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

Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)
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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
125
From:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  50
Gots
  36
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 125
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
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.

Eric

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sour cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has flavors of cherries and oak and light amounts of sourness and tartness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: There are no traces of alcohol whatsoever in this beer, which is very surprising considering its strength.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice dark garnet almost red, but mostly dark brown body. Head forms with a simple tan head, but manages to stay with a lot of retention. Basic, simple, good. As drinking commences, a collar never leaves the glass of a light tan appearance.

Nose, is dark sour fruits, and a hint of heat. Warming, caramel, slightly rich but also kind of salty beef jerky. I dig this! Rich tasting in sense from the smell. Lingering.

Taste brings an interesting bunch of flavors. Malt and sour sense but tolerable, with a fantastic mild salty finish. Texture bring all the right notes, with not a hint of alcohol booze what so ever. Nice rich salt and brine, a faint caramel. But mostly a tolerable charming sourness.

Overall pretty solid, and I would want this again and again. The high ABV on this is hardly even noticeable, which aside from its flavor and taste profile, is probably the most impressive thing about this beer. I will look for you again my friend, come next year! Cheers!

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Photo of lavellen
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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
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

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Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's time once again for this annual transcendental brew.
Served in a wine glass at 50º.

Decanted slowly to keep the yeast out, though a wisp does float through the deeply saturated crimson liquid. Otherwise perfect clarity, with a dirty tan cap of foam on top. A thin collar of lace remains around the edges after the first few sips.

Almond, cherry, oak, and leather. A perfectly balanced and intoxicating aroma.

Smooth buttery oak lubricity, light carbonation. Light acid starts to pucker the cheeks, then the wet woody oak rolls through, drying out the palate completely. Cherry pits with bits of visceral clinging flesh, firm oak dryness, traces of yogurt and damp hay. A masterful Oud Bruin that is a treat to savor. Cheers to Kris Herteleer!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a tad of orange. A fairly frothy light tan head tops the beer. Smells of tart and sourness dominate the nose with dark fruits supplementing the aroma. First sip is sour but not over the top. The sourness hits on the front and middle of the mouth. The oak is there adding to the overall flavor but it is not in your face. The 13% ABV is super well hidden. Though the body is thin, the beer is perfectly carbonated leaving an excellent mouthfeel. Age might help this puppy a lot as a recent vertical gave the 2005 and 2006 the highest marks.

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Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

A: This poured a hazy light mahogany with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like funky and tart apple cider vinegar, with some oak and citrus zest.
T: It tasted like tart apple cider vinegar and apricot and bitter copper, with some funky oak and a bit of sweet burnt sugar. It had a very clean and tart aftertaste with a little lingering sweetness.
M: It was oily with light carbonation. Surprisingly thick, but really smooth.
D: This was a very nice Flanders brown, with clean and delicious scent and taste. The body was great, and the alcohol was ridiculously well hidden. So it was very easy to drink, as long as you enjoy sours at all. Age might improve, but it's already great fresh. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown color, but relatively light in color. Completely translucent. Moderate amount of slightly red, off-white, light-tan colored head. Barely any sediment, especially for this style of fermentation.

S: Beautiful bouquet of scents. Citrus, oak, vinegar, apple cider, cellar must, and general deliciousness.

T: Very clean taste - light palate that hints at each of the elements of the scent. Apple cider vinegar, peach, oak, and at times is reminiscent of champagne and sparkling cider. Very light flavors that don't even begin to indicate that it's 13% ABV.

M: Hard to describe how this mouthfeel could be improved. It's amply carbonated, has moderate density / viscosity, and very well may be textbook perfect. If anything it's possibly slightly too thick/syrupy for the style, but not at all thick relative to the 13% ABV.

O: Excellent Belgian ale using wild yeast and barrel-aged fermentation. One of the best of the style I've ever had from any continent.

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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of muletrane
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.

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Photo of nas5755
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mltobin
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.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of halo913
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of timtim
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mahogany pour with a tan head that shrinks to a collar, but holds very well. nose is strawberry, raspberry, cherry, wood, leather, funk and earth. hints at a sour taste, but not palate-melt sour. gorgeous. taste is a gentle balance of all of the above. always hard to believe they pull this off with such a high abv translating in to such an elegant beer. sweet and sour in near-perfect balance, with fruit definitely leading, rather than sour. the fruit tastes like it is just barely overripe, and just picked on a rainy, wet, muddy day. medium body with perfect (to me) carbonation. just barely a hint of booze for 13%. the booze that is there is fruit-soaked and chocolate/cocoa laced (if that makes sense). same familiar oerbier reserva, but without fail, a new and unique creation that screams masterpiece. i love this. need to snag a few more to squirrel away (i say this every year). awesome.

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Photo of callmemickey
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.

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Photo of bkny27
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of claaark13
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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