De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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990 Ratings
De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
990
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
124
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mcrawford
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siebevl
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LoudRed
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a head so frothy that trying to use fingers to describe it doesn't really work, and I didn't pour it with force. what body i was able to immediately see, hiding under the massive head was a pleasant cola brown, not gonna fault the beer for this, since it was my first time pouring it, I likely did so quite incorrectly
S: smells of banana, dark fruit and nutmeg among other spices, very pleasant, heavy malt body comes through as well, there is a beautiful yeastiness in the nose
T: immediate dark chocolate/bitter cacao, some raisin and dark fruit here as well, very rich with a pleasant booziness coming through, (I feel as though this beer and gulden draak are kindred spirits), there is a pleasant bready character here as well like a holiday break, there is also a nice astringency here, there is also the presence of cherry (but not to an overwhelming degree), a richness of coffee comes out as well as the beer sits (with an understated nutty/roasty quality as well)
M: dry
O: Damn, I wish I had tried this beer sooner, if you like belgian strong dark ales you will not be disappointed, this is an incredible ale

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown colour, with a hugeoff white head that lasts all the time. Great lace. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, raisins. chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum. Medium to full body, creamy, dense palate. Great carbonation. Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, plums, raisins, vanilla, apples, liquor (rum). And here's another great one from the brothers. I have to find yet one that is not exceptional.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoann
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter
A - Reddish brown, no foam
S - Sweet and caramel malts with herbal and spicy hops
T - Still that balance and that richness, you don't feel the high alcohol level
M - Not very carbonated
O - There is a lot going on but you can perfectly taste everything in there, the balance is perfect and there is no aggressiveness whatsoever, one of my new favorite Belgian ales!

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Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light brown Carmel color with a 3F head in a Orval Trappist glass.

Very sweet candied sugar, raisin.

Very malt forward, smooth.

Candy sugar, raisin taste.

Great tripel. A different approach than the Teve- much sweeter, more malty and smooth, and less bitter. Both are great beers. World class Tripels.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Erg lekker, goeie stevige dark ale.
Lekker zoet ook.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
(On revisit, on tap June, 2017: more earthy/root spice notes than tart. Had alongside a 2013 version which did show more tang to tartness and more carbonation. Wonder if the original review was an aged keg)

Dark bar, but there's a reddish hue to this dark beer. The creamy reddish-tan head stares at me forever.

Nose is dark, but tart fruit - like prune and dark cherry.

Taste follows, with a smooth, leaning full bit not heavy, lightly carbonated body. Front of the tongue gets the lightest of candi sugar, a veil of an almost birch beer taste. It's almost too hidden. Mid taste brings some of those fruity notes, but tends a bit more acidic than I'd expect. It's not tart but I keep thinking it's heading there. End is a little cherry cola (like an all natural, lightly sweetened one).

I think I might like the nuances more at a different time, they're just not hitting me right at the moment. I'll give my teetering on taste the high road, and drop my overall given the conflict.

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Photo of maz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidHume
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Dark caramel pour with a tall and lively tan head with good retention. Notes of coffee, chocolate, raisins, figs, spices - rosemary, coriander - cola and Belgian yeast. Medium body, high carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Taologic
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pants678
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown sugar brown, off white head.

Tart, malty.

Starts as a tart and sugary Quad but fig and cherry are piercing as I get through it. Roasted malt's there, yeasty Trappist character of toffee and spice are there. Still, only made it through 3/4ths.

Dry, medium body, maybe a touch more would help.

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