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
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:
995
Reviews:
474
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
124
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this one.

Bottled February 2011. Drank in February 2012. One year old.
This pours a ruddy brown color with tight lacing and thick, tiny bubbles. It has a velvety appearance because of this. Looks fantastic.

Incredible aroma, tart and sour. Some lacto, perhaps, and hints of tannic notes.

Tastes fantastic. The effervescence coats the mouth and the tart, sharp flavors linger for days. The malt gives it some sweetness to contrast with the sour notes. Warms well, with an apparent alcohol warmth to it at 9%. This is an excellent beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured deep amber brown with a slight haze in the chalice. The head was off white and fell slowly in fine bubble fashion to the edges of the surface to eventually coat the glass.

The aroma was complex with malty sourness, toffee and a spicy complexity. The aroma was filled with fruitiness as well.

The flavor was as promised with a caramel maltiness balanced with a slight spice and a complexity of an oud bruin sourness mixed in. Fruitiness, cherries most notably, shined through in the flavor.

The finish was dry with caramel, fruit flavors and a slight complex sour flavor lasting through the aftertaste. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. This is a beer that intrigues me and has been a longtime favorite. I think it is one of the most complex and interesting beers on the planet and rated it as such.

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4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

35cl draft pour at De Dolle Brouwers (Esen, Belgium)

Characteristic BSDA aromas are in play here as a robust combination of spicy clove esters, bready yeast, dark fruits, plums, and toasty malt comprise the first impression. There is a faint banana-like character to it near the tail end along with some hints of molasses and brown sugar that surface as the beer warms up.

A maelstrom of sweet figs, caramelized sugar and subtle hints of dark fruit (these descriptions sound familiar yet?) upfront, trailed by an obscure combination of clove, toffee, and here's the twist -- a decent amount of tartness, and this time I'm pretty damn sure my tongue's not gone haywire.

Lets off a considerable amount of carbonation for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, which complements its medium body amicably. Clean finish, accentuated by the aforementioned sour notes with sprinkles of sweetness popping out.

Overall an amazingly balanced beer with an incredible amount of depth and complexity going on, despite its higher range ABV. I would actually take this over a St. Bernardus Abt or a Westvleteren XII on most days when I can actually be bothered to argue that Quadrupels and BSDAs essentially belong to the same brewing category...

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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