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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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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 284
Photo of Beer-Ed
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 RMentair
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cj8311
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -9.9%
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 DioS
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +8.2%

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.8%
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 45ยบ 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 +14.2%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Mar02x
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass, it comes out a very nice opaque, dark gold. Head looks good, but dissipates rather quickly. Small sediments floating around.

Smell is phenomenal. Fruity, but not so much so that it covers up a slight breadiness. Also a bit of the trademark De Dolle tang. Perhaps a SLIGHT hint of alcohol. Reminds very much of a tripel (though classified otherwise).

The taste comes through almost just as it smells: lots and lots of esters that bring to mind a variety of things. Banana, apple at first, and then a more pear-like finish. Clove and other spice. Alcohol is there, but blended perfectly. Sweet, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is also great. The carbonation plays well with the consistency.

Drinkability would be very high, were this not 10% ABV.

Very good, very complex brew. Obviously I'm a fan.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear light gold with a tornado of bubbles rising so that for a minute after being poured the head is actually getting bigger instead of smaller. (As with the other De Dolles, don't pour too gently because some of that carbonation is meant to come out). Smells of sawdust, lime, ginger als, metal, and lilac petals. Strongly aromatic yet composed completely of subtleties. Taste is dry hay, strongly phenolic spice, hints of cotton candy and lime, and makes a bite that leaves a dry white pepper and grass lingering flavor. Start is light-flavored medium-bodied sweetnes. It slowly leaves your tongue in a n effervescence surprisingly pleasant for such a high degree of carbonation. Very interesting and wonderful.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had most of the Dolle Brouwers' brews, I was happy I saw this one in the shop: nice to try something that you can expect to be great.
Big, quite soapy head, orange golden colour, with some wild carbonation. The sediment is flaky.
Smell is complex: fruity with some herbs, koriander mixed in. Taste is bitter with a big spicy bite. The alcohol is well covered. Powerfull and really warming in the very end.
Interesting brew. Typical of Belgian micro brewing tradition: full flavoured and wild.
Nice one.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Brewed Feb 2010. You could tell there was going to be a lot of carbonation when I popped the cap. Poured a very hazy pale gold with a massive big bubbled white head. Bottle conditioned. Complex aroma with Belgian spice, dark sugar and a little alcohol. Heavier side of medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, fairly dry. Spicy flavor, solid malt base, but not a lot of sweetness. Dry finish. Very drinkable at 10%. Didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, just a little in the aroma. Good stuff.

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Photo of BobZ
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Vitus Chalice.

Appearance: Big billowy head almost Volcanic, and a nice cloudy yellow, almost like a Hefe. Great lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Spicy and citrus strong and up front.

Taste: Wow, another great one from De Dolle. You're treated to some nice sweetness up front then quickly a dose of dry mild hop bitterness to follow. Well done and very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated, which works well for this one, goes down easy.

Drinkability: Dangerous at a very well hidden 10% ABV.

Another solid beer from De Dolle, this brewery is great, although I still believe the Oerbier to be the crown jewel.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a golden orange with a huge foamy white head.

Smell: Smells sweet and fruity with a wonderfully balanced alcohol feel to it. The sweetness is amazing.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is instantly light, fizzy, but incredibly complex. The fruitiness is almost overbearing, but the alcohol content rounds it off nicely. It finishes nice and dry with, with a hint of alcohol lingering on.

Drinkability and Overall: Beer #2 of my session today, and this is a good one. Loads of sweetness and complexity make this one incredibly interesting, yet somehow drinkable. It's odd nuances keep you sipping for quite a while. A wonderful beer for sure.

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 522 ratings
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