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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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at The Farmhouse with a plate of oysters - a wonderful pairing. Poured a clear dull gold with a tall white head and lacing.

I have to say, while this was quite a tasty beer, no single flavor stands out. What I'm picking up is a rich, spicy, bready malt undertone with rounded, peppery, herbal hop finish. There's a bit of cider in the flavor as well, similar to some of the other De Dolle brews I've had. I also gets faint spice notes along the lines of nutmeg and allspice along with a hint of sweet cherry and flowers.

Overall, very drinkable for the strength and a fine pairing for dinner.

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Photo of baggio
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Brownish orange with a huuuge head.

S: Spices, Cider, Fruit (apples primarly), Belgian yeast.

T: Apples, Sugar, Apricot, Honey, Belgian yeast.

M: A bit on the sweeter side at first but there's definitely some bitterness at the end. Plenty of carbonation too. Warming.

Another good beer from the brewery that doesn't seem to know how to make bad beer :) Recommended!

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big head that leaves all measure of dancing lace patterns around the chalice

Smell: Tropical fruit and peppery yeast, with overripe pineapple, pear, lemon, white pepper and lots of phenols; plenty of alcohol in there, too

Taste: Starts out on the sweet side, with tropical fruit, lemons, fermented honey and bready flavors presenting themselves; by mid-palate, the peppery yeast and other bitter, somewhat medicinal elements balance out the sweetness; after the swallow, the alcohol and peppery flavors dominate, although the sweet elements persist, somewhat, on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: I aged this beer for about three years in the hopes to tame it down, but it still has a bit too much booziness; the flavor profile is complex, however, with an interesting blend of the sweet and the tart

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

BLAM!!! Careful when opening this one. Foam goes everywhere!
The color is a cloudy yellow-ish brown color with head for days, lots of carbonation, and a good amount of lacing. The smell is a little citrusy, with some nutmeg or allspice in there, covering up the faint alcohol smell in the background. Almost reminds me of a fall beer.
The taste has a little kick from the alcohol with a lot of citrus elements combined, again, with a little autumn spice. It is a little dry, too.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. A good kick and a nice mixture of spice.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass - My bottle stated 10% abv.

This was a gusher - fortunately, though, I only lost about two ounces, but, it did leave plenty of foam in the glass despite a careful pour. I had to let it sit awhile...

A large (b/c of gusher?) foamy/rocky head that descends to a thick island of a patch, leaving some sticky lacing.

The smell is of dough/yeast with herbal spicing, some black pepper and bubblegum.

The taste is of orange, yeast, and black pepper. Almost sounds more like a description of a wit in writing, but it certainly is not, as there is plenty of grassy notes mixed in - as well as quite a kick of alcohol. Alcohol and spicing are sharp, but don't mask the complexities. Sweet with a touch of citric fruity sour and an almost aspirin-like bitterness.

Effervescence helps this one glide along.

Nice complexities, and, despite the glaring alcohol, this has a smoothness and flavor that make this "sipper" dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of asabreed
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.6 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. I had a weird, almost clairvoyant feeling as I was opening this that it was going to explode. Well, freakishly enough, it did, but not enough so I couldn't save 90-95% of it by slowly getting it into the glass and wiping off the outside, and it seems to have not suffered too much. In the past I've let them bubble over my fingers like a fountain when a Belgian does that, thinking it a hopeless cause. Not anymore. So here we go, and maybe it was some kind of temperature or mishandling issues, because if the bottle seemed "bad" I wouldn't be reviewing it and would snag another one.

Appearance: Hazy darker copper with beautiful yeast floaties. I love the latter, so I'm biased, as I know others need total clarity or want total clarity usually. Head's obviously massive because of the formerly discussed explosions, but settles down, leaving a ring or two of clumpy lacing with some sparse bigger dots.

Smell: Lots of heady fruit and yeast round this out, with tons of flavors. Pineapple, aromatic roses and other fresh flowers, citrus, along with some sharper earthy phenolics. Also some vanilla flavors and sweeter malt flavors. There's so much involved here. And when I keep going back I'm getting a different sense of effervescent perfume and field of flowers. Like a woman just walked into the door and disappeared.

Taste: Fruity and yeasty, like the aromas, and heady as hell. I feel like every time I pour a new bit into the glass there are some things that change. Tons of ripe tropical fruit, everything from pineapple, mango, starfruit, along with some ripe strawberries and sour cherries. Sweeter vanilla a custard-like malt flavors also creep in. When it comes to the finish, the bitterness and sourness from the hops make themselves apparent, along with mild earthy phenolics. The finish is huge and long and complex as hell. I may need to buy more to lay down. I think I have to.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a great creaminess, which surprised me for the style, with tingly carbonation at the end, another oddity which adds a weird kind of balance to everything.

Drinkability: For around $5 a bottle, like most of De Dolle, or at least that's what I pay for them, you know you're getting your money's worth. This one's big, at actually 10% and not the 7% that it says (Can there please be a BA that does ABV fixing on the side? More and more I'm finding incorrect numbers...) currently above, and the alcohol isn't as prominent as one may figure. All of the Belgian points of interest are there in spades, and I'd love to see how these are years and years down the road, as they're probably always changing with the yeast being such a huge part, usually floating around just with a light bump. Glad I bought this and will jump at another chance to have another of their brews. Is it me, or does sipping on a good Belgian not make the air you breathe around you start to become more aromatic? Craziness galore.

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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 Jerico
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - murky/cloudy yellow/amber color with a thick, fluffy 3 finger head that hangs out for quite a while. Very appealing!

S - citrusy and a bit yeasty with a hint of banana, very sweet smelling.

T/M/D - mild carbonation, with a spicy, peppery taste and a slightly bready taste and feel. Smells sweeter than it tastes at first, but let it warm up a bit and it starts to balance out nicely. Alcohol seems more apparent than I'd expect for its ABV but not unpleasantly so. Nice beer!

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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 philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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%
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 +4.8%
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%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.6%
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 -8.9%
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 +11.8%
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 -38.3%
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 -9.2%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.7%
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 -0.7%
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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