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

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)

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 Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this back in January of 2010. The beer poured out as a dark red color with a creamy white head on top into a snifter glass. The smell of the beer is sour and tart, it makes your mouth start to salivate almost right away. The taste of the beer is tart, plenty of sour cherry notes in there that really makes your lips pucker. The mouthfeel of the beer doesn't have a whole lot of lacing to it. Overall this beer is a sipper, it's not something I'd want to drink very fast at all. It's good for the style though for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a finger of a head that fritters away without leaving much trace

Smell: Caramel, oak, dark fruit and tart apple

Taste: Caramel and fig on the opening, with a growing tart character that adds green apple and cherry flavors in the middle; before the swallow, another layer of caramel appears; after the swallow, the oak wraps around all of the sweet and sour flavors and drives it all home in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly complicated; a fascinating example of the Oud Bruin style

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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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at Kulminator during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in an Oerbier long-stem tulip.

Pours a nice garnet color with a huge off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose is tart with a nice cherry presence. A good dose of oak and a mild acetic presence. Flavor is more toward the cherry and a very light sweetness plus some sherry flavors. Light oak in the feel along with an acidic finish. Nice balance all around. Really tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into LA tulip.

Pours a 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a murky grapefruit hued bark brown.

Aroma: Big cherry flavors. Slightly sour. Lots of oak here with some light vinegar flavors. I get some grape flavors and it reminds me a lot of red wine. Not to bad.

Taste: Cherries, grape, and wine flavors right away. Lots of oak flavors with just a hint of vinegar again. The high abv shows here a little more here. Crazy how big this beer is. A lot like the aroma, but more oak. Very dry flavored.

Mouthfeel: Very dry again, some tart feel to it. Boozy. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation providing a fizzy feel to it. Ends dry and oaky.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Lots of alcohol showing making it harder to drink a lot of it. A bit to much oak shows and it seems the cherries aren't as present as I would have expected. Too much carbonation for the style as well. Still, glad to get to try this one.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep ruby body, at least until the sediment starts to flow. Huge chunks just about to land in my glass before I pulled back the neck. Phew. Nice sized off-white head. Big discrete bubbles hang around a while but slowly recede to a thick collar.

Smell - Tons of red wine. Like I'm smelling Consecration. Fruity cherry-like acidity, fairly acetic in nature. Malt, too. No booze.

Taste - Really intense wine flavor again. Still reminds me of Consecration a lot. Less cherry and more like currants. Very sour and oaky. Malt flavor comes through big in the back, but never sweet. Dry.

Mouthfeel - Man, it doesn't seem boozy at first, but the sourness combined with a sharp alcoholic bite in the back end make for a scary finish.

Overall - Tastes great but it's more of a sipper than many beers of its strength. It's not actually all that alcoholic, but it just builds to an intense finish. Definitely gonna be working on this one for a while.

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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 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 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 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 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 glid02
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a 2005-2009 vertical shared by Jeremy – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish-amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of boozy red grapes and hints of sugar-coated pears. Also present are hints of funk and dark cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart grape and cherry flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of funk that accentuate the tartness. Midway through the sip medium fruit flavors sweeten things up a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a very nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I think this beer still has some time to develop, the nose is still on the hot side and the funk and tartness seem as though they could play off of each other a bit better. A solid beer that’s worth a shot but you wouldn’t be amiss if you set one aside for a while. Probably my favorite after the 2007.

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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!


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy and noisy tan head forms, bubble actively and vanishes. Ruby in color with a very deep color.
No lacing at all.

Aroma was pretty aggressive. Cherry, tart, medicinal, tart, metallic, musty.

Pretty complex flavor. Apple cider, cherry, big alcohol flavor, but not quite "hot" earthy almost dirty, slightly tart. In the background are some layered malt flavor.

Big mouth feel due to the alcohol flavor. Medium bodied. Doesn't hide the 13% too well.

Slow sipper. Interesting, but not epic.

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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


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 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 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 SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage.

Appearance - Pours into my Russian River Tulip. Dark brown color with a half finger of slight tan head that dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Nice tart green apple peel, other dark fruits, cranberries, slight red wine vinegar. Smells delicious.

Taste - Wow, quite a bit more red wine vinegar than expected. Tastes like what I would dip my bread in when I go to a great Italian restaurant. However, not off putting by any means. Slight green apple, more dark fruits, oak, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, higher carbonation.

Drinkability - Wow, for such a high ABV, literally nothing it tasted or felt. While the flavor itself is not something I particularly enjoy, and understand this is more of a FOB than AWA or Sour, it is still quite good.

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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 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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Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To begin this review; i was rather disappointed. After i had drank the triple of them i was very enthousiastic. This is a different beer in many way's.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks promising. A nice darkred to brown fluid an a nice head. Carbonation is good.

The smell is sweet nad very sugary. There is a peculiar taste which i can not describe. I think it has to do with the sugar they used. Ah well, at least the triple is very good...

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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 coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, medium brown with a half finger head on top that appears very lively. This appears very highly carbonated, but the beer foamed up an appropriate amount when poured. Very nice.

S: Strong acetic acid smell with some figs and other dark fruits in the background. Having had this beer several times but never reviewing it before, I'm a bit surprised from how strong the sweet and acetic smell is. I get a faint lactic acid smell. Also a bit vinous.

T: I'm surprised by how dry and relatively lactic (acid) natured this beer is next to its smell. It has a very good mix of lactic and acetic acid with faint dark fruits in the back. Amazing that there is very little alcohol taste even though it's at 13%. After a few sips, I seem to get a slight chocolate aftertaste. It's pleasant. I was going to say the beer lacked depth, but the more I drink the more flavors I am getting out of the beer. Many of them are subtle.

M: A bit on the watery side, but certainly not bad (or even average). Good carbonation adds to the beer.

O: This is the most drinkable 13% ABV I've ever had by far. It's also quite complex. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer, and none of them really overpower another. This beer is quite impressive.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color that you almost couldn't see through. Some sediment and carbonation was present. If formed a huge foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, spices, and herbal/barnyard elements. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and cherries with a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and the finish a bit tart. A good beer that probably needs some aging.

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