Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #3,478
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Nov 09, 2023
Mar 23, 2001
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: 4.31 by cambabeer from New York

Nov 09, 2023
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Rated by ejhayes

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fantastic, bottled Aug 2016
Nov 05, 2023
Rated: 3.68 by rangerred from Tennessee

Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Aug 16, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Happyyb from New Hampshire

Jun 04, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled February 2019, so over 4 years old.

Looks splendid, dark reddish brown body with a persistent off white head leaving gobs of lacing. Musty fruit aroma. Taste is sweet and a little tart with tons of dark fruit and a winey note. Aged beautifully. Abv well hidden.
May 12, 2023
Rated: 5 by myterpsr1 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Noelito76 from New York

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Foggy amber color, minimal head. Smell is sweet, with figs, honey, cranberry, oak, and orange peel. Taste is sweet and tart. Upfront caramel and toasted malt quickly becomes tart cranberry, apple, and grape, with hoppy notes and oak. There’s a bit of lingering bread on the finish as well. Feel is a bit chalky, with a nice alcohol presence. Wonderful complexity and balance.
Sep 14, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2022
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
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