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De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.19/5
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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:
#1,236
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
1,002
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
126
Trade:
1
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3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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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

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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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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

Photo of LoudRed
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
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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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoann
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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