De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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1.88/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$10.00 for the 33cL bottle, served in a tulip
2009 Vintage. Sampled 26DEC12

[A] The pour begins down the center of the glass and moves to the side 2 seconds later once the head gets going. The result is a big, fluffy 2 1/2 finger high bright white head. Relentless effervescence keeps the head everlasting. The body leans between gold and orange but closer to the former. Opaquer than expected. Lacing in a thick splatter of foam.

[S] The nose is all over the place. Clean diaper, aspirin, medicine cabinet, some weird menthol, sweet booze and oxidized malts.

[T] A little better than the nose but still not enjoyable.

[M] Semi full with a prickly carbonation. A little boozy. Good but not great.

[O] Age hasn't treated this one well. I'd like to try this one again soon, but I'll go for a fresh bottle next time. Three plus years was just too long.

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2.43/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I believe that this bottle was quite old.

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Photo of Steak-Styles
2.47/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If I had to choose one word to describe this beer, it would be "difficult." Trying to pour this into a mug resulted in the entire mug being filled with nothing but foam and a mouthful of beer on the bottom. Going down and finishing had a very bitter taste, however as it passed through my mouth, the taste was actually quite good. Still, not enough to save this beer for me

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2.56/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle ('08) into my La Chouffe tulip, Bos Keun is a dark, murky gold with a small white head that leaves very light lace.
Smell is very strong wild flower honey.

Taste is also super thick honey. This tastes like a wild bee-hive fermented and squeezed into your mouth. I was comparing this to a Stille Nacht at the same time, and was shocked at how this one tasted boozier then their winter beer, which is almost twice the strength...thicker and richer as well, but with less depth!

Mouthfeel is thick.

Drinkability is low, this was a big disappointment from a brewery that really impresses me most of the time. This was in absolute last place in an informal taste off I just held between it, Stille Nacht (07), Westmalle (07), and, just for contrast, Mad Elf (06). This drinks like a small, under-attenuated mead.

I can't help but be surprised by the high reviews. I'm sure it's all bias towards the brewery, which is mostly excellent (Stille Nacht & Oerbeir Reserve are true masterpieces). Plus I'd guess the fact that I compared this to 3 other BSPA-type beers at the same time made a big difference in my perspective. Fact is, I won't be bothering with this one again any time soon, sorry!

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2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
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.


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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 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.

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


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

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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3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the cellar (finally) comes this Belgian ale... an Easter seasonal, this one's ripe for the drinkin'.

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Brewed and bottled by DDB 8160 according to the label.

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber color with thousands of tiny brown particles in suspension... the head expands loudly to a full inch, then rapidly recedes leaving an awkwardly sporadic mess of a lid. Barely any lacing left in the wake, not really much to look at.

Smell- Gigantic, enormously huge Belgian candi sugar nose, with spicy, leathery notes to contemplate further. Fabulous concentration of aromas... this smells like a sipper for sure. Faint hints of chocolate actually become evident, which I never would have expected. Smells sort of like an old bowling alley.

Taste- Large presence of alcohol... the dark fruits and candi sugar are overpowered by a heavy alcoholic bite. Even while swallowing, there is resistance from inside... and it's sweet, to the point of being overdone. The final hop bitterness drys the palate completely, while the ABV gently numbs the tongue and warms the belly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While this beer's texture in the mouth is virtually exquisite, the swallow is disproportionately harsh and detrimental to its drinkability. After swirling in the yeast sediment towards the end of this tasting, the smoothness improves, as does the overall flavor integration. Glad to have tried this, but there's no way I'd buy this again.

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3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours virtually nothing but foam, infection? as some liquid finally starts to form it shows an attractive dark, hazy, golden orange colored liquid.

S-the nose is sweet, earthy wheat aroma, pears, hints of lemon, orange peel, and plums.

T-the taste is similar and sweet, earthy wheat, some golden fruits and plums, notes of wood, spicy in the back, light phenol towards the back as well. This might have a slight infection to it.

M-grainy and highly carbonation, light body crisp finish and slightly dry.

D-i think this was in the early stage of an infection, it didn't really taste infected but it fizzed up like crazy. interesting stuff and i'll definitely have to try another.

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3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark apple cider color and haze, due to the heavy sediment, no visible carbonation, a thin white head

S - a strong appley aroma, kind of champagney, with a genuine hoppy kick, very malty sweet

T - a honey/malty sweetness too strong at times, a moderate hoppy kick, but a nice smoothness on the palate

M - too syrupy for my taste, but very smooth

D - a little low due to the over-sweetness

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3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottling code: 10%<MA05

Appearance: light amber, very hazy, medium layer of cream-colored spongey foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: cooked strawberries, malt, hint of sherry and sour cream, over-ripe pears, cinnamon toast and a bit of a meaty yeast note

Flavor: tasty biscuity maltiness; a touch of oxidation here too; distant grassy hop flavor, though hardly there; honey and peppery alcohol; finishes a bit sweet with a sugar-syrup aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of this beer from a sample that I have been storing since the day I purchased it at the brewery in May 2004. It's still pretty decent buy I'd say Bos Keun doesn't do well with long term cellaring. The hops are almost completely gone so it's a bit cloying and unbalanced at this point. Here's my first review of it (same bottling run):

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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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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lot of ever-lasting white foam.
Subtle aroma, maybe some honey.
Tastes malty and dry, bitter aftertaste that coverts somb spices, some flowers and even some citric notes. But not many.
Medium/low body.
Too bitter and dry for my taste, doesn't fulfill the expectation.

Happy Easter!

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a huge five finger, medium looking white head that just grows and grows, mounding out of the glass. Unbelievable retention; it just won't quit. Amber orange, clear, and tonnes of active carbonation. Head grows and grows, falling down the sides of the glass. Head finally fades to a thick foam cap leaving lots of chunky lacing down the glass. Good looking, but kind of out of control.

SMELL: Pale malts and sweet green fruits, perhaps some apple and pear. Spicy notes, clove and coriander, as well as some spicy yeast notes. Very spicy brew. Touches of floral hops as well. Decent strength and complexity.

TASTE: Sweet grainy malt, some green fruit and lots of spicy notes. Plenty of spicy alcohol, pepper, and yeasty notes through the middle into the finish. Big spicy aftertaste with lots of spicy alcohol and just a touch of bitterness for balance. Did I mention this was a spicy brew?

PALATE: Light, medium body, a little airy, with lots of carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate with a decent alcohol burn at the end. A little rough.

OVERALL: A very spicy and alcoholic beer, but enjoyable non-the-less. A tasty, spicy treat, but a bit too raw on the palate to be overly drinkable. One worth trying if you get the chance.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served into a Chalice glass.Enjoyed on may┬┤11.
Pours golden amber in color.Slightly cloudy while yeast sediments go down.White rocky foam.Incredible high thick long lasting layer. Small bubbled creamy head.Yeast & spices to the nose. Honey sweet mouthfeel & mildy tartar aftertaste. Just an ok beer.

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3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on reccomendation, $5 for a bottle.

A- Pours a nice golden rust, little head, massive sediment left in the bottle. The little foam that's there has staying power and is quite intricate. Hmm. Oh, yeah...33cl into snifter.

S- Wow. Unique. First sniff is sweet, like the flesh of a peach. Kind of reminds me of milk chocolate as well. Not really, but that's the closest thing I can think of. I'm scratching my head on this one, but it's fantastic whatever it is. I was really impressed with the aroma of this beer.

T- Hmm. Not what I expected, although I wasn't sure what to expect. Wrap your head around that one. Anyways, does not follow the nose, the inviting sweetness is not found. A mild twang of tartness is the mainstay. The beer has some mild resinous qualities in the flavor, maybe black licorice? No, what is it... I don't know. I don't know how I feel about this. It's beyond complex... I don't like it but I don't dislike it. I'm confused by it. Perhaps I'm not ready for this beer. As I finish it, the flavors come together a little better, although I'm still at a loss of words. While I respect the compexities, I don't care much for them.

M- High carbonation, expertly blended ABV (10%? GTF outta here!) and a nice chalky closer. This is a beer that disappeared quickly.

D- Moderate. Went down easy. I enjoyed many things about this beer. I was confounded by the flavor profile, though. I don't know if I'm too much of a greenhorn to grasp all the things this beer has going for it. I think I'll have some more BSPAs and come back to this one, re-reviewing if necessary.

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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet spun sugar aroma with a touch of spiciness. Cloudy gold/yellow color with a massive Belgian head. Spicy and overtly alcoholic. Some sweetness, but that plays second fiddle to the malt and hop bitterness that stand atop the alcohol and spice. Comes across much too harsh flavorwise for my taste.

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3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden, light orange beer with lots of carbonation and a big bubbly head.

Smell is very fruity with whiffs of mango, lychee and pineapples. Not much else but this strong fruitiness. Maybe some maltiness.

Taste also has these strong and a little sharp fruit notes, mainly pineapple and mango. Also some higher alcohols. Together these tastes dominate the taste of the beer. A light bitter adds to the beer's profile. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky.
A beer from the Dolle Brouwers (Mad Brewers) and so it is, probably fermented at higher temperatures this beer is low in drinkability and too extreme for me.

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3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

EXPLOSIVE head--immediately started overflowing upon opening. Even with pressure from me blowing into the bottle, I could not stem the liquid flowing into my mouth. I lost about an ounce. Okay, so there's almost only head in the pour, and it lasts, like, forever. Spotty lace on the glass. Cloudy gold color. (There's even a head in the bottle from the remaining 4 ounces.)

Refreshing aroma of lighter malts and light Belgian yeast. Not overwhelming, attractive.

Smooth start of lighter malt--this gives way to very strong alcohol overtones, far more than 7% would indicate. Behind that is citrus, yeast and peppery hop bite. As the appearance would indicate, this seems to be way overcarbonated and the body doesn't support it.

For those who love Belgian yeast and a strong alcohol flavor, this may be for you. It's not for me.

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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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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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