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

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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%
 
 
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31
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 105
Photo of BobZ
3.11/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. ( 330ml) Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown an initial 1/4” head that quickly becomes a cap. Good lacing.

Smell: Mild sour cherry vinegar notes.

Taste: Again, like the smell a fruity sourness or maybe“fruity vinegar” would be more accurate. Not extremely strong (like when this flavor is found in an infected quad) and therefore not totally unpleasant. This funky flavor does dominate the beer. The alcohol is completely masked; you will have no idea that this is a 13% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Tangy, well carbonated.

Overall: As an important note to those reading this review, I must note that I do not like sour beers or “funky” beers. I purchased this beer awhile ago because I love De Dolle Brouwers and Oerbier especially. I did not know at the time that the Special Reserva was not a BSDA like Oerbier but instead a Flemish Red. If I was rating this beer as a BSDA it would score poorly as it would for my personal overall enjoy ability; however, I will try to rate to style and therefore score the beer higher.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice.
Bottlecap says "Bottled 2/2010"

Aroma: Tart lemon, sour funk, apple cider, and baked pineapple.

Appearance: Dark ruby-amber body w/ good clarity. Thick 3 finger off-white head.

Flavor: Prominent lemony tartness, softened very slightly by an underlying fig-like sweetness, a flash of vanilla, and a faint metallic note (?). Tartness reappears for a sour, dry finish. The combination of sourness and bitterness is very reminiscent of cranberry juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high crisp carbonation. Medium body. CO2 bites throat somewhat during swallow, and peppery alcohol also pleasantly warms tongue and throat afterward. Leaves mouth dry.

Overall: Much here to contemplate, however, the beer I drank was significantly different from the Flanders brown style guideline that I read beforehand. Not sure if it needed more age, but this one seemed to lack the fruity, malty, candied dark fruit, sherry-like character that I'd expected. Tartness was definitely front-and-center, accompanied by a cranberry-like bitterness, followed by a warm heat. I wanted to like this one, but unfortunately missed what others touted about this beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have been one of the few people to try this brew out and rate it here. Poured from 33cl (2009 vintage) bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a rusty red/brown appearance with a medium white top with lacing that lasts well throughout. Aroma is wooden tart flavors; cherries, red currants, wine yeast and dark malts. Taste follows; a dry, sour composition of oak, cherries, port tones and sour estery (green apple) notes. This is much more in the landscape of an "oud bruin" or definitely a sour than both the category and the original Oerbier would indicate. The very high alcohol level is relatively well hidden although it can be detected from time to time. Medium to full bodied. Finish can be a little bitter. Overall, it is a nice beer that heads a bit too much towards the sour category than to my own taste, but a very sturdy piece of brewing craft nevertheless! This could potentially blow the Russian River sours out of the water for sour fans out there. Disclaimer: This would have gotten a higher ranking if I was a sour fan.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2010. 330ml bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian Glass.

Appearance: Three to four finger solid light beige head on top of a nice deep brown body. Head retention is crazy.

Smell: Sweet and sour at the same time though the sweet is more noticable. Funky, certainly smells like a lot of other examples in the style, but a little more aggressive.

Taste: Nice level of sourness though it is quite vinegary. Very funky, sweet. Cant taste the 13% abv at all. Cant say it is my favorite but it is not offensive.

Mouthfeel: To style, not too thick given the abv which is nice.

Overall: I think it is a well crafted beer but it is not among my favorites. Worth a try but did not live up to my expectations.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A bright medium copper body, semi clear. A huge light tan head, great retention and lacing. Head looks great fluffy and creamy... The aroma is nice but a little simple. I mostly get oak with a light vinegar finish, wish a tad more was going on... The taste is mostly light oak, good a little plain. Vinegar accent not enough to take the edge of the oak. Ok, drinkable, just not mind blowing... Good mouthfeel, tannic, tart, smooth.. Easy to drink, no way this is 13%.

Good not great, but I'd drink again.

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Really, this has only 6 reviews? Don't I feel special! Guy at the beer store (Healthy Spirits in SF) recommended it to me as a somewhat hard-to-get beer, guess so! Props!

A - murky ruby/amber color. Thick tan head that goes down to cover/ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing.

S - big cherries upfront, yum! Then red wine vinegar, candied fruits, hints of spice, a little vanilla...all of these sound great so far. As I'm having this, I've noticed that more seems to come out as it warms up...some really great aromas in here. Kind of unique - one sniff could be really sour, then the next sweeter candied fruits...very nice.

T - Tart cherry, woody, spicy. Aftertaste is....I'm not quite sure, but not the best, somewhat harsh compared to the rest of the smell/taste experience. You can taste the alcohol more than some of the others I've had of this style, but well, for 13%, I guess that's not too unexpected, come to think of it.

M - Carbonation is good. Really dry finish...way more dry than I'd expect for the style, but again, I guess I'm not TOO surprised after seeing the ABV compared to other beers I've had from this style. Definite alcohol burn/warming going down.

D - good, again, considering that it's 13%. It's high, but I really wouldn't have guessed it was that high. Obviously you have to sip this one. It's my only one that I brought back from the Golden State, so I'll savor it.

Overall, this was good, but I think the ABV was just a touch too high, made it a little harsher & less drinkable than I feel it could have been, with the good aromas & flavors. I wonder how this would be with some time on it...wish I'd have bought one to save.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel @kulminator

Pours a hazy reddish brown color toped by a half inch of off-white head. The smell is very vinous with some notes of oak, grapes, sour cherries, flowers, and banana. Taste is very tart at first that comes along with a zip of carbonation, some flavors of wood, apples, and cherries develop. Sort of a one note beer. The alcohol leaves a ring of warmth at the base of your throat. Finishes dry and sour with some lingering woodiness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a surprisingly large off white head. Thick collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Malty and acidic. Acetic. Cherry and red wine aromas.

Taste - Caramel malt. Acetic sourness. Dry. Oaky. Lots of vanilla and no sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Oaky. Dry. A huge sour. Still with full carbonation.

Overall - The slighest oxidation has set in. Otherwise this is just as good as it was when I first had it. It should be noted that this was my first sour. I was blown away then.

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Photo of hawks10
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a dark purplish red, with much more red showing through when held to the light. A small amount of soapy white head forms and quickly recedes leaving a ring of foam...

A nice sweet, yet tart dark cherry aroma is the first thing I notice. In line with the sweetness is a bit of vanilla with hints of balsamic vinegar emerging as the beer warms, adding a nice dose of sour to the otherwise sweet nose. Just bits of funk and oak can be detected, overall dark fruit and mild sourness dominate...

Taste closely follows the nose with sweet and tart dark fruits. There is no real sourness, rather just a bit of a vinegary acidic bite. Apparently this is 13% abv, it is remarkably well hidden, just a tiny bit of heat shows up in the end. Touches of vanilla and a drying oaky finish...

Medium bodied, rather light for a 13% brew. On the lighter end of the carbonation scale, slightly oily and slick with a lingering acidic burn...

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

This is an aggressively carbonated beer. A large, off-white sea foam froth forms over a caramel amber beer.

The nose is tart, with nice cherry notes. There is some oak, vanilla, and vinegar in the back.

The flavor mostly follows the nose. It is simple, but nice. Tart cherries,

The mouthfeel is really fizzy and bubbly. Even without a full body, it held the 13% ABV really nicely. It was tart and slightly acetic, but not incredibly sour.

This is a nice Flemish sour.

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Photo of uno99
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first De Dolle's, and it happens to be a 13% monster Flanders Red...

Appearance. a rosy red hue that is surprisingly clear. Surprising amount of head that sticks around and laces well.

Smell: Lots of light and medium colored fruits. Spicy and sugary. Pepper and molasses. Put your nose well into the glass and you'll get other darker fruits and hints of leather and funky hay.

Taste: Pretty much as advertised: This is a souped up Flanders, with way more alcohol and flavor than you might be used to. Fruit up front, with a juicy, cherry middle, quite sour mid swallow... Nice oak tannin on the finish. Finish is long and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Quite highly carbonated, but that's not going to be whats slowing you down here, this is a sipper. Spend a good half hour or more with this little bottle.

Overall: Enjoyable, but not as drinkable and sociable as something like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 sweet red grapes with slight tartness lingering in the background. Also present are hints of pears and brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by booze-soaked pears. Midway through the sip slight red grape flavors make an appearance. Very slight brown sugar flavors come into play near the end of the sip until they're chased by moderate amounts of funk, carrying through a mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was clearly the youngest of the five as the tartness was mild and the flavors didn’t seem very well integrated. It’s a good beer as it is but I have to believe it will improve with a year or two on it. My second least favorite of the five, a shade better than the 2005.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Relative to the alcohol percentage, this was a very easy-drinking beer. I found it to be a dark ruby color and compared to most of this style it retained its head well.

The taste was pretty one-dimensional, but not in a bad way. It had a sourness that stayed with the beer. The typical sour + wood flavor I would associate with the style.

Again, I don't mean "one-dimensional" to be a negative. Well worth seeking depending on the price.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin but creamy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose along with hints of oak (from the barrel aging) and cherries.
T: There are strong sour flavors in the taste, which is complex and has notes of cherries, oak and vinegar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness and a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The intense taste might slow you down in drinking this beer but the alcohol won't because it's well hidden. The beer tastes less acidic and becomes easier to drink as it begins to warm up.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Alieniloquium. Big props. Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance: nice brown color with creamy white, funky thin head.

Nose: Great funk. Some tart cherry/raspberry.

Taste: wow. Great heavens. You can really taste the 13%. It's not overwhelming, but apparent. Sour, tart, funk. It's funky. Slightly dry.

Mouth: The mouth is fun. Great biting dryness. Fizzy, explosive funk bring joy to my mouth.

Drink and overall: Very nice fun beer. It's a brute. Really is. It's good for one, and I split this with Emily. I'm happy with that. Very tasty overall.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2009 Vintage (Feb 2010 Bottling).

(A)- Pours a deep reddish mahogany color. Produced a giant fluffy tan head with surprisingly awesome retention and lots of lace despite being a hefty 13%!

(S)- A nicely dry oaky character up front. Mild fruity (cherry, prune) funk. Even bits of vanilla on the end too.

(T)- Very rich. Bits of leather, cherry, raisin, cocoa, and vanilla. A nicely funky tart oak creaminess.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. What is with the ABV?? 13%? This does not even feel a % over 7 or 8. Nice fruits and oak character. Richer, but still crisp.

(D)- Superbly integrated ABV. A fitting and great example for the style. This could age for forever from what I am seeing in front of me. Excellent stuff. If only it were cheaper, then I would stash a few bottles away to see what happens.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by danbar. Thanks Dan.

The beer is pretty clear, and appears a light brown hue. The tan head is thin and wispy, fading rapidly after pouring. The aroma is definitely of a Flanders our bruin. Oak, sour cherries, malt, alcohol. The flavor is really enjoyable. Great balance and the subtle nuances are showcased well. Sour cherries, oak, and nary a trace of alcohol. Not sure where the 13% abv is hidden, but it is masked exceptionally well. Overall, a really tasty beer. Recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty crimson body, fluffy tan foam billows up in the glass, forming irregular peaks. Sticky foam remains for the whole glass, forming a half moon crescent.

Complex and savory aroma, cherry pits, oak, some wet hay and funky Brett notes. Very layered, it shows off the barrel aging nicely.

Tart cherry and dry oak tannin, leather, herbs, just as savory and complex as the aroma leads on. Not as lactic sour as past years' vintages, and seemingly a touch more carbonated. Cherry flesh begins juicy, segueing into some grape/cherry skin bitterness and dry oak. A few swirls of the glass calms it down, otherwise it's pretty well charged.

Always an annual favorite, cheers to Kris Herteleer's creative brews!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich garnet hue with a slim frothy beige head and wide bands of lace. Really nice for the style.

Smell -- Tart berries, granny smith, and lactic sour are the clear deviations from the regular Oerbier. However, the amount of Oerbier character that is still pronounced in the forefront is surprising: dark fruit, roast malt, spice. There is also a delicate floral not that I could not put my finger on. Lots of complexity. I like.

Taste -- Still lots of Oerbier flavor present: ripe dark fruit, dark bread, nutty roast malt, and gentle spice. The barrel lends notes of tart berries, granny smiths, wet oak, and soft vanilla. Tartness is pronounced, but still in good proportion with the base malt. While definitely tastes more of alcohol than your typical Oud Bruin, but doesn't seem anywhere near 13% - kudos, De Dolle.

Mouthfeel -- medium-light in body with fluffy carbonation. Not as crisp as I expect from an Oud Bruin, but still pretty good.

Overall -- A tasty sipper for certain. This is a very unique take on the Flanders style, though probably not what I would reach for when in an Oud Bruin mood. Still, a must-try for anybody who is passionate about the style.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February, 2010. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Oerbier tulip.

Furious seething carbonation fuels a rocky fist of wheat colored foam which grows very dense near the rim, climbing up over the top into a solid mohawk of cream which fails to recede whatsoever. The liquid is a mixture of falu red and carmine, dark but nearly clear and shot through with glassy candy apple red highlights. Cavernous thunderheads of lacing adhere to the sides.

Bright cherry pit notes in the nose, along with a mixture of malt, barrel notes, and berry-like esters. Red-wine like fragrance as well...

Bracing tartness at first sip, attenuated rapidly by a depth of (faintly toasted) malt and a secondary wave of oak. Lush and perfectly integrated flavor profile - difficult to disassemble the individual components, the sum of which creates something greater overall. Sweet, tart, bready, and with subtle wild notes - denoting the living nature of the ale. Exceptionally crafted.

Velvety, medium-bodied, heavily effervescent without being overcarbonated. ABV contributes body and flavor, but otherwise disappears - remarkable.

One of the best examples I've sampled of the style - don't know if it is this year's batch or just this particular bottle, but I think this has improved over some of the previous iterations. I'd say it was peerless, if I hadn't had Haandbakk...

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl from Premier in Buffalo, bottled Feb. 2010. Pours a murkey cola brown with hints of orange. Four fingers of meringue head which has some staying power, leaves some sticky patches of lacing.

Smell is not far off the Oerbier, cherries, dark bread, caramel, dark fruits, light red wine vinegar twang, touch bolder though, nicer sour character.

Taste is the big difference - not nearly as sweet, more integrated, more tartness akin to a true Flanders. Cherries, wood, toffee, earth. Nice dry finish, tart cherries and apple cider vinegar in the finish. A little thin for the ABV, lush carb, scary drinkable. This one is worth it while its little brother perhaps not as much.

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Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you danbar for bringing one of these to a small tasting. Dan is the man!

2009 vintage.

A: Poured sort of a murky, orange brown, with a few bubbles collecting in the corners, posing as a head.

S: Sour brown sugar concoction. On the fruit end of the spectrum, I got Granny Smith apples and plums, along with some apple cider vinegar.

T: In the battle of sour vs. brown, I'd give the edge to the sour side by a nose. However, this was unmistakably a Flanders Aud Bruin, through and through. No alcohol presence whatsoever, and fruity and sour as hell!

M: Very low carbonation, which was appropriate in this setting, and like I stated before, the organic, fruity sourness cut the brown sugar element down to size. No lacing left on the glass or on the palate.

O: This was a truly fantastic example of the style.... and a rather powerful one at that.

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Photo of shleepy
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Medium brown color; some head; opaque.

Smell is much milder than expected. Dark fruit, brown sugar.

And actually, even the taste is milder and more subtle than I remember. There is a kind of "old cellar" / vintage oak undertone. A sweet stonefruitiness is probably the main flavor, though. Combined with the acidity, there's very much a plum flavor.

The high sourness almost gets hidden by the sugar flavor (I guess there's still plenty of residual sugar; lips feel sticky after taking a sip).

Looking forward to opening my other bottles, trying them out at slightly higher temperatures, etc. I remember this being quite an excellent beer on other occasions that I've tried this beer.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Belgian glass.
Slightly hazy amber/topaz color with an amazing fluffy 1 1/2" off-white head. Leaves thick curtains of lacing.
Rich smells of cherry pie filling, strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar, a little brown sugar, underlying tartness and funk.
The taste is tart and vinous. Red wine vinegar, bitter orange zest, sharp funk from the lacto, sour cherries. A bit of an herbal/medicinal note. Dry, bordering on astringent finish. As it warms it gets a delicious juiciness, like a blend of bitter orange, sour cherry, and strawberry juice. Complex and interesting.
Medium bodied, juicy, and smooth textured.
Hides the alcohol incredibly well, and gets very easy drinking as it approaches room temperature.
I would have rated taste higher with a little more malt balance. But still, a complex, unique, and interesting beer. A very worthy oud bruin.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one for Christmas from my brother Andy. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown color with three fingers of lasting creamy looking beige head. It eventually settles down a bit leaving some really thick soapy lace.

Not much to smell here. The aroma is faint but it's a pretty nice sour raspberry aroma with bit of cocoa nibs in the background. It's faint but very pleasent. Just a touch of tartness in the finish of ths with a supporting body to rasperries, cocoa and nuts. Seems to be a lot going on but this is really seeming to be spot on.

Creamy and full on the body. Nice subtle carbonation. Maybe I'm being bias because I"ve always loved this brewery. Maybe it's also because the last beer I had tonight was terrible but this is really incredible. Good flavors and just a kiss of sour to really pull this one together.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.
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