Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,378
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Apr 17, 2022
Oct 23, 2000
Notes: Boskeun is the nickname of Jo, one of the two brothers who preferred to brew blond beer at home. It is a special Easter beer, one of the first real Belgian Easter beers. (Slaghmuylder's paasbier being first). It has been brewed with pale malt, Golding hops, cane sugar and refermented in the bottle. It's a seasonal beer, so we suggest not to keep it eternally. The name Boskeun means rabbit of the wood (virgin wood, maybe?) and the label shows it, sampling the last brew.
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz undated can poured into a teku glass at 55° Fahrenheit 9% ABV. The beer pours opaque golden amber with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island of tiny bubbles. The aroma is mild with general sweetness up front, followed by caramel, banana, and clove. The taste is semisweet pale malt with notes of honey, clove and earthy moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average plus carbonation. The finish is an enigma, being almost completely dry despite the sweetness of the beer. Perfect combination of carbonation, ABV and dryness for drinkability. Alcohol is mostly hidden, except for the warming effect on the throat and belly. Overall, excellent BSPA.

Apr 17, 2022
3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
4.15 by Sphagnicola from Belgium on Feb 17, 2022
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 21, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Jakepitbull from New York

One of the best beers I've ever tasted. Loved every sip. Drank the 9% version and hated to swallow it!

Jul 29, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Clear golden with an ample white head. Smells of herbal notes, earthy Belgian yeast, sweet golden malts, and some booze. Tastes fruity with herbal undertones, sweet honey, some slightly deeper maltiness, and spice and clove from the yeast. Boozy, fairly sweet, and pretty heavy. But quite tasty.

Jun 23, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Had this on draft 6/12/21 @ the Beer Temple.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance.

Big, fluffy white head; frothy lace.

Mulled cider, pear, green apple, banana & mild clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Earthy esters, green apple & faint caramel flavors up front; clove, mild banana & faint cinnamon notes on the finish.

Bold; fruity & earthy at the same time. Really, really good.

Jun 14, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by argock from Virginia

Poured from a 12oz can (courtesy of B United container project) into a Chimay goblet. Friendly canned on sticker on pack of May 12, 2021.

A: Burnished gold/amber with 1-2 finger foamy off-white head with short retention but does leave some scraps of lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit light but mainly banana, pear, and golden apple with an interesting earthy hop note.

T: Flavor is quintessential Belgian golden ale with solid but soft pale pils maltiness and candi sugar sweetness, with plenty of apple, pear, and some banana yeast ester presence. Phenols are noticeable but low and the alcohol character is also noticeable but pleasant. Hop flavor is not readily apparent but there is clear bitterness in the background that is more noticeable in the finish. Definitely an earthy phenolic note in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, this is a sweet beer despite this bitterness.

M: Medium body with moderate-high carbonation and medium dry finish,

O: I enjoyed Boskeun but wished it had a bit more aroma and slightly more bitterness to counter the sweetness (or a bit lower sweetness). That said, a delicious and complex beer,

Jun 10, 2021
4.19 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Apr 28, 2021
3.65 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
3.79 by Taenim from New Jersey on Apr 04, 2021
4.39 by bubseymour from Maryland on Mar 31, 2021
4.21 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Mar 31, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, as DDB Boskeun Speciaal Paasbier, from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. ABV is 10%. The glass fills completely by white foam, and the golden beer underneath appears only very slowly. Strong aroma of Belgian ale yeast, with fruity and spicy notes, also notes of white kandij sugar syrup and alcohol. Sweet flavour, with spicy, fruity and yeasty notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but not dominant. Peppery aftertaste.

Mar 20, 2021
4.22 by Jakuberno from Belgium on Jan 15, 2021
3.88 by robotic_being from Florida on Oct 31, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottled August 2019. Whit head. Cloudy burnt golden orange due to an unsettled bottle.

Reminds me of a tripel. Bananas, cloves, and citrus. Lots of Belgian spice. Saison like. Has some Fantome like apple skin flavors. Some plums and dates. Not quad like though. Belgian candied sugar. Very unique beer that blends a lot of styles. Bubbly like feel. I like it.

Oct 08, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

Bottle from a foreign land. Three years old

Very beautiful, the bottom lees are a disgusting brown but this beer is golden and FILLED with sediment. Smells sour like green apple. Taste is tart, chewy, filled with belgian yeast flavors that run the gamut: all types of fruits and spices. Heavily carbonated, it exploded out of the bottle even with a very careful pry. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink at 10%

Glad to try this, even if the bottle had green mold on it (!!!)

Aug 06, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 330 ml bottle. Sampled July 9, 2020.

The appearance is bronze-amber with a cream colored, lasting head.

The aroma emits many Belgian Strong characters such as sweet caramel malt, a little subtle spice, pear, apple, and a lower booze profile.

Medium-full body.

A sweet yet warming character describes the flavor. I pick up more of the alcohol here.

Jul 09, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark gold with light carbonation and alot of floaties.

S - Dry citrus and sweet malt on the nose with some bubblegum.

T - Booze, light sweet malt with citrus and pine bitterness over the top.

M - Big medium body with a fruity dry finish.

O - This is a big beer and really enjoyed it!

Jul 04, 2020
4.15 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jul 04, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like floral yeast, apple sweetness, honey, clovey spice, and pear.

This is pretty big and intense, but there's not much booziness. There's some green apple skin, pear, stone fruit, a bit floral sweetness, some spice, and light esters. There's also a bit of honey sweetness.

This is medium bodied, a touch syrupy, and pretty drinkable, especially with how well the booze is hidden.

De Dolle is definitely a top 3 brewery in Belgium. I've liked basically all of their beers.

Jun 24, 2020
4.4 by smi69 from New York on Jun 06, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Slightly hazy amber color, two to three finger white head, nice lacing, good carbonation.

S: Belgian yeast, malts, some alcohol.

T: Belgian yeast, slightly malty, sweet-ish. Wow, this is excellent!

F: Full bodied, smooth. Could sip this one all day long.

O: Superb ale. Wasn't expecting much but was blown away.

May 14, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Mid gold and quite hazy (more sediment left in bottle). Pours with 1Cm snow white head. (ps 15mins later. holds up well and forms mad amounts of lacing).
S- Mild! Somehow I expect a hefty 10% beer to have a punchy smell, here all I get is some mild spice and timber notes.
T- The taste seemed to develop very slowly on my palate, give it time to linger and aerate. I get some spices, and deep/rich roasted fruit notes that remind me of British Xmas pudding in their pungency. Then there is a serious lick across the palate of it's ABV% zing. Though at 10% that's really no surprise.
F- Hefty, some meaty richness, pungent, slow-sipping beer. Great carbonation, both in the glass (masses of lacing) and the mouth.
O- This Easter bunny of a beer packs a heck of a punch, I like it, it doesn't put a foot wrong with any misplaced facets, or a lack of balance between them. Would happily buy and drink again.
330ml bottle BB: Feb-2022. Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK

May 13, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

On tap into a tulip glass. A fairly hazy golden-amber color with a medium and long lasting white head. Orange marmalade, banana, and faint clove aroma. Taste followed. Not sweet but with an interesting rich candies fruit flavor balanced with a bigger hop presence than I’ve had in a Belgian. Almost Barleywine-like. Delicious.

May 29, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Cap says BTLD 2018
9% abv.
Opened on 5/16/19

Even a very slow pour produces a mountainous white foam dome. Clumpy, bubbly, sticky and seafoam style head. The active and lively yeast creates big carbonation inside the golden and amber color. Massive sticky lacing.

The nose has a very sweet, Belgian candy and fruity scent. The yeast and malt comes together we'll, as the hops have a very green-leafy and veggie thing happening. Sour banana and spices seem to pop out of the eccentric yeast.

The flavor has that unique Belgian "sweet and sour" thing in maximum effect. A current of sweet jams and spicy Earth coalesce into a very deep and complex flavor profile. The yeast is the big X factor for any traditional Belgian brew. This one has a very complex and interesting charechter. Sour earthy, sweet and tangy but always worth pondering due to the fact I keep finding new flavors as the session goes on.

The Effervescent, snappy, yet smooth texture and full mouth feel is spot-on and one of my favorite features of the real-deal Belgian styles.

Overall: Weird and wonderful!!

May 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LukeGude from Iowa

On tap at Ebenezer's (!). Very enjoyable Belgian brew, though nearly didn't notice it what with the wild conversation.

May 06, 2019
4 by safaricook from Netherlands on Apr 21, 2019
4.1 by Mtn from Texas on Mar 17, 2019
4.35 by BennyProfane from California on Feb 09, 2019
4.06 by jakea from Wisconsin on Oct 15, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours hazy orange with small little black things floating in it.

Smell: It has moderate earthly elements with a bit of grainy sweetness and a bit of spice. There is a very faint hint of lemon and bread.

Taste: It has moderately strong earthly flavors with a candy like element. The spiciness is moderately strong with some very low bread and very low barnyard.

Feel: It has a moderately full body with a pleasant alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a very flavorful Belgian ale with very pleasant alcohol warming.

Sep 03, 2018
3.78 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 30, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Avitra from Switzerland

Cask poured (Stout Santa Monica)
Lagery ale with deep finish. Hints of wood,smell of grapefruits. Very malty and velvety and a very easy and pleasant drink. Some citrus. A little boozy due to the high alcohol content but the warm brownness covers it nicely.

Jul 28, 2018
4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Jun 24, 2018
3.72 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Apr 29, 2018
4.25 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2018
4.33 by stephenlee from England on Apr 01, 2018
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 19, 2018
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