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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:
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Added by Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a finger of head that sticks around forever.

The aroma is a blast of raisin sweetness and some booze. Lots of peppery spice and floral notes as well.

The flavor is quite unique, there are some sour elements at play that I can't really determine whether they improve the final product or make it worse. A dry oaky finish with sour raisin and grape up front. Some peppery spice.

The body is medium/light and carbonation is high but does not sting. Overall I found this beer to be quite unique which had me reaching for the glass over and over, but I think the regular Oerbier justs tastes better.

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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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Photo of waltonc
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doodler (Scott) for providing this beer along with a matching oerbier glass. Scott is a most generous BA.

A: Pours dark brown/red without about an inch of tan head that recedes to a couple millimeters after a few minutes.

S: Smell is dominated by tart dark cherries, complemented by light funk, raisins, and apples, among other things. Really, it's a pretty complex smell and there's a lot going on.

T: Again, slightly tart cherries predominate the flavor. Very dry and tannic, with a slightly bitter finish. Booze is well hidden for a 13% beer.

M: Slightly astringent, medium bodied, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Overall, another great brew from De Dolle. Never had a beer from them I didn't like.

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Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 bernardus1212
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 scootny
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely clear dark chestnut brown with a tan head and very good lacing for such a high abv. Gently fades to a light covering. Smell is dark fruits, caramel, and sugars. Cherries and a bit of honey. Belgian funk and dark malt. Oak is just lovely as it flows through the body of the nose. Sharp edged scents of alcohol peek out here and there but never take center stage. Taste is superb. I did not realize the style or the strength of this before I went into my cellar and opened it. So complex a brew it is hard to pick it apart. A roasted caramel front is woven into an oaked malt body. More cherries and currant juice with figs. The oak blossoms with the developing sourness but they only swell on the tongue to a mild opening up of the beer. Hops are earthy and drying. Dry and tannic finish with lingering leather. Alcohol mirrors the nose. It peeks out and you know it is there in large amounts but you do not taste it and only the occasional burn gives any real awareness. Feel is just short of perfect. Mild but lively carbonation with a clean dryness in the mouth. Drinkability is dangerous as you feel inclined to savor this very special brew but you can easily take bigger sips than you should. This was exceptional with some good Wisconsin cheddar.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty brown with red streaks. Initially huge beige head with good retention and minimal lacing.

Diffused heat, sugars, fruit.

Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, sugar. Sour apple, heat and grape notes. Very sweet and decently complex.

Oaky, dry, hot mouthfeel.

A very fine belgian.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
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 andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an allagash chalice. Dark amber with a tan head of a half inch or so.

Smells sour with a hint of cherries. A slight funky cheese aroma is also noted.

The balance of tartness is perfect here, though aided a bit by a little heat. A slight hint of dates or raisins is noted, but the tartness is prominent. There is a hint of sharp cheese flavor noticed on the sides of the tongue also.

Nice medium body here and the carbonation is spot on. This is a slow sipper though. Definitely wish I had a bottle of my own to try in a year or so.

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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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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights and a fluffy khaki head that recedes to a web.

S - green apples, fig, caramel, yeast, currants, vanilla, and oak.

T - More of the smell, with an emphasis on the dark fruit and malts. Mild acidity and light alcohol round out the taste.

M/D - Tannic and dry, with light frothy carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding when it's at serving temperature, I could sip a few bottles if it wasn't 13%...

Another fine Belgian beer and brewery that gets no distribution in Texas.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip at somewhere around 50 degrees. Presents itself as a deep cola color, with some ruby highlights. Topping the rather unexciting body is a nice two finger width tan/khaki two tone colored, fine head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells woody and tannic. Quite a bit of sour green apple is present, along with cranberries, red wine vinegar, and rhubarb.

Quite a lot of sherry and red wine vinegar in the flavor department. A good deal of cherries and red grapes, along with a fair amount of alcohol heat. A pretty high level of sourness is here, and it's making me pucker. I probably opened this a good 5 years too early, but oh well.

A fairly oily, but fluffy light feel for a beer of its size. Medium consistency, and smooth. Provides a nice canvas for the beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and thought it was quite tasty. There's a little more vinegar here than I would like, and it impacted drinkability for me a bit. It does hide it's alcohol pretty well for how giant it is, but it's quite present. This beer should seriously age well until the end of time (Or until the cap oxidizes and it loses carbonation)

I'd recommend holding onto it for another 5-10 years.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Jayli
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 hawks10
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hopleaf in Chicago...poured into a Hopleaf tulip...

Pours a murky dark purple and brown with two fingers of light tan head which quickly dissipates, no lacing is left behind...beer becomes more of a clear mahogany on the edges and down towards the bottom of the glass...

A dark ripe fruit smell, much like a Belgian Strong Dark with just a touch of tart...very minimally sour in the nose, touches of vinegar and a tiny bit of tart cherries and cranberries. Malty and slightly spicy with a bit of oak in the finish...

Dark fruits and a slight Belgian yeast spiciness up front...lacking a punch of sour, more so just a slight tart/sour vinegar appearance. Tart cherries mixed with a bit of butterscotch give some subtle complexity to the beer. Oak is definitely a big player here, more so than any lactic sourness. A bit of booze in the finish, but very well hidden for a 13%. Slightly funky with a wet leathery touch to cap things off...

Smooth and creamy, not much carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied and relatively still...

No regrets with this beer (even with high price) as I have wanted to try it for a while, nothing fantastic or anything I would ever seek out again...maybe an older Vintage though...

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a reddish gold with two fingers of off white head. Lots of carbonation. Tart and fruity aroma with some cherries. Lighter side of medium bodied, effervescent. Nice and tart with more fruit in the flavor, just a bit of alcohol heat that took my rating down a bit. Some sweetness in the finish. Also a bit of carmelized sugar as it warmed. Beautiful beer, I only wish I had bought another bottle to stash away.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 merrymonkster
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
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 sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one on a trip down to Virginia. Pours a cloudy cherry-grape red with a thin white head. Gentle lacing left behind.

Cherries, warming alcohol, grapes and a slight vinegar scent make up most of the aroma.

Tart, slightly astringent cherries and sweet malts attack the tongue. Some bitterness followed by oak barrel and a touch of vanilla. Warming alcohol works into the taste a bit, with some faint vinegar notes. Less vinegar in the taste than on the nose. Finishes with a bit of spice and some heat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, low carbonation and warming alcohol. Hard to hide the 13% ABV in this one.

Drinkability is pretty good. Lots of flavor, but the ABV is a bit stiff. One bottle is about the perfect serving size and I'm definitely enjoying the glass in front of me.

Overall, this is another great beer from De Dolle. Good, strong flavor that is decently complex. The beer still seems a bit young in my opinion and I feel that another 2 years could really smooth things out and bring down some of the heat. I found myself comparing this beer to Rosso e Marrone, except that the Rosso is about perfect when it is released and the complexities in that beer meld together well, while the Special Reserva struggles to find balance. Now I'm kind of kicking myself for not grabbing one of these to age. Definitely worth seeking out and if you find it, I recommend you pick up another to cellar.

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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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Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry color with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Kind of a hazy and cloudy appearance.

Smell is of tart sour cherries. Very rich and dry with some oak flavor.

Taste is of sour cherries and oak, very awesome. I love how the oak barrel flavor is so apparent here, and an awesome some of funk, slight slight leather in the finish, very nicely done. Slight booze in the flavor though, probably a byproduct of the 13% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with high carbonation, maybe a little too high though. Good in this department.

Drinkability is pretty damn good, however, the high ABV is apparent and does hurt this category a little.

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Photo of vacax
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a good amount of red-amber to it. Head of two fingers of a delicate tan color, high retention, a few large swoops of lace on the side of my glass. Aroma has candi sugar and dates with lots of lactic sourness behind it. Comes across like a sour quad, which makes a bit of sense considering its alcohol content. Mild acetic character with some caramelized sugars, acid, bit of cheesy musty elements and limited evidence of alcohol.

The flavor has some grapes, caramelized sugars, prune, pretty intense lactic sourness plus the traditional musty woody elements of the Oud Bruin with a butterscotch and acetic acids. Maltier and more sour than most any examples though, has a real sweet and sour thing going on. Tasty! Feel is nice and thick with that creamy carbonation I love in a good Flemish style ale. Despite the strength of flavors and alcohol uncommon in the style, I really dig this one. De Dolle is doing very good things and keeping Belgium craft.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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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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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