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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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951
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 (bottled July 2009). Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I didn't mean to leave it so long before drinking it - I just never got round to it. Hopefully this strong brew will have stood the test of time, making it worthy of my 800th review!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with visible sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. A rich port-like aroma: intensely fruity and sweet. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, cake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background; this complements the sweet, oxidised character. Wow - it smells incredible.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a complex character and a dry finish. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, red wine, fruitcake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness, faint grass, mild stewed leaves and earthy yeast. A subtle sourness provides a counterbalance to the sweet fruity flavours, while the oxidation yields a vinous quality that hints at port or sherry. A slight alcoholic warmth in the background, though the booze is well hidden. A mild dryness upon swallowing, with a lingering fruity taste. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and pleasantly tingly, with well-judged carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of rich dried fruit, brown sugar and fortified wine. Superb.

Most impressive - a highly complex and fruity brew that calls to mind wine rather than beer. It looks the part, with an amazingly rich aroma and a flavour that is a shade more restrained. The body does the beer justice. The tart, oxidised element is subtle and deliciously subversive, adding depth to what would otherwise just be a strong, sweet brew. Truly a world-class example of the style; it should be on every beer-lover's essential list. Not to be passed up if you have the chance to try it.

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Photo of fdig23
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date-stamped September 2012

Appearance: Murky deep brown, light brown around the edges with a really persistent beautifully bubbly off-white head.

Nose: Green caramel apples, nuts and all. Tart and juicy green apple, rich, sweet caramel, nutty chocolately malts. Really nice.

Taste: Feels a bit dulled down compared to the nose, but its definitely unique. Roasty, almost stewed meat-like malt flavors up-front covered in caramel sweetness. A bit of the tart fruity apple comes through in the middle. It finishes bitter, like a coffee aftertaste but less intense. ABV is nowhere to be found. I was expecting a complex sipper but it feels more like a chuggable drinker.

Mouthfeel: Nice, fine carbonation. A bit lacking in body.

Overall: Not what I expected but very nice nonetheless. The nose promises more than the taste can deliver, but the taste is still a delicious and different flavor profile I haven't encountered anywhere else.

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Photo of brewsclues
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle on 3/10/13 at Paradiso Pizzeria in DC.

What I love about this beer: I call it, "The Tart Malt Sandwich" - and I could't mean this in more of a complimentary fashion. I've never had a beer with such layered, complex and robust flavors in one quaff before. OK, here's how it goes down: big, juicy, dark fruits on the nose that is balanced nicely with a rich plum and grape/malty backbone on the first note. Immediately after, you pick up some of the sour-y, tart-y, citric acids that are almost like someone left 1/8 of a glass of Flemish Sour Red in the glass before pouring. But it's just subtle enough not to scare away those folks that aren't big fans of the Flanders-style brews. But, after that small glimpse of tart-alicious, it's finish is pure rich plum, with a hint of chocolate malt with a touch of coffee and red wine.

Oh man. This kills it. Insanely drinkable and unquestionably an ass-kicker. Just wish this was more accessible in PA. One love: De Dolle

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 9%. 11.6 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. The head is a rather attractive two finger cream color. It features a soft, creamy layer over top some rather thick-looking bubbles. Retention is excellent - even after a couple of minutes the head is one finger high - and a good layer of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Okay, this is interesting...not only are the usual BSDA suspects quite evident (dark fruits, chocolate, pears), a sour undercurrent rests wonderfully below that. I really enjoy the tart cherries, sour apple esters, and general acetic quality as well. The complexity of the aroma isn't overbearing, either.

T: Compared with the first inhalation, the sour quality is far more restrained here, taking on more of a lactic tone. Sadly, the coinciding cherry esters are also downplayed. For a brief glorious moment, sour cherries initiate the profile, before giving way to a chocolaty yet dry midtaste. And now a THIRD element comes along that I didn't foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, it's complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - I'm impressed how well balanced the seemingly clashing elements work together. Even if the lack of acetic sourness is a letdown for me, the only thing really wrong here is the slight paper quality in the aftertaste.

M: This one is dry, more so than many others in the style. Given the sour/hop bend of this, it isn't surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky aren't terms I'd use to describe the texture - more like papery, coarse, and rough - but the firmness also helps make the carbonation seem a little lighter than what it is. I find its semi-abrasive feel endearing, to be frank.

O: A BSDA that's sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA that's sour, hoppy, and isn't a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesn't work perfectly and isn't the most chuggable offering...but damn, it's just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep murky reddish brown color. Less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the edges of the glass. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, red apple, cherries, along with a bit of a spicy yeast character. It smells a bit tart as well.

Taste: Raisins, plums, grape, spicy yeast, with a hint of tobacco leaf. There's a tartness throughout which carries through to a tart, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation on the high side. Despite the carbonation though, it has a bit of a soft mouthfeel

Overall:This is the textbook definition of an all around "very good" beer. Everything about it was enjoyable, but there was nothing that really sent it into excellent or super memorable territory.

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

Bottled in August 2011. Dark brown reddish color. Poured lots of thick and persistent head with good duration.
Delicous aroma of grapes and dark fruits. Also sour with hints of toasted malts. Medium body and sparkling carbonation.
Tart sweet, spicy and condimented taste at first which rapidly mutates to a dark fruit flavor, then a bit astringent that lands into a smooth finish. Toasted malts, cranberries, vanilla and burnt sugar are also present.
Considering it is 9% abv, alcohol was very well hidden.
Very complex beer that rapidly changes and reveals different flavors. Sensations intensify once it warms up. I had no idea what I would encounter once I hadn’t previously read about it, so it was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice full inch if head and bubbles constantly rising to the top. I know it's old but it has no sediment and so hazy it looks almost imperial brown colored. Head sticks around for a bit and lacing is fairly sticky.

S - Strong tart and vinegar smells mixed with dark plums and sugar. Caramel malts and toffee malts as well this smells like an imperial Flanders red ale.

T - Ow wow that's very nice. Loving the tart cherry and quickly to some plum and raisin sweetness. Middle of the palate has some fruity yeasts that make for only a slightly chalky/tart finish.

M - Really bubbly like champagne. It doesn't have any cloying alcohol though and goes down relatively smooth.

Overall it doesn't blow me away like the "De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005" since it kind of lacking in more sour cherry flavors, but it was totally worth picking up a 4 dollar old bottle of this Belgium sipper.

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

33cl bottle (Jan 2010) into snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber with a monster off-white head.

S - Tart apple, red wine, plum, raisin, sweet and bready.

T - Very tart initially, with strong plum and dark fruit flavors up front. The dark fruit is complimented by granny smith apple, herbal spices, and sweet toasted malt. A touch of Belgian yeast and black cherry. The tartness subsides as it warms, really bringing out the smooth malty and fruity flavors in this beer.

M - Smooth like velvet, medium body, crisp with high carbonation.

O - Simply delicious. This is one of the most flavorful and well-rounded Belgian beers I've had. High drinkability, as the alcohol is masked well. This beer truly evolves as you drink it, awesome complexity.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Body is reddish brown with a thick one inch foamy head. Dissipates to a ring. Lacing is motile and does not stick to my clean glass.

Smells of roasted, toasty malt, raisins/prunes and other fruit, and vanilla.

Complex tastes of toasted malt, raisins and other fruit, vanilla, old wood, cola, and a a little copper. Just sweet enough, ends dry with a lightly tannic bitterness. Pretty delicious, a dry alternative to the many sweet Belgian dark ales out there.

Body is light to medium with a refreshing, crisply carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent Belgian dark strong ale, complex, dry and delicious. The 9% alcohol is not noticeable, so beware.

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Photo of Toddzillamz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have this beer before the beer has you!
I had it, but never had the mother who gives the beer tour. I had the beer tour though. She did too. I won't go into too much detail about the beer itself, since you probably won't listen to me anyway. It's made from some serious raw materials and brewed up in a copper pot. It's not brewed by Oswald Cobblepot, because he doesn't know a damn thing about world-class beers. When you drink the beer, you will know what I'm talking about. I drank this beer when I had strep throat. When I woke up, no strep throat. The copper has healing powers. I put copper on everything. Some prefer hot sauce, but not me. I heal people, damn it.

Btw, the next time I watch a zombie movie and somebody yells ambush, their better be some amateur bush.

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

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber hue with a huge, fizzy, white head. I actually had to pour this beer – wait 5 minutes for the head to recede and then repour the rest of it. There is a nice lace all the way down the glass and ends in a persistent foam layer.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma with hints of plums and grapes.

T: Starts out bitter leading to a sweet fruity malt middle with a Belgian yeast backbone.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and high carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite Strong Dark Belgian Ales. Bitter and Sweet compliment each other perfectly and leaves a great aftertaste.

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Photo of IPA35
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An darkamber beer, with a big slightly off white head that reduces to a 1.5 finger head. Rocky foam.

The smell is very intense, probably the bacteria at work here. Vineous and tart. Green apples, some citrus, white grapes, candy sugar, some dark fruits and caramel from the dark malts and a hint of alcohol. Smells very good!

It has a tart but fruity sweet flavour up front that is hard to explain. It has light dark fruits, maybe a hint of orange peel. This beer is also quite malty. Not much hops but they give it a slight earthiness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

The mouthfeel is good, smooth and medium carbonation.

Very tasty, try it out!

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Photo of gleemonger
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty burnt sienna, reddish brown. Dark yet clear. Super intense head, despite the careful pour - had to take the dogs out to potty to finish the pour. Lacing just a little cotton lacing that falls pretty quick and leaves mostly nothing. Have some patience before you enjoy this one. The color alone makes this one pretty amazing looking though.

Not a huge punch of aromas here. Very mild dark fruit and candy sugar smells with a touch of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Disappointing.

Unfortunately, kind of like the smell - more mellow and basic than I expected, mostly given the super positive reviews and how many amazing BSDA's I've had. There's definitely some complexity going on here, for sure. But nowhere near the level I've come to expect for the style. Just a little sugary sweet dark fruit, some candy sugar, some earthy hop bitterness, and warm alcohol.

Thick and syrupy, sticks to your mouth - but nice and creamy too. Lightly carbonated, despite the endless head.

It was okay, but I was very disappointed considering the reviews. I'm wondering if maybe mine was just the wrong age (too old, too young)? I've had many of this style, and many great ones are at the top of my overall list, and this one didn't come anywhere near the complex greatness that my favorites have. Not bad, but certainly not great.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2011, into Chimay goblet. Celebrating the end of the brew day for my second batch, a hoppy floral saison. Did my first partial mash today! Anyways...

Gushes a bit as it opens, pours a deep ruby reddish brown with massive head that sticks around but almost no lacing.

Once it's fairly warm you get nutty roasted malt, tobacco, chocolate, dark fruit, red wine, and a little tart vinegar twang.

Really tart and muddled when it's cold, but opens up into a great mix of chocolate, nutty roast malt, red wine, tart vinegar-like twang, tobacco, caramel and candi sugar on the end with just enough heat to back up the depth of the malt and strong yeast.

Slightly thick and chewy, accentuates the heat well and lingers long enough on the palate to let you explore all of the layers of flavor.

Quite the experience, I was ready to pour it out at first because it was messy and strangely tart/metallic, but once it gets up to cellar temp it becomes a different beer. Indulgent and luxurious, warm and inviting. Will definitely be picking up more by De Dolle like everyone recommends!

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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 kdb150
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2012 bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A - Having learned my lesson from other De Dolle beers, I gave this one a very cautious pour at fridge temp, which still yielded 2 fingers of off-white head. Great retention, it kept a nice coating throughout. Color is a deep purplish-brown, but with the impressive head retention, this one is a beauty even though it leaves minimal lacing.

S - Mild nose of dark fruits - plum, raisin, fig. Definite caramel notes, with that slight sour back that De Dolle's yeast imparts to all of its beers. Smells good.

T - Same dark fruits as in the nose, perhaps a hint of cherries in there as well. A decent caramel maltiness backs it up, along with another note that I can't quite place - perhaps a candi sugar. Just the slightest hint of the trademark sour yeast notes, which seem to come through much more when the beer is cold, and much less after it has been allowed to warm. The taste only loses points because the yeast gives almost a metallic taste at fridge temp, where the yeast flavor dominates. This goes away as the beer warms.

M - The feel on this one is superb. The carb that is left after what is lost in the pour is a perfect amount. Likewise, the beer is just thick enough to coat, but not so thick as to be syrupy. The head adds a bit of creaminess to every sip that even further aids drinkability, and the beer leaves a very pleasant aftertaste of dark cherries. Absolutely nails it.

O - I've had the Reserva before having the base beer, and the Reserva seems to have much more of the yeasty sourness, which is largely lacking here. This is not a bad thing, as the beer itself has a lot going for it. The head retention adds a lot to both the appearance and mouthfeel, which definitely accentuates the overall experience. This beer is one I will look for in the future, another excellent offering from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of srv33
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011, poured into a wine glass. Dark brown pour, huge foamy head, takes some time to recede. Scents of brown sugar, whisky, malt, and an odd funkiness. Taste is quite different from the nose, suprisingly, notes of plum, light coffee, whisky, and oddly - carob, are most noticeable. It has a rather complex, slowly evolving mouthfeel. First are the sharp notes of whisky and dark fruit, then it quickly mellows into light coffee and carob. Well balanced mouthfeel, and thick but not too heavy with fine carbonation. The aftertaste lingers, where notes of roasted malt and minerals reveal themselves. I was really surprised by both this beers complexity and how much different the nose is from the taste. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Bottleworks close to a year ago.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy, deep amber-brown with a big 3+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Brown sugar, funky wood, sour cherries and plums. Hmm, wasn't expecting a sour funky smell here.

Taste. Caramel, raisins, plums. There's a little funk here for sure, but not the tartness I got in the smell ...hardly any I should say. A little booze, but not in a negative overpowering way.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Pretty nice beer for the style. I'd like to try a vintage bottle of this!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark reddish brown with a thick light tan head

S-caramel, pumpernickel. A hint of chlorine. Not great smelling. 

T-comes in with an oddly sour taste of dark fruits and a faint taste of dark Belgian sugars. The after-taste has pumpernickel and bitter berries. At first the taste is a bit of a shock, but I think I'm warming up to it. It definitely a clean taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-I was really excited to try another de dolle beer, but this wasn't what I was expecting at all. It tastes nothing like any other BDSA I've had. It actually reminds me more of a red Flanders. It's pretty well done. 

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Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany with dark reddish highlights with an off-white head into a Teku glass. Rich smell of clove and yeast.

A bit chewy and spicy. Rich fruit flavors: dark cherry juice and dried plums predominate. There is a touch of a brown sugar and chocolate note, as well as a grassy aspect. A bit funky and tart. Tasty. The finish is dry but leaves a hint of "fruit juice" on the tongue. Medium-bodied, and is very drinkable for style. A fun, quality dark Belgian ale.

Would go great with a nice beef stew, perhaps made with a bottle of Oerbier. Yum.

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

A

33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear deep cola mahogany, light tan head recedes to a cap that retains, ok lacing.

Nice dark fruits that are about to rot dabbed with spices.

Strong vinous qualities, strong rapidly evolving phenolic backbone. An underlying quiet mustiness. Medium bodied mouth feel that feels thicker due to the active carbonation.
easy to imagine this turning tart
good example of a belgian brewer embracing phenols
wonderful at room temp
cheers
jd

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

Picked up a bottle of De Dolle Oerbier this past week because I enjoyed De Dolle's "Stille Nacht" and wanted to try this Belgian Brewery's other options. In short, I like this beer more than Stille Nacht.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. The pour was very nice, producing a head a little more than finger-width wide. The head itself is creamy in appearance, and produces a very fine lace along the side of the glass. The beer is very dark in color, but crisp as opposed to cloudy.

The aroma is pleasant with rich, malty notes. Taste is on par with the armonas; rich, malty, and a very nice (but not overpowering) reminder that, at 9.5% (the bottle says 9%), this is a "high-alcohol content" beer. My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel: very effervescent, reminding me of a beer like Orval.

Overall, if you come across this beer during your travels, give it a shot.

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

Cap reads that this was bottled in January 2010.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Cloudy chestnut that shows some dark cherry when held to the light, under big ol' Belgian head: cappuccino color, 4 fingers deep, glistening "celled" body, kind of looks like a Coke Icee, actually. Drops to a finger with a plateau in the center & leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells of sweet Concord grape juice, clove, a little pepper, orange peel, maybe some oxidized, papery/musty notes, a little apple.

Tastes like sweet Concord grape juice, cinnamon, apple juice, mild cocoa, some caramel, some bread crust. The booze is there, but it's mellow, like a wheat whiskey vs. a bourbon. Really nicely tied together, with a chill date kind of aftertaste. The sweet, fruity flavors really pop at the beginning - this is pretty delicious.

Full-bodied, changes textures from very smooth to more active & effervescent in my mouth, which is pretty cool. There's some warming from booze, but pleasant, not hot or overly drying. Very nice.

This is a winner, for sure. Nice interplay between chocolate & fruit, the alcohol level is really pleasing, right where it should be. Considering the last beer I had was a La Trappe Quad, I'm digging this a lot more. Maybe the age has something to do with it, but it's really even & smooth. Great stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Hill Farmstead a few months ago. Bottled May 2010 on the cap and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pour is well, almost infected sized head. Talking 5 finger discount here that took forever to slump down so I could pour the other half of the bottle. TONS of sediment glued to the bottom of the bottle thankfully does not come out. The pour is an almost crystal clear dark dark amber honey.

S - Super, super musty with green apples. Super musty, not getting much in the way of dark fruits just really dusty, musty cellar aromas and apples.

T - The taste is full of the cocoa and dark fruits, like cherries and figs, a complete derivation from the nose. Actually tastes a bit infected, getting an off metallic flavour with the old cherries.

M - Very low carb, kinda boozy. Pretty average.

O - Overall, disappointed with this one. Knew when I started to pour there was something not quite right with this. I assumed the age on this beer would be a good thing but I guess not. Really doesnt work for me.

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