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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaveHS on 10-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
105
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
31
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40
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3
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 105
Photo of josefnewsong
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has to be the best sour beer I've tried (yes I'm lumping it into the bigger category of "sours") I know it's not a style. Deep red in color, billowy off-white head...I could smell the sour in the air before my nose approached the glass. The taste was immaculate, such that I raved about the beer for a good 5-10 minutes after sipping a few times. The 13% abv wasn't in your face at all, only showing itself about halfway through the beer. Huge sour/tart raspberry taste dominated with hints of oak and other fruits as well. Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this. Well crafted by all means. If only the price was more reasonable I'd be buying cases.

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Photo of pat61
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes.
Had at 1, 3 and 4 years.
A: Brilliant reddish chestnut with a linen white 3” finely bubbled moussey persistent foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace.
S: malt, fruit, citrus, raisins in the nose.
T: Big sweet flavors balanced by an apple cidery tartness, fruit, some biscuit, gentle herbal hops, and drying out a little bit on the finish. The sweetness diminishes as the beer ages and more sherry like qualities emerge.
M: above average carbonation, full body, tart.
O: The beer’s enormous flavors hide a significant alcohol punch. Good to start and improves over time.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a light hazelnut-colored foam that leaves a thin creamy lace around my Andersson Valley Brewing Company gold-rimmed tulip glass.

Ethereal perfumes of grandeur escape from the glass and caress my anticipation. This is a remarkable beer, where the spirit is cloaked by a crescendo of aromas, ripe red apple, cherry, quince and dates. The oak barrels add just the right amount of toffee, vanilla and mulling spices to the nose.

The flavors are amazing, red and green apples, sour cherries, dried apricot and walnuts, with hints of astringent plum skins as it lingers on the palate.

The mouthfeel is smooth, just the right amount of carbonation with a tiny hint of sweetness counteracting the dry sourness.

This is a very complex and enjoyable beer. At the alcohol level it is at, I could only imagine the amount of time you could put this away and still be blown away many years later. In my mind it has set a new bar for this style of beer, quite possibly the best I have had so far (and wife concurs).

I should leave it at that...

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Photo of HopsSchnapps
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. brown bottle. 2009. A reddish-amber beer with a big expanding head in a Duvel tulip. The aroma is simply wonderful. I was not expecting this. Fruity, floral almost like roses and has a nice sourness like lemons. It smells like there is Brett or some other wild yeast in there.

The taste is tart, lemony and a fizzy mouthfeel that prickles the tongue. The yeast seems to add its own form of bitterness. The one thing that sticks out is the hidden 13% ABV. This is dangerously smooth.

I always hear people say that a beer blew them away.That rarely happens to me. Well this beer did that. Ultra smooth, dangerously drinkable, lots of complex flavors going on, perfect sourness. This is a special beer and now I want to acquire more. If I came up with a list of 5 beers that would be stocked in my cellar this would be in that list. Simply wonderful and one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of crossovert
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours an amazing translucent red, deep and crimson. The head is frothy and off-white with some great lacing.

The smell is amazing. It is full-on with some surprising hops but mainly a rich, sweet fruit decadence. There is a ton of pineapple and citrus with some maraschino cherry.

The flavor is utter dominance. It is sour, but not mouth-puckering. This one defies logic though. At 13% it isn't sweet at all, it is sour, but not over powering, and above all there is no hinting of alcohol what-so-ever. It has apricots, apples, cherries, raspberries, and pears. IT is a fruity, rich, malty, but tart and sour beast.

Just a beast.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are spoiled coffee (in a good way), spices, apple cores, nuttiness, oak, strong yeasts, maltose, love, pralines, pecans, hickory, smoked meats, lavender, honey, cane sugar, dryness, marigolds, capers, chrysanthemums, booze. Smells like booze, strong malt, candied fruit, some funk, medicine and lollipops. Awesome!

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Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark cola color with lighter, golden edges. It poured with a large, uneven, and clumpy head.

s: Old, very lightly sweet berries, mild apple cider vinegar, and maybe some caramel. There was some gentle warmth, but 13%? Hard to believe.

t: Light sweetness up front in the form of candi-sugar and dark fruits. Quickly gives way to tart, musty fruits and something vinegary. This tastes like it has half the abv listed here. There is a lingering tart berry flavor and an oaky tingle. I've definitely never had anything quite like this.

m: This has a bigger body and light apritzy carbonation.

o: I don't have the vocabulary to describe beers like this one. It was in a price range I don't venture into very often anymore, but it was worth every penny.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Danbar- Thanks Dan!

Review from notes:

Pours a dark brown with a nice cocoa sliver of a head. Great carbonation and decent lacing. Smell is that of wine, oak, and funk. No alcohol in the nose at all- which at 13% ABV is really impressive. Taste is simply unbelieveable. Super easy to drink, and a fantastic finish. Where's the 13% alcohol? Unbelieveable it could be masked this well. Awesome feel- very wine like. Overall, this is a world class brew, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

always one of my favorite beers every year, i always look forward to the days when i get to try this! poured into a snifter

Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish.

overall an instant classic as always!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aasher brought one of these to my birthday, and I immediately placed this beer on my wants list.
Hannydawg grabbed one for me-- so thanks to both of them.

A dark reddish plum color with a fizzy huge head. Three fingers of creamy beige create a rocky cap. Thick legs, great retention, but minimal lacing.

Smells delicious. I can't believe this thing is 13%-- it is no where noticeable, not in the nose of aftertaste. A slight grainy malt vibe comes across up front and on the finish, while notes of oak and sour fruit come through. Nice sour bite on the back end.
The body is pretty full, but well-carbonated and fizzy feeling.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. This is the best Oud Bruin I've had.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl, 2009 Vintage bottled in February 2010.

Pours a rich, amber-ruby hue with a compact off-white head. A thin layer sticks around; some lacing.

The nose is great, with pronounced sour and funky notes, plus a good amount of oak and grapes.

The flavor is outstanding. This is probably the "biggest" sour beer I've ever had. Massively fruity notes of grape, tart apple, and sour cherries. The oak-aged character also comes through with plenty of woody, leathery notes. Very tart, though not quite super-sour territory. Acidic, and also quite warming at 13% ABV. Not necessarily malty, but it has a decent heft to it. The carbonation is medium-low and fleeting.

This beer is very intense, but... wow.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy, light fired brick color with a sizable eggshell colored head.

S - Extremely fruity and complex, robust, sour funk that tingles the nostrils. All the fruity, sour green apple goodness is enveloped in oaky blanket. Which, I guess, wouldn't be very comfortable. But, hey, whatever, right? What?

T - I can honestly say I've never had a beer with quite this flavor profile, and I am including the oud bruins I've had in the past. There is just a really unique, piquant sour cherries, crabapples, green apples.

M - Nice, just a little tannic, highly carbonated.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Tria on 18th St. in Philly.

The body is dark garnet, which glows a rich deep ruby as the candlelight from the tea lights on the bar dances behind the glass. Capped by a frothy and creamy fine head that looks like the foamed milk that goes on top of your cappuccino. The head lingers for a while and then slowly fades. Lacing comes in irregular shapes that look like the clouds that you would try to characterize as animals when you were a child. A swirl leaves the sides of the glass with spots of foam amid a cab-like film that leaves defined legs as it slinks back down into the reservoir of beer below.

The aroma is extremely complex and inviting. Cherry, oak, and red vinous notes swirl together amid a definite acetic sour base. The cherries are both tart and sweet at the same time. A touch of vanilla in front of earthy tannins rounds out the bouquet. On the palate, this beer is deep, complex, and interesting. The cherry sweetness provides undertones to sour cherries, acetic balsamic vinegar, and rich red grapes. The vinous character imparted by the Bordeaux barrels takes on a very formidable position in this beer, delightfully complementing the cherries and other barrel characteristics. Earthy in the finish, and sweet and tart in the aftertaste, the 2009 vintage is a winner in my book.

Ample but not overdone as far as carbonation goes, the silky feel from the medium consistency and carbonation is compelling. The complexity and depth of Oerbier Reserva are what win me over. Much like a fine red wine, the warming notes from the ethanol serve to amplify the flavors in the beer. It is not astringent or out of place by any means. I think that without it, this beer would be a shadow of what it is. Certainly one of the top Oud Bruins that I have tried, though I question its ability to stand up to aging without tasting like nail polish remover, due to the already strong acetic notes. I would definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one afternoon after having a long conversation and tasting session with the owner of Bier Circus in Brussles. Incredible place, a must stop for any true fan.

Hazy, deep red in coloration.

Extremely smooth carbonation, drinks like a slightly heavier lambic, however the fact that it is tips the scales at 13% abv is the most incredible part for me.

Taste is heavy on the red fruit end of the spectrum, extreme complexity as it fades to almost more of a slight strawberry end note which is interesting.

Once again, no heat at all on the finish of this which is mind boggling.

Phenomenal beer, not the easiest to find, but well worth it!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mahogany color with a wisp of head. The aroma is bursting with sweet candy fruit. The flavor has more that complex sweet fruit, mixed in with hard candy--almost like a tootsie pop. Rich in character and complex in body, the beer is great for digestion following a heavy meal. The alcohol is skillfully hidden its complexities.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark copper with a thick light tan head that quickly fades.

Big assertive sweet carmel, sour cherry sweet fruit nose with big cooked banana undertones.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and very well balanced.

Flavors are just layers and layers of sour cherry, sour plum, sweet candi sugar, malt - there are just layers of delicious flavors all around on this one with a light to medium sour character that makes this extremely drinkable with varied foods or just by itself.

Delicious sweet oak wine vinegar character makes this beer bright, lightly sour and very appealable now and likely for the future which should even add more to its complexities.

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Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from some place in Richmond, va...review from my phone ,so shortened and possible odd auto corrections.
Pours with about 3 fingers of head and a deep chocolate color to it. The bubbles are large, but does not dissipate quickly. Bottle says it is refermented in the bottle.
The nose is huge. I can smell it as I pour it. Cherry, chocolate, a sweet tartness, and raisin.
The taste is equally amazing, the carbonation flows into my mouth and explodes, but not in a saison bomb sort of way, it is more of a flavor packed explosion. The carbonation dissipates the slight tartness, cherry, chocolate, and sweet finish throughout my mouth... a very very interesting fresh grape aftertaste which I can't say I have ever experienced. It has been a while since I have had a wow beer... and this is truly a good beer. Holy crap, just saw 13%... seems like 7!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to gfunk720 for the hook-up.

A - Pours a radiant orange-amber, and is topped with a persistent cap of antique-white froth. Much lacing ensues. It really looks excellent; a well-polished example in a style where so many are rustic, murky or shabby.

S - The nose is relatively mild, but is certainly pleasant; oak, red wine, and soft hints of honey and vanilla are noted.

T - The flavor ramps up the intensity, and offers some heavy red wine notes, general tartness tending more towards acetic, dark dried fruit, cranberry and oak with a dry tannic finish.

M - The feel is a tad lighter than medium-bodied and has a nice soft effervescence.

O - Overall I am completely flabbergasted to read that this is 13%!!! I would've believed 6%! Masterful job in that regard, and a very nice beer, all things considered.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml poured into a Rissian River goblet.

Pours a murky brown with a fizzy off white head.

Nose is slightly sweet & fruity with a heavy dose of funk.

Taste is pretty sour. Elements of wood, somewhat acidic, and a touch of malt sweetness. Complex, but well put together.

Mouth is pretty thin. Leaves the palate with a lingering sharpness. Fairly dry for a 13% beer.

Overall, an enjoyable brew. One of the better Oud Bruins I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep ruby with tan highlights and an inch and a half of vibrant khaki head. Leaves moderate, sticky lacing.

S-Caramel apples, red wine vinegar,dark candied fruits, cherries, a touch of earthy spice.

T/M-Moderately tart up front. Takes a while for this one to settle into your palate and reveal itself. There are some wonderful, complex sweet flavors underneath the tartness. Oak, candi sugar, plums and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is thin, with dry, prickly carbonation. Very impressive, but not quite as subtle as previous batches. That's not to say this isn't a spectacular beer.

D-It doesn't seem to be very available, but I will be drinking it until it disappears.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 2009
Bottled Feb2010
In a snifter the beer was a ruby red color with a medium-sized tan head.
Sweet fruit aroma, some spice. Alcohol noticeable, but not overwhelming. The aromas worked well with each other.
Very, very nice taste. Tart cherry up front, brown sugar, and a little late alcohol burn. Again, you feel the alcohol, but it complimented the other tastes.
Sharp, almost medicinal. Slight alcohol burn.
I had this after dinner, and thought it was a near perfect ending to a great meal. The alcohol, while definitely present, combined nicely. I would not have thought it to be 13% ABV without reading the label.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber, slight haze, nice pillowy head. Wow, loads of aroma here, plenty of fruits - apricots, cherries, citrus - followed by some funk and wet wood. Flavor has an initial sweetness, cherry and fruity Belgian yeast, but is soon overtaken by an oaky sour wildness that is quite sublime. Darn tasty, really a flavorful beer. Warming and well rounded, prickly on the palate and complex. Definitely a unique beer, would love to try this with a bit of aging added in.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap is stamped Bottled Feb 2010.

A - Dark garnet, two fingers off white head that keeps getting bigger, massive amount of carbonation bubbles, good lacing.

S - Raspberry, strawberry, yeast, oak; as it warms you get aromas of raisons, figs, candi sugar, and hints of caramel.

T - Raspberry, strawberry, brown sugar, tart, oak, yeast, molasses, green apple.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - I had Duchesse De Bourgogne recently and this is like a darker/mellower vesion of that. Great beer.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for the trade!

11.2 oz bottle poured into Delerium Tremens tulip. "Brewed in 2010."

A: Pours a robust purple-mahogany with cherry highlights. Any head quickly dies into a thin cap.

S: Sweat, tart cherry, oak, dark fruit, fresh cream. Cherry pie; in a good way.

T: Very much tastes like biting into a sour cherry, with all associative flavors. Tart and somewhat bitter up front, this quickly transitions into a creamy, semi-sweet middle that is rife with dark fruits, Belgian yeast and other Quad-like characteristics. Finish is sweet and relatively boozy, although it must be said that the 13% alcohol in this beer is extremely well-hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick, creamy and - unfortunately - rather syrupy. The latter can be seen as either enjoyable or uncomfortable; YMMV.

O: As far as Flanders Oud Bruins go, this one is definitely towards the top of the list. Perhaps most important to realize is that Oerbier Special Reserva drinks like a hybrid of a Quad and a Flanders; dark fruit and Belgian yeast are nothing more than a solid backdrop for the tart cherry characteristics that really make this beer what it is. I look forward to getting my hands on more bottles of this at some point.

A gorgeous & avant-garde example of a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried the 2009 and the 2002 side-by-side at Kulminator. I didn't realise at the time that there were separate entries for each vintage here, so only took detailed notes on the 2009, with a few comparisons thrown in.

Pours a light, hazed reddish-brown. Head is frothy and consistent, off-white in colour that sustains rather well. Certainly looks better than the 2002, which was rather flat, understandably. Lacing is patterned but cagey, holding itself ok. Good body. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp with light acidity, giving a sharpness, but blunted by the rounded, sweeter characters. Smooth vanilla makes a dent in the balsamic sweer-sour character. Slight hint of oak-age on the nose, but pale in comparison to the 2002. Slight hint of pepper, which was totally absent in the 7 year-old variety. Lovely.

Taste is smooth but consistent. Peppery spicy with a good leavened and stretchy acidity and a touch of oak. Wood, spice, acidity—it's a nice combination. It smooth enough that although the acidity has the edge of astringency, it never gets there. Feel is light but dry, the smooth carbonation adds a creaminess, you feel, but the carbonation itself is almost unnoticeable.

Awesome beer. It's very interesting to see a 7 year vertical difference. This one was certainly better younger, in my opinion.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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