Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,490
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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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Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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hman43 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Avitra from Switzerland

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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janubio from Spain

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As almost all Dolle beers, be careful when opening because of his big carbonation. Hazy golden colour, big head that lasts forever, great lace.
Aroma of grapes, honey, plums, vanilla, banana, fruits.
Full body, harsh, sticky texture, brutal carbonation.
Taste of honey, grapes, fruits, vanilla, bananas.
Another exceptional beer from De Dolle. Is there something De Dolle makes that is not far above the average?.

Dec 26, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to get my taste buds on this one for a while....although delivered straight from Belgium, pretty adamant this beer is 9% abv and not the 10% quoted.

Appearance, although head retention is a tad on the bank robber end of the scale, with a quick get away, I still think the cloudy body with chunks of sediment like an asteroid field is just what I look for in a beer.

Aroma is a little boozy, bags of ripe fruits, mainly figs and bananas.

Taste is of a sour first hit, but you get accustomed to that in no time, and the flavours really come through.....plumb comes first, followed by a malt infused caramel.

Feel is a touch on the artificial, and I put that down to the high abv, for once in my life I think this would be better at 7.5-8%.....jeeze cannot believe I just said that!!

Aftertaste is lovely, really has you rolling your tongue against the roof of your mouth, a belter!

Overall, certainly worth it's outstanding is a must try beer for you fellow advocates!

Dec 04, 2017
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babaracas from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with billowing white head that slowly settles to a half inch, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: hawaiian roll, cooked apple, soft pear, spicy and medicinal with an odd acetic note. Taste: cooked red apple, ripe pear, spicy and medicinal, with green apple and raw honey closer. Medium-plus bodied, velvety carbonation. Weird beer, not sure if it's a little buggy or what. "MA 2017"

Aug 21, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer really gave me more of a Tripel vibe than a Belgian pale - lots of fruity esters leading to those classic banana notes, sweet, some honey flavor. Slick mouthfeel. Good but not what I expected

Aug 06, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz (330ml) bottle (Bottled: March 2017) into a stemmed Charente beer glass.

A - Leaving a majority of the yeast behind (and poured into a separate glass and consumed separately - Belgian tradition), the beer pours a medium gold color with a slight haze. With the beer a bit cooler than normal, a conservative pour (a necessity with all De Dolle beers) produced a full finger+ of a creamy white head with decent retention considering the ABV. (4.75)

S - Ahh, that familiar and juicy De Dolle yeast consisting of Pear, Apple, White Peach and Plum. A dose of sweet vanilla and a twinge of floral hops rounds out the nose. Alcohol goes undetected. (4.75)

T - Taste follows the aroma. Ripe Apple, Pear and Peach pop on the palate followed by some sweet vanilla cake that lingers for a moment. Bitterness is restrained and just enough to keep things finishing pleasantly dry and refreshing. (4.75)

M - Medium mouthfeel and drinks much lighter than the 10% ABV would suggest. Carbonation is prominent which also gives the impression of a lighter bodied beer. Minimal warmth in the chest after each sip is the only indication this is "bier forte." (4.75)

O - Although this is freshest De Dolle beer I have had to date, Boskeun stands to be my favorite thus far and wish I could find it year-round. However, even if its availability was better, the cost for De Dolle beers in The States is just a bummer (~$6/bottle). Still, that does nothing to diminish the quality of their products, especially this. (5.0)

Jul 16, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Some grassy notes and spicy Belgian yeast up front along with some fruitiness and bready malt. Floral notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy yeast and bready malt and then goes into some grassy, floral, and fruity notes. On the sweeter side. Finishes with light sweetness and lingering spicy yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great BSPA that makes a good Easter beer. Very easy to drink despite the 10%. Definitely worth checking out

Jul 14, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap, brick wall, Burlington.

Cloudy yellow brown, small white head.


Touch sour, medicinal.

Full bodied, thick. Ok carbonation.


May 14, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap.
L: Mabercolor with a weak white foam head.
S: Grapefruit, wine, plums.
T: Caramel, plums, light berries.
F: Fullbody and soft carbonation.
O: Great belgian ale.

May 06, 2017
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at La Trappe, San Fran, CA. Served in a Straffe Hendrik branded chalice - 25 cl pour.

Appearance: Golden yellow with the slightest haze. Huge white pillowy head that slowly died back. Lots of fine persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, floral, some fruity esters, and a little bit musty.

Taste: Lightly sweet, herbal, floral, just a hint of orange, and that wonderful classic Belgian yeast fruity esters throughout. Finish was lightly bitter, with just a hint of noble hops. Some booziness notable

Mouthfeel: Smooth, powdery, airy carbonation, dry finish with some stickiness on the teeth. An occasional warming alcohol note.

Overall / Drinkability: The alcohol in this is notable, but it's well blended with the rest of the beer. It's more like a gentle warning as you drink - it lets you know you're having a 10% ABV beer, but it's not hitting you over the head with it. Very tasty and if I didn't have to fly the next day, I think I would have asked for another. Very quenching, quite enjoyable, and went well with food (hamburger in this case). Definitely something I will look for again.

Feb 09, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy golden body, one finger white head, good lacing, light retention. Smells of tart apple, light minerality, yeast minerals, light bubble gum, spices. Flavour is a bit boozy, light bubble gum, apple cider, cereal grain, more yeast. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation. Nothing too crazy, light earthy bitterness on the backend. Big beer, a bit boozy but I don't mind it at this point. It's not a style I'm all that familiar with, and probably takes a little getting used to.

Aug 11, 2016
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling at one of my favorite hangouts in Chicago (Local Option). De Dolle's beers age so very well and this one is no exception. Would love to try them on draft to see how they compare when "fresh".

Jul 16, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2014

Appearance - hazy, cloudy golden color, soft pour still yielded voluminous white head, lot of sediment floating around

Smell - apple cider, pear, champagne

Taste - whoa! this is quite boozy, apples, pears, bubblegum, honey

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, full carbonation, boozy upfront, followed by the citrus notes, honey in the aftertaste, finish is on the harsh side, flavors don't seem to meld well with this one

Overall - certainly a big beer, lets you know upfront. I found the flavors to be slightly unbalanced and the booze is not well hidden, which makes the mouthfeel a bit unpleasant. Overall, not a bad beer, but Can't say I'd be eager to re-visit this one, unfortunately.

Price Point - $5.99/11.2 oz bottle

Jun 25, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one night after the Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) and am honestly not sure if I could tell these two beers apart. I know this as brewed for Easter, but it taste almost the same. Pours a light gold, hazy, with a very big head that leaves lacing. Nose is boozy dough and fruity esters, maybe a little peppery hops. Nice. Taste is...damn strong...and not as nice. An overly strong tripel and not a Belgian strong pale IMHO. Phenols, black pepper, alcohol. What it lacks in drinkability, it gains it "punch your face." Very high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting beer, but I can't say I loved it.

Jun 15, 2016
Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 554 ratings