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:
996
Reviews:
474
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
124
For Trade:
1
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and some light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of tart cherries and grapes which transitions into some mild sweetness. The malt character is thin as well as the hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style but seems more like a Flanders-style ale, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pretty damn tasty strong ale, dark and flavorful, served in a crucible-type goblet. Tasted somewhat like an unflavored lambic. Poured a bit cloudy mahogany. Aroma of dried dark fruits. Taste of dried dark fruits, roasty malts, and some dark sugar, molasses or toffee. Complex and tasty. Medium mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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 mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet red with a bronze-like glow when bright sunshine is allowed to enter the chalice. There's an impressive amount of rapidly rising carbonation, which has created a huge crown of sand colored foam. Little stickiness means little lace. Once the final ounce is added, the beer becomes marvelously murky.

The nose is classic for the style, with a few exceptions. It's more tangy than most and is more vinous as well. Otherwise, we have the dark fruits and spices that great BSDAs are known for. Specifics will have to wait for taste bud submersion.

De Dolle Oerbier is delicious and has complexity to burn. This experience is less than it could be only because of a mouthfeel that has seen better day (more below). Even that annoyance can't hide the fact that this is another outstanding ale from the good folks at one of Belgium's best breweries.

The kaleidoscopic flavor profile consists of brown bread covered with honey, port-soaked figs, toffee pudding, plenty of ground clove and a hint of cinnamon. It all comes together beautifully, with a sweet-bitter-tart balance that is beyond compare. How in the world did this offering escape my glass until today?

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as bad as first feared. Now that the boisterous bubbles have faded, we're left with a medium-fullness that has soft and gentle carbonation. It isn't stellar, but the above score was easily earned.

Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers produces truly great beer (Dulle Teve and Extra Export Stout) and good beer (Ara Bier, Bos Keun and Stille Nacht). Oerbier proudly takes its place in the first group and is a BSDA that fans of the style should not miss. Highly recommended.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this gem at Bruisin Ales last night. Had not had a good De Dolle in a long time, so I was overdue. Served at fifty degrees and poured into my over sized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/09/2008.

The pour was monumental in character. Huge tan colored head reached skyward to a eight that easily surpassed the top of the glass. Good thing this pour was into a 24oz glass. Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

In the end I was really happy with this selection. Very rich and lively with a palate that was well balanced between the dark fruit and the delicous sweet malts. Very complex and very, very drinkable. I cannot wait for the reserve up next!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.6%

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 996 ratings.
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