De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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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Photo of StevieW
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz small brown bottle. Like the rest of the de dolle beers, this one has a cartoon rabbit leaning against a tree, drinking a beer.

Shiny yellow color, golden. Supercharged clumpy white fizzy head exploded. Sweet, sweet malt tastes dominate. hints of florals and citrus, but very sweet. Especially the finish. As the beer settled a little the sweetness settled down a bit. Hard candy sweetness still dominates it. Some subtle yeasty flavors, hints of earthyness, but can't overcome the sugar charge. I'll talking Capt. Crunch sweetness in a bottle. Yeasty bottle swirls settled it down a bit. Highly charged carbonation, had some champagne like sprity qualities to it. Cut through some garlic grilled shrimp I had with it but, I couldn't get anything other than super sugary sweetness out it. I understand the tastes vary from bottle to bottle, but I had better experiences with the still nacht and ara biers from this brewer.
Maybe I will try it again, or let it sit longer.

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Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden-orange appearance with a creamy white head. Sweet candi sugars and bubble gum in the aroma along with a bit of yeastiness and fruits. The flavor is very sweet and malty, and a bit acidic as well. A nice light fruity and doughiness finish out the flavor profile. It is very smooth for the alcohol level. It has a drying finish as well. A nice brew. I'm a big fan of the De Dolle beers, and this one is right up there with the rest of them.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 33cl purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip.

Hazy ornage with some floaters despite a careful pour. Tall white head that shows strong retention and leaves clumpy lace.

The nose is a nice combination of tart fruits, earth and sweets. Nicely balanced.

Tastes tart upfront with some leafy hops that fade into sugars and melon. Dry finish with lingering fruit and hop flavors. Puckery mouth that carries a lot of carbonation.

A good BSPA that leans towards a Triple. I like it and my only regret is not stopping to buy some cheeses after work tonight.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle for $5 from Pints O Plenty

Appearance: Nearly clear dark yellow with an unbelievably big head that settles to a thin sheet over 10 minutes. Not too much lacing-- not much at all.

Smell: Both sweet and tart apples and white grapes. A slightly musty and bready yeast smell. There's a little herbal/floral hops note too. Complex candy-sweet fruity esters and a little spice.

Taste: Again, sweet and tart fruit, though more tart than sweet. The yeasty taste is slightly musty/funky. The complexity of flavor is slightly drowned out by a somewhat sharp alcohol flavor and burn. A little hoppy flavor and bitterness does come through. Finishes sweet and yeasty with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation. Bubbly and tingly and foams in the mouth, making for some creaminess. The body is fuller and less crisp than many BSPAs and is slightly sticky like a tripel. I like it.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. It is hurt a little by slightly too prominent alcohol, but overall its fantastic. I dont want it to end.

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Photo of macesq
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cj8311
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel @ in den stille genieter , Mechelen

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A bit hazy. A huge thick white head is formed. Big bubbles. Excellent retention and many lacings left

S: Complex. Sweet and very fruity, I would say. Quite malty and "bready" too. Honey, caramel malts, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla, alcohol, ...

T: Complex as the nose. Sweet fruity upfront, sweet malts, honey, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla are a must. Delicious "hoppy" bitter end

M: Heavy creamy body and high carbonation despite of the high ABV

D: Delicious beer! This one is just excellent

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a light brown, with a big fluffy light tan head that left a trace of lacing. aroma, brown sugar, yeast, sour fruits that did not stay when it warmed a bit, a hint of alcohol. flavor, got apples covered with honey, hops, a touch of malts, a slight alcohol bite. nice bitterness at the finish. good beer

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

A-Pours clear amber with over an inch of fluffy white head. Reduces gradually, leaving stringy, soapy lacing.

S-Grassy, slightly citric hops. melon, pale malt sweetness.

T/M-Earthy, slighty funky yeast delivered by vibrant, chewy carbonation. Grassy hops, come in mid-palate, cutting the mild malty sweetness and finishing the beer with a light burst of cracked black pepper.

O-This beer is a great example of what makes De Dolle so unique. Stands apart from almost every other Belgian Pale ale.

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

Photo of RMentair
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 ATLbeerDog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"BOTTLED FEB2010" - On Cap

Pours a pale straw color with a little dash of red. Just a tad of haze too. A HUGE super frothy 4 finger slightly off white head fills half the glass and is very slow to receded. Smells of Belgium yeast dominate the aroma. First sip is surprisingly quite creamy with floral yeast notes and sweet malts blending well together. The spice is low and lemony but not overpowering. Pretty nice brew. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden

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

boom!!!... after the signature de dolle hello - tons of foam and head, this beer turns into a hazy burnt gold with a rocky sheet of white head and tons of lace. nose is pineapple, chewy asprin, honey/sugar and lemony herb tea on top of caramel coated apples. a lot going on. my bottle says 10% abv, and has no freshness date. taste is fruity lemon pepper tea poured over caramel apples with a very peppery and long lasting finish that carries a bit of boozy warmth. a little overboard on the carbonation, and pretty strong, so i would tone down to the ara bier for multiple rounds. another great offering from de dolle.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rustico:

Pours a light brown w/ a two finger head. Nice carbonation and good lacing. Nose is nice, sweet fruit, sour, floral, slight malt as well. Taste brings out the nose plus some honey and plum. This is a solid tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium and aftertaste sticks around for a while. Really glad I got to try this beer- never seen it before. Check it out!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a darker orange hue, just a little cloudy. Big white head fills up the glass.

Smells are heavy and strong. floral smells and citrus smells come out. some medicinal smells too.

flavor is sweet and floral too. still some flavors of citrus. tastes very nice. some hints of the alcohol come out with flavors of mango or something.

mouthfeel is very good. heavy and good for this style of beer. good carbonation.

overall i would have to say this is a great one to try, but is not one of my favorites. i would probably pass it up for something better, but it is definetly worth trying. And its not like i would complain if i came across this again. try it.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bier pours an effervescent golden toasted golden color capped with a white effervescent head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is a nosefull of granny smith apples with malty sweetness, a caramel covered apple..if you will. A touch of apricot citrus, orange yeast-hops, what an amazing fruit hop bouquet to behold.
Taste is apple malty caramel sweetness with a lemony spike to make it so frekin delicious its all gone. De Dolle biers are always so palate-overwhelming delicious, its hard to place each of the 98.7 different flavors hitting the palate at
once, bt this one is just simply delicious.
The cleanliness of the finish is utterly amazing, clean,fresh and crisp, someday I wold like to drink this with Easter dinner. The cleanliness of this bier would complement some honey glazed ham with spring vegetables.I will purchase again and again.

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Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this on my last trip to Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange with chunks of yeast that are whipped around by the vigorous carbonation. The head is ridiculous. It's at least four fingers (with a very gentle pour), probably more had the head not run out of glass to expand into. The head eventually overflowed the glass making a mess. I removed the top of the head only to have it rise another half-inch. The head itself is a fluffy, off-white meringue that slowly fades, coating the inside of the glass with lace. Honestly I couldn't decide whether to be impressed or annoyed, I eventually settled on the former.

Smell: The nose is very fruity with notes of banana, sour apple and pineapple. There's also a light medicinal phenolic character evident on swirling.

Taste: Lightly fruity and sweet initially. There are hints of banana and sour apple. The finish is peppery and lightly medicinal with a low herbal hop bitterness. There's a light residual sweetness in the finish along with some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation (surprising given the vigorous head). A touch watery.

Drinkability: Light-bodied and easy to drink with a noticeable, but not overpowering alcoholic spice.

Overall: A very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's not my favorite, but it's very good and very drinkable.

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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 ubenumber2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 531 ratings