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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)
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 Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
89
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
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34
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21
For Trade:
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 89
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer. The Mad Brewers have outdone themselves with this one.

A – Pours a nice rich reddish mahogany-brown, a bit hazy, with a good bit of tan foam that recedes into a thin chiffon sheet.

S – It smells like a very nice, typical Oud Bruin (which this is not) with great aromatic suggestions of cinnamon raisin buns, malt vinegar, musty oak and sour cherries. The alcohol is very well hidden

T – This is a tremendous take on the style. It tastes very reminiscent of Vichtenaar or Duchesse de Bourgogne, actually, but spiked with a significant alcohol punch on the end. That said, the alcohol is still fairly well-hidden. Now, to the flavors: fantastic impressions of rich port wine and generally vinous tones, abundant nuances of sour cherry and apricot, as well as a earthy an musty impartation from the oak, all capped by a distinctly Cognac-like finish. It never drinks ‘hot’, despite the 13% ABV, which is seemingly an anomaly within the style. A note about drinking this beer as compared to other Oud Bruins: I frequently like to drink them warm and aired-out; this one does not benefit from that treatment, it is best consumed quite cold.

M – Very much on the refreshing side of medium-bodied, but velvety in feel and perfectly carbonated for the style.

D – This is perhaps the best beer offered by one of Belgium’s most superb breweries. Inestimably drinkable

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Photo of merrymonkster
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Words escape me for this is the epitome of fine craft brew excellence. This is my first and last review. No disrespect. Sour? yes, So delicious in taste and fragrance. I hate to see it fade in my rochefort chalice I wish for it to linger forever. Cold shower needed.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been in my cellar a couple of years. Poured into a small vintage Rodenbach tumbler glass.

Body is reddish copper brown with a tan head that dissipates to an 1/8th inch cap. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells of cherry fruit, a bit of vinegar, funk, tea, and brown sugar. Very intriguing.

This is an oud bruin with a unique character! There is a strong malt backbone to this, with a nice caramel element, and the beer has now oxidized some, adding more of a port quality. Still has a nice cherry tartness and a nice level of acid coming through. Has a lovely depth in the finish that lasts, like a fine liquor, along with a bit of cinnamon spice. The stickiness of the beer on my lips says there is more sugar in this than I am tasting, and it is very well balanced by the tartness, like a nice cherry pie.

Body is medium, mainly due to the sugars, and the carbonation gives this a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

This beer is just delightful. The alcohol is exceptionally well integrated, but at 13%, makes this a sipper. It makes a good dessert beer.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved this guy for awhile. Decided to bust it out. Poured it into a chimay chalice, poured a nut brown hue. Very foggy and a very light tan head that did not stick around for long.

Nose is pungent , belgium yeasts, cherry, clove, brown sugar, and a cooling effect like spearmint.

Flavor is sour but with a sugar spice balance. lots of cherry and a alcohol tingle. Finished with a little cocoa, and allspice.

Love it Love it Love it. I'm going to pick up another one today.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this specific vintage multiple times but never got around to doing a review. Thanks to Wolfsblood for hooking up a case back in 2009:)

Brown redish color. Pretty much flat. Very minimal head and slight carbination which was pretty much non existant after sitting in my glass for 10-15 minutes letting this bad boy warm up.

Wonderful smells. Sour plums. Vinegar. Dark fruits.

Amazing flavor. Strikingly tart. Booze is almost non existant especially concidering the high ABV. A slow sipper for sure. Sliky smooth mouthfeel. Increased in complexity as it warmed.

I had to take some points off for the dark murky sediment on the bottom of my glass but other than that this beer is great. World class stuff.

For the sour/Belgian lover it doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for sharing.

A: Clear ruby-amber body with a thin off-white head that disappears fairly quickly but does leave some nice delicate lace. Pretty solid for being several years old.

S: Intense acetic tartness right away, smoothed out by some terrific cherry and red-wine fruitiness. Vanilla and tannic oak well balanced in the background. Fantastic.

T: Follows the nose precisely - sour, fruity, oaky, and cleanly tannic. I cannot believe that this is 13%, since it goes down with impeccable smoothness and not even a hint of booziness. Just a delicious Oud Bruin.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Wow, this blew me away. I'd only had the '11 vintage of this beer, and it really didn't do too much for me - overly bitter and boozy, just unbalanced - but this was a masterpiece. Thanks again Matt!

Cheers!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep ruby red with a thin, tan head that remains and a lot of rushing bubbles.

S- Complex aroma of tart cherry, apple skins, dried berry, vanilla. Light, fruity pinot noir, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

T&M- Slightly sour fruit, very wine-like, with a woody, vanilla fade. Medium bodied with clean carbonation that doesn't allow the beer to be syrupy. Shows very little alcohol except a slight warming after swallowing.

D- Unbelievable, I could have never guessed this is 13%. I have nothing to complain about with this. Genius.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this reminds me of how the ommegang bottle says something about it being a "truly burgundian brew". Oerbier Reserva 2008 is what i think of when i think burgundy. dark brown, almost red with a cream colored head that holds forever and leaves good lace. nose is wood, dark cherry, earth, earthy mushroom, a hint of freshly ridden leather, plum, green cooking apple and a little touch of slightly toasted, slightly sweet grain. taste is amazingly well balanced considering all that's going on. tart, pinot noir-like acidity and very good earthy minerality. i really prefer experiencing these traits in beer, but this is as close to perfect cru wines as beer gets. god it's good. nice, long, warming finish, but not hot. 13% percent abv and i could definitely drink a few. that in itself is mind-blowing. i need more.

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Photo of emerge077
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Hampshire>Ohio>Illinois... Finally!

First impression: More balsamic and spice than in years past. Very savory and deep flavors.

Pours a russet tone with a glint of ruby down low in the meniscus of the glass. The tan foam is solid at first, then breaks up a little across the surface, leaving a thick ring around the edge.

Balsamic barrel aroma, woody, earthy, damp leaves and forest mushrooms. Utterly perfect to my nose.

Acidic tartness, black cherry, dry savory finish with some really interesting savory spices, which i'm at a loss to describe. Something Asian, almost salty but stopping short. Seaweed? Umami? Hard to describe. Really smooth on the finish, with a lasting aftertaste that makes you really savor it. Long after I can taste the residual raw honey from the original Oerbier...awesome. This is such a transformative brew, try a regular Oerbier alongside for a nice comparison.

Sooner or later i'll try a 50/50 blend with Haandbakk, once I graduate from Baller University...

sound: Ralph Young - Cool Off the Floor

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Photo of Jayli
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Nikki's Liquors in June
Poured in to a tulip

A: This beer pours a ruddy light chocolate brown, bit of a purplish look to it. A two finger of khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes to a film that retains throughout. Minor wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is tart apples, cherries, vanilla, some cocoa, oak and some sort of candied sugaring/caramel notes.

T: Taste starts with sour tart cherries and cranberry at the forefront. Middle has some cocoa, oaked flavoring, with a touch of vanilla. The finish is soured apple, and hints of pear that linger and really come through in the after taste. There is a bit of a warming as an after thought from the alcohol.

M: Medium body, high carbonation - quite visible at first pour, crisp body at first with a creamy, somewhat sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, the ABV should drop the drinkability .. however, it is a phenomenal drink to sit with, sip and enjoy.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks!!

I expected this to be a belgian strong, or maybe an xmas ale. Was blown away to discover it was a sour! I initially suspected Flanders red ... eh, close enough.

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.

Taste is quite excellent. This is the FIRST beer I've seen pull off the "sweet/sour" mix well. So many fail at it. There's a bit of an undercurrent of berry sweetness to it, but the sour-y, red wine/vinegar, tart cherries, and earthiness with a dab of funk kick in and balance it well.

Superb. Will look for this everywhere, though I have no idea how wide of a release it saw.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite all time beers hands down. I love getting new vintages of this and tonight decided to crack the most recent one I had. Served chilled and poured into a small six ounce snifter a few times, this one was consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour is a lovely dark garnet. Nice and opaque but has a decently thin look to it. Nice small head of light off white then comes up and over the top, dropping loads of lovely lacing down the sides.

Aroma is dark fruits, ripe plums, figs, pears, anything dark is a winner here. Really just nicely done. Sweet with raisins and touches of spice coming into the fold, beyond well put together. Each sip is like thanksgiving dinner with the flavors. A tremendous range here with huge swings from sugary dark fruits to light spice and hints of tart cherries. A wonderfully furfilling finish leaves the great taste of plums and spiced cake on the tongue.

Overall one of the best and you really just cannot go wrong.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, 2008 vintage, purchased for just under $10 at Merchants in Dearborn. Sort of pricy but I don't remember seeing it before, so here I am drinking it.

It pours a dark burgandy color, murky and hazed, with a decent sized off-white cap (very decent size given 13% ABV). The aroma is tart and sour, with strong notes from the malts and sugar, caramel and toffee in particular. It smells really potent, and oak comes through in a big way too. Lots of yeasty products too, dark fruits and brett.

It tastes overbearingly rich, tart and acidic, with balsamic vinegar here and there, thankfully not too much of it. Plums, raisins, apples, figs, sour cherries, I'm not sure if there's an Oud Bruin flavor that isn't present here. Woody notes throughout.

Low carbonation but still substantial head. Creamy mouthfeel, nearly lucious. Very expensive but one of the few beers that's worth it. Excellent.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of apples, spices, dark fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of green apples, figs, pepper, currants, and malt. The alcohol is noticeable, but it's not a factor. A complex, vibrant flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Yet again, De Dolle makes another drinkable beer.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: pours a ruby-dark brown color, with a very tiny head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: vinegar, lemon, dark fruits, caramel, honey, red fruits, yeast and oak.
Taste: Perfect interplay between sweetness and sourness. Honey, dark fruits (plum), balsamico vinegar, red fruits, oak with a spicy alcoholic finish that gives a clear strong lemon sourness in the end.
Mouthfeel: the alcohol warms the mouth after swallowing the beer. Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: not the best vintage I had, but a very very good beer for the style

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Julio's back room.

This reserva is a murky, ruddy brown with minimal head after a vigorous pour. As you sip legs slide down your glass like a vintage port.

The first deep inhalation of this elixir brings to mind leather, vinegar, toffee and dates. I've had other vintages of this and this is certainly the most funk I've gotten on the nose.

The taste is a wonderful mix of sweet, sour and funk. Everything in the nose comes to fruition as does notes of lemon, pepper and cocoa - so much going on.

Mouthfeel is thinner than one might expect from a beer of this strength (13%!). It's not watery by any means, but it lacks a slight viscosity and a tiny bit of carbonation.

The lightness of mouthfeel actually helps to enhance the beers drinkability much like the sour pucker of a good gueuze. This beer is surprisingly more-ish despite its high gravity.

Overall a very enjoyable drinking experience I hope to repeat in the future.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sweet tea reddish-brown with a sudsy yellowed head. Bitter aroma is immediately apparent; sour cherries and whiskey mix with a malty sweetness in the nose. Sour taste mixed with dark fruits, raisins, dates and such. Finishes with an oaky twist and a good bit of alcohol but also a nice sweetness to balance out the brew. Fairly sweet for the style. Complex and sour brew; had been wanting to taste this and it does not disappoint. Another winner from De Dolle.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark reddish brown color with a slightly smaller than average foamy off white head that reduces fast and leaves a nice thin layer of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of tart cherry and balsamic and red wine vinegar, with the emphasis on the wine vinegar smell. Has some gueuze like aroma. Acidic aroma is the strongest, but it isn't overpowering.

T - A lot of grape, apple cherry flavor with tart being the main aspect of the fruit, but it isn't extraordinarily tart (especially given the style). Like the aroma, red wine vinegar provides a fair amount of the taste. Some tannic taste and somewhat like a sweet red wine. Fairly vinous and the ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Somewhat tingly and a drying finish.

D - Good balance between tart/acidic and sweet, especially given the style. Very enjoyable taste and the ABV is very well hidden. Quite easy to drink.

Notes: Brewed in 2008. Well balanced beer that isn't overly tart/acidic but definitely has those aspects. Overall, an enjoyable beer to drink.
M - Medium body with about average carbonation. A bit of a tingly sensation and drying finish.

D - Well balanced as far as tart/acidic/sweet for the flavor. Enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Notes: Well balanced beer that isn't all that tart or acidic for the style. That said, it is tart and vinous. Overall a

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Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle @ chez moeder lambic fontainas Brussels

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

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

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.

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Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - reddish brown. head dissipates quickly/instantly.

s - blend of sour cherries, brown sugar and booze.

t - tart cherries and oak upfront, but has a strong sweetness and boozy warmth. It tastes like they mixed a big barleywine with an oude bruin and aged it.

m - has a light feel due to the tartness, but is pretty thick. carbonation is larger on the feel than it appears, but is still on the lower side.

overall - I had the 2007 recently, and it was completely different. I'm surprised what a year does, or the differences in batches. I think i prefer this year actually. I like the big body and sweetness it has. very drinkable for 13%, but not for an oude bruin...not sure how to rate that. For a 13% oude bruin, its very drinkable...

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Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a little while, leaving behind large patches of lacing.

S- this beer smells a lot like red wine. there are also cherries and cider vinegar in here. a pretty good amount of earthy "funk" as well. very complex.

T- it starts out with sweet fruits which leads quickly to sour cherries and apple cider vinegar. a lot more "funky" in the taste than the nose would indicate. very vinous also. there is nothing that would warn you that this is a 13% ABV monster of a beer.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. leaves the mouth feeling pretty dry.

D- this is something i look forward to this time of year. i grabbed as many as i could as soon as i saw it. id love to be able to have several of these in a sitting, but its more like a treat that gets brought out very rarely. check this one out if you get the chance.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml into a Duvel Tulip, some what of a gusher.

Deep tawny brown with a one finger head that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass and a small island of foam.

The smell is a deep mixture of raspberries, malt vinegar, raisins, pears and booze. Some candy like sweetness in there too, best described as toffee. That classic vinegar smell that oud bruins give off is much more apparent once the beverage warms some.

Taste is less sour than the smell, giving way to more fruity characteristics. Cherries, raspberries, pears, and some apple skin flavors mesh together with a vinegary booze quality, as well as some sweet toffee and chocolate flavor left in the mouth after swallowing. No overbearing yeast presence which is nice. Outstanding flavor that just keeps going.

Mouthfeel is medium with even, tiny bubbles. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is a must try. An outstanding beer for the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a three-fingered orange-tinged foam that has excellent retention and bits of spotty lacing. Opaque dark red-brown caramel body with tiny streams of bubbles visible at the fringes of the glass. I wish the color would pop a little more, but otherwise it's pretty nice looking.

S - Sweet bretty funk, tart apples, vinous notes, oaky vanillin, sour cherries, and light acetic acid. As it warms the tannic oak character comes out more. The 13% isn't perceptible at all. This is pretty much spot-on for the style.

T - The taste is less sweet, with more tart and sour fruit flavors. Lots of red wine vinegar, sour cherries and grapes, and a dry tannic finish. Not as funky as the nose implies and a little less complex. Aftertaste is earthy bitterness.

M - Tingly carbonation, medium body that's quite smooth beyond the bubbles. Tannic and dry finish. Only the slightest bit of warmth.

D - The alcohol is utterly imperceptible. Well-balanced flavor profile keeps things from getting to acetic, tannic, or tart. Other than the high price there's really nothing to stop one from chugging this down.

This is superb stuff. Wish it didn't sell out so fast (or cost so much). Highly recommended!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice red-brown with a soft white head. Good head retention for the style, no lace.

S: Very nice. A fair amount of lactic acid, with some brown sugar, oak, and an intriguing milk chocolate note which caught me off guard but is real enjoyable.

T: Definte sweet malt, dark candi sugar esters with clear noticable acidity giving a great balance. Caramelized cherries. Some chocolate and wine vinegar, with some alcohol for sure, it's 13%, you're not going to hide it, but the beer is never "hot", it's just another complementary flavor. Great oaky sour finish with a hint of mixed nuts.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate acidity. Good feel, ethanol is apparent in the texture of the beer, you know your drinking a 13% ale, but it doesn't inhibit the enjoyment.

D: This is excellent. The beer hides the alcohol very well, and the classic delicious Oud Bruin flavours make you want to drink more. Expensive, but definitely worth a buy, you get your money's worth as compared to a lot of the overpriced stuff on the market today. I'd love to see how this one ages, but I only have the single.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my oerbier tulip.

Dark taupe body with very faint redwood highlights. A light khaki dense cloud of steamed foam leaves a persistent mound of concentric lacing around the rim. Superior retention, especially for the ABV.

Heavy fruit and heavy malt in the nose, along with some vinuous aromatics suggesting wine and grappa. Somewhat bready, and powerful without being solventy.

Dark rich malt, with hints of chocolate covered cherries, Luxardo, and orange zest. The oak and alcohol work very well together, and a very subtle oxidation joins up with the complex yeast suggesting fine sherry. The acidity is mild but keeps the profile lively. The finish is malty and dry with a wave of cherry pits in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, thick and effervescent, mild astringency. Warming, but surprisingly not hot.

Superb example of the style - not quite as good as Haandbakk in my opinion, but still outstanding...

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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