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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GbVDave on 11-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Bottle, 2006 vintage.

Pours a cloudy brown with a small tan head.

Aroma is banana, yeast, bit of molasses, hint of wood and vanilla.

Taste starts a bit sour, with some dark malt in there as well, moving to a more pronounced, biting acidity and tartness on the finish, with a lingering dark vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is just enough crispness to complement the acidity, while maintaining a nice creaminess. Very interesting beer from a fearlessly inventive brewery.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured reddish brown color with a huge fizzy head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer and one of the top rated active beers for style.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a maple-syrup brown with a huge dense, creamy tan head with great retention.
S: Sour apples, pears, a bit of yeast and hints of brown sugar.
T: The sour light fruits end sweet. First morphs into a bit of caramel and then finishes with probably the most pronounced brown sugar flavor I've found in a beer so far. Definitely an interesting but still great addition to the rest of the beer.
M: Good level of carbonation. With the high abv still no sting in the mouth.
D: Great and, if it weren't for the deeps strong flavors, dangerous at 13%. Probably my second favorite sour ale, beat only by Russian River's Consecration. Though when I think about it, they may be somewhat incommensurable.

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Photo of BasementDweller
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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 botham
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a flute. pours a rich chestnut brown with three fingers of tanish head with reddish tints and a loose consistency and mild retention.

aroma is quite sour, with notes of dark fruit and a light sweetness. notes of apple, plum, and a touch of grape. nicely proportioned without a hint of alcohol in the nose.

taste is quite tart and sour, with the same notes as the aroma and a finish of alcoholic notes. fruit notes include apple, raspberry, grape, and a sourness that cuts through the sweet nature of the brew. a nice bouquet of fruit and sour notes make this one a solid flanders.

mouthfeel is tart and sour, with mildly sweet notes and a supremely sour character. the sourness is just potent enough to cover up a 13% APV, which is a feat in and of itself.

drinkability is good. for a high APV brew like this, it is smooth and sour, wihtout the drawbacks that high APV brews usually have. nicely proportioned with a great profile and rich complexity. heres to the sour brews. . . cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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 dnichols
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing a bottle from his basement stash....

We shared a 330 ml bottle on October 4, 2008.

A: It poured a deep reddish brown body with a half finger tan head. The head fell fast leaving spotty lacing.

S: It had a robust aroma with dominant odors of bold malts, fresh citrus and richly sour grapes. There were hints of citrus and a musty aroma that smelled like wet tobacco.

T: WOW!!! I was very surprised. I've not tended to enjoy this style but this beer is a game changer. taste is great. It hit the tongue with a malty rich flavor that was accented with a biting vinegar flavor. There was a smoky tobacco flavor that was complements by hints of chocolate and dark ripe fruits. The alcohol was well hidden but came on in the end giving the brew a nice warm bitter sweet finish.

M: It was a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation, It has a warm, clean and dry finish with no noticeable aftertaste.

D: It was a wonderfully well balanced beer that was sour without being overly dry. The funky sourness was a welcome feature rather than such a dominant characteristic that it overwhelmed the other fine qualities of this great beer. It may not be a decent session brew but it is a beer that is hard to put down.

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

The De Dolle Special Reserva 2006 poured a dark brown color with less than a finger foam head the depleted quickly. It had the well in the center as well as a few smaller spring bubble wells.

The aroma was spicy and tart like sour apples. The taste was initially puckering and oakey. It had a spice component that stayed in the mouth for some time. It was well carbonated and the sourness made a home in the mouth as well. This was my first taste of the Oud Bruin and I have to say it was really unique. I have the Dissident in the fridge and am looking to see how they compare.

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, yeastified brewed tea brown with amber glints. Two fingers of light beige head settle soon to frothy islets. Arches of lacing curl along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt and lightly tangy wheat bring berry fruit and doughy biscuit. Esters grant mild spice and a chaw of bubblegum. A ripe, dark fruit tartness and alcohol also zest the air.

Upon sipping, sugar sweet and dusky grains present briefly before the hog-wild sourness puckers and smacks on a big wet one. Esters are pepper-spice crisp and a gentle floral note brings more aromatics to the party. A twist of licorice and some heady alcohol fancify the interior. A soft mint tickle, dry citrus, and a wee bit of biscuit presage a crisp and savory finish that fades and dries. It's quite an eye-opening blend of complexities.

Medium bodied, it sticks just a little along the way, glows some more, and grows tart on the tongue in ample measure.

It's an anticipated annual release, I'm told, and it's a treat well worth the from year to year. It has a unique profile that hints at adventure in the process and the knowledge to make the stretch work well. The ABV is bowling-ball-bicep bold and worth a word or three to the wise. I've never had it before, and I'm not sure if I'll be lucky enough to have it again, (though I will be looking for it) but I've surely enjoyed this edition.

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Photo of stumac
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 feloniousmonk
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006, ...consumed in me...

"I ain't crazy. I just don't give a darn"...Daffy Duck

Hazed, deep purple to brown coloration, good head, soon to nil...a creamy tan...

Gorgeous aromatics...barleywine meets Belgian strong...plums, raisins, peppers and spices...cognac meets whiskey, dark rum, with more of the sharp to match the sweet. Big alcoholic content ( 13%? Yes!) isn't hiding. Rich malt, funky yeast, flavor out the hay, nonny, hey.

Bam, bam, bam...Good God! An explosion of grape and berry in the mouth, met well with all the best a beer can bring. Sharp and tangy, bright alcohol, with warm flavor. Spanks you on first sip, floods the mouth with flavor, warms every crevice, tantalizes the palate, ...this would be magnificent with food, but tonight, I'm just drinking. Next time, next time...cheese, sausage, rich meats and pasta...?

One of the best, and most wine-like quadrupels I've ever had. Ingenious. I need a case of this to hold me for a decade. Who am I kidding, I'd drink it in a week!

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of dingy white head settles quickly, but leaves good lace. Clear, dark ruby red body.

S - A sweet/ sour malty aroma with notes of wet earth and cherry pits.

T - Toasted maltiness, followed quickly by a sour zing with a strong lemony character. The sourness fades in the finish and is replaced by some darker malt notes and a surprising hop bitterness.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a very dry finish.

D - The smell is excellent with a wonderful musty complexity. The flavor is not as complex and I am on the fence about the unusual finish. The dark malt character at the end is nice, but the bitterness is not as successful. Overall this one is interesting and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jakon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 grub
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. brewed 2006, bottled 2007. sampled august 4/08.

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, date, cranberry.

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 Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at West Lakeview liquors in Chicago.

Pours a clear burnt umber, brownish, thick almost tan head rises up, drops some lacing, thin ring layer sticks around. Smell is neat, cherries, some funk, caramel, brown sugar and oranges, wood, sourness, earth, very fruity, strawberries, nice sourness, alcohol, smells great. Taste is cherries and caramel, tart and yeasty, lots of dark fruits, touch of chocolate, wood, sour and super smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol is insanely well hidden. I love the normal Oerbier but loved this one more, great stuff.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity, vinous aroma with notes of cherries, sherry, malt vinegar, and old wood.

Taste: A touch of sweet maple with a juicy, tart, and sour taste of black cherries and grape jam. Sip of sherry vinegar. Some rampant alcohol, some woodiness. Dry, nearly puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good enough for one visit, I suppose, but it ultimately seemed a bit overrated and subsequently overpriced.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber tinted brown with an average to smallish head. That being said the retention is good and some spotty lace is noted.

S: Very tart in the nose with hints of soured cherries, hints of wood, and funk.

T: This is s funky tart treat no doubt. Sour black cherries, crushed sweet tarts and some wood are most prominent. Hints of booze can be noted as well. This one is complex yet enjoyable.

M: Medium in body with nice carbonation. The carbonation really drops and finishes a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable. Nice tart treat that hides the ABV well.

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Photo of largadeer
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
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 mhewes
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy brownish amber with a good tan head that leaves good lacing behind.

S : There's a strong cherry tartness with some oak notes

T : There is a slight malt sweetness that gives way to a huge cherry tartness. Finishes with a slight sweetness

M : Medium body with good carbonation. Had no idea this was 13% alcohol

D : It's an extremely drinkable sour. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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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