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De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,637
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
521
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
4.63
 
 
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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To say this beer shot up in my face when I opened it is a gross understatement. Like a geyser, foamy brew erupted all over me. I should have known better as this has happened to me before...and I even let the beer settle for a good amount of time prior to opening it. I could do nothing but laugh at myself. I managed to grab my goblet and salvage about 7/8ths of the beer.

It pours a beautiful, hazy golden color with an incredible head. The head is thick and rocky and sticks to the glass, like it should. The aroma is mainly of cane sugar and malt, with a bit of yeast and straw. The taste widens the spectrum; cane sugar and malt are present while citrus, wood, candy, tart fruit and a slight bit of hops make new appearances. It feels nice in the mouth with a lingering dryness.

Overall, incredible beer. This brewery does not disappoint.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Beer erupted everywhere when the bottle was opened. Golden, completely cloudy with debris from the eruption. Good almost white foamy head, and plenty of lace.

Smells like fresh white grape, orange, honey, yeasty white bread, white rum. Nice.

Tastes sweet, spicy, fruity, yeasty. Sugar cookie, orange soda, white grape juice, spicy yeast. Healthy dose of grassy and orange peel hop bitterness achieves some balance. The flavor jarred me at first, but I became quite fond of it by the second half. Becomes fairly dry in the finish, with lingering bitterness.

Super smooth, the carbonation is well executed. Good drinkability.

Good, dirty, fun beer.

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Photo of haz77
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orangey-gold with a couple of inches of creamy white head. This settles to a two-finger cap.

S - Honey, pineapple (and other tropical fruit), yeast, grass, apple.

T - Sharp citrus initially, but flavour rounds out in the middle and tropical fruit/honey come through. End become very dry and crisp, with a hint of the 10% ABV at the back of the throat.

M - Very smooth, refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation is gently cleansing

D - Far too easy to drink for the alcohol content. Another excellent offering from De Dolle.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish orange color with an initially fierce head that settles to a nice lacing. Some yeast sediment floating around as well. Deep, boozy ripened tropical fruit aroma is pleasing. Taste is slightly medicinal with a peppery finish. Fruit nuances interplay with a musty yeast flavor that I could be more excited about. Finishes with a prickly carbonation tapering to aforementioned musty yeastiness. All in all I guess I was expecting more, although this is certainly not a bad brew.

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

2008 bottling of Bos Keun, 10%, 11.6 oz bottle reads the label.

A- Pours a brilliant cloudy orange color with a huge white head that billows up and out of the glass, no sediment, very lively carbonation and tons of lacing.

S- A big fruity and very floral nose, subtle notes of strawberry, banana, peaches, grape, citrus fruits, roses, slight spices, great overall balance, very layered complexity, and some booze.

T- A lot like the nose in fact, a yeasty bread-like character breaks through the layered fruits and artisinal earth tones. Nice amounts of fresh bittering hops really give it a pleasant taste. Overall dry with a big hop and bright fruit profile.

M- Medium/Heavy feel, not thick, bit definitely some weight. A full bodied representation of spring.

D- Probably one of my favorite Belgian seasonal brews of all time, definitely recommended to anyone who wants a crisp refreshing spring/summer ale that will satisfy their palate and kick their ass all at the same time.

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Photo of Kraken
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm Poured from 12oz bottle. First off the label is excellent, there is no rating catagory for this, but if there was I would give it a 5. Pours a dark Amber, with small chunks of sediment suspended, very colloid-esque. Smell is fantastic, pure Belgian. Fruit esters specifically banana and smell hints at the above average abv. Very smooth, and complex taste, bananas are very prominent. Extremely dry finish. The overall boozeyness takes away from drinkablity.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy golden orange. Almost the color of a dried apricot with a hearty white foam head, with pretty excellent retention. Lovely lacing to boot. This beer sure is easy on the eyes.

Fruity nose, with notes of banana and some spice... coriander and clove, maybe some black pepper

Spice, coriander, black pepper, bubble gum, a bit of clove. Fruity, melon, cantaloupe, honey dew. Wow such a complex taste, wonderful, this beer really knocks me out.

Medium bodied, tight bubbled active carbonation. Juicy in the mouth very slight dryness on the finish.

The abv may be high but the alcohol is not detectable at all, and while that may lead to dangers down the road, if one puts back a few of these it is incredibly drinkable

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Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle enjoyed (NO BARGAIN @ $12!!) at Beer Table in Brooklyn, NY, no freshness indication provided. Pours cloudy apricot, tiny bubble tightly knot white head. Great lacing on the glass. Nose of grapefruit, coriander,bananas, fruity and yummy. Lots of honey, melon, lavender, complex, fruity and delicious offering. Heady stuff @ 10%, but alcohol nowhere to be found. Belgian ale lovers rejoice and go get some.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easter beer.

A: Pours a murky dark orange color, with no head.

S: Malt and dry oranges dominate the nose.

T: Creamy caramel, velvet oranges and finishes dry with some spicy alcohol. The excessive alcohol detection detracts a little from the overall flavor and drinkability. Some candi sugar sweetness, spicy alcohol tang and dark fruit provide a nice warming sensation. Dry sour oranges, pear and bitter hops round out this unique beer. still a very good beer.

M: light in body, dry, smooth with a touch of carbonation fizzle

D: drinks bigger then advertised abv and may hinder drinkability slightly.

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Photo of petebritton2003
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was opened at celler temp so it was foaming and disturbing the yeast sediment thus causing it to mix within the beer. Every De Dolle I open does this so I think next one I will chill in fridge prior to opening. Nice puffy head that laces the glass after it is gone. Tart aroma with a champagne quality. Some candy and spicey taste with honey sweetness. Awesome complex yeast flavor like I get from all of their beers. A full mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Exactly how I want a belgian ale to taste. Yum.

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Photo of ccrida
2.56/5  rDev -38.5%
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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Photo of tprokop7
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA israel for the chance to try this one.

A - cloudy and deep copper colored, with a head that pours thick and sticks around.

S - Smells fruity and sweet, with some spices that I can't quite place.

T - A sweet as it smells, and with malts. It does taste a little spiced, and there are some fruit flavors (orange peel) in there as well. The beer makes it's alcohol content clear, but it isn't pervasive.

M - The high abv warms just a little, and it goes down smooth with surprisingly little carbonation.

D - Like everything else I've had from de Dolle, I am happy with the overall beer. I like that it isn't quite normal, but it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copped a single 11.2 oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... De Dolle's Mad Bitch was great, so I had high hopes for this Belgian Strong Pale Ale, which failed to dissapoint... Very attractive foamy, cloudy, hazy appearance with an orange hue complemented the syle with an impressive frothy head that soon receded... Pure, fresh smell, bursting through with florals, esters, and candy... Taste was equally sweet, with grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, and sugar notes... Seems as if De Dolle has a penchant for brewing some seriously thick, rich, and sweet beers, because this one exactly fit the bill... Extra-creamy, ultra-thick mouthfeel led to a pretty good level of drinkability, especially due to the not-over-the-top ABV of 7%... "Special Paasbier" on the logo sticker with a brown rabbit kicking back under the shade of a tree enjoying a brew... Overall, this was a very good sample - authentic and true-to-the style... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden with a very healthy head with tight white bubbles. Complex aromas of pear, cream, cardomom, lemon, white pepper, and a tiny bit of funk- as well as something a bit savory. The taste is aalso complexwith clove, cream, pepper, minerally, a little bitter and quite spicy. A bit of alcohol is evident as well. The mouthfeel is very full, crisp, and spicy. Absolutely delicious, as is most of what this brewery makes.

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

Decanted cool from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a tulip. I had this at the Abbey bar @ ABC in Harrisburg, PA.
A - A hazy golden w/ a neverending whip cream head of white. The lace sticks like nobody's business.

S - A sweet and floral aroma w/ a dose of spice and fruit. Kind of bready w/ a tinge of orange peel.

M - Full, carbonated and slightly yeasty with a spiced and dry finish.

T - A big dose of yeast and spice with a tame hop flavor. A nutty dry malty taste w/ a slight citrus note. Herbal flavors and pepper give a nice full tasting ale w/ a lightly creamy taste. Very tasty and gentle nuttiness w/ the yeast swirled in.

D - A strong flavored beer - intense and fresh, well made. A nice blend of flavors - I would definitely recommend this and hope to try it again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a spongy white head that sits on top of an apricot colored body that boils with tiny bubbles of carbonation and is a bit hazy. The head last as a thick layer and sticks to the glass after each sip.

S-The smell of yeast and perfume hints have notes of green peppercorns in the background. There is a faint sweetness but the whole smell is very blended.

T- The light fruity taste of apple peels and pear notes has a light white sugar hint and a light yeasty wheat flavor. The finish has a nice bitter bite that is not really hops in nature. The note of spice and cloves come through with a note of black pepper as it warms a bit. There is a very soft alcohol taste that perks up the spice flavor a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a very soft alcohol heat that cleans the finish.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but it is very mysterious. It is hard to pull all the flavors apart and they really just blend one flavor into the next. Good spring beer with nice flavor and spice with a little heat in the finish.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark oranges rife with sediment. I dig dirty looking beers, so this is up my alley. Two fingers of white fluffy head that paint all corners of the glass.

S: Maybe I'm crazy, or maybe I should try this beer as the first of the night, but I smell oranges and cream. Sweet, like a popsicle. Only a tough of hops present on the nose.

T: Malt and butter, with a hop bite (hallertau?) at the swallow. Some apples and cereal grains as it warms. The dryness complements the sweetness well. Excellent.

M: Dry and fizzy. Carries the flavors really well.

D: Wonderful beer. Light, but well rounded. A real refreshing strong ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

07/11/07- Purchased at Bottleworks, in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.3oz bottle according to the label. No freshness info found on the bottle. Poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Peachy orange colored pour. 3/4 inch semi-creamy head. Nice 1/4 inch remains for the entirety. Very light whispy lacing left behind.

Smell- Certainly has that nice candied belgian yeast scent. Not really forthright, but it's there. Also smells like some tropical fruit action going on.

Taste- For a 7% strong, it's got some good flavor. Apples and passionfruit along with a large honey flavor that I get. Very good sweetness, almost cookie dough like at times. A wee bit of sourness as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth as silk with a light but biting carbonation. Fuller mouthfeel..sugary coating left behind. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste from a pinch of hops.

Drinkability- I'll gladly take another one of these. Almost like a dessert beer. Pleasure to drink this one.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is at 10%abv. BB Feb. 2008, served chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: murky dark orangey hue with tiny bits of yeast-sediments floating inside; coming with an ever-lasting, extremely tight and creamy off-white froth, on top of a moderately lively carbonation. Looking great~~
S: lots of tropical and aromatic fruits on the nose, featuring ripe pears, green apples, banana-esters, a less astringent orangey fruitiness, added with a touch of herbs and floral fragrance (Osmanthus fragrans)... Belgian pale malts, caramel malts, candy-sugar, and sour-sweet yeasts are all soft and not OTT, striking a balance with the dense fruitiness upfront. Overall, complex and rich.
T: slightly sharp alcoholic pale malts and rock-sugar come before a tropical fruit-estery flavour manifests itself (banana and some figs mainly); the mid-taste introduces a rich and intense orangey hoppyness, that turns dry, mildly peppery and bitter. At the back of the palate the fruity yeast-esters keep an herbal-dryish mouthfeel and an intriguingly salty-sweet edge...
M&D: softly carbonated, almost silky smooth on the texture; the body is full but never has it shown any bit of high alc. content on the palate. This is a rich and deeply-flavoured strong pale ale with a soft landing, almost designed to deceive the drinker! A lovely and high-quality beer this is, but not something I would have for more than one bottle at a time.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
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):

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/634/?ba=GreenCard

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Glowing golden-orange color with a towering four finger head that leaves massive sheets of sticky lace in the glass as it recedes. Very hazy and even though it was poured carefully, there was a lot of suspended sediment in the beer.

S: Very interesting aromas of green apple, pear, and melon. Very earthy and fruity. Slight hint of alcohol in there as well.

T: Very much follows the smell. Add in an herbal hoppiness, a couple of shakes of dirt, and the afore mentioned alcohol. Actually the alcohol is more pronounced in the taste than the smell. Finish is bitter and peppery.

M: Thick and full. Very juicy and sweet in the beginning that quickly switches over to bitter, dry, and spicy closer to the finish.

D: Quite enjoyable. The fruity smells and flavors are pronounced and at the same time subdued. Excellent balance.

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Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's late afternoon on Easter Sunday, seems like the best time to try this one.

Pours a cloudy milky gold color, with an impressive head.

Aromas are bright, biting, spicy, and dusty.

Upon the first sip I notice a creamy malty character. Beer then settles in to a nice big mouthfeel, very full, well rounded, and nicely carbonated. Taste is quite dry and the finish is a bit tart and spicy. All in all, this tends to be a fairly subtle, and tasty example of the style.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy and enjoyable beer to sip.

Thanks for sending this one my way nlmartin!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass, the dirty amber colour shows up wonderfully, half way down the beer, I poured in the rest of the bottle, complete with the sediment of course, the dirty colour is now dishwater dark, the thick head stays to the end, it had not tried to leave even before I added the dregs.

Strong aroma of young yeast hit me, off fruits and malt in smaller amounts, the aroma intensified after the second pour, a brewery yard type smell?

Sour, bitter taste, with an alcohol kick towards the end of the mouthfull, the taste did not really change with the second pour, although the beer did get more concentrated because of the sediment.

Very drinkable, but not one to stay on all night!

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the light, a fine hazy yeast sediment clouds an otherwise clear bottle. A slow pour creates quite alot of foam, easy does it. It's a cloudy, peachy orange in color, with lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is steady, creating a dense head of velvety froth.

The nose has more than a few attributes, banana, lemon, melon at first, and sweet malt once it settles. I feel dizzy just smelling this, and not from the alcohol.

Taste is very bright and zesty on the palate at first, giving way to subtle fruity esters and maltiness. Grape, melon, and citrus layer nicely over a pale malt frame. Rich and velvety mouthfeel, with an alcohol presence that is well integrated at first, but seems a bit too noticeable as it warms. I could have 2 or so of these, but the cost is a little prohibitive.

An excellent offering from De Dolle...

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 521 ratings
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