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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 10-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
82
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I shared this beautiful beer with my wife. Its body is a murky deep brown mahogany in tone. Head grows quickly with biscuity brown bubbles that fade to a skim in minutes. The nose on this one is off the chart. It is bursting with fresh ripe dark fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and overly ripe citrus and even a hint of bubble gum. This fragrance really fills up the room with a full lovely aroma. Enters the mouth with big, rich dark fruits that are accompanied by a wonderful tart feel that is so complete and balanced. Along with this in such a well presented manner comes an earthy tannin feel that is absolutely classy. Mouthfeel is bold, rich and softly tart in a way that is perfect. Supremely drinkable, a beer you really never want to end.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I essentially made the trip up to Asheville for this beer, as I did not want to miss out on this years bottling, having lagged on last years quite a bit. Stopped in at Bruisin and this was the first grab. After dinner tonight I figured it would be a more then fitting nightcap. Served chilled in a Chimay chalice, this one was consumed on 11/09/2008.

The pour was very solid. A rich, dark brown color taking shape right before my eyes. A nice little puff of off white head then crept up over the top and reached a height of around an inch and stayed put. Never sinking below this level, it just simply served to deposit an enormous amount of side glass lace that just coated the inside of the glass.

The aroma was rich, and amazingly tart. Delicous notes of dark cherries, tart apple, hints of light grain and sour grapes. Light notes of random fruits just layered on top of a deep, resinous funk. The flavor though, best of the style I have ever had hands down. Just a crashing wave of sour and tart fruit, exploring parts of the taste buds that you did not think were there. Not as terribly sour as some of the big brett beers, this was more subtle, more condensed. Rich cherry notes dominating the flavor here with a wonderful turn over to an almost candy like flavor in the middle, which just turned in on itself and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth with the long, dry finish. Amazingly drinkable with not a hint of the huge ABV here to be found. This was a remarkable beer.

In the end, this was not at all what I was expecting. This was just fantastically good. One of the best I have ever had I would have to say. Good enough for me to grab another bottle or two for sure. a fantastic beer that you need to get out there and try.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

effing wow....

One of if not the BEST I have ever had. This is an amazing beer.

It pours an orange amber and has an off white colored head. Good head retention despite the 13 percent abv.

TONS of citrus and sour cherry on the nose, this beer lets you know its going to be as intense as it is on the way in.

This beer comes on very strong with a heavy sour punch. I get the oak and almost a cognac like character. There is a little bit of caramel but by no means is this a sweet beer, and wait is it 13 percent alcohol?... Could have fooled me. The intensity of flavor nearly completely wipes out any indication of alcoholic strength.

If you find it its worth the money, But its the first time I have ever seen it and look for these all the time so good luck.

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Photo of emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Oerbier glass around 50º. Thin cap of eggshell foam, the glass is a glowing dark orange-ruby orb with direct light behind it. Tiny streams of racing carbonation. In low light the color is more of a mahoghany tone. After 30 minutes the head is still unbroken.

Ripe cheese and balsamic notes, wet wood, damp forest floor. At room temperature there is almost a hint of some mystery confection, maybe toffee, also brandy. Very hard to pin down, it seems to change over time in a progressive way. Definite barrel and cherry pit.

Succulent black cherry, leather, sharp cheese, hay, with a sticky chambord finish. Toasted barrel staves. Long lasting dry sherry and oak notes. Really bursting with tart fruit and funky, woody essence.

Creamy full body, long and savory finish that plays with the senses. A perennial favorite that I look forward to every year about this time. Cheers to Kris Herteleer and his masterful work!

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle states brewed in 2007 bottled in 2008. I drank this after aging two years in my beer cabinet.

Poured into a snifter, reddish brown and murky. It was sparkling clear in the bottle but obviously had some chill haze as it was not aged in the refrigerator. Smell tart and i could tell that the bugs had done their job. A nice, dirty white head quickly subsided. Very acidic on the first sip. Almost too much. The second was less so. By the third sip i loved the beer.

Mouthfeel was very dry and bubbly. There are so many layers of flavors in this beer and the finish is tart and dry. Lots of woody esters and dark fruit and earthiness. I dont get any vinegar taste from this beer thankfully.

I am amazed how this has morphed into a completely different beer from two years ago. The bugs were hard at work inside the bottle. An excellent beer! An scarily drinkable at 13% abv!!!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so this is my beer number 100. and what a beer.

the pour is a murky barley wine color. dark cloud of amber. with a medium head. belgian firm but not aggressive on the palate. smell is on its own. like a lambic tart with cherry and a light woodiness. smell of gentle lilies. the o'keefe of beer. and at 13% which i can feel at the end of the glass... no alcohol at all. really impressive. taste is a bitter earthy wood with cherry tart. soft. at least enough to pick up a doughy quality in the mild sweet malt. definitely well balanced sour quality. goes down smooth. tastes like a milder flemish red but with a broader palate range and goes down an extreme subtle, if it was ever possible, barley wine. balsamic acid, flowers petals, tart, and earth seem to be the predominant. one of the best i've have in the last year. easily. easily in my top five percent of beer period. de dolle fans will be shocked. flemish red fans will drink three thinking its the typical 5-8 percent and feel the well hidden result. fantastic beer...

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, I love this series of brews. Thanks Ineedabeerhere!

Pours a murky bubbling reddish brown. Surprisingly large off-white head. Bubbly throughout, great mouthfeel.

Smells like tart cherries, wine vinegar, and an interesting earthy spiciness. Yum. The bit more age on this has rounded out the sour profile, bringing out the earthy tones, and blending the fruit ones.

Taste is great. The sour-y, red wine/vinegar, tart cherries, and earthiness with a dab of funk kick in and balance it well.

Wish I could buy this all the time.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish brown with a massive thick and fluffy almost tan colored head that lasts through the whole beer and leaves very even lacing on the sides of the glass. cant beat that

S- lots going on here. some sourness is the first thing i pick up. something musty and leather like. tobacco or raisins, cherries, and something almost champagne like.

T- again, very complex. sweet fruits upfront. pretty tart at the end. somewhat oak-y. lots of tastes in common with champagne.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation that adds to the beer. pretty creamy, very smooth

D- for something this big, the alcohol is very well masked. id love to have a couple of these in a sitting. its different, very complex, and the sourness isnt overwhelming. the only negative to this beer is the price and somewhat limited availability. de dolle doesnt disappoint. check this one out if you ever get the chance, i dont think youll be sorry you did.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap marked: BOTTL 2008

A: Pours a relatively clear but deep dark mahogany. Perched on top is an incredible looking 4-finger mass of perfectly creamy foam that's dark khaki in color. Head retention was excellent and full-on sheets of lace were left, stuck to the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of vinegar infused cherries that are further tempered by smells of oak, figs, and plums. Possibly a hint of tart green apple.

T: See above, tastes much like it smells. Soft vinegar and sour cherry flavors are complimented by flavors of damp bark, subtle dark fruit, and tangy/tart orchard fruit (green apple and/or waaaay underipe peaches).

M: I fully expected a tongue stripping vinegar mess but was gifted with a mouthfeel that was equal parts sour, sweet, and tart. Actually, really quite lush feeling. The oak aged astringency of the finish acted to merely add to and not take away from what happened before it. Oh, and where is that 13%? I couldn't detect it at all.

D: I, literally, had to keep looking at the bottle...mostly in disbelief. 13%? C'mon! That has to be a typo, right? Well, it is there, just lurking until the end of the glass. Suddenly my stomach felt quite warm. I'm so glad I was able to try this again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby, cola brown with reddish, brown highlights and a bubbly cola like head that leaves a skim of foam until the very end.

S - Dark cherry, tart mixed with balsamic vinegar and a vinous sweetness. Some oak and figs is also noticeable.

T - tart, lactic, vinegar like acidity, dark cherries, woody oak, leather, plum, dark fruits and a hint of sweet caramel.

M - Medium body, tart with prickly carbonation. Slightly warming going down which felt weird for a sour but I had no idea it is 13% abv.

D - The mouthfeel and abv seem a little strange along with the big sourness but it makes for a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of ricke
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, slightly hazy, with a beige uneven big head. Lots of lacings and a thick lid of foam sticks around for the show.

S: A very big smell with notes of sweet and tart fruits, wet wood, oak, grass, yeast, spices and malts. Hints of fudge, cola and herbal freshness. A very vinous character. When the yeast sediments go in the glass, a mild semi-funky aroma develops.

T: A very big taste with lots of flavors rushing forward and almost attack the mouth. Malty sweetness mixes nicely with fruity tartness. Notes of spices, bread, wood, plums, cherries and fudge. That lovely earthy Oerbier yeast blends perfectly with the slightly tart and semi-funky barrel character. Very vinous. The finish has some bitterness to it and well integrated sweet alcohol that sends a warming sensation through the body. Dry wood notes and fruity yeasty flavors lingers on.

M: Medium body, very smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish and quite a lot of carbonation.

D: A fantastic beer. Very complex and balanced. The way the sweetness, tartness and bitterness interact is just amazing. It's very vinous with quite a lot of components reminiscent of red wine. Delicious.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper-brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells good. Slightly tart fruits - figs, berries and hints of pear - are backed by mild hints of oak. As it warms some funk manages its way out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts are joined by tart fruits in very nice balance. Near the end of the sip a hint of the wood comes out right before an ending that leaves a perfect amount of tartness lingering. I would never guess this was 13.0% ABV - more like 8-9%.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. I split a 12 oz. bottle but could easily have two to three of these.

Overall the most impressive thing about this beer was how well it hid the alcohol. A very tasty Oud Bruin that's definitely worth a shot.

UPDATE 4/14/11: Tasted this again courtesy of Jeremy and it is hands down the best out of 2005-2009. The tartness has increased since the previous review. Very much worth a shot.

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Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle at De Dolle poured by Kris himself.

A - Dark reddish-brown color with a nice large off-white head.

S - Aroma is vinous and somewhat tart with lots of other dark fruits, also barrel notes and vinegar present.

T - The flavor is complex with dark fruits, red wine, port, chocolate, and wood. Fairly tart, yet not so much as, say, your average American sour ale. This beer is much more balanced than those tend to be, with a much fuller flavor, and is pleasantly tart while skipping the mouth-puckering sourness.

M - Dry finish with a fairly full body and medium-high carbonation.

D - Well, it's a 13% cask-aged beer. I'd say it's more drinkable than your average red wine, which could be a fair comparison given the ABV and the fact that this was matured in Bordeaux casks.

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Photo of joepais
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the lions pride in Brunswick Maine served in a tulip glass it had a wonderful off white head that lasted for the entire time I was drinking the brew. The beer had a dark brown colored body with mahogany Highlights.

The aroma of cherries and apples with other wonderful sour type fruits as well, filled my head. This was a fantastic Flanders Oud Bruin, lightly sour with enough sweetness to keep it really drinkable. Flavors of tart cherries and apples are incredible as well. It had a medium feel in my mouth with enough carbonation to keep my tongue happy.

A little pricey to really be a beer you would drink many of. Defiantly worth the price to try and enjoy once in a while

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, 2007 vintage at Brasserie Beck. Dark red-brown with a medium light tan head. Tart cherry and cranberry aromas, with some red wine, oak, and yeast qualities. The flavor is rich and fruity, with oak and alcohol combining with deep fruity malts and tart flavors. Somewhat sour, but it is only an element in a complex mix of fruity, malty, and alcoholic flavors. Very vinous in character, like an acidic red wine with a full and powerful flavor profile. This beer cuts rich foods like a razor. Reminds me of a flanders red, but adds the rich alcoholic complexity that makes it stand out.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while now.
Pours a dark reddish brown in color. There's a nice frothy half inch of head sitting atop and sticking around for some time.
Smell is caramel, toffee and some tart/sourness.
Taste is much more sour than I was expecting and I love it. What a pleasant surprise. Very nice light fruit flavor with a huge amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation to match the tartness. There is absolutely, positively no sign of the alcohol which makes this beer even better.
Amazing. I want to pick up some more, but for $9 a 11oz bottle, I'm going to have to think about it.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured carefully from the bottle into a tulip glass, which produced a massive, four-finger high khaki colored rocky head, which gave way to some amazing lacing. The head was well retained throughout the drink, and sat unobtrusively atop a dark, hazy reddish-brown body. The body was almost completely opaque, and exhibited a good amount of active carbonation, which seemed to perpetually replenish the head.

S- Beautifully sweet and sour nose. Smells of burnt candy sugar, sour cherries, cider vinegar... some almondy, oaky and vinous notes... and my favorite horseblanket! (Brett)

T- Oh my! Delicate cotton-candy-like sweetness meets the flavor of sour cherries and almonds! Tons of oak tannins, sour notes (lactobacillus?), vinegary notes (acteobacter?) and horseblanket (brett). WOW! So much going on! And it all finishes super-long, bitter and dry (thanks to the oak).

M- Light to medium body is a bit creamy, and well complimented by prominent soft carbonation. Well done, not distracting from everything else.

D- Oh so wonderful. This is lovely funky mess that I could endlessly enjoy... that is until the alcohol content put me under the table. The 13% abv takes the drinkability down a notch... just because it limits the sessionability (is that a word?)

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Photo of ujsplace
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, very slight faint mahogany reddish, thick head, that is self-sustaining with carbonation and some pretty nice lacing...

S: Sour, tart fruits. Slight vinegar and sour apples...

T: Sour, tangy, slightly acidity, definitely can taste some nice woody overtones which I guess must be oak since it is aged in oak barrels. Being that this is my first experience with a Flanders Oud Bruin, I am definitely appreciating this brew. Very little to imperceptive alcohol presence. Dry, light finish.

M: Light and tart, would be a pretty good summer beer.

D: Can't believe the abv. Crazy... the more I taste, it grows on me. I'm liking this, but at the same time, will heed the alcohol content in spite of its near absence in the mouth...

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Photo of levifunk
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of Bartrash. poured into snifter.

a - pours dark brown with a nice tan head. head dies off, but held on longer than I expected.

s - smell is acidic and vinegar. oak and tart cherry.

t - wow, quite sour. oak is huge, and while i can taste the booze, it is very mellow for 13%. dry vinegar flavor. i'm not getting any of the sweet fruit flavors others got, but i do get some grapefruit rind flavor, but its not that bitter.

m - medium-light body. great carbonation. dry feel.

overall - wow, this does a phenomenal job at hiding the booze. If i didn't know, i would guess 6-7%. very good flavor, but i'm wondering why i'm not picking up any fruit. It would be nice.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a deep ruby red/burgundy color with a one inch off-white head that sinks to a cap after a couple of minutes. Leaves some pretty decent lacing.

Aroma is initially sweet, like the product of some candi sugar. However, that doesn't last long as the tartness kicks in quickly. It's quite fruity as well and reminds me most of black cherries. There's also some very slight bubble gum esters peeking through.

Taste is quite tart from the beginning, with the sweet character popping in for a quick moment right before the swallow. The cherry character is still evident, but more of the funk comes through in the taste than the aroma, slightly overpowering the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it's lightened a bit by some effervescent carbonation that also lends a creamy feel to it. A bit like the bubbly.

Enjoyed this one quite a bit, hard to believe it's 13% ABV. It was $10 per bottle, but worth the cost.

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Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up for $6 at Abe's Cold Beer. This beer reminds me a bit of a cherry stout homebrew I made for the tart cherry flavor that almost dominates the flavor. I say 'almost' because the acidic citrus that rounds out the taste. The aroma has a mellow oak element with caramel candy. Additionally, there are hints of dates, Belgian-spiced plums (like youd find in a good Belgian strong dark ale) and red grapes before the tart grapefruit kicks in. There's a subtle earthy hops note in the finish and an aftertaste that fades into tangy, mouth-puckering lemon. Considering how most sour beer are real sippers, this beer has amazing drinkability. It's 13% and drinks like a beer at half the strength. Watch out, this beer could put you in a ditch. And word to the wise, let this baby warm up to cellar temp. The complexity comes alive with a little warmth.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. brewed 2007, bottled 2008. poured into tulip. tasted in late march 09.

another de dolle gusher, of course! grr...

dark reddish brown, some dark ruby under the light. mildly hazy. beige head is fizzy at first, but then goes to a fine-foam, thin layer, then just wisps and a ring. decent lacing.

aroma: dark dried cherries with tart note. whiff of cider and balsamic vinegars. trade of wood. grass and hay mix with faint barnyard hint. note of... leather?

taste: tart fruitiness, with light vinegar acidity, plus another whimper of fruit, not quite sweet, but vaguely caramel. woody oak and leather, with light funk and hay and more tart notes, continuing into the tart yet dry finish.

prickly carbonation, with acidic finish, and the very end has a nice dry astringency.

alcohol is undetectable and makes this very drinkable.

okay, de dolle has redeemed themselves slightly in my eyes, but really, WHY CAN'T THEY CONTROL THE GUSHING!?!?!?!

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Photo of 0110x011
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby, bordering on black. Nearly impenetrable. Thick, frothy three-finger head lasts and lasts, leaving thick, chunky lacing behind. Huge cherry and oak on the nose, followed by an earthy mustiness and barnyard funk. A bit boozy. Sour punch on the tongue first, followed by cherry, plum, earth, funk and oak. The dark fruit flavors become more prominent as the beer warms and the palate acclimates to the sourness. Mouthfeel is light and dry, wih the 13% incredibly well hidden.

A damn fine Flemish sour; ranks with the best.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark ruby brown with brighter ruby highlights shining through when held up to a light. Big foamy brown head caps the beer after a rater gentle pour. Lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Thick sheets of lace left behind on the glass.

S - Tart and sour dark fruit aromas dominate the nose. Some cherry, date, and a little fig. A light vinegar hint lingers underneath. I would say the general funkiness is present as well, but somewhat muted.

T - Very tart initially with lots of dark fruits in the taste. Cherry is the most noticeable with a little plum as well. While being tart the whole way through, it is never really mouth puckering. A light fruity sweetness provides just enough balance.

M/D - On the medium side of full bodied with a tart resin that coats the mouth. Deceptively easy drinking for 13% ABV.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml purchased from Publick House Provisions into a Duvel tulip...

1-finger tight, natural ginger-colored head tops a cloudy, bountiful clove/gingerbread body - looks rustic, hearty and spicy. Head brings a very chunky seam. Somewhat hazy but this looks quite comforting.

Salty bicarb makes a faint first impression but thankfully makes its exit. Hugem sour, braised dark fruits...sour plums (?) come about with mild clove, slight vinegar and bountiful weighty malt. Hops? A trace if that.

Wow - I am digging the up-front peppercorn spice on top of the sour power of deep, dark clove and figs - carbonation gives it a little light body to the Brett...but the "horse blanket" feel is very mild. Very well-constructed.

Palate presence is excellent - stewed fruit brings a sour pucker against a slight yeasty feel. OVerall very tangy. Finish is long and drawn out with strength bout almost as bright as a lambic.

This style is predispositioned to sipping but this is so well done it's a pleasure to enjoy.

Sidebar: My 4 1/2-year-old insisted on smelling what was in my glass - of course I caved thinking he would find it disgusting. His exact words..."Whoa, that's good - can I have some?" Are you friggin' kidding me?

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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