Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
4.41 | pDev: 11.11%
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)
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Jonada from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a typical red brown color with 2 fingers of a light tan head that settles to a thin coating. Body is murky with only faint hints of light passing through.

Smell: Vinegar, oak, red wine, overripe apple, slight breadiness. Vinegar notes a perhaps a bit overwhelming, but overall still really nice

Taste: Starts with a medium acidic sourness which carries through the finish. Most prominent are notes of red grape, vinegar, brown bread, cherries and red apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium fine, prickly carbonation. Moderately strong alcohol warming sensation in the back of the throat, but goes down smooth.

Overall: Pretty good stuff and worth trying if you find it. I'm not sure the elevated ABV is needed, but I enjoyed sitting back, taking my time and sipping on this.

Mar 17, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into HF fest wine glass.

A- Pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown with a little bit of a reddish hue, about a finger and half worth of slightly off-white head forms that has just a hint of a yellowish hue and excellent retention, fairly carbonated with a very nice consistency.

S- Lightly tart cherries, malts, a bit of yeast, oak. Nice complexity, decent aroma strength, awesome for style.

T- Lightly tart cherries, balanced yeast, slight woody oak presence. I think age will do this beer wonders bringing out a nice tartness to balance with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation that sizzles a little bit in your mouth, very drinkable, alcohol almost not detectable at all.

O- I haven't had too many De Dolle beers but like many of them this is meant for aging. I don't think this will peak for awhile, another 5 years will probably bring out a nice tartness and it will probably still be drinkable 10-15 years from now. I wish I had a few more of these to cellar and experiment with. It's tasting great right now but I think it will improve a bit with time.

Jan 30, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, toast, caramel, hay, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, clove, oak, vinegar, pepper, leather, hay, caramel, toast, funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, clove, oak, pepper, vinegar, caramel, toast, hay, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/fruity yeast notes with prominent barrel character; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders brown ale! All around outstanding balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Oct 01, 2013
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GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash coolship glass

A- Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost brown color. Quite clear, not muddled at all, thick hearty head. Looks great.

S-Black currants, cherries, background acetic character though not bitingly reminiscent of vinegar, which is nice. Surprisingly, no notice of alcohol at 13%

T- Taste is more of the same, but it comes in waves and the alcohol gently warms on the finish. Starts off with Starts off as a cross between a cranberry and a black currant, then theres the cherry character, followed by some acetic notes drying everything off to reveal some warming alcohol. Fantastic brew

M- Is quite hearty, not surprising considering the ABV. the body is there, but as it sits the acetic qualities really dry it out. its excellent

O- The strong warming alcohol at the end is the reason I cannot go higher, but at the same time it comes off as relatively tame for a 13% brew. Definitely need to find more of these

Jul 27, 2013
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lavellen from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer is one of the few, the proud, the intangible. As a brewer I've had many renditions of sour from the most vinegar to the most horse-haired and this one is a delicate balance of wild strains. It doesn't taste the 13 percent advertised and has a complex nose. The flavor isn't overly sour but it has a pleasant tartness that can break through the other wild flavors and the dry finish doesn't linger on the tongue. It's brownish and a bit cloudy and has a solid carbonation profile.

Apr 12, 2013
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a hazy, cloudy deep red color with an amber/copper hue. The slightly off-white head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before setting to a nice very thick ring lining the inside of my glass. One of the best and most concise rings I've seen in awhile, along with some mild lacing on the glass when sips are taken. Dry and earthy aromas of red wine tannins along with a nice oaked smell and some cherries and perhaps even a slight hint of cranberry, along with a very slight hint of roasted caramel malt. As the beer sits and warms, some of the harshness that is initially present with the flavors levels out. Flavors of oaked roasted caramel malt give way to red wine-esque tannins, cherry, a very slight hint of cranberry, raisin, and plum tartness that is all rounded out with a biscuit like quality on the finish. Has a very dry, crisp yet smooth, somewhat oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The one really coasts the palate and lingers for quite awhile. Quite easy to drink in the way good beer should be, especially since the 13% ABV is well masked. Really glad this 13% ABV beer somehow managed to sneak its way onto the shelves here in Ohio.


Mar 23, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear ruby red cherry color. Produced a giant frothy head of off-white colored foam that stuck around for quite some time. Left all kinds of clumpy lacing behind.

(S)- Quite dry and earthy up front. Shows lots and lots of oaky wood with a subtle acidity in the background.

(T)- A nice sharp acidic yet dry profile overall. Plenty of spicy oak in there amidst some vinegar-like reddish fruits. Mildly earthy with bits of biscuit on the finish which is quite nice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. I really like the balance of this where it is a happy harmony of acidic fruit, very dry spicy oak, and a lightly earthy with biscuit yeast finish. The 13%ABV is completely non-existent which is absolutely inconceivable, yet amazing to see how well that is integrated into this beer.

(O)- What an excellent Flanders! I am still amazed how well the 13% is hidden in the sea of wonderful acidic fruit and heavy bits of oak this has. Not positive how this would improve with age, but what I have in my glass currently is really quite stunning for the style.

Mar 13, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a pleasant ruby-brown with a nice khaki head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Soft red wine tannins giving off notes of oak and overripe berries, balanced acetic tartness, light brett mustiness, caramel and cherry.

T: Rich dark cherry and plum tartness, vinous oak, a hint of vanilla, light caramel and bready maltiness, a bit buttery. The alcohol is almost entirely hidden.

M: Medium-bodied with fine and creamy carbonation. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the throat. Moreish tannins pull on the tongue.

O: An excellent, smooth oud bruin. The fact that this beer is 13% boggles the mind.

Feb 18, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

And this is how you close an evening, folks. This stuff pours a lightly-brackish sunset amber topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises bubblegum, light biscuit, light maple syrup, toffee, and light red wine. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overriding sense of tartness and such. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry, sticky finish. Overall, a surprisingly (not sure why, though) nice and enjoyable brew, one that is up-front with its sourness, but one that also doesn't bash you over the head with it.

Jan 08, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JYounger30 for this one as part of the Birthday BIF! Enjoyed while watching the Auburn @ Alabama game during Rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde tulip. Poured brown with a two finger very light tan head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, earth, tart, fruit, and subtle cream. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The nose on this one was actually pretty nice and complex. It would however lead you to believe that this beer is more sour/tart than it actually is on the flavor. The flavor was quite a bit more subdued. I can honestly say that the ABV of this brew was NOWHERE to be found. Kind of scary considering what it weighs in at. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

Nov 27, 2012
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with a couple of friends. Special Reserva poured a reddish-brown with a thin head. Its` nose contains dried fruits, tartness, oak and grass. So far, a bit more interesting to me than some others I have tried from the style. Sipping on it and I taste cherries, vinegar, raisins, sweetness and some yeast. It is a somewhat acidic mouthfeel, with a dry, oaky finish. All in all, a damn tasty beer. Quite a bit more interesting and pleasing than other oud bruins out there.

Nov 11, 2012
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Radome from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle at Bier Circus on Brussels.

A - A beautiful beer. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Cream-colored head is initially thick and creamy. It fades to a thin layer along with large bubbles around the glass. Good lacing.

S - Phenomenal aroma! Oak, tobacco (mixed together like the wood of a used cigar box), sweet cherries and coffee in the background. This is intensely complex.

T - Flavors are not as well-rounded as the aromas. Cherries and oak up front, some malt breadiness fights with a sharp vinegar-like note in the mid- to late-palate. Tobacco and smoke are present in the dry finish.

M - Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Puckering astringency in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O - Incredible aroma and appearance are not quite backed up by the flavors. Still, this is a world-class beer.

Oct 28, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Hill Farmstead's retail shop at some point early last year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear ruddy garnet hue with a nice half a finger off white super light tan creamy head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing. Considering the ABV, this is quite impressive.

S - Lots of cherries and vanilla. Some light booze. Its crazy how much aroma pops in this. Lots of big, bold cherry orchard notes and barrel vanilla tones. This is an incredibly amped up Flanders.

T - Taste is excellent, my only complaint is the hint of booze, but even that is to be understood. Lots of cherries, vanilla, barrel notes. What on earth...lightly funky, nice vinegar. So much tannin...this is a 13% oud bruin?! Whaaaat!

M - Lots of carbonation here, shocking amount. This is 13%?! More like 5%! Absolutely crazy.

O - Overall, I almost regret cracking into this one. Its so damn good. Almost perfectly executed. Got to find some bottles of some sort of vintage and age em. This stuff is insane.

Oct 23, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. A 13% oud bruin, wtf?

4.5 A: Hazed deep plum color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy beige head. Retention is very good, especially for the ABV and a big ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Huge cherry aroma. Tart and lightly acetic. Sweet, yet funky. Apple orchard, oak, vanilla, and berries. I'm amazed at how well this is hiding the booze. That in itself is a feat. This is fairly simple for the style, but it smells so good that I can't deny it a stellar score.

4.5 T: Like this nose, this has a big intensity and the flavors mesh so well. Cherries and berries are the highlight. So much flavor that it's like I'm drinking a cherry cider or something. Moderate tartness and again, lightly acetic. Vanilla and oak next. The funk comes out to play offering rotting wood, apple orchard, wet grass, and some mustiness. The booze is more apparent in the taste, but it's still well hidden. A bit of tannins from the barrel. Very good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is lightly spritzy and a bit stingy. Not particularly creamy, but it works and works well.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. I can't believe I'm drinking an oud bruin this big. The flavors sure reflect that. Well done.

Aug 14, 2012
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a silky 1" beige head of medium life. The masstone looks like brown tea but held to the light it's actually a very deep amber. Smells sour and of dried fruit. The taste mirrors the smell and the fruit is strong enough a little pesky fruit fly in the house fell instantly in love with my beer. Taste also has burnt sugar and molasses. And although it's sour, which doesn't always agree with me, it's not a pickle juice sour and I enjoyed this one. Slight acidic zing to the finish. Nice beer.

Jul 25, 2012
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impending from California

4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours a dark walnut, appears nearly flat, tiny froth, little lacing.

Aroma is tart dark cherries over rotting dark fruits. Complexity encourages repeated sniffs.

Tart and dry, minor long lived bitter aftertaste. Vinous qualities dominate, tannin notes. Alcohol as a flavor component is fully integrated. Easy to imagine the superb strong dark sitting under this all. Extracted it seems it would be more intense than Oerbier. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
warms well in both taste and mouthfeel

Jul 15, 2012
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pmlondrigan from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. Fantastic apperance for an oud bruin. Fair lacing, initially dense head, hangs around a long time, really nice transparent deep brown. One of the nicest looking oud bruins. Vinous, woody, tart, but strong malt components as well. Vinegar married to molasses and brown sugar. However these qualities are faint and one must look for them. The taste is good. Tart and tangy but not overly acedic. Fairly malt oriented. Good winey notes. No way to really detect the high alcohol percentage. Fairly dry but has a decent chocolate finish. Dynamite ale.

May 31, 2012
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muletrane from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color. 1 finger of off white head with nice tight bubbles and decent retention.

S: Lots of red wine notes up front. Some oak, cherries, yeasty funk and some dark fruit. Nice and complex yet balanced.

T: I'm getting a nice balance of grape, sour cherry, yeast and oak. Finish is tart and dry. Some lingering tartness and oak as well. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on here. Just the right amount of body and carbonation for the style. It's what I hoped for and expected.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer and can't wait to see how this one evolves over time.

May 22, 2012
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FosterJM from California

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1296th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this

App- A cough syrup looking red with some faint browns and ambers mixed in. Had a almost non-existant head except for a couple bubbles. Fell to a thick looking beer.

Smell- Another great beer from De Dolle. So ripe and lush on the nose. Had a ton of cherry and oak and then melds into this yeasty tannic forward sour note.

Taste- The flavors on this were just so lush and layered. Amazing notes of the yeasty oak intermingle with all the cherry and tart notes.

Mouth- A great mix as it drank. A little bit of a light body and then would aliven to a rich medium but all the while keeping this full lush carbonation.

Drink- A great way to start my 30th bday party. Thanks Chris. Great beer.

May 21, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear semi-opaque dark garnet red in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of sour cherries, oak, and just the lightest presence of vinous notes.

T: There are strong flavors of cherries with a light presence of oak in addition to the mild amounts of sourness and funkiness. Just a hint of vinous notes as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is delicious and the high ABV is extremely well hidden. This beer is easy to drink but one that you should sip. There is a nice complexity to the flavor.

May 13, 2012
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jibbyvonjibb from California

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy brown. 4
S: slightly tart. mollases. figs. port barrels. pleasant alcohol warmness. acetic and lactic acids, like rodenbach. caramel. 4.5
T: very caramely, mich balanced with acidity. cherry. toasty bitterness. a little bit of sweetness. buscuit. 4.5
M: silky. lightly carbonated. medium bodied from malts and acid.
O: quite deinkable, especially considering 13% alcohol. complex. 4.5

Apr 16, 2012
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Naugros from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had with Easter dinner, 2012

Bruin means brown and this one is certainly that. Not much of a head despite being able to see carbonation in the hazy muck. Still, this is what most oud bruins look like.

Red wine grapes, apples and figs amid a musty basement smell with a nice amount of sour that approaches cider vinegar in flavor. A slight clove phenol detected in both nose and on the tongue. The blend of the flavors gives an overall impression of a sweetened whiskey. That sweetness is like brown sugar in flavor, but milder in intensity.

Such a dry finish to a beer that starts off sweet and sour. The carbonation cuts the sweetness up front and the wash dries everything out with a chalky sensation. The alcohol is barely detectable.

This is a wonderful representation of this style and perhaps the best I've had to date, but this is only my third oud bruin. De Dolle continues to delight with every beer I try from this brouwerij.

As wonderfully as this went with the ham dinner it presented something a little different with my dark chocolate Easter bunny's head that I had shortly after. I f you really want to taste the alcohol, wash down some dark chocolate with this beer and the alcohol will come screaming out of it. Remarkable.

Apr 08, 2012
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber to brown color. Just a little bit cloudy. Head is yellow/beige medium head. Low retention but never disappeared totally leaving some lacings left

S: Delicious fruity and woody smell. Acid vinegar too. Brown sugar, caramel malts, grapes and apples (strong on apples), yeasts and alcohol. End is acid and metallic. Wine character

T: Follows the nose: quite fruity and acid. Apples, grapes, barrel wood, brown sugar, caramel malts and yeasts. In overall, an acid/tart beer with a bit sweet upfront. End is dry and a little bit alcoholic. Hop bitterness is mild but stingy. Excellent!

M: Despite the high ABV, an easy drinking beer. In fact, it's difficult to believe that it's a 13% since the alcohol is very discreet. Medium and bit molasses body and a reasonable carbonation to such ABV

O: Very drinkable and well done beer. One of the best Belgian beers I've ever had

Mar 31, 2012
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Gyle41386 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a brownish-red color with two fingers of tan foam. Head retention is excellent and there are light sheets of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aroma is vinegar, cherries, and oak. Maybe some apples in there, too. You get the idea. There's some light caramel sweetness underneath, but this beer is mostly tart and woody. It's pretty much exactly what I expect from the style.

Pleasantly tart flavor. There's enough sweetness from the caramel and cherries/apples to keep it from being overly sour. Oak flavor mellows it out a bit, as well. There's a tart bite mid-swallow that leads to a dry finish. Lasting flavor tastes like the actual cherry skin/apple peel.

Body is maybe a bit heavier (medium-heavy?) than I'd expect from a Flanders Oud Bruin, but I'm not complaining. Given the fast-rising head during the pour, I was expecting a very lively liquid on the palate. Instead, this beer has a softer, creamy texture with the aforementioned vinegar sting in the throat.

13% ABV? Really? I don't believe you. The alcohol is never really noticeable, certainly not enough to impede my progress. The sweet/woody flavors work well enough with the tartness to make this a shockingly easy drinker. I'm definitely interested to see how this beer develops over time, though I'm not entirely sure I have the self-control to let bottles sit for terribly long. Outstanding beer.

Mar 22, 2012
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage, opened 3/15/2012.

A: Deep red-brown body. Moderate sized cream colored head. Settles do a fairly thick skim. Good lacing. S: Vinous notes, leather, cherries, tartness, oak, caramel. T: Red wine, caramel, raisins, leather, mild oak. M: Medium full bodied, moderate carbonation, nice tartness, smooth. O: A phenomenal beer. Aged versions pick up some madeira/port like qualities (which are nice), but fresh this a beast that really takes on some red wine character.

Mar 16, 2012
Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 125 ratings