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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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of brewcrew76
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish ruby, brown with a tan head.

S - A cherry tartness with a bit of vinegar, acidic sourness and a touch of oak.

T - Slight hint of tart cherry, acidic, vinegar followed by some sweetness and a good touch of oak.

M - Medium mouthfeel. No idea this was 13%. alcohol is very hidden.

D - A little more oak and sweetness than other flanders reds I have had. Something just seems a little off about the balance of this beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a dense one-finger head that shows great retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is a blast of sour cherry tartness with a solid underlying malt sweetness. Also got a whiff of cola and a bit of the oak.

T: Taste starts with a very temporary malt sweetness that almost immediately gives way to a big sour citrus taste dominated by lemons and oranges. The finish is big on sour cherries and lingers for a long time.

M: Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and the 13% ABV is masked extremely well. Strong carbonation just zips the tongue with the sour tanginess.

D: As far as sours go (not my favorites), this one is extremely drinkable. For lovers of sours, this one is highly recommended.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful red rusty caramel color with an average head, and average lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells extremely sour with hints of fruit. First taste is extremely bitter and sour hints of green apples come through. The 13% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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 robbyc1
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 33cl bottle purchased in 2007 (year of bottling). Pours a deep mahogany, can't see though it, nice tan head lasts for minutes. Just as it should be.

Vinous nose, like a fine wine. Floral with deep red wine flavors. Slight esters detected, masked by the oak?

Taste like the nose, and vinous flavor with dark cherry, like sucking on a cherry pit, sourish finish, no residual sugar. No sign of the alcohol, can't be 13% is it? At solid bit of oak comes at the finish, rounds it out. Nice, but not as complex that I thought it might be. A slight letdown from the nose.

Full and fulfilling, and nice Oud Bruin, but I think the oak masks too much of the flavor, maybe the barrels were too new, will try additional bottlings of this to see, one of my favorite brewers. I as well prefer the standard Oerbier to this version.

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

Pours a hazy, murky ruddy brown with a medium sized tan head that slowly recedes to a ring. Aroma shows some nice apple and cinnamon scents, like a nice sweet breakfast bread, some soft brown sugary maltiness as well, slight tart apple and lemon is evident in the aroma as well. Taste is a deliciously tart green apple flavor, lemony at times. A dash of the cinnamon is evident for a brief second up front along with some sweet cherry, the breadiness comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, not too puckery, just a nice tartness, a drop of pepperiness on the tongue before a good dry finish. Very nice beer, alcohol is non evident.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely maroon color with very floral smells of dark fruits. Is this a lambic?

The smell is wonderful and very acidic. The taste is very fruity and sour. I like this but its very strong on the taste. The mouthfeel is very strong and very complex.

I like this brew but wouldnt drink it every day. Its a nice beer to celebrate with and this could last forever in a cellar.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me sample this. Pours a very nice red/brown with a big thick clingy tan head.

Smell is very sour and sweet. This isn't my area of expertise. It tastes like a lambic to me. Lot's of fruit taste and sour. Perhaps a bit sweeter than a lambic with a better finish (IMHO). I like this one quite a bit, although it's not my favorite style.

An interesting beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
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 alysmith4
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not as great a beer as I had expected it to be.. the write-up on the menu described it leading me to believe that it was the best beer in the world.

It was very fresh, and slightly tart. Definitely some notes of sour cherries and a flavor that reminded me of "sweet/tart" candies. My only critisim would be that it was a wery thin beer.. high in carbonation and a bit on the watery side.

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

Poured a deep maroon color, the color is beautiful, opaque but when held up to light it really glows. Has a thin tan-ish head that rose up a half finger high and quickly dissipated to a thin coating on the surface of the beer. Splotchy lacing.

Sour and tart on the nose. Funky scent with notes of cola, sarsaparilla, cocoa some dark fruit.

First thing that you notice when it hits the tongue is the tartness. Wow. Earthy funkiness comes into play. White cherries, wet stone, cocoa.

Tight fine bubbled carbonation scrubs the tip of the tongue, the sensation is so intense that it almost gives the sensation that you're tongue has fallen asleep. mellows as it moves back in the mouth, but the carbonation is still present through the finish. Dry with a bitter aftertaste with some cocoa tones.

A really really fantastic beer. I stoked to have picked up a few bottles of this. A total treat and a MUST drink if you ever come across it.

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Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about nine dollars, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark brown color with a slight dark red tint, can see through it easily, 3/4 inch soapy vanilla colored head, did not settle for about five minutes, awesome lacing for a beer that sat in a barrel

S-Tartness, coca cola, molasses, oak, cherries, faint vanilla aromas, vinegar, various fruits, and some hops surprisingly

T-Sourness, tropical fruit, citrus that includes a strong lemon taste and lots of oranges, a slight bitterness in the middle, not much oak and vanilla that were pretty evident in the smell, vinegar, very tarty and enjoyable, funkiness, booze really come to the surface once it warms, well balanced and a nice sour quality all the way through

M-Sour mouthfeel, fairly thick body, taste lingered for a couple minutes, nice level of carbonation

D-Alcohol was hidden incredibly well but this one hit me hard because its very high ABV, a little heavy on the stomach as well, one bottle and a few ounces extra would probably be my limit

First De Dolle beer I have tasted, stronger than any other Flanders I have had, quite an interesting beer coming from a Belgian brewer, this would probably get better with a few years in the cellar, would definitely drink again and plan on seeking out some of the previous years, highly recommended

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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 John_M
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the color of rootbeer with a pillowy, creamy head. Head retention and lacing are outstanding in this beer, with the lacing coating the glass all the way down. The beer smells almost as good as if looks. In this case I get some rootbeer aroma, superimposed over oragne rind, ginger ale and single malt scotch. The beer smells terrific. On the palate... sigh... why do those damn Belgians have to pour lambic and/or gueuze into everything? So yes, this beer is pretty sour, but with some vanilla overtones and light rootbeer as well. The sour is very citrusy, and the flavors are quite complex, but I would like this beer far more if the sour was toned down a bit. The mouthfeel is pretty good, and the beer comes across as soft and creamy. The 13% abv. comes as a shock and is well disguised. I would have guessed the abv. at 7% or 8%, and so this beer is really quite drinkable for its abv.

An impressive beer, if just not my particular cup of tea.

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Photo of brantadid
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with reddish hues into a snifter. An off white 1 inch head formed and diminished quickly. Excellent lacing. Head diminished into a froathy film.

Smelled of yeast. Faint smell of cola with some sour smelling notes. Hints of vanilla and some oakiness.

Slight sweetness on the front palate. Followed by apple notes and the bitterness of citrus rind. Some grapefruit notes and hints of vanilla, like from oak aging. Finishes a little sour. Amazingly long finish with layer after layer of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crazy. Tongue is hit by a crisp fizziness. Then the mouth is completely coated with the layers of flavor from this beer. Really nice creaminess which is balanced by the carbonation. 13% abv is completely masked. Very drinkable.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with a small, short-lived head.

S- Bubble gum with an acetic twinge is the best way I can think of to describe it. It's quite sweet-smelling with, of course, that touch of vinegary sourness.

T- The sourness is much more prominent in the taste. Although it's not overwhelming, tartness dominates the flavor profile. A touch of candy-like sweetness comes through in the middle. The finish is dry, woody and slightly bitter with a distinct cheese-like flavor. This is a very complex beer, and I really don't think I'm qualified to try to pick it apart any more than I already have.

M- Smooth and almost a little creamy. The carbonation is there but not particularly assertive.

D- No hint of the 13% ABV at all. I could probably drink another, although I shouldn't.

Very interesting. This is a good beer to remind you of what Belgians are capable. I have yet to taste an American beer that has the kind of complexity this one does. The way the alcohol is hidden is quite remarkable as well. Worth seeking out for fans of Belgians. Recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle poured into my Gouden Carolus goblet, Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 is a dark, muddy purple with a small, tight, off-white head.

Smell is very rich and strong, sweet Oud Bruin, oak and bugs and sour fruits, I love it.

Taste, whoa, is this a mouthful of flavor, fantastic! If your a fan of Flanders reds/browns, this is an excellent example. Vinous, tart and acidic, with complex layers of oak and sugar, and only the slightest hint of the ABV. In a blind tasting, I assume this is more like 8%, not 13! This is a truly exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety.

Drinkability is supreme, unless you don't like sours, in which case I don't know why you'd buy this. So flavorful and satisfying, ever sip beckons another, with really no indication of the ABV, other then the effect!
Served at cellar temp.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sour white grape-ish, and just a hint of alcohol. In the taste, sour white grapes and dark fruits, very small presence of alcohol. A smooth/ small sour mouthfeel and a semi-dry grape and sour dark fruit aftertaste. Great sourness, hide alcohol very well. Easy to drink and pretty damn fantastic.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.23 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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