De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,329
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
1,012
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
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Photo of santino_butler
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Deep plum, thick foamy head that persists. Aroma is very sweet, lots of fruity phenol & classic belgian dark smells (fig, raisin, treacle, cola syrup). Taste keeps those notes but there is an earthy depth too it reminiscent of birch root and a kiss of hop bitterness. Adds a nice twist to the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (£4.20):
An outstanding offering from De Dolle, this one is easily the best of the three beers that I've tried from the brewery so far & one that was a complex but balanced tasting beer, opening with a lot of dark fruits & sweetness but never overpowering. It was easy to drink despite the strong alcohol content & there was some nice caramel malts further on that alongside the lighter fruits kept things interesting from the start. A great beer that I'll definitely be on the look out for again.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp and allowed to warm over an hour. Pours a deep mahogany with LOTS of head. Took 10 min for the head to clear. Nose is full of dark fruit - cherry, blackberry, fig. Malts, caramel, wood, and earthy notes are prominent. Taste is fantastic. Nuts, cherries, raspberries, toffe, brown sugar, maple, and licorice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice coating of the palate. Aftertaste is sweet. Overall, a fantastic beer!

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Photo of DioS
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Voss
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A terrific brew with a touch of insanity.
This comes right from the De Dolle brewery, exp. date "MA2018".
Every De Dolle beer is a different experience, everyone is a piece of craftsmanship.
This one is so scented and tasteful that I would like to have another despite its 9% alcohol.
Absolutely a must have.

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Photo of justme
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Full flavored. Pours dark almost opaque brown. Rich thick and creamy beige head. Lots of laceing around the glass through out the long slow sipping of this delicious beer.

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Photo of madelf66
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of PJHOY
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - deep mahogany nice white head

S - caramel au beurre salé, apple, candied orange, rye bread, spices as cinnamon, vanilla. It's loaded but balanced. Nice

T - follow the smell plus some sweetness. A lot on the orange. Cabdy sugar. This is definitely a dessert beer. Little tartness, small citrusy hop bitterness. Grape skin, apple, pepper, cocoa

M - low carbonation, velvety texture

O - A very nice beer but some aging might do some good. It lacks a bit of roundness

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Photo of threeviews
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz (330ml) bottle (Bottled May 2015) into a Charente stemmed beer glass.

A - Leaving the yeast behind, it pours a clear and very dark plum skin color. However, when held up to the light, the beer is closer to ruby red. Knowing how De Dolle beers behave, an extremely slow pour still elicits a large and rocky, 3-finger head of khaki color. (4.75)

S - Signature De Dolle yeast esters of apple and pear along with other juicy fruits including plums, plump raisins and sweet cherries all wrapped up in a healthy dose of caramel. The nose is devoid of either alcohol or traces of tart (i.e. lactic acid). Traces of milk chocolate also fade in and out as it is consumed. (5.0)

T - The vinous qualities of juicy plums and plump cherries first pop on the palate followed by noticeable caramel. The sweet cherries then follow and burst onto the palate. The flavors are strong and distinctive but transition quickly and do not linger. (4.75)

M - Much lighter body than expected (Medium to Medium-Minus) for a 9% ABV Dark Strong. Coupled with lively carbonation and a dry finish the palate is never taxed and wiped clean after each sip. (4.75)

O - Delightful in every way, it is easy to understand how this is De Dolle's flagship offering. It works with on every level: by itself as an aperitif or digestif or with an array of foods from savory meats to pasta. It as has depth of flavor that will lend itself to the cooler months and enough brightness to slake one's thirst during the warmer ones. Unfortunately, its limited availability and cost (~$6/bottle) here in The States relegates it to a "Special Occasion" offering. (5.0)

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wanderingpints
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Epiktetos
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siebevl
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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