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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
dedollebrouwers.be

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
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 52
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 HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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