De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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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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Photo of Jon
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, but glowing peach with a thick, bubbly head that leaves wonderful trails of lace down the glass and holds up very well. Nose is a blend of spicy, musty funkiness with just a subtle hint at dried fruit. I sensed somewhat of a smokiness lingering in the aromatics, which I'm guessing is from the age of this beer and the decreased presence of its hop character. Flavorwise, I got tart, herbal citrus with somewhat of a bitter lemon rind character and a bone-dry, biting finish. As the beer approached standard room temperature, some fruity apricot notes became more apparent, but I never experienced the honey flavor others note. The yeast character never strays too far, and it's definitely that of the aged variety. The highly carbonated, prickly mouthfeel was quite nice, but the dry, tanginess of this beer and the seemingly off flavors kept it from being overly drinkable. I may very well have sampled a bottle that was indeed past its prime, as this is the only beer with which I've been disappointed from De Dolle. It did, however, have some solid attributes, but I think it may need to be drunk fresh, rather than aged like this particular bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy copper-orange color, pours with a tan head. Aromas of honey, slight vinegar, fresh pressed apple cider (surprisingly the cider is the predominant aroma of this beer). A lightly sweet taste with a bit of acidic sourness in the finish. This is a very refreshing fruity ale, the taste is reminiscent of a nice fresh ripe apple. A hint of mustiness in the finish adds a bit of complexity. This is really good, I wish it was easily available and cheap.

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Photo of stcules
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden-reddish colour, good head, very long.
Not so limpid in appearance.
The smell is spicy, fresh: lemon, orange. Maybe mint. A little of hop. Anyway, very fresh.
The taste is very hopped. The hop is predominant, but it doesn't cover the rest: you can see even the malt, spices again, yeast, bread, sweet orange peel.
The alcohol (7 ABV) is noticeable, but it doesn't bother.
Medium body. Aftertaste a little too pointed to the alcohol. Then come back the bitter.
Maybe a little unbalanced, but good...

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

Bottle with 1998 Expiration date tasted at Stillen Genieter in October 2001. Appearence: Orange color, very clear, huge head. Aroma: Spicy hop aroma. Malt strictly in background. Flavor: Honey detectable in flavor. Also big hoppiness and complex fermentation. Aging flavors fairly subdued. Finish: Sweet finish with big hop flavors. Interesting combo.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – When I opened this bottle it just exploded, spewing foam from all sides of the mouth. I did a slow motion pour in my glass to keep things off the carpet. The body color is pure BSPA: cloudy orange.

Smell – This smells like a medicine cabinet. The spices are monstrous and the yeast is major league.

Taste – The spices are just overpowering. Again, it’s like licking a Band-Aid. There’s yeast in there somewhere, but the spices are so big they weigh down the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Lots of carbonation in this one.

Drinkability – This was just too overpowering for me. All I could come up with at the end of each swig was, “medicine cabinet.”

Comments – Sorry to low-ball this one without a lot of constructive criticism, but this just left me scratching my head.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantabulous. Pours a murky golden-orange with a gigantic frothy foam. Aroma is absolutely killer, with a fairly strong alcoholic smell, yeasty and estery. Incredibly complex beer. Sharp, citrusy flavor, and earthy, musty. It ends slightly sweet and dry. Very warming - supposed to be an Easter beer, but can definitely be had year round. This stuff is great, but by no means cheap. The bunny on the bottle art freaked me out a bit, but this is a really great Belgian.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An "Easter beer" to "paas" Passover with...

I literally threw this into a Duvel glass and a giant one inch tower of foam arose, mostly whitish but with brown traces lingering in spots. Extremely murky pale brown with dark and light yeasty chunks moving around. Amazing sclupted lace. Smell of tart grapefruit and musty rain-soaked leaves, a sense of sage. The taste is festive, lots of clove, teaberry gum, and even a powdered cheddar sense similar to Kraft Mac and Cheese (honest, and it works). Hops lend just a touch of balsam to re-inforce the tons of flavor profile going on here. Subjectively, this was a very fun beer, different.

Souce: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of StevieW
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz small brown bottle. Like the rest of the de dolle beers, this one has a cartoon rabbit leaning against a tree, drinking a beer.

Shiny yellow color, golden. Supercharged clumpy white fizzy head exploded. Sweet, sweet malt tastes dominate. hints of florals and citrus, but very sweet. Especially the finish. As the beer settled a little the sweetness settled down a bit. Hard candy sweetness still dominates it. Some subtle yeasty flavors, hints of earthyness, but can't overcome the sugar charge. I'll talking Capt. Crunch sweetness in a bottle. Yeasty bottle swirls settled it down a bit. Highly charged carbonation, had some champagne like sprity qualities to it. Cut through some garlic grilled shrimp I had with it but, I couldn't get anything other than super sugary sweetness out it. I understand the tastes vary from bottle to bottle, but I had better experiences with the still nacht and ara biers from this brewer.
Maybe I will try it again, or let it sit longer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, slightly cloudy. Medium full head. Note: Lots of sediments (be careful pouring this one). Malts are sweet. Complex flavors; sweet, sour, banana, citrus. So what else is new for this brewer? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a noticeable alcohol bite. Interesting beer.

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Photo of TheDM
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a large head of finely sized white bubbles and a cloudy light brown body. It had a mild malt aroma and a complex fruity, citrousy flavor with banana. clove, malt and caramel notes. And I hate having to add length to my comments just to get them past the silly filter!

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Photo of mickeymac
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours an extremely eye-pleasing golden-brown with a fat head that leaves a trail of lace down the glass. The smell is spicy/peppery with some nice fruit scent in the mix. After a nice lead-up with the appearance and smell, the taste meets expectations. It has an amazing mix of ripe fruit flavors and an almost port-like flavor. Perhaps a beer with the warming qualities of Bos Keun wasn't the best choice for a warm mid-June evening, but this is a stunning beer regardless of when it's drunk. It has a full mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I have been hesitant to buy this due to the crazy looking bunny on it. Wasn't sure if it was okay to drink if after Easter without the bunny coming after to me. Well the head on this beer was huge, to say the least. What little beer I could see under the massive foamy white head that at least drifted down quickly(leaving spider like lace)was a hazy gold color. An good amount of carbonation was present, which would stand to reason giving the head. The aroma is very fruity, with elements of hops, banana, caramel and bread. A flavor of hops and cirtrus with some clove present with a touch of pepper. A touch astrigent in the finish. Not a bad beer, but the aroma almost leaves you expecting more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Speciaal Paasbier". Hey, I remember Paas, used to dye Easter eggs with it when I was a kid! And they're making bier out of it now, you say? Really? Okay, whatever!
De Dolle definitely has the most colorful, cartoony beer labels in the world, and this one is a kicker, an instant favorite. A grooved-out, wide-eyed, buck-toothed jackrabbit leans against a tree, hoisting a chalice of ale, all smiles. My, my, rabbits must lead such IN-ter-esting lives! Well, I want to be like that blissful bunny, so let's get some bier in me!
The color is a cloudy, dull orange, with a head as serious as all the other De Dolle samples I've tried: a majestic flowering of snow-white foam, leaving weavings of generous lace. Aroma is beautiful, soft and spicy, with copious citrus. I almost don't want to drink it, just luxuriate in this mysterious heady aura.
On the palate, a huge charge of hops and yeast, deployed simultaneously, mellowing quickly. Loads of sugar, too. Tons of sweetness that really complements the bitter, citric aspect.
Finish is generous, sweet and very lovely. Body, texture, balance, all were well accounted for, and contributed to a remarkably delicious and satisfying ale. Thanks to marc77 for making this meeting possible.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the one w/ the buck toothed bunny and the beer chalice on the lable.
Bright, hazy golden color with some dark yeast chunks. Tall, rocky head and lotsa lace. Light, clean aroma of vanilla and citrus. Sharp carb bite on the tongue initially- slightly oxidized. Flavors of honey and sour citrus rush in - it tastes like carbonated Mead mixed with grapefruit juice. Tangy hops work thier way in and blend with the sour cherry/ toffee flavors. The middle of this beer is extended- interesting and prolonged with different fruit and hop flavors mixed with alcohol wafting in and out. Warming alcohol and lingering hop bite finish this off. Light going in, very strong going out. Definately De Dolle different.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful, another classic from De Dolle! This beer poured a wonderful hazy orange, yellow-ish peach-y colour with a nice sized head to it(though nothing compared to the head on an ara bier:-) This smelled intoxicating. Like tropical fruits, lucious mangos, pineapples, and apples. This tasted like more of the same. Sweet and fruity yet rough and refined at the same time. This reminded me of more of a double wit beer than a artisianal pale ale, but that just me. Have a Don De Dieu from Unibroue or a Vuuve and search out the similarities. This beer also has a nice bitter afteertaste, which is very herbal in nature and is long lasting as well....Nice! The mouthfeel on this is classic bottle-conditioned and the drinkability is superb. Why oh Why is this only a spring seasonal beer?
Cheers again, De Dolle!

PS: attn: northeastern PA BAs. If you want to try this and some other De Dolle beers, the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem has this and some of their other beers in stock...

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had very high hopes for this beer. I love the golden Belgian beers, and I loved Oerbier. Initially, I was quite impressed. I had a "bad pour", with the foam overflowing the glass. And, for the first time ever, I had a second bad pour! It had settled way down, I poured in the rest, and it overflowed again!! Huge, creamy head. Great smell, and, initially I really liked the taste. There is something in there I can't describe. I even read all of the other reviews to see if anyone else described what I tasted, but I don't know. It was subtle at first, but by the end I had trouble finishing it. Whatever it is, this beer definitely is a little different from others of this style. Others seem to have really enjoyed it, but something in there just hits me wrong. With so many other great beers of a similar style, I won't be revisiting this one (although I almost want to try it again to see if I got a bad one).

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz amber bottle, poured carefully into a Chimay goblet, and then poured with the yeast to compare.

Appearance: Hazy, light amber in color with thick, heavy, white foam (long lasting) that left nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, apples, and pears.

Taste: Sweet with a little balancing tartness, flavors of oak, floral hops, sugar, grapes, and faint malt.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, fruity, moderate carbonation and body.

Drinkability: Very good. Well balanced and not overly sweet.

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Photo of pbrian
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy orange with lots of yeast specs and huge billowing white head. Aroma to die for, spicy (white pepper) with a tart lambic-like mustiness. The taste is slightly malty sweet, intensely spiced (almost hot) and finishes amazingly dry. There's a little tartness mixed in and a nice warming alcohol hit as well. Excellent.

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Photo of rastaman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great little brew!!!!!!! Peppery and even hoppy nose. Nice malt pressence (adds a bit of sweetness at the start). Quite peppery, salty and bitter acid finish, quite complex, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viking
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden-amber colored beer with a big, rocky head. Aroma filled with spices and yeast. Flavor follows the aroma, spicy, with yeast undertones. Also some fruit lingering in the flavor. Overall, one helluva good drink!

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

A very interesting brew, which I should have expected from De Dolle. Nice orange color with fruity aromas. Sweet with fruit flavors. Shares some flavors with De Dolle's Stille Nacht. You can feel the alcohol in the beer, but it was not overwhelming. Didn't realize the ABV was as high as it is until I started feeling it hit my head :) Overall, not my favorite De Dolle brew, but a very good beer none the less.

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Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a thick, creamy persistent head. Lots of chunky yeast sediment combined with the fairly high carbonation provide for a lava lamp like experience. This is an intense beer from start to finish. The smell is dominated by a powerful candy like sweetness, with a touch of green apple (acetaldehyde). It reminds me of candied granny smith apples. The taste is almost cloyingly sweet, with complex fruitiness, slight caramel and date - like flavors.. The slight acetaldehyde, although normally a flaw in most styles, really adds to the complexity of this unique beer. Hop bitterness is barely perceptible. I noticed a bit of fusel alcohol in the finish. A truly unique beer-- it's like nothing Ive tasted before. I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting, however due to the intense sweetness.

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Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The smell and flavour of this brew do it for me, big fruity esters with a sweet pale malt base. Has hints of almonds and mango with a warming alcohol. I know it is their spring beer but this is one that could be aged a year or perhaps more and still gain in complexity.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style brown bottle. A freaky ass psycho Easter bunny sits up against a tree, eyeing up a glass of Bos Keun. Obviously Mr. Easter Bunny has his priorities straight ... screw the hopping and Easter candy! He's got beer!

Appearance: Cloudy (from the yeast) orange straw. The head is pretty healthy and settles to a creamy white lace that sticks heavily along the sides of the glass.

Smell: You can get high off of this smell. Earthy, yeasty and sugary sweetness that is nearly cloaked by a medicinal aroma. Estery too with really ripe pineapple aromas.

Taste: First sip releases a lot of foam activity, creating a creamy texture on the palate. Medium bodied. Then comes some lime rind, quick sharpness then a tea-like citrus hop flavour. There's a unique musty quality to this brew with is a bit powdery and adds to the incredible complexity of this beer. All of this is then overtaken by a sugar sweetness and faint background tartness. Finishes a tad dry with some residual sweetness.

Notes: Purchased at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF, by Todd. 7% abv, and very drinkable. This beer is huge in character and complexity. Can't really say to much more about it as we are in awe of this beer.

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