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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
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465
Ratings:
963
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled marked OCT 2011.

A: Pours a cloudy brown in color with some highlights of mahogany and garnet. The beer pours with a three finger tall fizzy beige head that quickly reduces to a thick film with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: This beer has aromas of dark fruit (cherries dominate but also hints of plum and raisin), spices, and yeast. There are some subtle hints of alcohol present as well as a very slight hint of oak/wood.

T: This beer starts out with some malt sweetness but quickly the flavor is overtaken by the dark fruit. There is a pretty heavy presence of cherries along with some plum and raisin. There is a light amount of spice in the finish. Nice complexity.

M: Medium bodied with heavy (effervescent) amounts of carbonation. Gets smoother as the beer warms up.

O: Due to the complexities in the smell and the taste, this is probably a better sipping beer than session beer - and the higher ABV does not really lend to making this a session beer. There is a light presence of alcohol in the smell and taste, especially as it warms up. This is the second time I have tried this beer and I think it is a really good one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Poechenellekelder served in a De Dolle goblet chilled.

The color is dark brown opaque with 3 fingers of medium tan head with fine bead and lace sticks with good retention. The smell is tobacco-like with nutty and stone fruit aromas blend of yeast scents that include fig with a toast in the malt aroma and light fragrance of roast coffee with gentle spice ester. The feel is great with rich toasted texture with medium high carbonation and mix of spicy and tangy elements with dry crisp and deep toasted notes carrying into an almost champagne-like carbonated finsih with light bitterness and low sweetness.

The flavor runs the gamut of spicy and cocoa oriented with a mild date-like nutty and earthy tobacco-esque fruity and light raisin with a mild rich sweet note like fig with earthy molasses in the background and dry spiced yeast with an almost peppery dry finish. Overall this is a wonderful strong Belgian brown -too bad it is hard to find frequently. I like the ease of drinking and you barely notice the 9.5% until the glass is empty

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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 russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure which year

Appearance: Pours a murky red/copper with an extemely thin filmy amber head. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Fruit, leather, sourness, alcohol& fruitcake-like notes

Taste: Alcohol, plums, dates, raisins, whisky/oaky notes & intense dryness, some tartness with vanilla sweetness in the finish

MF: Chewy yet effeverscent, good balance of malt, carbonation and spiciness

Good drinkability, a little too heavy to translate into a session brew.

A bit too ponderous& intense for me, but a nice nightcap or dessert bier. Survived it's crossing well. Will tempt me to try other Belgians here. Held off until I could figure out which store cared for their beers

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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 smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frothy and foamy head, but it leaves no lace. It settles to a quarter inch. Muddy brown color.

Sweet molasses aroma. Hints of spiciness: nutmeg, grains of paradise. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it isn't overwhelming. Some yeast nose.

Quite spritzy. The body is light and the carbonation is very high. The alcohol is far more notable in the taste--very warming in the swallow. While the aftertaste is short, it is similar to the feel of a fine port. The spice matches the aroma, offering some excellent complexity. Surprisingly, this is a dry taste--but still lots of malt.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into my Westy chalice. Dark, murky brown in color with a thick and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention with some nice lacing as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter, dark fruit like flavors with some fig, plum and brown sugar to it. The Belgian yeast gives it a good dose of spice with some notes of clove and nutmeg.

The taste has a lot of the Belgian yeast spices to it throughout the beer. It's definitely a little above average on the spices in relation to others in the style I've had. I get a good amount of crisp, tart fruity flavors to it with some apple and pear coming through. The sweet, dark fruit flavor is a little more reserved at first but really shows up for the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and very creamy. Overall it was a pretty solid beer for the style. Lots of bold flavors to it, but they came together pretty nicely. It had some very nice range and depth to it as well. Very nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown with a generous gushing head and decent lacing.

S: Nutty, malty, Belgian yeast.

T: A fine brew. Buttery and smooth, with toffee and Belgian yeast flavors. This beer is not overly complex and pretty easy to drink. There is a nice lingering aftertaste of yeast, bread, toffee.

M: A touch too thin. Carbonation level is ok, with a slight alcoholic finish.

D: A solid BSDA I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.24/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears with huge overly carbonated fine bubbles it takes a good fifteen to 30 minutes to poor this beer into my chalice at the end of that time the head dwindles and leaves fine lace to the sides of my glass. I experienced the same phenomenon with Stille de Nacht body appears a murky unfiltered deep ruby brown tea like tone with a large fine bubbled head. Aroma sharp sweetness with a pungent note of fruit tartness mild metallic noted and pure carbonation tickling the nose. Flavor is overtly alcoholic with a bland bitter dirty fruit and malt combo, heavy on tobacco leaf and earthiness very unbalanced with stale tasting hop notes, mild tart apple and acidic qualities added in. I don't wanna say infected but with carbonation like that and completely uncohesive flavors I'm floored. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated tickles the throat and dampers drinkability medium bodied overall. Drinkability is poor I'm looking for fine velvet like drinking ales from Belgium and this one is a train wreck of spice tartness and malt flavors.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, bordering on opaque, brown that has a ruby tint to it when held to light. Darker tan head that rises high, but falls fast. Nose is of very dark sugars that have been heavily roasted. Flavor has a slight roasted coffee edge. The most prominent taste is the thick malty sugar. It borders on being a bit too much though. Feel is thick and slightly syrupy with minimal carbonation

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into my new De Struise glass. Bottled February 2011.

Appearance - I popped the cap and watched as the foam slowly rose up the neck of the bottle. The pour foamed all the way to the top of my glass very quickly. Had to pour the rest into a secondary glass. Nearly eternal retention and, by the way, it looks like a Belgian dark.

Smell - Immediate vinous notes. Somewhat acidic. Fruits abound. I guess I'd call it cherry and something like plums. Boozy, too.

Taste - Again, slightly acidic, but not sour. The cherry flavor is more dramatic as well as the vinous character. The malt flavor is all fruit, save a shade of earthiness in the very end as the acidity dies down a bit. I say it dies down, but only after it peaks to something that I might even call sour.

Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated and very dry. Like the yeast has been working since this was bottled. Maybe too much. So much carbonation and dryness that I'm missing some of the deeper flavors that I expected to find here.

Overall - I'm not quite sure what to think. I really wonder what it would taste like fresh, but I never see it down here. Next time I do, I'll pick it up and crack it open. I fear that age has just dried it out until it's nothing but yeast bi-products and the malt is having a difficult time shining through. I have to say, though, I'm still quite enjoying it, whatever it is.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard 33cl brown bottle that I assume to be of no significant age/vintage poured into a matching Oerbier over-sized wine glass because im a turd like that. Despite being adequately chilled for over a day, the brew pours a muddy dark brown color with 3.5 fingers of khaki head. The froth forms composed of rather large bubbles and holds throughout the entire duration with more than a finger. As the cap slowly fades and the glass is swirled, it paints patches of lace on the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger back to the surface.

The nose hints towards tart cherry with some aromatics that are quite soapy to perfume-like in quality. Hints of dark sugary aspects like raisins or plums with estery alcohol are there as well. There is a touch of belgian candy sugar and figs or dates thrown into the mix with a slight edge of sulfur. As the brew warms up and some of that carbonic quality is swirled out, a minor lactic edge emerges that displays a bit of cheese and yogurt quality that draws this back into territory of being along the same vein as a flanders style but not really.

The taste is boozy with a fruity alcohol element that transitions into dark candy sugar, raisins and dates. A hint of mineral element as well as sulfur and carbonic quality are noted mid palate. The aftertaste is a bit perfume-like with floral touches of hops that get minorly bitter at times before fading back into more of a dark fruited flavor. There is quite a mineral feel to this that once it hits the palate, it is hard to shake. Unforutnately the carbonic quality of this and the alcohol are the lead characteristics and the rest is left in it's wake. I am afraid to say that opening up a fresh bottle was probably a mistake on my part, I will have to open up another that I have held on to for quite some time as a comparison.

This is a medium bodied brew with just a bit exaggerated effervescent amount of carbonation. The bubbles here are a bit too extreme as they not only distract a bit from the feel but also bring a hint of carbonic quality to the nose. Initially the alcohol is nowhere to be found but all of a sudden it comes out in full force and becomes a dominating aspect of the brew. Opening this up "fresh" was a mistake, I should have reviewed one of my older bottles. Perhaps I will come back and update this review accordingly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.6 oz. bottle - no freshness date - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours nearly all foamy tan head that becomes moderately rocky. As it slowly descends it reveals a dark brown body. Head falls and stays as a thin cover after tasting begins. As it nears the bottom of the glass, some small floaties become noticeable.

The smell is raisiny, bready, spicy, with a bit clove.

The taste is raisiny, bready with grassy/earthy sharp bitterness and some clove spicing. Slight smoky notes as it progresses. Warming alcohol shows. It has a peppery, dry finish that packs a punch.

Effervescent and prickly (though it evens a bit in the second half. A sharp dryness lingers on the tongue.

A "big" beer in a little bottle. Interesting complexities with an interesting bite. Well-done, but a bit too much for me to handle. A slow sipper to be sure. Wouldn't get it again, though, especially not for the 5 bucks and change.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real large head out of the bottle, but doesn't have much retention, very soapy character and falls pretty good. The color is real impressive, and off redish pink and brown. Body color is a great dark red garnet, with some brown. It looks fairly clear but not easy to see through the color. Cap settles to about an inch, some faint leg coating on the glass, but no given lacing. Very impressive.

Great wonderful nose on this. Cherry spices, hard rock candy and lots of taffy. A nice yeast component mixing in with Belgian candy, just a little heat, giving it almost a wine like edge. Very dam impressive. After a few sips though the bouquet seems to get lost.

Extremely prickly and carbonated in feel upon first taste. Huge gas heat punch opening up with cherries on the palate. Stinging almost wild character but not quite. Fairly light bodied but with lots of carbonation. Fruity, light and crisp for a dark ale which is kind of interesting.

Overall, it quite a neat take for the style, don't think I've had one this effervescent in feel, and the toned sweetness is nice. I think this one needs a food pairing though, don't feel drawn to just casually drinking it, but it's pretty solid have to admit.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boggy brown color, full of yeasty travellers swimming about, below a fuzzy, rocky, lacey off-white head. Aroma is somewhat dry, hints of nuts, caramel, soft and slightly sweet, with huge spiciness, and a touch of woodiness. A welcome phalanx of hops jumps on board the buds, followed by an armada of sweet malt. Warm and highly charged, with a softly diminishing finish.
Bracing, bold, and delicious! My guess on the style would be either a high-alcohol brown ale, or maybe a souped-up Scotch, either way, several notches above what I'd expect. At 7.7%, I'm starting to feel it, too! Wonderful, chewy texture, full body, altogether excellent! Much thanks to Marc77 for making this possible!

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

A - Murky medim brown body. Looks like unfired apple cider.

S- Sells of apple, fig and dried fruits, warm alcohol and dark sugars.

T - Tangy and mildly sweet, the taste is of apples, citrus, and has a predominant caramel/fig finish. This has a huge complexity and depth on the tongue. Some warming alcohol is present.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with characteristics of the unfiltered beer. This one is a dynamic and complex experience on the palate.

D - With 9.5%, consuming several of these would not be suggested, although with the huge flavor, doing such would be a delicious departure from sobriety. Caution - savor this brew with each sip, allowing the complexity and huge flavor to be fully realized.

Notes - A buddy and I bought this one on a whim, partly due to the cartoonish, indistinguishable label complete with no mention of the brewery and a picture of a yellow marshmallow man holding an electric mixer beater and wearing a homecoming sash. A new favorite.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2010, purchased today, poured into my glass but a few moments ago. Beer is brown and hazy with a big tan head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly yeasty but mild overall.

Beer is sweet and thin with lots of carbonation in the mouth. Its not boozy at all, its good, mildly spicy, good yeast character and breadiness overall. Its a good beer, not my favorite de dolle thus far but its solid.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/20/07- Purchased at Bottleworks, in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No dating on bottle itself, but it is marked on the cap. (2005 version). Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep brown-caramel colored pour. About a nice 3/4 inch pour which settles at a nice 1/4 inch for the rest of the brew. Leaves wonderful lace streaks and patches. Almost the entire glass was caked with lace after I was finished.

Smell- A very nice sweet caramel nose with dark fruits lingering the the background (prunes and raisins mainly). Also notice a slight sourness?

Taste- This is supposed to be a sour beer? I was confused until I read some ratings to find out if this was normal of infected. Apparently it's fairly normal. The sourness was nice, but seemed out of place per style. Oh well....The raisins and the prunes are still there, but they are muted by some sour flanders-like tart flavors. I'm getting some semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries as well. Not even as much caramel as in the nose. The alcohol is very well hidden also.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated and on the foamy side of things. Suprised to get a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Still seems out of style to me. It was good though, whatever it falls under. Was overpriced though at $7.99 for a 2 year old bottle. I'd pick one up though if you see one at a price of $5 or under to try. Especially if you like Flanders syle brews.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a tan head that quickly fades. At first this beer just seems like a mixture of pale or pilsner malt with Belgian dark candi, but it becomes more complex as I drink on. The aroma is very sweet and bready, but with earthy spices. The main flavor is a big sweet caramel that quickly turns dry. Around the edges there are hints of cocoa, dates, and vanilla. Those little flavors are what set this beer apart from other dark Belgian as they're obvious enough to enjoy, you don't have to really dig deep to find them. The beer finishes dry and a touch tart and all in all made a nice pairing for beef and then chocolate cake.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with red tones. Thin light tan head dissipates very quickly leaving a thin band around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of dark and light fruit, sour apples and cherries. Very dry dark and light fruit flavor. Complex flavor, but very subdued, finishes with a bit of alcohol and and a spicy, almost peppery hop bite. Medium bodied and surprisingly prickly carbonation considering the lack of a head. The dark body must block active carbonation that is not visible and clearly does not persist as foam. This is quite different; too dry for my taste, but I still enjoyed trying it. Interesting an unusual.

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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 BARFLYB
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a La Choulette tulip over some time as this ones quite active. Not sure of the year on this BSDA. A nice hiss comes while opening the bottle.

A- Being very careful and slow on the pour DD Oerbier pours a very dark red and brown mix while settling in the glass. Even with the slow pour i still yielded a 3 finger stealth head that was white to beige color. I Stopped pouring after 3/4ths of the bottle were empty so things could work themselves out. 10 minutes later i come back to an even bigger head than before about to overflow. De Dolle beers remain the most difficult to pour but the results are great.

S- A great dark fruit smell which is common with DD brews in general. The smell starts off with the signature basket of fruit flavors and than a nice belgian yeast strain to balance the fruit. A lot of foreign spices and some sugars. A bit of a tart punch in the nose arises. No hops detected by me but i know they are there. At 9% the alcohol is not present Overall very candy like.

T- The fruits mentioned above include raisins, apples and plums with some cherries probably creating the sour feel throughout. I'm getting some type of berry flavor. A whole lot of caramel malt initially but fades out overtime with some brown sugar sweetness and toffee thrown in. Some hops in the end but not this beers strong point. As i swirled this one around my palette, the flavors just intensified. Where is the alcohol?

M- A great amount of carbonation present with a pristine mouth feel evolving throughout duration. Oerbier is quite active all around. A nice tingling sensation in the beginning from a lot of bubble activity. As Oerbier warms the flavors collide together leaving for a perfect sipping experience with some alcohol heat towards the back end.

D- At 9% i would like to see this brew in a 500ml bottle, this size left me wanting more. One of the better De Dolle offering and i wish i could tell the vintage date on this one to see if aging would be appropriate, even though i see this one being good overtime. In my eyes this one is good all year round.

De Dolle is on my list of breweries to visit while in Belgium if i ever get there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled January 2004, USA.
Pours a hazy amber-copper color, with a tan head that is made up of largish bubbles. The first aroma I get is of some funky farm-house cheese. This is followed by a sweet brandy-like fruitiness (plum perhaps), and some notes of alcohol. The taste is sweet up front, but is followed immediately by a prickling carbonation that boils the beer on my tongue. Quite fruity tasting with notes of plum, fig, and raisin. A touch of acidity, though not nearly as much as in some of their examples of this beer. There is a definite alcoholic kick in the finish. There is a nice twang in the finish that gives this beer an appetizing character. Some musty-earthy notes are detectable up front, and somehow this beer is quite austere/ vinous in character. Overall this is quite good but I must say that I enjoy getting the bottles that have a bit more acidity in them.

Sampled March 2001, Belgium.
Has a sharp fruity aroma. It tastes nicely sweet with a caramel slightly bitter finish. This is quite good, with a perfect amount of sourness & complexity. When De Dolle is on they are quite good, even one of the best. Unfortunately they can have bottles that are downright off, I am rating this for one of the good bottles, keep on dumping until you find a good one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 11.2 oz Belgian bottle poured into my standard wine glass. Purchased at the Boise Coop for around $4/bottle.

Cherry wood brown with huge 2 finger lite tan head. Sticky lacing lingers for a long time. A little cloudy from a crappy pour.

Initial aroma reminds me a very watered down Supplication. Next is dry slightly floral and pungent ... Nuttiness fades to an almost dry amaretto aroma. Pepper low coriander and finishes with an unexpected Belgian yeast spiceness and maybe a little bit of brett funk.

Again, the taste is reminiscent of a lesser nowhere near as "punched-up" Supplication. There has to be fruits used in this brew.... cherries with their pits? Very unique and flowing flavors .... spices and fruit meld to yeast fruitiness ending with a dry brett (again) finish. The carbonation is my only drawback, it seems the bubbles sorta push the flavor along making for a not so long finish ... but on the othe hand, it could be said, the carbonation brings all the unexpected tastes together.

Sorta odd and definately awesome.

I have loved this beer everytime I've had it.... I've finally starting reviewing beers for BA, and now I really want to cellar a few. I bet it really dries out and becomes hugely complex.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky brown with a huge gushing umber head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Dark bread, balsamic vinegar.

T: Definite mission fig and raisin - candi sugar flavours and esters. Cinnamon. Noticable acidity, lactic with a sweet molasses finish with some earthy funky hops.

M: Medium-bodied, though thinnish at times, light carbonation but a little overcarbonated at the start.

D: A nice BSDA, the flavour is real good, has that De Dolle spicy yeast house character. Happy to try another one from these guys.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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