De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
951
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by saltydog:
Photo of saltydog
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These notes relect the beer when they were still using the Rodenbach yeast. Appearance: Red with some brown. Cloudy. Big, rocky head. Aroma: Big tartness. Mellowing out to malty sweetness. Flavor: Very sour, nice malty sweetness. Good sweet/sour balance with some caramel. Finish: Tart, sour, and nice sweetness. Drinkability: The sweet/sour balance makes for a wonderfully drinkable beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brown with a much thinner head than expected almost non existent,the aromas more than made for the appearance big juicy fruit and dark brown suger with some alcohol dipped raisins.Wow this is one rich tasting ale dark fruit everywhere,plum and raisin really stick out with an underlying brown suger-like sweetness and the alcohol really shows itself as it warms.Nice big,thick mouthfeel coats the mouth.This seems bigger than 7.50% to me more of a night sipper,delicious.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown pour an enormous tan head that holds up nicely. Very nice long stemmed glass.

Smell: Sweetish nose. Hints dark fruits, especially plum and raisin.

Taste: Semi-sweet and smooth palate. Light chocolate notes and a raisiny sweetness. Noticeable alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. I fully enjoyed this one and could make it a regular in my cellar...if i could actually find one in Canada.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is very dark and typical of a BSDA. The head it also typical of the style; big and dangerous. Be careful.

Smell – The quality malt aroma comes out first, followed by some dark spices and fruits dipped in sugar. The traditionally dates and plums mated well with the table sugar at the nose.

Taste – This has a very sweet caramel-laced malt body. The dark sweetness comes out much bigger on the tongue as well. There are giant grape and cherry flavors along with some tobacco, a huge plum taste, and subtle notes of alcohol. The spiciness from the nose is pleasant as well, making this one a fine BSDA.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and full-bodied. This one is serious and not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability – This was a welcome surprise after tasting a really bad beer that I “oned.” It was on-style yet unique, making for a pleasurable experience.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-03-18. Best before: end of August 2009. Served in tulip.

A: Dark brown with deep red hues. Slightly Cloudy. 5 cm head, pale brown color, uneven, airy and sparkly. Plenty of lacings.

S: Fruity aromas of cherries and apples up front. Wood, spices (cloves?) and a little twang from the alcohol. Very big and deep small, rather vinous.

T: Again, plenty of semi-sweet fruit flavors. (cherries, red grapefruit, currants). It goes a little tart in the middle, but it quickly develops some more rustic flavors - wood, yeast (not very distinct), rye bread, hints of nuts, earth, chocolaty notes and faint mint. The finish is dry for a second and has some light mineral flavors, fruit pits, grape skin and a slightly too prominent twang from the alcohol. Plenty of vinous flavors linger on. All in all a fantastic smell with big vinous flavors. It almost resembles red wine every now and then.

M Creamy, yet semi-dry in the finish. Quite high levels of carbonation. It slides really easy over the tongue. The mouthfeel seems very well suited for the overall characteristics of the beer.

D: A fantastic beer with great complexity. I really like the vinous character of this one. The only thing stopping it from getting top grade in taste is the slightly too prominent taste of alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

A: rich brown body w/ amber edges. creamy beige head that looks like whipped eggs or cream.

S: good acidity in the nose, both malic and lactic.. creamy. sweet yet tart, nice fruit, some wood notes.

T/M: creamy and soft. some fruit up front, a lite prick. a citric/malic twang that gives way to suble lactic wild/aged quality. the spontaneous by products pull through. a flash of caramel sweetness before a tangy dry finish.

D: quite high. complex yet friendly for the style. refreshing.

de dolle kicks ass. nuff said.

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Photo of dcurrin
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's up here just started carrying some De Dolle beers, and I'm looking forward to trying them.
Bottled May 2010.
In a snifter the beer was a murky brown color with red highlights. A thick tan head that was sticky.
Peppery spice aroma, fruit, and a good amount of malt.
Big malt taste, raisin and dark fruit. Spicy and hoppy.
Nice balance between smoothness and aharpness.
Very good beer.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011; a pronounced pfffft as the cap is removed

A - Even a slow gentle pour yields two fingers of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Pours a clear deep amber.

S - Interesting combination of aromas. A bit vinous with raisins and figs. caramel and a small amount of chocolate. Some of the aromas seem to be clashing, but good overall.

T - Taste starts off with a bit of caramel and dark dried fruits, with some green apple, grapes, a bit of pepper and dark brown bread from the middle through the finish. Also a very faint yeast funk. Aftertaste reminds me of red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of with maybe a bit too much carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of earthiness.

O - Very enjoyable and unique strong dark ale. Very interesting combination of flavors. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at t'Brugs Beertje, here's my notes: dark ripe fruits, some dextrin sweetness, semi-sour, vinous qualities, very raisiny with slight burnt characters. Now that was day 3 in Belgium and after many (MANY) beers. I do remember it being one of the best that I tried. All of De Dolle's brew are.

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Photo of alonso2468
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.6 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date found. Cute ,though in an odd way a little bit demented, yellow oerbier mascot on the front label. Oerbier means "Original Beer".

Appearance: Deep tawny brown colour with amber hues, creamy tiny bubbled lace to boot … seems to stick around for the duration without a problem.

Smell: Granny smith apples and tart berries in the nose, almost a sweet tart vinous (lemon) aroma with grain and earthy hops in the back. Alcohol is apparent with hints of pine spiciness and liquorice.

Taste: Silky smooth beyond belief, slick creamy mouth feel that glides over the tongue with perfection. Fullish body cradles the delicate malt mass, sweetness from the malt is soft yet dominant with a mild clinging tart almost winey flavour on its back. Fruitiness with a liking to ripe blood oranges and earthy currants meld well with the wine like tartness. Hops are veiled though a touch of leaf and mint is noticeable. Malt flavour seems to hold a vague similarity to a tangy raw honey and a chicory finish. Some residuals are leftover in the end with a touch of grassy medicinal phenolic.

Notes: Certainly one of the better beers to come out of Belgium though it is definitely one of the best beers in the world. Lively with the vinous flavours, fruity and sweet with a beefy yet a fragile malt … hops are lucid and are to flavour the brew. A marvelous brew.

My oh my this beer brought me to my knees, last had this one in a beer bar in Brussels called La Porte Noire (sp?) which is located in an 1800's brick cellar. Nice to see that we can get it in the states now.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Quite spicy with candy sugar and alcoholic notes. Really mirky brown, with a large head that faded quickly. Tastes life fruit cake with lots of spicy yeast character. Goes down kindof harsh with carbonation and alcohol. I thought it was a nice drink, but it needs to condition.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: sour apple and funk

Taste: earth, milk chocolate, dark fruit, some sour and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: bitter-sour, medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: The chocolate malt/dark fruit taste is very good. The sour is extremely sour. A good beer I will get again, but one per sitting.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle Belgium Beer Factory - Pours dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. High carbonation ( use a chalice). Nice lacing. Smell - dark fruits, plum and raisins, toasted malt, slightly yeasty. Taste - Sweet with a nice light malty finish. Lovely easy drinking strong ale.

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Photo of Prospero
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of innominat
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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