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

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

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaveHS on 11-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.06/5  rDev -28.8%
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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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Shared at a tasting.

A: Clear, magenta-amber body with a 1/2" head of fine tan foam. Mediocre retention, light lace. Great color.

S: Extremely strong, with major booze atop rich cherry, light acetic sourness, and even more cherry. Some vinous oak underlies it all, but this is all about the boozy cherry. All right, but a little simplistic.

T: Much more vinous than the nose, with rich red wine, vanilla oak, acetic tartness, and sour cherries. Huge alcohol on the finish. Almost a cranberry presence with the booze bitterness + sour fruit. Tasty, but a little underwhelming.

M: Medium body, moderate, fine carbonation. Solid.

O: I was hugely excited to try this one after hearing so much about its previous iterations, and I'd be lying if I didn't say it was a letdown. The alcohol just overwhelms everything else, distracting from the great potential found in the oak, fruit, and sourness. Maybe some time would tame it and let things integrate, but I'm just not willing to take that gamble at $9/bottle.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy dark orange mahogany amber. Thin off-white head dissipates immediately to leave a thin ring around the glass, which leaves light lacing. Aroma of sour light fruit, cherry, light sweet fruit, somewhat vinous. Flavor is sour cherry and apple, moderate red wine note, likely from the oak, complex and well integrated. Somewhat lacking in carbonation. This is obviously well made, but not my favorite style. Tasted alongside a 2005 bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Room temperature pour produces a very active head that looks creamy and fluffy. Sticking quite well to the sides of the glass. The beer is a dark ruby/brown with some copper highlights. Impressive for a beer of this style and abv.

S: Tart, vinegar aroma that leads into some wood notes and follows up with some sour apple and pear. The alcohol is a bit strong and comes off in an alcohol soaked wood smell. Some wine grape characteristics, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Not overly tart and finishes a bit sweet with a lingering sourness on the roof of the mouth and tip of the tongue. Alcohol is nowhere near as noticeable on the palate. A lot of fruit going on...pears, apples, white grapes, apricot. The tartness is more on the vinegar side than a citrusy tartness. Touch of funk.

M: For how aggressive the carbonation was, this is quite creamy for a Flanders oud bruin. I suppose the wood smoothed this one out. I find this to be the most enjoyable part of the beer. It has a great lingering quality of the sweet notes of the beer. The tartness comes and goes, which I don't mind.

O: Refrained from this one for a bit, because I find this style something that needs to be approached with an open mind and a sound stomach. This one doesn't really drink like other Flanders I've come across, which I found nice. Quite impressed with the balance achieved and the creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy off-white head. A strong aroma of cherry with a mild tartness to the nose. Hints of vinegar, but they are offset by a nice caramel/malt sweetness. A touch of oak and red wine, too. Not overly sour on the palate, but pleasantly tart. Hints of lemon peel to go along with the cherries and balsamic vinegar notes. Sweet maltiness with a mild oak contribution. A bit stronger wine/grape character on the flavor than the nose would indicate. There is also a mild grass and earth note.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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 mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jaasen64
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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 DaveHS
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours stunning ruby red with half an inch of fluffy light khaki head. Reduces slowly, leaving traces of soapy lacing.

S-Absolutely wonderful. Balsamic vinegar reduction, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, lemon rind, dirt. Very dynamic.

T/M-Less tart than last year's version. A base of lightly bready malts, with flavors of Gjetost cheese ad whole wheat toast. The tart acidity comes in mid-palate, more balsamic vinegar and barnyard funk than cherry. The finish is lingering and funky, with a touch of phenolic dryness.

O-Another great Reserva from De Dolle. I think I slightly preferred last year's batch, but this is excellent.

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Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A deep red/brown with a one finger white head.

S- Sour, alcohol, oak, cherries, some funk.

T- Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, a raspberry vintager taste with a touch of alcohol in the finish, has a bite to it, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Kind of has a red wine flavor to it.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

O- A interesting beer that is worth the money. I have not had too many Flanders style ales but this is standing out in my mind. Would like to try some of the older vintages and see what happens to this with some age on it.

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Photo of Fux
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown / mahogany color. Something special here ! Almost no head, with very low retention. Leaves a very thin lacing.

S: sour, woody wine. Smell of soaked dark fruits. Sweet malt also.

T: strong acidity but no tartness. Cherries, dark grapes, prunes. Woody notes along with caramel malts and hints of chocolate as an aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, sweet but not too syrupy. The ABV is well hidden but it strongly warms all the same. Dry aftertaste.

O: A damn good beer ! Rarely seen such a well balanced, complex oud bruin. Would certainly gain even more in complexity by being aged in the bottle.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is very dark brown, with hints of maroon. Moderate white head dissipates quickly to a thin film.

It smells strongly of tart cherry. Not what I expected! I thought this was a BSDA, had no idea it was a sour. The sourness of the beer is obvious. A very rich scent and quite good.

The taste is filled with tart cherry, oak and vanilla. Quite sour. In addition to cherry, I also get some cranberry and other fruits. Very nice. Pretty complex flavour, but I find it hard to identify other things beyond the sour fruit and barrel effects.

Moderate to high carbonation, nice small bubbles. Full bodied. A little mouth drying.

Overall, a really good beer. Not what I expected, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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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