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De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.16/5
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522 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,647
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
522
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
4.63
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
48
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: four fingers of sea foam atop a hazy strawberry blond

S: it's a dead ringer for cran-apple juice, Fig Newtons, hints of lambic vinegar in the background

T: it tastes exactly a Fig Newton with strawberry preserves and biscuity malt, for me De Dolle's signature profile. I'm from the South their beers remind me of my momma's homemade biscuits with a healthy serving of homemade strawberry preserves.

M: Silky, velvety, creamyDe Dolle is the master of mouthfeel, I've never had anything like their beers.

O: This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries anywhere in the world.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- always love their label art, especially this drunken bunny sitting next to a lily of the valley which happens to be a symbol of the second coming. Very clever for Easter. A large duvel sized tulip is necessary to hold the massive bubbly eggshell colored head on this rascal. At 10% abv, I can't believe the foam has this type of retention and I'm getting impatient waiting for it to settle. The golden orange apricot body has some small particles of yeast floating about. This bottle is 2 years old.

S- flowery and grapey, most notably the sweet solvent aroma of muscat and scuppernong and the similarities are astounding. Grape and apricot jam spread on shortbread or pound cake define the malt sweetness, and there are still more fruity aromas of apple, pear, orange and plum. An absolutely phenomenal stank.

T- malty and sweet, not as fruity as the aroma would suggest, with a distinct earthy English hop flavor. Melon and pear with a soft muscat flavor intermingle with a fine vanilla sugar sauce and green, vinous "forest" notes, grain husk, and mushroom. Alcohol is masterfully hidden save for a small bite in the finish, and the beer gets drier and more tart as the glass empties. Seasoned dry wood and orange blossom honey last into the finish as well, further attempting to conceal the alcohol, which I now feel in my head and belly.

MF- expansive, medicinal and drying, this one leaves a coated feeling on the cheeks with a bit of powdery yeast. Alcohol heat is not felt in the mouth, rather it makes a delayed presence in the chest just to prove it's there. Crazy soft bottle conditioned carbonation has no beginning or ending and never becomes sharp or stinging.

D- what a great beer. Like many; 've always considered Duvel to be the archetype, but this yeasty monster rabbit surpasses what I consider to be 'standard' by taking the aroma to a whole nother level. Like an outer space level. Clean, defined flavors overlayed by muddy earthy funky yeast make for a beautiful marriage that no other BSPA I've had so far has achieved.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - When poured carefully into a belgian-style tulip with plenty of headspace, it required me several breaks before I could finish the full pour. Head is dense and white, and retention is crazy. Color is just a touch darker than a Westmalle Tripel.
S - Lovely sweet, fruity aroma, with a touch of alcohol (it is 10% ABV, after all.)
T - A very well balanced flavor, with almost any individual aspect difficult to pick out. A fruitiness halfway between apple and bubblegum, a kiss of malt and sugar, and a very dry (though not persistently so) finish.
M - Very effervescent, with the interplay of the dryness and the carbonation leaving a bit of a lingering sensation on the tongue, and even a bit going down. I suppose part of it is the alcohol as well.
O - This beer strikes a lovely balance, with just enough bitterness and dryness on the finish, while leaving just a wisp behind that invites another sip, maybe too soon. This is a dangerously drinkable, while still rich, strong beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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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4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The smell and flavour of this brew do it for me, big fruity esters with a sweet pale malt base. Has hints of almonds and mango with a warming alcohol. I know it is their spring beer but this is one that could be aged a year or perhaps more and still gain in complexity.

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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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)

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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gloriously large and substantial head rises on the careful pour into my Maudite goblet. Stubborn, diva-like retention. The head falls, eventually, leaving some nice foamy patches of lace on the glass. Body is grainy gold. Smell: stark, musty sourness upfront, a good thing; followed by an aged bleu cheese yeast funk that has a nice texture to it, not at all unpleasant; the finish is a cotton-candy sweetness riding out over the top. Taste: complex sweetness upfront (cherries, brown sugar), with an underbelly of toasted pecans, sourdough bread; the middle is a strong punch of funky yeast, really nice, peppery and moldy (this is a good thing, trust me); the finish, much like the nose, goes back to a sharp sweetness that rides out over the top of the depth of complex flavors. Spicy, dry aftertaste. Lovely. Mouthfeel: creamy, very carbonated which is a good thing as it helps zip up the strong flavor in a nice, tight mouth-package. Wonderful brew. Glad I found a bottle, purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California -- looks to be about a 12 ounce bottle. Love the buck-toothed rabbit on the label. Typically quirky Belgian packaging, always gives me a pang of strange delight.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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