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

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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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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 125
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
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 OttoPeeWee
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in my Chicago Beer Society tulip glass. Head is thin almost like a schwartzbeer. Look is dark amber red. Smells like grape jam, prune, ripe fruit, crange, lime-sour. Smells hot-boozy. Tastes sour, no booze, baby puke, cognac. Brilliant. This is beyond beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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 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 Daniellobo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sour/sweet long ale, complex, and pleasing.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Simple dark silver label with De Dolle branding and name of the brew. Notes brewing in 2010 and 13% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear to faintly hazy towards the end deep amber pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, surface memory, with luscious lacing.

S - Nice apple sourness, vinous, sweet, touch of wood…

T - Long malty sourness… rich on the fruity side, with apples, tart green apples and notes of prunes… sugar, hint of caramel, vinous touches, small barrel presence… It covers the brew like a soft blanket, nicely and rather gently…

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, and a rather sweet and sour creamy lingering finish. Extremely well integrated and smooth alcoholic side.. .this is running at 13%!

O - What a quality brew, extraordinary flow with a long range.

Notes: Well worth calling this Special Reserva… Fist time trying this brew but understanding and sharing the praise

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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 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 larryi86
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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 zaphodchak
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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 woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
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 jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 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 Fux
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Mar02x
3.06/5  rDev -30.6%
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 DaveHS
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 125 ratings