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 Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 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 crnipeter
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Into Karmeliet glass at slightly less than a room temperature.
Caramel-muddy brown with light tan bubbly head that completely dissipates. Vinousness is the name of the game here. Aromas of wine soaked sweet cherries, sherry, moderate wine vinegar sourness , marzipan, brown sugar, banana and apart from scent of sherry virtually complete absence of alcohol. Presence of something funky - this is one of those primeval brews containing earthy element. Flavor is bitter-sour with just about right sweetness and proper balance between the three. Wine vinegar with some caramelized sugar and bitterish woody-fungal funkiness. Quite similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru with less acetic character and more complexity and equilibrium. Rather thin (considering its ABV) with subtle carbonation the beer is crowned with utter absence of alcohol. Perhaps not very much to my taste but due to bitter-sweet-sour equilibrium and lack of perceivable alcohol the score will be high.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 rhenning
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz btl poured into a red wine glass.

pours a nearly opaque hazy bronze with a bit of orange hue showing around the edges. a relatively gentle pour yields two fingers of dark cream colored head that soon recedes to a covering of foam. only a few disconnected trails of lacing were left on the glass. nose of tart black cherries, green apple skin and malt vinegar. the initial flavor is of dark fruits, followed by vinegar tartness, yeast and alcohol mid palate, then finishing off with notes of oak and earth. traces of bitter plum or cherry skin linger in the back of the throat for a long while in the aftertaste. the overall mouthfeel is very nice: medium viscosity, velvety and not sticky. drinkability isn't bad but I don't know if I'd have more than two of these is a session due to the sourness and complexity.

very glad i bought two bottles of both the '08 and the '07. i'll update the review to compare the two when the '07 gets popped.

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

11.2oz 2008/bottled 2009

Between the Oerbier Reserva and Stille Nacht, im not sure which one is my favorite beer of all time.

Pours a murky brown color with some dirty blonde highlights and a small tan net of a head remains after dissipating. Sweet and sour, vinous and fruity in the nose. Notes of wood, cherry, vinegar, sour apple cider, white grapes, and plum with a big sweet malt body, notes of chocolate and tobacco appears mid palate on the aftertaste and lingers. Very wine-like as it warms, tannic with rich fruit notes, a perfect a gateway for the wine drinker. Always so damn drinkable for its size, medium bodied, round and full of tiny aggressive bubbles that attack the tongue. Incredible, in my opinion this beer really peaks at 2-4 years old but a bottle at any age is a treat for sure. Respect De Dolle.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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 raverjames
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was in the mood for something a little funky, so I found this in the local beer store.
A: Murky and chunky. Dark amber/brown with a small white head. Yeast chunks show the lack of filtering. Not a bad thing.
S: Sour cherries with a bit of caramel. Small hint of funk.
T: Nice sour fruits. Tons of cherry and a bit of brett. Something spicy in the taste, but I can't figure it out.
M: Sour, but not that much. The funk adds some tart bitterness. 13% abv? I don't believe it.
D: When I read this was 13%abv, I was in disbelief. It has no burn at all. I would have guessed it was around 6% abv. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - murky brown bubbly and a large light tan head

S - sour cherries, dried berries, red wine, apple, pear, a little funky

T - sour cherries, slightly sweet, funky, woody, earthy, apple, balsamic vinaigrette

M - champagne like carb, moderate to moderately full body

D - a little too funky/woody/earthy/vinegar for me, wish it were a bit more smooth, sour and more cherries. Excellent example of style hitting all the proper notes though. Just not the right ones. Rather have something like Rosso, Red Poppy, Dissident. Those packed more fruity sourness into the punch rather then the funky/woody/vinegar.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 Wildman
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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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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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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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