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De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews:
288
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533
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a goblet. No date but I'm pretty sure this is 2008 or 2009 vintage.

Pours a nearly clear dark gold with just a tiny bit of fizz for a head. No lacing at all.

From the aroma I can tell this has been sitting around for quite some time. There is a strong sherry note that screams oxidation overpowering some peach and grape notes in the background. I'm afraid this one might be past its prime.

The taste just confirms what I feared with the aroma. More sherry and cardboard that covers up what I presume was once a great flavor. Light grape and white wine buried underneath but it is drowned out by molasses, cardboard, and brown sugar. Fairly sticky with a thick finish.

Overall, I am really disappointed. I thought the age wouldn't really hurt this beer but it obviously has. A couple years might have been ok but five or six is just too much. A shame.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – When I opened this bottle it just exploded, spewing foam from all sides of the mouth. I did a slow motion pour in my glass to keep things off the carpet. The body color is pure BSPA: cloudy orange.

Smell – This smells like a medicine cabinet. The spices are monstrous and the yeast is major league.

Taste – The spices are just overpowering. Again, it’s like licking a Band-Aid. There’s yeast in there somewhere, but the spices are so big they weigh down the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Lots of carbonation in this one.

Drinkability – This was just too overpowering for me. All I could come up with at the end of each swig was, “medicine cabinet.”

Comments – Sorry to low-ball this one without a lot of constructive criticism, but this just left me scratching my head.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a huge 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This time I tried to write down thoughts before reading other reviews.

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pours a golden flax
opaque
huge long lasting head
smells like wheat? straw?
sharp piney
head on this thing is a monster
sharp

hoppy
ehh

i don't like ipa's
how is this different from an ipa?
(i'm sure it is but i don't know)

didn't love this beer. i like duvel and chouffe though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the bull and bush, who have really expanded their guest offerings in the last half year or so. this is my first from these guys (i think), a real treat. listed on the menu at 8.9% abv rather than the 10% abv listed here, but i am attributing that to batch variance rather than misinformation. a great beer, a spring strong blonde brewed with honey. it looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a classic tripel, maybe a little lighter in body, a little more aggressively hopped, and a little lighter on the leftover sugar, but the belgian yeast, pale wheat based body, and booze component are all on par with the style. some floral character to this, and a real easy drinking lightness for its enormity. i know this isnt one of the rare crazy beers from these guys, but its a heck of an introduction to a very storied brewery for me. i know i am late to the party, but this one has me keen for more. so dry in feel, and for a fuller bodied strong beer, its a nice touch. cool yeast, not overdone, and nice crispy carbonation. top tier brew, just a little less interesting than i hoped for, but real yummy.

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Photo of GJ40
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had glasses of foam to start with. Lots of suspended sediment too. Once the dust settled, it was way too boozy with no depth or quality.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style brown bottle. A freaky ass psycho Easter bunny sits up against a tree, eyeing up a glass of Bos Keun. Obviously Mr. Easter Bunny has his priorities straight ... screw the hopping and Easter candy! He's got beer!

Appearance: Cloudy (from the yeast) orange straw. The head is pretty healthy and settles to a creamy white lace that sticks heavily along the sides of the glass.

Smell: You can get high off of this smell. Earthy, yeasty and sugary sweetness that is nearly cloaked by a medicinal aroma. Estery too with really ripe pineapple aromas.

Taste: First sip releases a lot of foam activity, creating a creamy texture on the palate. Medium bodied. Then comes some lime rind, quick sharpness then a tea-like citrus hop flavour. There's a unique musty quality to this brew with is a bit powdery and adds to the incredible complexity of this beer. All of this is then overtaken by a sugar sweetness and faint background tartness. Finishes a tad dry with some residual sweetness.

Notes: Purchased at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF, by Todd. 7% abv, and very drinkable. This beer is huge in character and complexity. Can't really say to much more about it as we are in awe of this beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden-reddish colour, good head, very long.
Not so limpid in appearance.
The smell is spicy, fresh: lemon, orange. Maybe mint. A little of hop. Anyway, very fresh.
The taste is very hopped. The hop is predominant, but it doesn't cover the rest: you can see even the malt, spices again, yeast, bread, sweet orange peel.
The alcohol (7 ABV) is noticeable, but it doesn't bother.
Medium body. Aftertaste a little too pointed to the alcohol. Then come back the bitter.
Maybe a little unbalanced, but good...

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into Unibroue tulip. A bizzare brown rabbit adorns the bottle and he appears to be high or drunk (Boskeun in hand I presume?). As expected, the bottle slowly gushed forth before the pour. Can't locate bottle date, I think it wore off the cap. Head retains for quite a while, it looks soft, I'd like to take a nap on its pillowey bubbles. Aroma is bursting out of the tulip as the head reduces. Smells like peaches, a little funk, and a slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel stands out on this one as the flavors coat the tongue front to back. Certainly doesn't taste at all like a 10% ABV, a testament to how well the flavors are melded together. The flavors are all over the map and they seem to be changing as the temperature of the beer warms. Fruit sweetness mixes with funk to create a delicious treat. Paired well with a deep fried blue cheese ball.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGuapo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now, I rarely comment on bottle or packaging appearance, but this one really amuses me. That little rabbit sitting back under a tree with his beer is just too funny. Moving on, I poured this one into a huge snifter, and I think it works well. It is a very cloudy dark golden orange with a big fluffy pillow of white foam. There are a whole lot of floaties in this one. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of fruit character. Citrus and some floral aromas are in there as well.

The flavor is initially sweet, and it then has a very nice toasted flavor that gives it some bite. Sweetness comes back, and a rich flavor of honey comes into the game, very interesting. As it fades, the toasted flavor becomes noticable again, and some fruit flavors add to the mix. They all fade into a nice dry aftertaste. This is delicious. The alcohol gives you a bite every now and then. Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich. It is a bit thicker than I had expected, creamy.

I have found honey in beers to be overdone in almost every one I have tried, but this one is well balanced. I was very impressed at how it was there, but not dominant. This is a very interesting brew, and you have to give it a whirl.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from an undisturbed bottle the Bos Keun delivers a clear golden body beneath a tall head of creamy bright-white foam that slowly dissolves into a wide collar and leaves short, thin splashes of lace about the glass. Tiny bubbles rise in plumes from the base of the goblet indicating a very fine and somewhat effervescent bottle-conditioned carbonation. The aroma is mesmerizing in its sweet fruitiness. It's clearly candyish, but also laced with an odd combination of light and dark fruits (apples, dates). As expected, its lightly zesty on the tongue with a very fine, somewhat effervescent carbonation. A touch of caramel maltiness and some vanilla comes into play in the flavor; and it's not as candyish as the nose suggests (but still sweet). The fruitiness, however, remains with some crisp green apple that works well with the emerging note of alcohol, and some dates that emerge in the aftertaste. Still, it finishes surprisingly dry for such a sweet beer. A rich and exciting beer for spring!

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: In Oerbier tulip

Appearance: Cloudy orange with ample head with good lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit, sugar sweetness, almonds and earthy.

Taste: First noticed pale malt sweetness and carbonation. Medium body smooth creamy texture. This is followed by astringent dryness and citrus hop flavors. Some sweetness in the finish.

Notes: Served from bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle PA. Been on lookout for this brew since first reading about it on the beer of the day calendar about three years past. Worth the wait for Belgium pale ale lovers.

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Photo of Jon
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, but glowing peach with a thick, bubbly head that leaves wonderful trails of lace down the glass and holds up very well. Nose is a blend of spicy, musty funkiness with just a subtle hint at dried fruit. I sensed somewhat of a smokiness lingering in the aromatics, which I'm guessing is from the age of this beer and the decreased presence of its hop character. Flavorwise, I got tart, herbal citrus with somewhat of a bitter lemon rind character and a bone-dry, biting finish. As the beer approached standard room temperature, some fruity apricot notes became more apparent, but I never experienced the honey flavor others note. The yeast character never strays too far, and it's definitely that of the aged variety. The highly carbonated, prickly mouthfeel was quite nice, but the dry, tanginess of this beer and the seemingly off flavors kept it from being overly drinkable. I may very well have sampled a bottle that was indeed past its prime, as this is the only beer with which I've been disappointed from De Dolle. It did, however, have some solid attributes, but I think it may need to be drunk fresh, rather than aged like this particular bottle.

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Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- golden light brown with lots of foam from the first, probably too vigorous, pour. The second pour produced a much more sensible amount of head that lingered with no lacing. Lots of typical De Dolle sediment floating in this one.

s- Lots of esters, mostly fruity with a little bit of spice in the background. Some tropical fruit hops.

t- Spicy and fruity yeast/esters, some alcohol warmth. Some banana, a little bit of clove spiciness.

m- Prickly carbonation that finishes very dry. Aftertaste is great, overall very clean.

d- For a 10% abv this one drinks like a champ. De Dolle never disappoints, and nothing beats sitting around listening to Om (or whatever your doom metal of choice is) with a BosKeun and some triple cream cheese. Recommended.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Familiar looking De Dolle label paints rather than adorns the front of my 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Overall presentation is of a beer that is not that serious, given the cartoon of a bucktoothed Easter Bunny enjoying a brew. Yet this is a very serious beer, sadly there is no listed strength or freshness date from what I could tell. The latter is a criminal shame because this really needs to be imbibed fresh, why couldn’t B.United (the importers) insist on the freshness date onto the US label?

Appearance: Fantastic, having drunk gallons of this stuff during 11 consecutive Easter visits to Belgium; I know this is a fresh sample. Why, because there are no chunks or floaties, always a sign of a Bos Keun past its best or one that has been abused. Fresh, the body is completely clear, except for a body of racing streamers that crash into the silky smooth white cap on the surface. Deep gold at the base, light and a curved glass give the appearance of a dark orange hue underneath the fantastic looking head that has excellent longevity. Lacing is inviting whilst the conditioning level is perfect. Only the final pour after a swirl dislodges the engrained yeast at the base, but is a fine suspension with no chunks thankfully.

Nose: Tripel-tastic deep spicy hops, honey and alcohol. A very identifiable nose for a rather unique Easter brew.

Taste: Spiced hops and a fresh warming alcohol rush the palate. Some sweet honey gives the middle a rich and thick feel. Some bitterness and a strong fruity ending that is slightly sweet & dry. I recall that there are some strange ingredients in this one, a quick check of Tim Webb’s Belgium Bible reveals Mauritian Cane Sugar and Mexican Honey, whatever - it works!

Mouthfeel: Solid warming brew that has a light body with a big massive kick. Fine carbonation assists in smoothing the alcohol whilst the light body balances the big spicy hops.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, for 7% it has a kick, but the awesome looks, fantastic nose; great flavor profile, wholesome yet soft mouthfeel and superb conditioning all combine to make this quite the beer induce a “pass out” for Passover.

Overall: First sampled at the Brugs Beertje during my inaugural Easter Trip to Belgium in 1994. It was recommended to us by Jan De Bruyne and it arrived in a huge 1.5 litre bottle for our Table of six. A memorable occasion and one when I realized that there was much more to life than English Cask Ale.

This is a fresh example, you can tell by the impressively clean label and appearance, that and the fact that the guy running the beer store where I picked this up, told me it had arrived only days earlier. Sadly, there is no freshness date on the label, a seriously big draw-back for me, because this can be a wretched offering when aged poorly, it is by far at its very best for me when fresh, as this sample was. Sadly the lack of a freshness date on the bottle means that if the bottle looks old, tired or dusty – my advice would be to avoid it.

This was my first ever true Easter beer, and for my money, this is still one of the greatest that I have ever had. No wonder Jesus came back from the dead at Easter if this was available. Well worth the coin – but a word of warning, avoid the aged samples and get it fresh to get the best from this one!!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a nice orange color with a massive white head and high carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh mixed light fruit Flavor is tasty light and dark fruits with Belgian spice, both sweet and slightly sour. Tastes very good. Slightly marred by over-carbonation, which gives a nice hot element to the taste, but is a bit overdone. A very complex, unusual and tasty ale.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunrise pale ale-colored with a bone white freckle. The aromas suggest sweet, sticky herbs, marzipan, applesauce and vanilla. On the palate it is a colossal struggle between oozing, glycerin-rich fruits (apples, pears, plantain, tangerine) and bold, smoky, resinous bitterness. The finish hums on a bitternut, roasted banana peel and fruitseed vector. Broad in scope, it is a bookends of funky sweetness and twiggy hops extract. I might suggest letting this one mellow for a year or two.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Foam bomb from the tap, this one had to settle for a few minutes. Served in a Chimay chalice, a honey brown color, slightly cloudy, with a huge rocky, tan-white head that retained well and coated the glass with decorative lacing. Aroma was booze-heavy, phenols, yeast, more yeast, and a bit herbal when all that mellowed out a bit. Taste was extremely potent, strong with grainy alcohol, a concentrated dose of meadow grass and flowers hitting soon after that, lighter notes of peppery yeast and citrus pith. Strong, but flavorful. A little too hot to be exceptionally drinkable I'm afraid, but still a fine brew overall. Maybe let this one sit in the cellar for a year or even more to mellow out before serving.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the one w/ the buck toothed bunny and the beer chalice on the lable.
Bright, hazy golden color with some dark yeast chunks. Tall, rocky head and lotsa lace. Light, clean aroma of vanilla and citrus. Sharp carb bite on the tongue initially- slightly oxidized. Flavors of honey and sour citrus rush in - it tastes like carbonated Mead mixed with grapefruit juice. Tangy hops work thier way in and blend with the sour cherry/ toffee flavors. The middle of this beer is extended- interesting and prolonged with different fruit and hop flavors mixed with alcohol wafting in and out. Warming alcohol and lingering hop bite finish this off. Light going in, very strong going out. Definately De Dolle different.

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Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz amber bottle, poured carefully into a Chimay goblet, and then poured with the yeast to compare.

Appearance: Hazy, light amber in color with thick, heavy, white foam (long lasting) that left nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, apples, and pears.

Taste: Sweet with a little balancing tartness, flavors of oak, floral hops, sugar, grapes, and faint malt.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, fruity, moderate carbonation and body.

Drinkability: Very good. Well balanced and not overly sweet.

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Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours with by far the most active head of all time. It took me 20 minutes to pour the whole bottle into my glass. The head sticks forever, it doesn't recede at all really. The beer itself is a hazy peach.

The smell has a noticeable pineapple acidic scent. There seems to be some hoppiness as well.

The taste is fruity and estery. It has a definite alcoholic flavor and some breadiness. It is kind of all over the place though.

This is a quirky brew, it is pretty blunt in the flavor department and overall.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a huge head of foam. ..great lacing left behind.

It smells hoppy, spicy, lightish on the malt profile.

First thing that I notice is an abundance of candi sugar sweetness followed by spice like cloves and pepper. Slight bitterness but it can easily get overlooked.

Pretty lively carbonation to go with the medium body.

A well brewed example of the style and enjoyable to drink.

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 533 ratings