" or anything though it makes perfect sense that it would be like that, being from where it's from. The thing that has sometimes put me off of De Dolle beers is that they are often over the top on the estery, fusely aspect, making them a bit to sharp and harsh to drink easily. This beer has no problem with anything like that. I has flavor and complexity in spades, but the alcohol presence is felt only with a gentle warming sensation in the finish, acting as a velvet exclamation point to let you know it's a seriously strong beer, not just a pretty bouquet of biology. When we saw Rodenbach Gand Cru leave the shelves here, not sure if and when it would ever return, I despaired at ever being able to find beer of that character. I can live with this beer. (But I saw that Rodenbach is going to be available again. I hope it's as good as ever.)

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leather, tobacco, oak, vanilla, sour cherries and plums. Nice.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ccurrid
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dense hazy reddish-brown body with a strong lines of carbonation gliding to the top. The head is sheets of foam that slowly break into lace and then glide back into a bubbly, rocky light tan foam.

S- The nice cherry tartness has a soft cola note to it with some faint notes of darker malt coming through as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a full cherry tartness but not enough to pucker followed by a softer cheese rind note and a darker toasted malt and woody quality. There is a soft velveeta cheese note and slight sweetness to the tart cherries as the beer warms. The soft bitterness at the finish has a red wine tannin quality and not really any hop qualities. The tartness lingers a bit on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a soft astringency in the beginning. There is no real alcohol note until the beer warms.

D- This beer had lots of nice subtle complexity with a full tartness as the cornerstone. With each sip the flavor kept getting new layers.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Tried at the Map Room in Chicago and served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a creamy dark brownish black with ruby red highlights and a three quarter inch loose and foamy head the fades into a ring in a matter of minutes. Some lacing is present but not much, although I wasn't really expecting much in the first place.

S: Solidly sour, sour cherries and grapes dominate with a weaker malt sweetness and mild oaky earthiness.

T/MF: Taste is exactly befitting of an Oud Bruin with cherry and pear like acidic sourness doing most of the heavy lifting in this beer. The mouthfeel is strong and bubbly, incredibly active in the mouth and spreads the flavors of this beer all across the palate leaving the tongue and rest of the mouth puckered in anticipation for the next heavy sip.

D: Ny first Oud Bruin and I am beginning to get used to these sour beers. Not really my cup of tea but it fits the style guidelines almost exactly and doesn't taste all that bad to boot, the abv makes this one a sipper and really only makes me want one of these in the course of an evening.

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Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006, bottled June 2007, consumed Nov. 2008. Served in a stemmed Oerbier "wine" glass at 50º cellar temperature.

Once the cap is off, foam slowly builds and creeps up the neck. Visible racing carbonation inside the bottle. About one finger of tan latte foam in the glass, random irregular lacing on one side. Dark brown body that glows jewel-tone ruby when backlit.

Wet stone, cherry pits, leathery aroma. Seemingly not as complex as I remember in the past, thankfully the alcohol heat has subsided. Flavors are similar to the nose, cherry, rhubarb, leather, a little pepper too. Tartness is fairly mellow, a little bit tangy and savory. Dry, woody finish. There's almost a medicinal quality about it that I don't remember from the fresh bottle. Effervescent body, overall it compliments the style. A complex sipper, and a perennial favorite.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, bottle cap stamped with bottled June 2007. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a red/brown color with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is average. It smells like malt vinegar, lemon, tart cherries, oak, and a bit of funk and caramel. It tastes like tart cherries, lemon, oak, funk, cranberries, vinegar and a bit of booze. It's a bit acidic, and has a good mix of sweet and tartness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with medium carbonation. It's also coating and a bit slick. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is a bit noticable but not overpowering at all for a 13% ABV beer. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, it was very enjoyable. I'd pick this up again if I found it.

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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Plum-colored with an inch of off-white foam. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, but I think I may have opened this one a bit too cold.

Smell: Woody with a nice sweet-sour dynamic. Wild berries and vanilla, faint esters. Very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Drier than the aroma suggests. Tart cherries with vanilla undertones. Oak has a huge presence in the taste, almost to the point of excess. The high ABV becomes pretty noticeable as it warms; that combined with the somewhat overdone oak makes this a very slow drinker. Oaky and dry in the finish, tannic and astringent.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, but it was unfortunately a bit of a let down.

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Photo of BasementDweller
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Wasn't wowed by this beer, and reading some of the other reviews, I guess I should have sat on this one for a while. Still, a very nice brew for the style. It's got kind of a funkhouse aroma to it, hinting of the sour notes that are sure to come (and which do not disappoint). I have to say that I love a lot of bordeaux wines, but I find their impression on this beer to be somewhat misplaced. The wine tannins contribute to the sourness of the beer, but the sour tannins of Bordeaux are the very things I try to overlook when tasting it. Anyway, good for the style, but I didn't fall out of my seat.

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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 beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Beer-Zombie
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a reddish brown color with a decent yellow tinted head. the nose consists of wood, sourness, bitter sweet melodies. the taste is very tart and sour, oaky, fruits hiding in there. medium bodied and damn-licious

De Dolle never ceases to amaze me. I love how they create extraordinary beers yet they have little kindergardener drawings. Legendary....

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a whim while on a business trip in PA. Not much on the label to tell what it was other than a special reserve beer.

A - slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice off white head.
S - Sour cherries, a bit of funk and sour notes.
T - taste follows the aroma with hints of caramel, ripe fruit and a winning spicy sourn note.
M - medium to light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry tart bite wiht a wisp of abv.
D - a medly of flavors interwoven in a well balanced dry presentation. I kept looking at this bottle thinking, no way this is 13%. It's probably the easiest to drink 13% I've had in a long time.

Worth a try!

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a heavily ruby tinted brown, Still and clear with a small,khaki colored head.

S: Smell of tart, musty fruit, damp Chicago basement, oak, and a tiny bit of hops (?)

T: Tart and tangy fruit, deliciously funky basement, sour cherries, and as it warms, alcohol.

M: Slightly thin but pleasingly so. Tart and tangy finish that sticks to everything.

D: Very drinkable, considering the tartness and ABV. Nice!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slender 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $6.99... Grey front logo sticker stating "Aged in oak barrels, refermented in bottle..."
Pours a mahogany, ruby-red colored hue with an enormous frothy, full, five-fingered head that exhibited serious staying power including some sediment visible at the bottom...
Smell was slightly minty, with esters and noticeable 13% ABV alcohol detected...
Although the alcohol was certainly noticeable in the nose, it was less apparent in the taste, which was filled with mint, citrus, caramel, and dark, brown Belgian candied sugars including esters and watermelon...
Sharp, full-bodied beer bursting with flavor and charachter, with the oak-factor certainly noticeable in the taste, which was slightly overpowering and very warming with a hefty alcohol percentage that slowly let itself be known over a short period of time...
Creamy and rich mouthfeel, but drinkability took a hit due to the extremely high ABV and rich conglomeration of flavors...
Personally, I enjoyed the original Oerbier over this one...

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Photo of jakon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased for $8.49 on 8-9-8 at Whole Foods Bridgeport.

This beer pours a muddy reddish brown color with a smallish tan colored head.

The aroma consists of banana nut bread, malt vinegar, cap'n crunch, chalk and oak.

Wow. This is an intensely flavorful beer. Acidic and fruity. Malt vinegar, lime, burnt oak, alcohol, sour cherries, pomegranate, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of blackstrap molasses.

Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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 lightindarkness
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Prototypic for coming up with this one, a nice addition for sure.

Pours a very deep murky reddish brown. Nice bubbly head lasts for a while. Good sour nose with some candy sweetness lingering in back. Also spicy and crisp, with just a little oak wood blended nicely. Alcohol scent increases slightly as it warms, noted primarily in the singing of the nostrils.

Taste is very appealing, smoothly balanced and nicely sour. Begins with some richness of lighter malt flavors, then peaks throughout the sip to tart under-ripe berries and some sourness. Finishes well after the swallow with firm oak flavor and fading sour taste. Very little bottom end on this beer keeps it tasting light. Alcohol is eerily absent in detectable flavor.

Medium body with very filling carbonation. Leaves some clinging coating on the mouth.

Seriously - 13%abv? This drinks alarmingly well for a beer with its hidden alcohol. Taste is very pleasant and easy to come back to sip after sip.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 95 ratings