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

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)
BA SCORE
4.32/5
90 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
90
pDev:
8.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
21
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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 emerge077
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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 brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -6.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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%
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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +4.2%
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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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -1.6%
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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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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