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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden yeloow with a 3 finger white head that stayed for quite a bit and had great lacing which stuck to the glass.

S: I could smell pears, a little yeast, some sweet malts and it seems like some brown sugar as I keep giving it a couple sniffs.

T: the taste had some sweet candy taste with a hint of brown sugar and definitely some booza. after a couple sips it does seem like it has some pears.

M: the beer is full bodied with some great bubbly carbonation.

D: I think this is a great easter beer fom the du dolle brewery, glad I had a chance in finding one of these. Will try to find another bottle.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at 't Brugs Beertje, Bruges, Belgium on 3/18/2010.

A- Poured from the bottle with a billowing off-white rocky head, which was well-retained. Nice lacing. The body was a well-carbonated golden yellow color.

S- Aromas of sweet bubblegum are most dominant on this nose, with some lesser impressions of pale malt and Belgian yeast aromatics. I suppose this really does smell like Easter in a glass!

T- Tastes like candy! Very much like Peeps marshmallow candies, which are covered in artificially colored granulated sugar. Slightly tart bubblegum character, pale malt and Belgian yeast to deliver a very Easter-like flavor in the glass (if one can imagine such a thing), with a blast of bitterness in the finish.

M- A medium body with abundant amounts of moderately coarse carbonation. Almost over-carbonated.

D- Drinks well, but too sweet and strange for more than one bottle in a sitting. Alcohol presence also cuts the drinkability.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G - Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A - It exploded. In the aftermath, what reamined was a liquid of a hazy peachy hue with big foam and spotty chiffon lace.

S - The aroma is distinctively De Dolle; discernibly vinous, with nuances of bubblegum, plastic, caramel, apple-butter and alcohol to challenge the olfactory.

T - Hoppy and semi sour-twangy with serious booze on the finish. As with most of De Dolle's offerings, the flavor is nearly indescribeable. Full of fruity flavors as diverse as banana, fig, apple, raisin, and bubblegum. It tastes good.

M - It has a refreshingly light feel considering the wallop, and then it gets more intense with a long dry finish.

D - This is one of the most easily palatable of De Dolle's offerings. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a huge big bubbled full white head.

Nose is all ripe peaches and stone fruit and black pepper and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but way too carbonated! I coughed and choked on first taste it had so many bubbles.

Flavors are pleasant fruity malt rich with balanced bitter hops, stone fruit flavors and also black pepper and spice. Flavors are layered and balanced and finish is sweet malt and bitter grapefruit. Unfortunately, all of it suffers from the huge carbonation that makes this almost undrinkable.

For reviewing purposes I've graded greatly down for mouthfeel because of carbonation issue. However, nose, flavors and finish were super solid. I'm hoping carbonation is an issue that will be more insignificant in other bottles.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Large foamy and sticky white head with good retention and a lot of lacing left over. This bottle was a gusher so take that into consideration with the head too.

S - Good amount of golden fruit that is slightly sweet and slightly sour. Also a fair amount of Belgian yeast smell and some pepper.

T - Starts out with a slight bready malt and honey taste. This quickly gives way to sweeter fruit including apple, pear, and some tropical fruit. The citrus fruits grow stronger mid-sip and combines with a peppery taste along with a very slight medicinal taste. These weaken a bit with the citrus and some of the initial sweetness finishing the taste. Some yeast flavor is persistent through out, and there is a very subtle alcohol taste every once in a while, but it is well hidden.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavors match well together. Sometimes it is a little sweet, but it is balanced by it being slightly tart.

Notes: Like I said this bottle was a gusher, but luckily I was able to grab a glass and only lose a little bit of beer. Lots of fruit, particularly citrus that has some slight tartness in the middle, but is predominantly sweet (although not cloying by any means). A very nice beer that is easy to drink, but nothing particularly special about it.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellowish with heavy carbonation, a large mountainous white head, and great lacing.

smell is of sour malt, pear, and spice.

taste is tart, sour malt, some sweet fruit, and some sour fruit, ends dry.

overall a pretty good strong belgian ale, a little on the sour side with sweetness coming through.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had no idea what to expect from this one - hadn't seen or heard much about it.

Poured with a huge (3/4 of the glass) fluffy white head over a hazed golden body with plenty of carbonation and good lacing throughout.

Sweet, fruity tangerine dominates the aromas, with some piney / resinous hops in the background. Cool.

Very dry & crisp bite in the mouth, yet the flavor is full, sweet bread, with ripe apricot, some banana, and a light spice. This simply disappears in your mouth, which is unfathomable at this ABV. Top score on MF.

Tasty, and very easy to drink - and once again, hard to believe that this packs 10%.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle, an Easter beer complete with a picture of a bunny rabbit, into a stemless wine glass,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a huge gushing billowy head, cool, but I don't like to wait to get a drink. Head tastes good though, an auspicious start.

S: Orange Danish, apricots, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and pastry bread. Smooth ethanol and very estery. Some brown sugar.

T: Quite complex and hard to define, but I'll do my best. Apricots, Calimyrna fig jelly and medium-dark sourdough bread mixed with a ton of yeast. Hops are earthy and noticable, coming in about midway through. As with the nose, the ale is pastry-like with a solid bit of residual sweetness on the back end. Finishes with a nice touch of warming alcohol, very Belgian and rustic.

M: As fizzy as the head was, the beer is not overcarbonated which happily surprised me. Smooth and thick with ethanol, slick - you know it's big since you can taste the ethanol, but it drinks much easier.

D: My favourite new beer of the young year. De Dolle continues to impress and push the boundaries. I have a couple De Dolles left and plan to buy the remaining available ones when I go back to the store. A must try.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This one pours a sort of murky light brown/orange color. Like a light orange ocher. Aggressive bone white head shoots up with a very light pour...bubbles range in size. this beer has amazing head retention as well.. more than duvel maybe?

S: Spice and dried citrus rind jump off the bouquet. There is like a cardamom cinnamon thing happening.. smells nice.

T: wow so much going on in this beer and so balanced. Fruity esters are everywhere! Spiced apricot and a light caramel flavors are most notable for me. Alcohol is masked until the very end of what is a long finish... but its a pleasant warming sensation. Tons of complexity

M: carbonic spicy tang

D: Very high given the abv at 10 %. This beer reminds me of Duvel in many ways only it is far more intense. More fruit and more spice.. Amazing beer

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Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge, soft, fluffy head fills the top half of the glass. Cloudy, dull orange-brown color. Fluffy lacing clings to the sides.

S: Spicy and sour, and fairly aromatic. Wild mixture of smells that let you know this beer is going to be an adventure.

T: Slight spiciness up front, but what's amazing to me is the toasty malt backbone. Almost sweet toffee like while also bordering on sour. The finish is amazing.

M: Sharp carbonation on the front of the tongue. Sticky on the tongue at the finish. Warming down the throat and in the stomach.

D: A special treat for when you're in the mood for something different and powerful. Carbonation lightens this beer, but the alcohol weighs it down. Nice beer for a cool night.

Served: in a tulip glass.

Review from notes taken on: 10/6/09.

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Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- golden light brown with lots of foam from the first, probably too vigorous, pour. The second pour produced a much more sensible amount of head that lingered with no lacing. Lots of typical De Dolle sediment floating in this one.

s- Lots of esters, mostly fruity with a little bit of spice in the background. Some tropical fruit hops.

t- Spicy and fruity yeast/esters, some alcohol warmth. Some banana, a little bit of clove spiciness.

m- Prickly carbonation that finishes very dry. Aftertaste is great, overall very clean.

d- For a 10% abv this one drinks like a champ. De Dolle never disappoints, and nothing beats sitting around listening to Om (or whatever your doom metal of choice is) with a BosKeun and some triple cream cheese. Recommended.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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 dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tricky but beautiful pour. Had to do it in two doses into a big tulip glass. Copious, no... mountainous, no.... volcanic head. I thought Duvel had a big head. Man. Big clumpy lacing. Hazy amber-orange with some swirly yeast.

Aroma is big and fruity with lots of vinous character. Kind of funky, though this mellows out. Pear and apricot.

Flavor is similar to aroma, and equally fruity and complex. Lots of yeasty, estery flavors. Getting more apple in the flavor. Sweet, but not cloying. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, dry. Carbonation appears high, but is actually very fine, contributing to the rich, creamy texture of this beer. You can taste the alcohol, but for ten percent, it is very well mitigated in this beer. A sipper, but oh, so smooth.

This is delicious, warming beer. High-marks all around.

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Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with an off-white head that fills the entire glass after gushing out of the bottle. I actually had to use a second glass because the bottle kept gushing after I filled the first glass with foam. Be forewarned. The head finally settles into a rocky layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of tart apples and American white grapes.

Tastes phenomenal. Sugar-coated pears and lighlty tart green apples up front are joined shortly by huge amounts of bronze scuppernong flavors that are both tart and sweet. These flavors carry through to an ending that leaves a variety of flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my bottle quickly and not just because some of it didn't make it in the glass and I could have another.

Overall this was a great beer for the style and the flavors are all huge and present in perfect amounts. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Paters Vaetje in Antwerpen.

A - Nice hazy golden color with a large white head.

S - Aroma of pale malt, light fruits, spices, and yeast.

T - Pale malt, somewhat sweet, with De Dolle's trademark yeast flavor. Also some honey, peppery spices, and light fruits. Some alcohol noticeable.

M - Nice crisp palate with lively carbonation and a medium-full body.

D - Pretty high, especially considering this is a 10%er. This could knock you out.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
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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Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Head formation is immediate, massive, and lasting - it took several careful pours before I could even get a look at the liquid beneath the fistfull of rocky suds. When I do, I discern a hazy golden-rod body with selective-yellow/amber highlights. A geographical study in lacing as the foam carves out a sort of grotto in the glass. Very thin legs which recede quickly. Poor clarity.

Herbaceous, biscuity, and fruity aromas - a mouth-watering conglomeration of lavender, rosemary, berries, and malt.

Malt and yeast synergize, presenting on the palate as a unique and perfect whole. Lemon curd, olive oil, fresh sour-dough, coriander, clove, orange zest, pear, white grapes...lots of subtle flavors infuse the palate. The finish is sweet and tart, then just a little dry, leaving behind a cleansing wash of alcohol (hints of a young cognac infused with winter fruit or citrus). Outstanding balance and creativity on display here.

Soft, creamy, and frighteningly effervescent - though still relatively light-bodied, and not at all prickly or astringent. Refreshing and satisfying.

Unique and exceptional ale, which never fails to impress me. The best beer for Spring I've imbibed (whatever the time of year).

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 33cl bottle into an oversized wine glass.

The bottle opens with a loud hiss and, when poured slowly, forms a huge towering head on top. The beer has a hazy golden orange color with no signs of yeast sediment in suspension. As the head slowly falls, piecey lace is found on the side of the glass.

The aroma is heavenly with sllightly sour fruits, mild spices, and floral fragrances. The yeast adds some unusual esters.

Flavor is intense and very complex. I get sweetness up front followed by flavors similar to the aroma. There are tart and sour fruits, freshly ground spices, and a powerful floral character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with huge carbonation. Unfortunately the carbonation can get in the way of really enjoying the flavors in this beer. Alcohol is warming but well hidden.

Overall, an amazing beer from De Dolle, as I've come to expect. The complexity and variety of aromas and flavors is truly exceptional.

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Photo of jzbronski
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing nose of peach with a high, frothy, long lasting head with an almost soapy mouthfeel. Flavor profile is not as sweet as the nose says it should be, and by the second sip notes of applewood become prominent. Extremely interesting but difficult to drink more than one. Best used as an aperitif.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Before I even mention the color I have to remark on the huge head this one pours...3 fingers of off white foamy head...underneath there is a cloudy amber/orange body...nice lacing

S - Typical Belgian aromas...big yeast aromas and some fruits

T - Nicely balanced...the bread and yeast hit you right off the bat...well rounded on those flavors...some wheat flavors mingle in next...the end is a mixture of fruits and hops...the hops are big but leave a nice far as fruits there are some bananas and lots of grapes

M - Medium bodied...very creamy and smooth

D - I'm starting to like this style more and more...a strong Belgian with a mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more and an ABV that says whoa

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into De Dolle chalice. Beer was a light orange color, with a huge, four finger, rocky, white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was apples, oranges, pineapples, bread, grains and light yeast.

Taste was pepper, spices, honey, floral hops and yeast. Fairly complex.

Full bodied. Great, great offering from De Dolle.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours like a typical De Dolle, huge carbonted gushing head. Its an orangy color, cloudy with a huge 4 finger very very light tan head that takes several minutes to disapate. Lacing is phenonimnal.

The aroma is bit lacking, kinda smells like a regular american skunker. There are hints of orange, coriander, and hops.

The taste is unique and complex. Not what you would expect from a pale. Its got great flavor from start to finish, and has a surprising bitter finish. Light notes of citrus at the first sip.

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into a tulip. Upon opening the beer shot from the bottle like a geyser and I lost about 1/3 of the beer is the process.

Pours a yellow gold with a bit over a finger of pillowy white head. Aroma is good, complex, with lots of fruity esters, some bread, honey, and light malt. Taste is good, fair amount of fruity esters that are at times a bit tart, some honey, slightly herbal, light malt. Mouthfeel is good with a light-medium body, moderate+ carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, 10% ABV is very well hidden, the beer is complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.6 fluid ounce bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a tulip

I decided to try this "Paasbier" on Easter morning.

I must first comment on the bottle graphics. De Dolle has the cutest looking labels in the industry and this one just happens to be my favorite. As for the beer, it opened with a loud hiss and foam soon began spewing from the bottle. When all of the liquid eventually made it into my glass, it was a cloudy, dark yellow ochre color with tons of floating yeast particles (apparently the pressure had pulled the sediment off the bottom of the bottle). A huge, five-finger, frothy, bubbly, off-white head slowly faded to a thick dollop of foam. The head deposited marvelous spiderwebs of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was typically Belgian and intense. Quite complex. Spicy and somewhat herbal. A powdery yeast quality came through immediately. Some sweet, honey-like notes were also noticeable. Possibly some Belgian candi sugar as well. Crisp, fresh and country-ish, this BSPA had a nose that was almost saison-like.

The taste was also very Belgian-like. Crisp and yeasty. Some doughy malts appeared up front. Citrus fruits (lemon and bitter orange peel) came through strong in the center. Honey-like notes were definitely noticeable as well. The dry, lingering finish was spicy, crisp and quite hoppy for the style. Overall, very well balanced. As the beer warmed, the dry hoppiness really intensified.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a lively, prickly, Champagne-like effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down and the liquid became somewhat creamier.

Drinkability was terrific. This beer made for an amazingly quaffable and refreshing aperitif. Furthermore, the 10% ABV was incredibly well hidden.

Bos Keun is definitely a world-class beer. I could not imagine my Easter morning starting off any better then with this brew in hand.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an enormous, heaping head. Overflowing, which I gather is not typical. As I waited in anticipation, the head finally settled and I was able to enjoy.

Very cloudy in appearance. Mild carbonation moving about the glass. Faded gold in color.

A flowerly, yeast-like scent. Pleasant. Billed as a spring beer, it definately has the right elements. First taste had a tinge of spice, but not too much. Limited hop character.

A nice drinking ale. The spiciness remains with a tad bit of sweetness to balance the flavors.

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.13 out of 5 based on 512 ratings.
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