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

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4.25/5
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83 Ratings
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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
52
Ratings:
83
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 52
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
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 emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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