De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of jwinship83
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dragged out of the cellar. no idea on the date of this one, but i think i bought it about 2 years ago. poured into my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy golden colored body with a small yet thick eggshell colored head. the head has excellent retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing. there are some brown floaters that can be seen in here. i did my best not to pour them in.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose is sour green apples. i didnt expect this to be tart. theres also some pale malts and candi sugar. a little bit of lemon at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and sweet candi sugar. the green apple that i could smell comes through a little, but its not at all tart. the lemon i could smell appears stronger than in the nose. a tiny bit of alcohol.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. mild warming from the alcohol which still seems well hidden at 10% abv. the carbonation isnt as high as i would have guessed.

D- easy to drink and something that i would gladly try again. next time ill try to find a fresher bottle so i can compare. i thought that this one might have been past its prime because of the floaters and the sour aroma, but it is not. i really like de dolle.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first De Dolle beer, finally. Used a Chimay chalice glass. Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow colour with a lot of head on the pour. Tastes of sweet candied sugars with a green apple/pear fruit finish. I thought this finished very smooth and its incredibly drinkable for 10% alc. Very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light peach color with a ridiculously long-lasting white head. Pretty bubbly with some nice streaky lacing. the nose is yeasty with a bit of spice and fruit; maybe some pear. The taste is quite yeasty with some mild spice and a bit of light fruit. There is green pear and some stone fruits. The nose is slightly buttery as it warms. Not diacetyl--it's more of a chardonnay-type butter character. The taste is pretty good but drops off from the nose. Dry spice takes over in the finish. Drinks pretty well, though isn't quite the top 50 Belgian beer I had hoped for.

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Photo of nas5755
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy with a copper color and orange hues. An extremely large head due to the over-carbonation; good lacing. Nose reminds me of fresh green apples and cider, slightly yeasty. Very pleasant nose. The taste is fantastic, fresh apples, pale malt, light white pepper from the yeast and other sharp spices all from the yeast. Very creamy mouth-feel, the beer was a slight gusher and it was confirmed to be over-carbonated once in the mouth. Overall, a very pleasant beer that has some very positive notes but it just misses pulling it all together to be one of the best.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from a gusher of a bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy yellow with a huge white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is anise, something herbal, yeast, and something slightly sour. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, coriander, and citrus. The body is full with light carbonation and a long warming finish.

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Photo of headbucket
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in Feb 2010.

A: hazy,straw colored. Good carbonation created a massive head,forcing me to stop pouring halfway thru the bottle so it didn't overflow. There was actually a plateua of foam that formed in the middle of the glass,very cool, big patches of foam and lacing left on side of glass.

S:light candy-like sweetness. Little grain and light fruitiness mixed in.

T: soft and sweet mixture of light fruits, some hoppiness in the middle. The alcohol is a more evident in the finish. Taste is much smoother, well integrated, and less sharp/harsh as it warms.

M: medium to thick for the style I feel, but stillbsmooth and creamy. Very nice.

D: very good for a 10% beer but the sweetness would limit it for me. I'm not sure if I would be able to have more than one at a time, but that one is going down rather well. If I drank it as warm as it was at the end of the bottle, 2 probably wouldn't be hard to have.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with good carbonation for a two-finger head and lace patches. A citrusy smell as well as some pale and sweet malt smells. Light and prickly thanks to some spices and sharp carbonation. Has some fruit tastes like a minor tropical fruit taste as well as citrus/orange w/ that typical Belgian yeast strain. Also some sweetness like caramel and honey w/ the sweet and fruit/hoppy flavors well balanced for a very tasty and enjoyable brew. Scarier still is not only the complexity and balance but the ABV is rather well-hidden so this could be a dangerous sipper.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, no metric shit in here. Beer served in my Russian river goblet. Sweet!

Beer is amber to brown with aggressive carbonation and a huge huge head. Beer is also quite hazy. Head is small bubbles and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and spicy with good yeast esters, moderate level, smells good.

Beer is light in body and really bright on the palate but finishes completely clean. It reminds me a little of Unibroue beers. Some alcohol up front with minimal sweetness, finishes not dry but wet. It's highly drinkable and I would have this again, for sure. A really nice BSPA.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN. No freshness date so no idea how old it is. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a chunky hazy brown with some very faint off-white head that crashes immediately. Nose is thick caramel, spicy anise and herbs a-plenty. Palate is fat and slick with pale caramel malt - a lot of it - while leafy green herbs come out for the finish. Basil and salt water taffy. Long chewy finish.

Notes: I'm not sure it's a BSPA, but it's very tasty. Almost like a Belgian Barleywine or Belgian Wheat wine. Slick and sweet it hides the ABV very well. Makes a nice treat on a chilly October night.

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Photo of Voss
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of those beers you thank God He made Belgium. Just two weeks ago I was at Oktoberfest and drunk very good German beers. But how good is a Belgian beer!
Wonderful in appearance, orange to copper in colour with terrific head. Fruity aroma you can smell forever, slightly sweet in taste with the best amount of carbonation I've ever tried in my life, a web of goodness all over my mouth. Medium to full body and a slightly bitter after taste complete the job.
A brew with alcohol at 10.00 % ABV that does not deceive taste and mind.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

100% Belgian Strong Pale Ale DNA...

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! My third De Dolle. This one is just excellent as the others

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Photo of crnipeter
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml, bottled Feb. 2010, into Karmeliet glass.
Although the brewery classifies it as an Easter brew the beer is basically a golden strong ale perfectly matching the requirements of the style.
Pours clear, effervescent golden body with rocky, long lived white head producing thick, bubbly laces on the walls. The bouquet of aromas is tremendously complex: Fruity esters of citruses, pear verging on banana, spicy & peppery phenolics, candy, honey and unintrusive alcohol. The intensely flavored taste corresponds to the aromas; finish is dry and pleasantly bitter. The nearly medium bodied beer is lively carbonated, frisky like a rabbit on the label.

In short: a characterful beer that abounds with fruity flavors and spicy nature.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy dark gold with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like orange and honey and sour yeast, with some sour cherry and red grapes and oak, with a bit of earthy cocoa.
T: It tasted like orange and honey and earthy caramel and Belgian yeast, with some powdered sugar and biscuit and a bit of alcohol. (Probably more details that I'm missing.) It had a mellow sour and bitter aftertaste with some sweetness.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate smooth carbonation.
D: This was a very tasty beer; not quite light or dark, but quite complex and enjoyable. The alcohol was noticeable but not bad, so it was fairly easy to drink. The flavors were incorporated together exceptionally well for perfect balance. Some age might further enhance this, but it was very nice fresh.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It doesn't take long to notice the overly Ester influences of this beer. From the bunny rabit to the Paasebier writing on the lable, it's obvious that this beer is intended for the March/April ideal consumption date. I can tell you that five months later, this beer could not be drinking any better than this!

A glowing deep gold-tawny copper hue gives a medium haze that has a mystic glow in the light. Impressive as hell is the head formation, retenation, and lacing. Stark white foam carries a creamy, firm and froathy structure that billows at the start but settles into a delicate creme with both masculinity and delicacy. Each swirl of the glass releases the same glory that is appreciated in the initial pour.

Fresh and vibrant aromas of fruit and spice blend with a floral and sweet scent that is only described as honeysuckle. Certain malt and herbal hop notes swirl in the glass in appetizing and seductive fashion.

Delicious fruits of peaches, pears, apples, appricots, and light raisons all give an initial flavor to the ester-forward taste. Spicy white and black pepper helps with balance and intrigue. Pilsner malt and confecitoner's sugar taste reinforces the fruity flavors and tempers the spice. The beer releases the fruit and spice while retaining the powdered sugar sweetness, honeyish richness, and herbal tea-like hop flavor. Low in bitterness, the hops are needed to add herbal/floral flavor and to balance the sweetness.

Full and creamy early on, the beer has an expansive and effervesent feel to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's sweetness is felt momentarily at mid-palate before the alcohol, spice, and hops dry the beer into an evaporative feel that seems to whisp away on the palate and allow of supreme ease of drinking.

The epidome of this style seems to be Duvel with Leffe Blonde comming in later. Bos Keun reminds me much more of the Leffe but with bolder Belgian-y notes, higher dryness, and deeper over all complexity. If you like Leffe, you'll wecome this beer very very very well.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A zesty aroma of yeast, malt, spices, and a bit of fruit.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, pepper, light fruit, and malt. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of azorie
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really love De Dolle, and this beer is another great example of a triple that has been slightly modified. It's not really a golden ale clone of Duval its triple imho, but slight dryer than some.

Of course belgain styles are not really styles in many cases, in fact I think they prefer the broad grouping anyway:

A: golden pale ale, and poured into a glass you get 4 inches of head or more, which slowly settles. No yeast.

S: I get a banana like fruit with a golden yeast malt blend, typical of a triple. Very rich earthly type with no hops detected. Some clove like notes hits as it warms up. remind me of a good German hefe and a westmall triple, with some Westvleteren blonde. good stuff.
very complex.

T: Humm I get clove like banana esters, with rich yeast and sweet malts, good stuff here. yummy

m: medium body, heavy carbonation

d: well i like this beer, but at 10% and the back in sweetness make it hard to drink more than 1, which sadly is unlike a good triple, and so i hate to down rate it some.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The cute demented bunny on the label knows what's in store when you pour this beauty into a snifter. A cloudy dull golden color works under a dense white head that holds strong throughout the enjoyment of this. I detected an aroma of sweet citrus and slight hint of what I could only describe as "wool". This introduced itself to me with a highly carbonated fruity and tart upfront and center mouthfeel that continues into a fizzy explosion of flavor and fizzy berry aftertaste. Delicious, refreshing, and a great compliment to Moules & Frietjes. Can't wait to drink this again...

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served in Stella tulip.

A: Bursts forth with a four finger-plus head from a gentle pour. Body of the beer is a deep golden color with impressive clarity. Reddish highlights are present. The head dissipates gradually leaving rocky formations in the glass. The fantastic carbonation hidden in this little bottle is amazing. Few beers are as visually appealing as this one.

S: Brilliant Granny Smith apple aroma. Almost like apple jolly ranchers. Sweet pears are present as well. Fresh grass-like hop aroma. I'm really impressed with the aromatics of this beer.

T: Sweet apple, pear, and white grape up front, which dries out quickly when balanced by a crisp hoppiness. Earthy, nutty malt character. Slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with a spicy bite.

M: Spritzy carbonation. Pleasant feel. Could stand to have a bit softer mouthfeel.

D: As this beer warms the abv becomes more noticeable, which is a slight detriment. Other than than the flavors keep the palate interested. I really like this beer (and this style) but I don't really desire more than the 11.6oz serving.

Bos Keun is a bit of a revelation to me. This is my first offering from De Dolle and it is tremendous. The $6 price tag is substantial (it would probably be closer to $10 had I bought it in my homestate of PA), but worth it as an infrequent treat. As you can tell from my avatar I hold Duvel in very high regard, and this beer is easily as good. This is certainly worthy of its lofty BA rating. I'm going to have to stop putting off cracking open that De Dolle Oerbier I have waiting in my cellar!

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Photo of blakesell
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into an over sized British pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy tangerine with a massive head, the beer pours initially as foam only then dies down to give away that there is liquid. Amazing that the bottle didn't foam over yet houses all this carbonation. Lacing of course is substantial on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Excellent amazing smelling strong pale, soft and light fruit enhanced, a lot of citrus, spiciness, and a bit of peach pear scent initially. Soft yeasty esters that are not overpowering and I'm not detecting alcoholic esters either. Unfortunately I can't pinpoint the spices here, I almost get a little nutmeg.

Taste- Pears are fairly strong upfront, then quick to follow with the yeast and spices, there is a moderate burn on the tips of the taste buds from these spices and perhaps the alcoholic power housed within. Light white pepper, medium bitterness, light hop profile.

Mouthfeel- Lightly warming and prickly on the tongue, very highly carbonated and effervescent. Medium bodied.

Drinkability- I have had some De Dolle beers that didn't hit the mark, but this one is one I would come back to despite my initial fears. Drink it fresh or aged well, I'm sure it will hold up fine.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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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Photo of jampics2
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2oz bottle at the Winking Lizard.

Poured into an open mouthed glass, this looks fantastic! A hazy straw color with touches of orange. The most impressive part is the beautiful pillowy head. Seriously, this is amazing, just avoid the bottom of the bottle at all costs - there are some brown chunks down there, luckily not in my beer!!

Nice smell, comprised mostly of nice yeasty esters. A touch of candy sugar sweetness, but the typical spiced Belgian notes of corrainder and orange peel. Slight tartness as well.

Taste is really good. Aside from Stile Nacht and Oerbier, this is now my fave De Dolle. Sweet and slightly tart, the Belgian pale malt makes a good base for some typical Belgian IPA flavors. Spices and citrus, plus a slight sour notes. Mostly orange and corriander. Nice amount of earthy bitterness from the hops. Slightly noticable alcohol.

Too carbonated, even for a Belgian. I know, they should be lively, but this is like alka-seltzer.

Overall, I *really* liked this after not particularly digging the Dulle Teve and the Stout. Nice one for sure!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
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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Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
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 BobZ
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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