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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Photo of stcules
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good appearance, great hed, creamy, with a beautiful hat.
Burgundy colour, with a lot of floaters, with a strange effect of waves and turbidity.
The nose is sweet, light caramel, sugar, honey. Maybe a little too sweet for our taste. Chewing gum. Alcoholic.
At the taste instead the sweet is more covered. It is possible to feel a sharp bitter, and a warm alcohol. More balanced than the smell. Maybe just a little too high point of alcohol.
Medium body, with an aftertaste that is a mixture of bitter and alcohol.

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Photo of Jayli
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Gordon's in Watertown
Bottle 051/502781 Bottled 1/20/10
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a cloudy, ruddy, dark brown with some reddish highlights to it. A HUGE finger of creamy khaki color head caps this beer off. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather musty and musky, some yeast and wheats filter in, a sweet character comes through and a bit of earthiness.

T: Taste is yeast, wheat, massive funk that basically fills out the middle. So musty and musky, but mingled with a crazy almost caramel malt sweetness. Hints of ... licorice??? A earthy, hay like quality in the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, light yet creamy body.

D: Goes down alright, milder kick than the ABV would indicate, a decent beer but I would go with others of the style.

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Photo of drmeto
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a big,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-sour cherries,strawberries,woody,caramel,chocolate,herbal
T:
-caramel,toffee,sour cherries,chocolate,cognac
-slight sourness
-slight bitterniss
F:
-high,offensive carbonation
-light to medium body
-boozy
O:
Taste is pretty good,but the ridiculous amount of carbonation makes this undrinkable.
Not gonna repeat

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Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this was probably the second most powerful gusher I've had when opening a bottle (second only to the '09 Juliet). It sprayed like champagne, hit the walls, ceiling and cabinet. What a mess! I was only able to keep around 5oz of the bottle. It poured a dirty, murky raisin brown with a one finger toffee colored head. It smells of raisins, figs, plums, light toffee, and slight alcohol. This beer is very, very sweet. It tastes of very, very sweet raisins and dark malts. There is a boatload of dark fruits here. It drinks very smoothly and is between light and medium in body. It's just so cloyingly sweet that I'm almost glad I don't have the entire bottle to finish. It's certainly not the best Belgian Dark I've had.

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Photo of Nick3
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Kapittel Watou chalice. Beer is a gorgeous burnt orange color, with a pillowy head that won't quit. Carbonation is ferocious in this bad boy. Smell is rather muted with yeast, fruits, and some fig. Taste is more akin to a tripel from my taste. Alcohol punishes this beer in a bad way. Light on the palate but a bit astringent, not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but this definitely wasn't what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly average beer, and one I could not finish. It went along with dinner, but maybe its the coriander and burnt toffee and orange and melon, pepper, usually a potent turnoff for my sensitive palate. Very much like a brown ale to me, and would be slightly above average if that's what it is.

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Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish- brown color with a nice sized foamy, off-white head. Fruity aroma with hints of sour cherry, oak and apple. Tart, slightly puckering fruit flavor with crisp light fruit notes and a very dry finish. Taste a little bit like a Sweettart.

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Photo of paceyourself
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dark chestnut color was hidden by a thin white head that mostly faded and left some chunky lace as consumed. Lots of sediment clouded this brew but the active carbonation still managed to work its way thru it quickly. Maple and sour cherry dominated the aroma. The fruity tastes of cherrys and plums are strong but don't hide the alcohol very well. Altough i enjoyed this brew it did take awhile to drink.

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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 Filosoof
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading all the positive stuff about De Dolle Brouwers I was happy to find this beer.

Not specifically liking Belgian Strong Dark Ale (preferring the blonds and tripels) I hoped this one would turn me over.

From this view this Oerbier was a bit of a disappointment.

A: Great. Bronze with a big, lasting golden top.
S: caramel; I especially didn't find all the things others have described; quite bare.
T: ripe apples, medicinal, liquoricel, quite sweat, alomst no sour.
M: good carbonation, almost too much
O: I'm missing the point why this would we one of the best BSDA's.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a slight haze and a massive tan head.

S: Initially there are some tart fruit aromas followed swiftly by a blend of spices and sweet malts. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, and dark stone fruits.

T: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruit flavors immediately hit the palate--plums, raisins, and figs, to be more detailed. Some mild nutmeg flavor along with a sugary sweetness. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through as well.

M: The body is excellent and the carbonation is that wonderful intensely effervescent kind that has a light creaminess.

D: Great nose on this beer but the alcohol presence knocks down the enjoyment of this one. Might be better with some age.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-rated 05-21-2011. Although classed here as Belgian Strong Dark, IMO Oerbier is Flanders Oud Bruin rather than BSDA.
Effervescent, deep coppery body with good clarity and streams of uprising bubbles that support the thick beige, dense head that holds extremely well and clings to the walls with each swirl. The nose is utterly complex with malt of caramel and toast-like character, unrefined sugar, mild red wine-like sourness, plum-like and raisiny esters, apple, minor spicy phenols and a whiff alcohol. Some sherry notes in the background indicating the beer has undergone some aging.
Flavor is a bit overpowering alcohol warmth, followed by caramel-sweet malt, fruity tartness with vinous notes and towards the medium-dry finish pronounced bitterness with earthy overtones, probably derived from usage of Golding hops. The medium-light body tends to foam in the mouth due to its high effervescence.
Overall, too alcoholic and overly carbonated to be given top-scores. (330 ml, bottled Oct 2010, BB Oct 2012, into tulip)

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Photo of craytonic
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is rusty brown, heavily carbonated. Smell is a malt bomb of atomic proportions, taste is the same. Taste and smell of brown bread, brown sugar, honey, sweet molasses (not blackstrap), and dark fruits (figs, dates, prunes, and raisins). Some caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and cloves in there also. Big beer with lots of malts, nothing worth trying again.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: dark amber brown with bubbly, thick tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: dark fruits, molasses, figs and sweet malts.

Flavor: depressing given the aroma. less than robust for a BDSA. belgian spices, malty, prune, sour and tart.

Mouthfeel: fizzy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: i love BDSAs and this was disappointing. it tastes more like a dubbel-flemish sour ale hybrid.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2006
11.2oz. poured into tulip

Appearance: Murky reddish brown with a one inch white head that dissipate quickly.

Smell: Brown sugar, obvious alcohol, notes of red wine grapes, and tart cherry.

Taste: Lots of tart cherry with a deep caramelized sugar flavor. The alcohol is detectable but not too hot.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost too much. Bubbles sting the tongue. Slightly syrupy with some alcohol heat in the finish.

Drinkability: I could conceivably drink another but probably wouldn't.

Overall: Interesting Belgian strong dark ale but I've had others that I liked more. Maybe I would like a fresh one better.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into large tulip (note- this bottle was VERY dusty when bought, from a store I know never really moves their product very well, so it probably has a good couple YEARS on it, let alone months) Wish there were a freshness date.

A- Reddish brown, tawny colored. Sediment floating throughout, despite the fact yeast had compacted on bottom of bottle. Pours like an aged bottle of jwlees- that is to say, damn near flat with a thin amount of foam surrounding the edge, with no head retention at all. No lacing to speak of.

S- like a young port wine, candy sugar, dried figs, dates, somewhat dubbel like from the sugar component.

T- sweet, but not overly so, again, like a young port- candy sugar, dates. No hops or bitterness that I can really detect until the VERY end, lightly astringent on the tongue on the finish. No alcohol comes thru as things have really mellowed.

M- subtle, slight carbonation but otherwise unbelievably smooth, almost still, with full, soft body.

This was an odd beer. My experience with De dolle up to now is limited and = painfully carbonic/fizzy (still nacht). I was expecting the same here, but the fact that this bottle is either mistreated or just old, really changes the perception and overall flavor profile. It's not particularly complex at this point, and I gather a fresh bottle yields a completely different experience. That being said, this particular bottle I had wasn't bad, and will compel me to find another bottle to try once again. At this point, it's a sipper to be sure.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer marked down as a store was closing and moving to a new location. Poured a light brown that was almost cloudy with a few hues of red as I held it to the light. Very thick head that hung around and dissipated slowly. Aroma was not powerful but had a sweet malty smell. I immediately tasted sweet tea with citrus notes. I frothed it in my mouth vigorously and it literally exploded with additoional notes of orange and malty sweetness and other sugary characteristics that I have never tasted before. Almost fruity but more like raisins.Hops were almost non-existant as the alchhol was present but not dominating. Very hard to describe, but I loved it and it was very drinkable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Kansas City, MO.

Aroma: Leathery funk with some sour cherry and dark fruit

Appearance: Murky brown, big tan fluffy head that lasts long and laces hard.

Flavor: Soft leather that I think is a yeast characteristic, muted sour, hints of plum and other dark rum soaked fruits

Mouthfeel: Soft, fluffy, creamy, carbonation took a while to settle down.

Overall Impression: Package works well together, very Belgian, good craftsmanship, but it just didn’t inspire me.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with a good amount of light tan head.
S: It smelled like coriander and lemon zest and wild yeast, with some light caramel and wild honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like brown sugar and earthy caramel and floral hops, with coriander and wild yeast and honey and cocoa powder. The aftertaste was dry and mostly bitter with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with tons of carbonation.
D: This was a decent dark Belgian ale with delicate and complex flavors, but it honestly wasn't very delicious. The body was too carbonated for me, which detracted from the delicate taste. The alcohol was also pretty noticeable, so I had to sip carefully. Not a bad brew, but not impressive either.

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Photo of Gusler
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon its pour from the 330ml brown bottle sets in the glass a muddy brown color with the head bubbly and off white in color, the size minimal, lace is patchy. Nose is spicy over ripe apples with a tart sweetness, start is sweet and sour, the top light in feel. Finish is mildly acidic with the hops benign, sour aftertaste with hints of alcohol, a belly warmer for sure.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours brown with a red hue. Foams up massively and tqakes a while to settle to a quarter inch light brown head. Smells of oak, dried cherries, figs, smeels quite tasty...nots of dark chocolate, run, raspberry syrup. Taste is tinny, with malt and alcohol. Metallic flavor quite pronounced and not particularly welcome. Tannin bitterness. Chalk. As it warms, the metal flavors reduce somewhat (though not totally) and it gets more fruity. Fairly full bodied and approaching creamy. Not sure how i feel about this overall. Its interesting and complex, but has some distinctly unpalatable flavors like tin or stell that turn me off. So i suppose overall im ambivalent

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz (!) bottle. Cap reads May 2010, so this is a little over a year old.

Uber-carbonation, glass fills up with off-white head on the slightest pour, but eventually some beer is visible, an odd shade of light reddish-brown with pink highlights. Retains well at a half finger.

Pretty good smell, reminds me of figs and fruitcake drizzled with caramel. Some brown sugar and spices.

Taste is a change compared to the nose but not bad. Unexpected tartness up front with flavors of apple and red wine, lots of yeast, caramel, licorice, slight hop presence, some warming alcohol. Some toasty bread on the finish.

Not a big fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a bit thin and too carbonated for a 9%, detracts from the flavors. A bit on the boozy side.

I think I'd like it alot more if the mouthfeel was improved, definitely not one of my favorite BSDA's but good overall.

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Photo of aleigator
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oerbier '13 vintage, consumed 151228

Pours a dark brown color with ember hints in it, revealing a giant, spongy head.

Smells of spicy wheat, wood bark and rock sugar. Although it inherits a gentle sweetness, the beer got an earthy, almost oaken balance to it, featuring ripe red grapes and tart dextrose.

Has a higher, lively carbonation to it, wrapping up the sweetness with a bubbly, metallic carbonation.

Tastes of older, caramel soaked malts, topped off by fermented grapes, a decent sourness and rock sugar on top. Toffee turns more profound among the bubbly carbonation, coming up after the swallow, thinning the profound earthiness a bit, while maintaining its balance. Finishes clean, with a sour note among rock sugar and caramel, while the carbonation dies down to a likeable minimum.

While it certainly features a well pronounced maltiness, the beers sweetness defines the overall taste of this beer. It doesn't turn cloyingly sweet, due to the beers convincing balance, while it certainly lacks an appealipng depth of flavors to me, prevented by the omnipresent sweetness.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started talking to another BA'er about this and then found it the same day.

Beautiful frothy 4 finger head with an aggressive pour.
Appearance is a bit cloudy, amber, iced tea middle color.

Froth settles into nice foam.

Nose is fairly typical. Lots of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, citrus mixed with fruit and a hint of moss.

Taste is a bit maltier than expected. Lots of Earthy, yeasty bread overtones. Some phenolic banana, and hints of fig. As it oxidizes I'm getting some cloying sourness.

Finish and aftertaste is a little dry, sour.

Feels syrupy and fairly high carbonation.

Not as "hot" as many fresh Belgians. Aging could mellow it a bit, but it doesn't seem carbonated enough to last more than a year or two before going full-on treacle.

Not bad. Would like to taste their version of a Quad.

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Photo of MCain04
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, very unclear bottling date but seems to be pre 2010. Poured into Speigelau tulip.

Pours a dark cloudy amber brown with a thick creamy head of light tan color and great retention.

Smells slightly musty with dark and light fruit aromas. White grapes and citrus fruits, green apple jolly rancher, cherries.

Taste is fruity along the nose, white grapes being predominant. A little thin and watery. A little must and funk to this. Somewhat stale. very little alcohol

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and prickly on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not my favorite brew although my first from De Dolle. Might just be an old bottle improperly stored. Would give it another chance but wouldnt seek it out.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.
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