Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #23
Ranked #3,424
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Jul 26, 2022
Mar 23, 2001
Notes: Oerbier, brewed in Esen by De Dolle Brouwers, is dark due to the mixture of different types of malt and hours of cooking time. Only 'Golding' bubble hop from Poperinge is used and all our beers are bottled with secondary fermentation.

It is the first beer of De Dolle Brouwers and officially dates from 1980.

The name refers to the originality and purity of the beer. The specific gravity of the wort is 1078, the alcohol percentage 9%. Oerbier has a slightly fresh acidity due to the yeast and lactic acid bacteria. The beer will experience a slight taste evolution and will become vinous. Samples of the first brew, which are still perfectly drinkable, are kept in the brewery.
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Rated: 4.27 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by dansushi from New York

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.6 ounce bottled April 2021 (13 months ago) poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours opaque medium brown with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves no lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring raspberry, cherry, clove and brown sugar. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel, with additional notes of raspberry and cherry before a mildly earthy, mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. No trace of the ABV in the aroma or taste. Overall, very good.
May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz can. No dating information found.
Murky, amber brown colored body. Light tan head. Leaves layered rings of lacing.
Aroma fills the immediate area of the glass. Roasted malts but the wafting smells are an array of dark fruits and yeast esters. Spicy, as in esters.
Taste expresses dark fruits, sweet green apple, a bit of sour wine, and a hint of chocolate. Roasted malts make a base. Goes tart then sweet. Aftertaste is a mix of fruit, spice, and caramel.
Medium mouth feel. Alcohol is quite well hidden but comes through a bit in the nose. Good carbonation.
Not what I expected, even the nose is considerably different from the flavors. There is complexity here.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
BBE 7/22. 33cl bottle to wine glass.

Look: Pours a lightly reddish opaque brown with a beige fluffy head that dissipates after a while without leaving any lacing. No floaters.

Smell: Dark red fruits, especially sour cherry. Also red apple and plum. Rather acidic than sweet.

Taste: Notes of sour cherry, plum, raisins, ripe red apples, caramel and brown sugar. Fruity and malty. First tart, then sweet and somehow bitter. A bit alcoholic.

Feel: Not as full as other Belgian dark ales. Rather juicy and quite fresh. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not the best, but easily one of the most interesting and unique Belgian beers I've had. Very complex and nicely balanced with taste notes you wouldn't expect in one and the same beer. It feels a bit like a melange of the most famous Belgian beer styles. Very good beer with an even better bottle label.
Apr 21, 2022
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Reviewed by TheRatCage from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
L: dark red brown. More brown than red wine, similar to a light Dr.pepper. Minimal head, tan in color.

S: Dark fruit notes. Tartness.

T: dark fruit notes again, prune, raisins, and stone fruit. A little saltiness to it, like a nut brittle. Tart sour fruit.

F: medium-full bodied. Creamy and full mouthfeel, that sour tartness around the mouth.

O: Very dark fruit forward. Decent for the category.
Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.66 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle to tulip, Zeno’s Pub, State College, Penna.

L: Reddish-to-brown, with a finger of tan head that fades quickly but leaves a layer behind. Not much lacing.
S: I get bready, maybe some barrel, and a little fruit (plums?)
T: Plums, other stone fruits, some barrel heat, with a spicy finish. As it warms up I get more sweetness.
F: Medium-bodied, dry finish.
O: Outstanding Belgian dark. Everything De Dolle does is great
Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO about two years ago, "bottled Oct 2019" stamped on the cap. Served barely chilled.

Pours clear amber-copper, topped with over a finger of smooth, creamy, beige-coloured head that dissipates within several minutes. A tight collar of creamy suds remains behind, encircling a filmy cap; not much lace initially, but there's deposition as the level drops. Sweet fruitcake notes on the nose - plum, raisin, red grape, brown and candi sugars; hints of cherry and apple, with suggestions of clove spice, ethanol and just a touch of banana bread. Moderately phenolic.

Ooh, this is a nice one. Candi sugar, raisin and plum, with slightly vinous notes of red grape not far behind; more of a toffee/caramelized sugar sweetness later on, with yeasty, phenolic spiciness developing at the finish. Clove, pepper and herbal bitterness, alongside alcohol and a wisp of cinnamon; more dark/orchard fruitiness and sugars persist into the warming aftertaste. Basically full-bodied, with moderately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate, frothing up a bit on the tongue, resulting in a silky-smooth, pillowy texture that suits this style perfectly. A fine sipper, complex and tasty - I'm pretty much at a loss for complaints here.

Final Grade: 4.39, an astounding A grade. After reviewing nothing but quads and BSDAs for a little over a week now - most of which have been pretty darn good - I feel like I'm in a good position to say that Oerbier is one of the best, most unique Belgian dark ales that I've ever experienced. Simply phenomenal, this should be considered a must-try for all BAs, particularly those with an affinity for Belgian stuff - I should've bought way more than three bottles!
Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Techichi from Texas

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Medium copper pour with a sand colored head which dissipates quickly.

S - Brown bread, salted pretzel, slight fruitiness (plums maybe).

T - Tart cider type flavors fading into bready grains and white wine barrel type notes.

F - Crisp, dry, very fine, faint carbonation.

This was not what I was expecting, seems closer to a Flanders. It's very refreshing and drinkable, quite and interesting surprise.
Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 4 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jun 01, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by arzt from Germany

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9%. The glass fills completely by a huge beige head, and the brown beer appears only slowly. Intense fruity aroma with berry notes, also some oaky, spicy and vinous notes. The flavour has a powerful malty sweetness and intense vinous notes, warming mouthfeel. Notes of oak and berries again. Awesome beer.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by clausthaler from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I like this more than trappist rochefort 10, perhaps comparing the two isn't fair but this one is just a bit crispier, less sweet and more drinkable than the 10 which is a big sweet bastard. Less fig/raisin/dried fruit notes which I prefer, the dryness makes it a notch better than 10.
Jan 07, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by Williamtheking from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by aztraz from Sweden

Dec 18, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark copper brown pour with ruby highlights. Thick foamy off-white head... lasts forever +1 and leaves great lacing.

S: Dark fruit and malts. Belgian sugars.

T.F: Just like it smells. Semi-sweet up front... strong dark fruit. Raisin, fig, plum, and cherry mixed with Belgian candy sugars and light grains. A bit of yeasty goodness... some esters and spice. Silky smooth... creamy with effervescent carbonation. Complex fruit and yeast finish.

O: An outstanding Belgian Strong Dark. Why did I let this sit in the back of my fridge so long? Where can I get more? Important questions to ask.
Dec 13, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by Snayk from Colorado

Oct 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2012 VIintage
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger creamy light khaki head that has great retention long after the pour and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- aroma is fruity up front with aromas of concord grapes, slightly tart red berries, plum & raisin. Belgian candi sugar, caramelized sugars, toffee, damp basement and peppery yeast close it out

T- Fruity notes follow the nose with flavors of grape juice, raisin, plum, red apples, orange peel and even some strawberry. Mid-palate is malty and sweet with notes of caramelized sugar and molasses. The finish is slightly tart with an almost juicy like grape and red berry flavor, lingers of peppery yeast

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- surprisingly not much oxidation, there's a tartness that has set in that I don't remember from trying it fresh, still a sold, fruity beer
Oct 02, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
AROMA - deep rose, stewed/glazed cherry, deep rich caramel malt with slight musty/sour note

FLAVOR - deep caramel and chocolate malt, well -attenuated, low peppery alcohol has a nice perfume character, herbal hop on the mid palate, baked strawberry, dry, earthy finish,

MF - warming, assertive acidity, medium-full bodied and velvety

OVERALL - deeply malty dark beer with fresh spicy character punctuated by huge hits of cooked fruit. Intense and awesome.
Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Aug 2016 bottling.

Large tan head. Caramel brown color.

A lot of figs, molasses, plums, caramel, toffee, red apple skins, and spices.

Full bodied and very flavorful. A beautiful beer.
Jul 22, 2020
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle -opaque dark brown with foamy khaki head leaving lots of foamy/bubbly lacing. Nose is sweet malt and dark stone fruit with some yeasty spicy whiffs. Taste follows more or less with a full mouthfeel and significant carbonation on the finish. Really good.
Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by Anomrac from Portugal

Jul 10, 2020
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 5, 2020.

It pours nicely with its dark brown color and a fading tan head.

The aroma is malt forward with some caramel, molasses, and perhaps a lower profile prune or raisins sensation.

The mouthfeel falls into the medium range.

A sweet, malt forward flavor with a papery sensation and a low profile earthy hop finish. Decently done.
Jul 06, 2020
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an ominous burgundy with a frothy, medium sized (though shortlived) head. Raisins, fruitcake, dark rum in the nose. Huge, chewy malts, stewed fruits, cherries, allspice, herbal hops all in the mix in the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with active, prickly carbonation. Malty, fruity finish with a touch of booziness, but the high ABV is very well masked throughout.

This a is a great Belgian Dark Ale. Massively malty and massively complex. A must try.
Jul 05, 2020
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