De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
20th anniversary beer originally released in 2000, and imported into the US in 2001.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
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32
Gots:
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For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Fux
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side by side with Speciaal Brouwsel 1-malig verjaardag, Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 and 2010 at the Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds.
A: Pours dark copper/brown with a nice white head. Carbonation is strong, the bottle actually gushed when I opened it.
S: Smells dried fruits and spices upfront. Then dark fruits, caramel and fudge. Oxydation is noticeable, with a scent of dust and old basement, but this is not really disturbing.
T: Taste mainly follows the nose with oxydation flavors along with candied fruits and Christmas spices. Sourness is on a low level but it is lingering.
M: Medium bodied, warming alcohol, strong carbonation.
O: This beer is still very good despite a noticeable oxydation which does not hide the flavor profile. Though not as good as SNR 2000 or the 1-malig verjaardagsbier, it highlights everything I love about old de Dolle stuff.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive held on to this long enough, opened recently with a couple of friends. 750ml bottle, the cork comes out cleanly and in tact. The brew appears clear and copper in color with a tan to khaki colored cap that fades fairly quick.

This smells of musty basement, mushrooms, woody fall foliage and something along the lines of vegetative decay. Not gonna lie, this smells like it is far beyond its better days.

The taste is sweet and malty with suggestions of caramel, apple cider and cherry skin/pits mingled with mild oxidation (much less than expected considering the nose.) A bit of mineral aftertaste is left lingering on the tongue.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. The nose is in a bad place but taste was surprisingly better than expected. For a flanders ale that is 16 years old, it displayed plenty of expected character and was a pleasure to experience.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blisscent
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTJman
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mbrown44
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucketBoy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you for sharing this, Eric! Still drinking nicely.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy and murky orange. Medium off white head.

Smell - Oxidized. Caramel. Apple fruitiness. Slight acidity.

Taste - Lightly tart. Apple fruitiness. Turns into cherry. Caramel. Oxidized sherry and some cardboard. Sweet and sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Has just about every flavor a beer can have besides hops.

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Photo of dtmets84
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this one. Flown out all the way from Chicago! 4oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Pours a thin, fluffy white head with good retention. Stringy, spotty lace with good stick. Beer is a slightly clear light pink brown. Real pretty.

Nose is fresh cut grass, mild vinegar, and a subtle, red fruit tartness. Pretty mellow and vinegary notes are kept at a minimum here which I like.

Opens sweet and tart cherry. Wet wood, peat, mild vinegar, cobwebs. More red fruit in the middle and finish which smooths out nicely right towards the end. Real creamy and soft. Exactly the right balance for me.

Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Some oxidation is apparent here. Mellow, spritzy in the mouth and tingly and aggressive going down. Messy finish with a quick, lightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

This beer has really aged wonderfully. The overwhelming vinegar tartness that usually puts me off from this style is not present here. Instead, the sour is well integrated and even creamy at times. One worth going after if you're really into this style.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Sean9689
2.43/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Paul at our Chicago Burbs Random Tasting.

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, white head, thin collar.

S - Vinegar, leaking batteries, rust, light tartness, oak. This beer is just way gone at this point. It's hard enough to sniff to take notes and there's no enjoyment here for me.

T - Worse then the nose...ugh. Vinegar note is huge, rust, super-metallic, old rotten wood, musty, everything is just muddled. Oxidization & cardboard. There's about 10% of a Flanders Ale here, the rest is just a mess and long gone.

M - Light body, very light carbonation, dry finish.

O - I couldn't finish my pour...this was bad. I know the conditions of storage for this bottle, so it's not that at all. Use extreme caution when thinking about getting this beer to open, as I would never have it again even if someone gave me one. Bleh.

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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Doodler
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rarity courtesy of jedwards and claaark13. 750ml bottle served in Oerbier stemware. Pours a beautiful caramel hue with a fluffy, half inch, cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a swirl of foam. Some spots of lacing present during the tasting; however, generally weak adhesion. Nose expresses a trace of caramel, a slightly tannic cabernet grape quality, raisins and figs. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some vanilla notes and a general vinous character; however, less cabernet grapes show up in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation and a low amount of acidity despite the characteristics expressed in the flavor profile and the nose. Overall, a very good and well-balanced beer that has held up quite well. Really quite impressive; however, it seems to be picking up some earthy/dirt-like notes.

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Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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