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

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4.34/5
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125 Ratings
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaveHS on 11-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
125
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by Gyle41386:
Photo of Gyle41386
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
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 lavellen
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +4.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Mar02x
3.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A red-brown hazy kind of beer. The head is a nicely shaped foam ring, light beige of color.

S - A strong sour wine oder mixed with old cherries.

T - Oak, cherries, light sour, sweet and still it feels to dry.

M - Medium carbonation, a little less would have been nice even as a thicker body! A wooden and bitter finish.

O - I expected a lot more, certainly a fuller and thicker body.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin tracings of white bubbles. Deep red-amber body. No lace.

Powerful nose, sour, backbone of red wine vinegar but with a big sweet undertone. Pretty boozy.

Wow. Boozy (fresh) and strong, makes a full progression. Starts sour, then vinegar, then raspberry, then bitterness, then some boozy raspberry vinagrette. Interesting gamut.

Good feel, smooth, foamy enough to break it up from becoming vinegar.

Nice Flemish sour... interesting that there would be one this strong ABV-wise. It's tangy.

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Photo of 13esd
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Seaba
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of claaark13
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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 theminutemen
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jay864SC
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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