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

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

Brewed by:
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 emerge077 on 10-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Kraken
2.68/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Slight pour yields a scant bubbly film that barely coats the surface. Moderately light lace. Color is a dark brown.

nose- Anise, dehydrated cranberry, very different.

Palate- Exceedingly tart and sharp on the palate. Very sour, sour apples, grape skins, and pure grapefruit extract. Mouth puckering. Not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Tart, bitter and tanic

Drinkability- Not for me, glad I was able to split.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed April, 2012 (Zythos weekend):

Oddly compelling as both an oude bruin and a strong dark ale, but uniquely Belgian throughout, this beer goes a lot of directions at once.

Pouring a russet brown color of rust and burgundy, the yeasty haze delivers a heavy appearance of opaqueness and dullness. Capped with an off white head of yellowish discoloration, the creamy foam is semi-stubborn as it holds its structure for much of the duration with light lace.

Sharp aromas of worn wood, musty malt, sharp tartness and light medicine pull ahead of tart wine like fruitiness and dry sweetness underneath. Spicy with cinnamon, clove, and white pepper, the beer's tawny scent is both sharp to the nose and mature in its mellowness.

Flavor follow suite with the early taste of toast and chocolate that soon sheads it's dry malty taste in favor of more tartness, leather, aged woods, raw tobacco, and sherry-like savory wines. Tart berries, light white wine cider, and dried cherries balance against peppery spice, mild smoke, and plastic-like medicinal notes for complexity and challenge in taste.

Medium bodied, but the beer feels lighter because of the acidity, prickle of alcohol and spice, and sharply astringent pang in finish. Lightly powdery and dusty as the beer's finishing texture reintroduces an aftertaste of dry woods and peppercorn.

The balance of this five-year vintage has tilted heavily toward the side of phenolic spice which gives the beer an odd mushroomy medicinal property of electrical tape and plastics and are beginning to upset the interplay of malt, spice, and fruit. As a contrast, the classic dark strong ale vintage of '02 has held up much nicer.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to Plenum via TMoney2591 for this oldie

Now I shall start off with the caveat that I do not like sour beers at this point in my beer tasting life. I thought I would give this one a shot because at this point I've not had this particular style. I have to say that the initial pour has me frightened with a dirty red clay soup color. The smell is lot and lots of sour oak with some spicy ginger notes added in for good measure. The tastes has the same sour that I expected to get from the nose. The addition is a hell of a lot of salt and vinegar. Since I'm not partial to that style of chip I'm going to have to decline saying that I prefer this beer in any way. It's drinkable, if you have the palate for it.

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Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Dilly Deli, poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a dark shoe leather without much visibility. Good head forms latte foam tan with good retention and lacing.

S: Tons of caramel and caramelized dark fruits. Plenty of alcohol mixed in with the sweetness as well as the complexity of the oak. A bit of tartness and light sour notes are tossed in with the fruits.

T/M: Quite tart. Very tart cherries with some raisins in the back. Alcohol cuts through a bit. The sweet caramel and non-tart dark fruits are nearly completely hidden behind the tartness. The oak stands up to the tart and sour cherries and adds a nice depth to them. Body is maybe a bit above medium with pretty good carbonation to smooth things out.

D: Alcohol is there but doesn't feel like 13%. A touch tart for my personal liking and that'll lower the drinkability, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duck rabbit snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a murky brown with a light ruby hue.

Aroma: Oak and funk. Sour cherries make my mouth water quickly. Has light vinegar flavors. It is sour and I like it.

Taste: Very sour and funky. It brings a medicinal flavor in the background with a vinegar flavor up front. The sour cherries are hidden by the funk. It is very oaky. A pretty big beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sour. A pretty high amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. End with some alcohol showing and nail polish remover flavor.

Overall, a decent bruin, but very big for the style a bit to much carbonation. I like the aroma but the taste brought a bit too much. Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice dark copper color, clear, clean, nice head
S: moderate sour tones, most likely from barrel aging
T: WOW!, a ton of sharp brett sourness up front, wasn't expecting so much but it's very good, very unusual for a 13 ABV beer in that alcohol is masked a lot from sourness and body isn't too dense, after awhile it mellows out but still sourness dominates, I desired more body and less brett but still a good beer all-around
M: decent, no unusual or off flavors
D: decent but too much brett

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Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small head, leave to minimum ring. Not much lace or anything else.

S - Bright tart smell mingled with malt.

T - Sour, sparkly, like bad OJ. Man, when will I get this stuff? I am review per style, but it would be lower otherwise.

M - Medium body, sour, sour, sour.

D - Stop please!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; side by side with the 2006

Pours a murky brown, with a small, bubbly white cap. Small spider web lacing as you work through the beer. Head recedes to a powdered sugar-like coating.

Up front, some notes of figs, pear, and grapes with oak tannins in tow. Tart cherries are subtle, with a toffee earthiness that is predominant.

The taste follows the nose, except a prevailing tartness comes out. Kind of an odd tartness, with some metallic notes to it. Grapes and cherries lending a soft fruitiness with toffee and figs over top. A light oakiness just kind of hangs out in the background.

Medium body with high carbonation. The finish is of a lingering sourness, with some slight metallic flavors, and some figs and earth. Dry and crisp.

Complex and tasty example of the style. At this point in the aging process, it is not as well-rounded as it should be. Maybe another year would work well.

I found this to be fairly different than the '06 I had sitting right next to it. This seemed to have some higher carbonation and an increased sour note. A lot of the flavor and aroma notes are the same, but the '06 was better melded together and "whole," for lack of a better term.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Plenum for this bottle!

I'm going into this one kinda blind, as I don't really know what to expect. It pours a cloudy sunset burnt sienna topped by a finger of light-ish tan foam. The nose comprises funky cherries, vinegar, dank oak, vanilla, and creeping moss (I can smell its movement...). The taste goes from a wildly dank orange to a massive assault of salty vinegar, then to straight salt water, and then comes to rest on some musty oak. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, but one I can't quite get fully into due to the overt vinegar-ness. Still, I was thankful to get to try this LIF-ed bottle.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version bottled in 2008. Pours a murky brown with a red tinged color with a tan head that coasters on top. Sour fruit notes in the nose with some acetone aromas. Light mouthfeel. Sour dark fruit taste like cherry and plum. Some latent bitternes as well. Acetone in the taste but not overpowering. Surprised this is a 13% beer! The off type bitterness in the taste is a little off putting for me but other than that I am enjoying this one.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ballewblake for providing a bottle of this at our DFW tasting event last night.

Presentation: Poured from 330ml bottle into a snifter style glass.

A: This beer has a nice dark caramel color, but lacks any carbonation, head, or lacing whatsoever. The color makes up for it though.

S: Smells almost exactly like a Duchess de Bourgogne to me, but maybe a little less barnyard funk. Fruity and sour and well balanced.

T: Wow I was surprised how good this was. This smells like Duchess, but it certainly doesn't remind me of it in the taste at all. It's much better. One of the first sours I've ever had this beer gave NO evidence whatsoever that it was 13% alcohol. Reminded me of a balsamic vinegar without the acid.

M: Very undercarbonated it was also a little slick for my liking.

D: I could drink a couple of these without any issue despite the fact it is sour. I had absolutely no clue as to the high alcohol content, and neither did anyone else at our tasting. In fact we had to check the bottle again just to see if it was really 13%!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at State Line a while back.

A: Holy moly, the first thing that strikes you about this beer is the massive head and excellent retention. Dense and light brown in color, it sits atop a deep ruby red beer with reddish brown highlights. Quite awesome. The lacing is surprising (and welcomed)

S: Big and complex, this smells great. The classic acetic character is present and prominent, but there's also a rich vinous sweetness with sugar, plum wine, and a delicious oak character with some vanilla. Cocoa/unsweetened chocolate is present, as is a berry-like character. Awesome. As it warms up, the lactic character that caught me by surprise becomes more prominent.

T: Opens up puckeringly sour with a blend of lactic and acetic sourness. The first blast is a balsamic vinegar-like character, but the strong lactic character overpowers it. A lot of the sweetness on the nose is lost, and this basically is an acid bomb with an oaky, vanilla finish. Alcohol is impossible to detect. It really is unfortunate that the lactic character overpowers everything else :-(

M: Rather big in body with a huge sourness. Carbonation is high, and works well. The finish is a little one dimensional, though

D: The lactic character gets to be a bit much after a while, but I will have no trouble finishing my glass

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3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish/red - definitely not pretty. A small one finger caramel colored head tops the beer. Smells only of brett and alcohol with just a tad of dark fruits coming thru. First sip is all funk with wild yeast up front and center. There is quite a bit of green apple notes adding to the sour tartness. The 13% ABV is fairly well hidden. Bottle conditioning makes for an appreciated mouthfeel.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/17/2008 (labeled 2007, bottle marked 2008-13%): Pours a very cloudy, very dark reddish brown body. Big pillowy creamy light tan head. Good lacing, and lasting, leaving a nice lacing. Very floral aroma, perfumy, dark fruit, plum, dark grape. Spices too, not a very heavy aroma. Sour, apples and pears. Watery palate. Sweet, light fruit, slightly acidic. Carbonated and drying in the mouth.Fruity and hides the alcohol well. Tart.

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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: decent head and some lacing

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, farmhouse cheese, tart cherries, and toffee

Taste: similar to the above, balsamic vinegar and red wine with some brown sugar, tart cherries, molasses, and toffee

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and lightly carbonated

Drinkability: I just have a hard time getting worked up over these. My big compliment is how well the ABV is hidden.

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 330ml/11.2fl.oz. bottle purchased at Publick House Provisions, Brookline, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a beautiful, nearly opaque, deep crimson color with a dense, frothy, ultra creamy and stiff, light tan head. Over time, the head faded to a resilient cap of froth. Huge chunks of sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was perfect mix of sweet and tart. Rich, full and complex. Winey and fruity with a stiff, malty base. Slightly musty, funky and oaky. Ripe berries were noticeable along with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Signature oud bruin.

The taste was not nearly as impressive as the aroma. Tart, crisp and almost a bit light initially. Bitter, slightly acidic and a touch funky in the center. Super oaky and earthy with notes of tart berries and granny smith apples. Quite sour and bitter on the back end. The finish was very dry, tannic and wine-y with mild oxidative notes, a kiss of alcohol warmth and a surprising amount of hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was beautifully lush, creamy and smooth with a gentle, tongue blanketing carbonation. Rather full-bodied for the style.

Drinkability was a mixed bag. From an alcohol perspective, the 13% was remarkably well hidden. Flavorwise, the super dry and bitter nature of this brew was a bit overwhelming.

This was quite an interesting beer. Although it smelled like an oud bruin, it definitely tasted like an oaky red wine. Definitely worth a try, if you do not mind spending $10 on a bottle.

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Photo of bmanning
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a large off-white head. Aromas of sour cherries, dark fruits, apple cider vinegar. Taste is very sour and tart with more dark fruit and cherries. There is also vanilla, oak, and balsamic vinegar along with funky barnyard. Overall this is a good Oud Bruin, but I prefer my sour beers to have less of the vinegar acetic acid character.

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

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Bottled in 2008 stamped on cap. Bought it at Publick House Provisions (Brookline, MA) a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy amber brown with 1 inch tan head with good retention. Hazy but no visible sediment.

Nose: Sour cherry, wet wood, milk chocolate, peach fuzz.

Palate: Medium-bodied with nice rich texture that leads into a sour crisp finish. Sour cherry and lots of dark chocolate are the primary flavors, with some vanilla bean and cola rounding it out.

Notes: Nice balance! A sour beer, but it's kept in check by the complex flavors and great mouthfeel! Very drinkable despite being 13%!

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Photo of stevefinny
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance: Opened bottle to have it explode into the glass. Tons of tiny little bubbles. Head came and went.

Smell: Tart cherry, slight barnyard funk, and vinegar.

Taste: sourness upfront, Brett with tart cherries, slight winey vinegar. Where is the 13%ABV??? Damn this dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Crisp, and a blanket of carbonation on the tongue that tingles.

Drinkability: This goes down way to easy. Great example of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I need to get more of these. Can't find the 13%ABV but i feel it.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bronze that becomes scintillating scarlet when the sun is finally high enough in the sky for proper backlighting. Tiny flecks of yeast remain in suspension, while larger flakes eventually drift to the bottom of the snifter. The caramel nougat colored crown becomes increasingly creamy over time and is currently responsible for a thick collar of sudsy lace.

The noses on the beer in this series are what the noses on all Flanders oud bruins aspire to. If they don't, they should. It has that classic red-brown maltiness, along with a big blast of fruit vinegar and oak. Very well done.

Deciding when to crack the crown on these 13.0% beasts is difficult. My first impression is that this vintage could have used another year or so. It's still pretty intense, so if you like them rounder and more mellow, keep it in your cellar. Let's see if time and warming tame things a bit.

They do, but this is still in-your-face ale. Bitterness is surprisingly prominent, which is odd. Can't be hops, so maybe prolonged exposure to wood is to blame. Specifics include brown bread soaked in cherry vinegar and lemon juice, several barrels worth of oak and a large splash of tonic water. Outstanding job of alcohol masking, especially considering the sky-high ABV.

Slightly too much flavor clashing drops the taste and drinkability scores down one notch. The mouthfeel is more full than it was on the last (and only other) Special Reserva beer that I've reviewed. Besides, it looks like light-medium bodied is the way these things are supposed to be.

Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. Everything they release is either good or excellent, usually the latter. Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 might have fallen on the upper end of that range if I had had the patience to crack the crown in 2012.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for opening up this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza.

Pours a dark cherry color with hints of mahogany and a good half inch of foam.

Smells of oak, cherry maltiness, nutty malts, slight vinegar, a little chalky too. Some red apples. Acidic and tannins. Strawberry aromas develop later on, as well as more fruitiness.

Cherry, vinegar, oak, and toast flavor greet the mouth at first sip. Later on I pick up some plastic/phenolic flavors, hints of coffee or roasted malts late in the aftertaste. Tannic and medium dry finish. Medium carbonation as well, and very smooth.

Seems like a cross between a Belgian Dark ale and a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with a reddish hue. Crème head. Nose is cherries and a lactic funk. Slight sugar and stronger wood tones. Flavor is Flanders for sure. Slight sour and tart bite with unsweetened cherries and a bit of leafy and woody funk. Lactic tone is definitely there, but not completely overpowering. Vanilla tones are there as well. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation really attacks the tip of my tongue. Nice to drink. Intense and a bit too boisterous, but if you like the style you will dig this one.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. $8.99 from the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati.

Consumed in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours an incredibly dark brown which becomes more transparent when held up against the light. Light tan half finger head which looks very light contrasted with the dark brown of the beer.

Wonderful sour aroma with the right amount of sweetness. Possible the benchmark for Flanders Oud Bruin. Depth to the aroma and nothing to make (you/a person familiar with this style) think vinegar.

The creamy head remains constant.

Taste and mouthfeel are both incredibly rich. Almost to a fault as it masks the sour and finish. More of an observation than a complaint. An exceptionally smooth beer for 13%.

In imperial version of this beer that I believe will benefit from some time in the cellar.

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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle acquired at Olbutiken.

Pours medium brown, light tan highlights, a nice light head very nice intial carbonation but fades way to quickly...Aroma is super strong, as soon as the cap is off you are hit with strong sour notes, a typical oud bruin aroma. Oak underneath everything, light vinegar on the back...The taste is more a barrel aged sour to me, reminds me of consecreation more than an oud bruin. Having said that probably the best oud bruin I've had. Its too plain though, just sour wood from start to finish, no depth...The feel is nice and easy to drink.

An easy to drink 13% oud bruin that is on the plain side, but worth trying.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange/red with a short head but what is there sticks around as a thin swirl for quite awhile and leaves some lacing. pretty nice for the style and abv. Smells a bit yeasty, and a bit sour with some very light saddle and horseblanket as well as a bit of oak. Somewhat vinous and fruity with cellared fruit in the nose. Not as sour as the nose hints at at first, but the sourness grows a bit as it warms and opens up. Complex with some metallic notes, a bit of funk, some asprin like bitterness, sweet/sour preserved red fruit, and a big tannic backbone from the oak. Very nice indeed and this is already drinking quite well. Quenching and tannic and complex, and by no means exhibiting its hefty 13% abv.

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