Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #4,429
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Oct 20, 2023
Oct 23, 2000
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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Rated: 3.85 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada

Oct 12, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by not2quick from Missouri

Sep 04, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle into a tulip. No bottled on date, but likely a few years in the bottle.

Hazy golden yellow body with a persistent white head. Yeasty aroma, and the taste adds a warming sweetness to it.
May 12, 2023
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One year old. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours a slightly opaque golden brown with an extremely stable, pillowy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Some tiny yeast floaters visible.

S: Herbal, grassy and fruity with notes of fresh bananas. Malty and minimally sweet.

T: Herbal and spicy. Malty and hoppy. Sweet and bitter. Fruity and earthy. Dominant notes of ripe bananas and honey.

F: Full and crushable at the same time. Medium carbonation. Quite warming.

O: Full of contrasts, yet nicely balanced and very complex. Tastes like a classic Belgian blonde with a twist and definitely sticks out of the mass. Great modern interpretation of the style. Very well crafted.
Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by RoyalKaiju

Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by cabsandking from Ohio

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy (I always aspirate my yeast back in), deep orange colour. Plenty of bubbles run up the side of the glass, supporting an incredibly dense head that has these big rocky bubbles at the top. Gorgeous honestly

A sweet, mild, herbal and yeasty aroma. Banana and general phenolic spices present as well.

All my last reviews have been simple, ‘taste follows the nose’, but not this one. The aforementioned aromas are present in the palate but it’s quite a complex and interesting flavour profile. First off, the ABV is present but in a complementary way. It inflects off of the delicious yeasts and drives up the spicy phenolic character quite a bit. Cloves, cinnamon on the back end… cardamom? Not sure if that’s what I’m thinking but there’s something else in there too.

Banana bread, honey, the floral notes in the aromas are transformed into more earthy tones here. Maybe this sounds strange but, apple peel? Usually I taste fruit in beers it’s just ‘apple’ or ‘pear’, rarely peel unless it’s citrus zest in hop forward beers. But I get a real apple peel flavour here.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation that is fairly active, lightly tickling bubbles. Beer definitely leans to the dryer side on the finish, and despite the sweet notes that are all throughout the beer, the dryer finish brings out the bitterness that’s present in the background of this beer.

Well, if I knew this was an Easter beer I would’ve saved it for Easter, but only after I cracked it did I read it was. A beer I’ve never, ever seen in Canada nor will we likely ever, this was a special gift from a friend who brought it back from the good ol United States. It’s beautiful looking, complex and delicious. Goodness me I wish I had another one to open on Easter. Oh well, what can you do. This is Belgian goodness in a bottle. I’d honestly say I’m liking it as much as Orval, and I’ve got 5 of those in my cellar!! Hope to be able to get another one of these soon!
Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Present from Diamonds Des who floats around the globe
Big blonde beauty with frothy white head
Candy notes in the flavour
Nice kick at the tail end of the flavour
May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Aug 21, 2021
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Rated by Jakepitbull from New York

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
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