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 DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow a nice clear yellow sunshine color, very bright and clear. With some kick ass fluffy head that gave lacing throughout the entire beer (sticking to glass and everything!)

S - What excited me was along side of the typical Belgium yeasts and sugars a nice level of hop bitterness gave way. With no noticeable alcohol on the nose I was happy to dive in.

T - I got to give it to these guy the level of complexity on this beer is shocking. Sweet candied sugars clash with bitter pine hops give it an almost pineapple like hop flavor. Along side of fruity yeasts made for a sweet finish as well. Gawd this is good.

M - Light to medium it was crazy drinkable. Even warmed up a bit the ABV never gives way and I would assume it was 5 or 6 percent if not told.

Overall I am not sure where I could even get a bottle or six pack and the full pour was around 9 buck (can you say overpriced?) but if I ever was around Belgium this would be my go to pale ale no second guessing.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice.

A. Pours a very well carbonated 3+ fingers of head of large bubbles. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is a dark hazy yellow almost orange.

S. Has a pretty sweet smell. Gte some sour fruit notes. Green apple maybe. Yeast smell is also pretty strong. Get some grape smell as well. A little bit of spices, but nothing I can really put my finger on. I like the smell, it is interesting.

T. Taste is does not depart too far from the aroma. Get quite a bit of grape flavor. Yeast, light fruit, sweet malt. Very good tasting BSPA.

M. Nice mouthfeel on this. Almost full bodied. Has a creamy texture. Has a sweet taste, but finishes dry.

O. I was impressed with this one. Really like the flavor and mouthfeel. Pretty complex taste of fruit, spice, and yeast flavors. Sweet flavors, but drinks dry. Well crafted brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly collapsed, leaving a thick film of bubbles down the sides of the glass but never completely faded away.
S: There are fruity and spicy aromas in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and has flavors of apples, pale malts, candi sugars and spices. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has a very good balance and is easy to drink. It seems to exhibit some properties of a “strong saison”.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300 mL bought in 2009, so it is at least that old. Not a gusher, but foams up like crazy on the pour. Massive white head atop a clear gold color.

Nose is filled with light fruits, white bread and alcohol. Green grapes, apricots and honeydew melon lead the way.

Nice sweet grainy malt with a distinctively fruity yeast presence. Like an alcohol-infused watermelon with freshly steeped grains injected into it. Interesting and unique. Fairly tasty too...Hoppy Easter, Santa Claus!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"BOTTLED FEB2010" - On Cap

Pours a pale straw color with a little dash of red. Just a tad of haze too. A HUGE super frothy 4 finger slightly off white head fills half the glass and is very slow to receded. Smells of Belgium yeast dominate the aroma. First sip is surprisingly quite creamy with floral yeast notes and sweet malts blending well together. The spice is low and lemony but not overpowering. Pretty nice brew. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden

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3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served into a Chalice glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours golden amber in color.Slightly cloudy while yeast sediments go down.White rocky foam.Incredible high thick long lasting layer. Small bubbled creamy head.Yeast & spices to the nose. Honey sweet mouthfeel & mildy tartar aftertaste. Just an ok beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in a tulip glass. Pours a pale yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head.

Has a funky, herbal aroma. Plenty of straw, floral and fruity notes.

Has a great spicy taste, with a tart start, peppery, slightly hoppy mddle, and a mildly bitter finish. With a somewhat yeasty backbone, this is a pleasant tasting brew with plenty going on.

Medium bodied, with a sharp taste mid-sip that gives this beer great presence.

I was completely unfamiliar with this bee when I ordered it, unsure of what I'd get. What I got, however, was a very pleasant surprise, one which I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington DC. Served in a tulip.

Body is hazy golden with a moderate white head, leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells malty, belgian yeast funk, honey, citrus.

Tastes of light malt, funky belgian yeast, floral hops, citrus, and peppery dry finish.

Body is medium with crisp carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really good belgian strong golden ale. The ABV is slightly noticeable, but a good drinking ale in moderation.

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

Had on tap at Toronado - I never get over living 3 blocks from the best beer bar in the country!

Look is good, small head bit of lacing, good colour (i think - dark in here)

Smell is lots of sweet grapey, white wine character, reisling grapes and lots of flowers - lavender, jasmine and a bit of orange.

Taste is great - wonderful balance, fruity hoppy and yeasty with an equally floral combination - a symphony of flavor

feel is also very nice.

Overall this is an epic beer for the style from one of the top breweries on Earth - thanks De Dolle!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured all head, white, and very slow to recede, I almost thought it was permanent. Smells of dried fruit and malt. Taste is fairly rich like with a long malty finish. Quite nice. And though there's 10% alcohol it's pretty well hidden to me. The cheesey bunny on the label had me doubting this beer but it turned out to be really good.

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Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - this one was a gusher. i think i had it a bit too warm in the cellar and agitated it a bit too much getting it out. head stuck around. lacing is solid. hazy straw orange with some particles in it.

smell - belgian yeast. a little farmhousey. cloves banana. maybe something else. not my favorite

taste - much the same, a bit more bland. a bit of sugar.

mouthfeel - a bit cloying. nice carbonation. medium to thick body.

not impressed for the price and other ratings. ive had much better belgian strong pales.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rustico:

Pours a light brown w/ a two finger head. Nice carbonation and good lacing. Nose is nice, sweet fruit, sour, floral, slight malt as well. Taste brings out the nose plus some honey and plum. This is a solid tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium and aftertaste sticks around for a while. Really glad I got to try this beer- never seen it before. Check it out!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Old Town.

A: Dark Orange hue with cascading bubbles running up the glass. Not much head or lacing, but I wasn't looking for that with this really.

S/T: Has a candy like malted aroma and taste, maybe more of a candied dark fruit. Very yeasty as you'd expect from a Belgian strong with notes of straw and ripe fruits, some licorice in the nose is clear and flutters in the taste. Dry white grape in the aroma and some alcohol complexity prevails throughout.

M: A little bubbly and not as thick as I hoped, it drank pretty clean surprisingly.

Overall this is pretty good, but it got old fast, the taste and aroma just tend to get cloying and unappetizing after a while.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Bottled 02/2010.

Light peach with golden highlights; noticeable floating sediment. Foamy, bright white head with tremendous retention. Spotted lacing with good strength.

Fresh citrus aromas: orange, lime, green apple over a moderately sweet Belgian candied sugar; a rather nice, clean sweetness. Hints of farmhouse must.

Moderate candied sweetness with bright citrus notes: lemon, orange, pear, and lime. Intense, bland-whiskey like alcohol presence that engulfs this strong pale's flavors. An intense burst of carbonation provides a dry quality in its wake, followed by an aftertaste of must and stiff malted wheat.

Medium in body; the intense carbonation and alcohol make for a bulky dryness at times.

Some really nice qualities here; however, the intense flavors could really use some time to mature and mellow.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours clear amber with over an inch of fluffy white head. Reduces gradually, leaving stringy, soapy lacing.

S-Grassy, slightly citric hops. melon, pale malt sweetness.

T/M-Earthy, slighty funky yeast delivered by vibrant, chewy carbonation. Grassy hops, come in mid-palate, cutting the mild malty sweetness and finishing the beer with a light burst of cracked black pepper.

O-This beer is a great example of what makes De Dolle so unique. Stands apart from almost every other Belgian Pale ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber with piles of lumpy frothed egg whites head.
Wax, pencil shavings, and fresh herbs on the nose.
Honey drop candy malts with cedary hops bite. Orange rind end and peppery linger.
Medium, fizzy, plenty of burn.

Big hot candied pale ale. Interesting choice to use Goldings; makes a difference. Burn makes me think maybe shoulda let this age, though it is a seasonal.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very carefully into a tulip. Giant head on this one that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. The body is nice and golden. There is only a slight bit of haze.

The aroma has nice sweet orange candy spice. This has a nice sweet malt aroma with a gentle spice kick from they yeast.

The taste has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, but as a Belgian pale ale, this is definitely on the sweet side. I get mostly yeast flavor in the finish, that adds to the bitterness as well.

Nice medium to heavy body but drinks pretty refreshingly considering the strength; perhaps due to the heavy carbonation.

This might be my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale; I highly recommend it!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a you typical giant creamy De Dolle head; two thirds of the glass is full of head. A little much in my opinion but it otherwise looks good.

A bit of banana comes through in the aroma with spicy peppery hops. Nice earthy aroma to this with a solid citrus background. A little bit of citrus sweetness to the flavor wit spicy musty hops. I'd say this one even has a little bit of funk to it. It finishes with a nice grassy hop flavor and that same earthy character that I could detect in the aroma.

Nice light body here but as with most of De Dolle beers I feel like this one is a little bit overcarbonated. I'd love to see them tone it down. Overall though, a great offering. One of the better strong pales on the market. Probably my favorite.

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

another one i really liked and was thrilled to be able to get the chance to try. poured into a goblet.

nice light brown pour with a good amount of haze to it and a smallish head of about two inches which faded off into a thin film that clung to the sides of the glass.

aroma is nicely hopped and earthy at the same time. really well done i have to admit. herbal notes, flowery almost with light tugs of pine and grape seeds floating around inside. again very nicely done and quite complex. small dash of oak and caramel mid palate before a light hoppiness dries it out and leaves you hanging..

overall another outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer

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Photo of bylerteck
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at some pub in Antwerp on a pub crawl with some friends. From notes.

A - Poured a darkish colour of brown. Cloudy with a three finger fluffy beige head. Weak lacing but good retention with that fluffiness hanging out.

S - Lotsa yeast, sweet spice, and hop.

T - Earthy, spicy, yeasty, and a gentle hop is there. Spice/yeast combo is a little rough on the taste buds.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Not too shabby but not great. I drank it, didn't say 'wow' and was ready for something new.

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Photo of lehkost
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - When poured carefully into a belgian-style tulip with plenty of headspace, it required me several breaks before I could finish the full pour. Head is dense and white, and retention is crazy. Color is just a touch darker than a Westmalle Tripel.
S - Lovely sweet, fruity aroma, with a touch of alcohol (it is 10% ABV, after all.)
T - A very well balanced flavor, with almost any individual aspect difficult to pick out. A fruitiness halfway between apple and bubblegum, a kiss of malt and sugar, and a very dry (though not persistently so) finish.
M - Very effervescent, with the interplay of the dryness and the carbonation leaving a bit of a lingering sensation on the tongue, and even a bit going down. I suppose part of it is the alcohol as well.
O - This beer strikes a lovely balance, with just enough bitterness and dryness on the finish, while leaving just a wisp behind that invites another sip, maybe too soon. This is a dangerously drinkable, while still rich, strong beer.

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

A-yellow golden. cloudy with a very, very thick cream colored head. i actually had to let the head settle a bit before i could pour the entire drink in.

S-smells like fresh belgian pale malts. smells somewhat funky. its slightly spicy as well. medium strength.

T-okay, i'll admit right now...i can't put my finger on half the flavors i'm experiencing with this one. it comes in with very fresh, sweet and spicy belgian malts that quickly become bitter and almost funky. the bitterness lasts for awhile in to an after-taste that reminds me of burnt corn bread. to be honest, its quite a harsh experience. the bitterness will stay in your mouth for quite some time.

M-heavy on the carbonation. the drink seems to expand to the entire volume of your mouth as soon as it enters. it has a tingly feeling with a bitter finish.

O-this is definitely a good beer. it is very complex, though i feel this makes the beer rather harsh. this is definitely not for beginners. with this, the more i drink it the more i like it.the ABV is not evident anywhere in the taste. i would've guessed between 6-7%. i probably won't be getting this again. i feel the Stille Nacht is leagues beyond this still.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Lost Abbey sinner stemware. It poured a hazy amber/orange color with a big, frothy white head to it. The head really stuck around and left some very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of the Belgian yeast spice to it. Beyond that I get a clean, crisp, fruity, tart character to it. I get a bit of citrus to it as well that helps balance out the yeast flavors nicely.

The taste shows more of the belgian yeast flavor to it up front. Midway I start to get more of the tart, crisp, fruity flavors coming out. I get a little apple and grape flavors lingering through the finish. Lots of flavors going on, but it felt pretty balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. The yeast spice really balanced well with the sweeter, crisp fruit flavors. Overall very smooth, flavorful and easy drinking for the style and abv. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Somewhere in the middle between orange and yellow, very cloudy. Head is very big, dense (as much as half of the tulip glass immediately after pouring) and also very lively, with a lot of carbonation going on. Retention is good

S- Aroma is very yeasty and very sweet. Sweetness is probably due to high amounts of sugar. I think i can detect some spicy alcoholic notes but they sure match well with yeast and sugar and never get owerpowering. A very complex and peculiar aroma overall: feels earthy but still very fresh and lively, with maybe some fruity undernotes (lemon, maybe pear)

T- Taste is good, though it may be a little letdown after a such complex aroma. The beer is very sweet, sure there must be a lot of sugar in it. Biscuit malts with some fruity notes underneath (lemon, maybe pear and apricot). Then a fresh and earthy herbal characther, with a musty feel to it. No alcohol is to be detected this time. The beer finishes a little too dry, it kinda feels like it is losing character as you drink

M- Very soft and creamy, thanks in part to the ever lasting head and in part to carbonation, which is very high but somehow never gets too prickly on the palate. No alcohol is to be noticed. A very nice mouthfeel but the beer's overall sweetness and sugary characther gets a bit dull after some time

O- A very complex and interesting beer, though not an easy drink, at least for me. At times, i found sugar to be really overpowering

This is an excellent beer, but i think it has some flaws

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