Oerbier
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,533
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
494
Ratings:
1,046
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Reviews: 494 | Ratings: 1,046
Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a murky brown with lots of floaties. Like other de Dolle beers, Oerbier presents a big craggy head that's as sticky as flypaper. It smells like a big glass of dessert: raisins, cherries, chocolate, and a hint carmelized sugar. The flavor is wonderfully complex, with ripe fruit and noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is full and satisfyingly appropriate for the smell and taste. It's certainly no session beer, but it is quite drinkable for a 7.5% beer. With all the beer gone, the inside of the glass looks a bit like the the top of a creme brulee.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Murky swamp brown, like natural apple cider gone bad...explosive carbonation forms a nice beige head after a careful pour. Retention is good and lacing is good, helping to save the look of the beer. This is an ugly beer, but that is not what matters. For some people, the natural appearance of this beer may be attractive...but these are the type of people who prefer their women unshaven:) Aroma is mouthwatering...sour green apples, apple cider, sangria, plenty of sourness and belgian funk. Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, then melds into a cloying wet finish with a medium-thin body despite it's obvious strength. Taste begins with lots of green apples and hard apple cider. The candi sugar makes itself very noticeable towards the middle with a ruddiness and some heavy fusel/acetyl alcohols are noted before the finish. The finish is cloying, with a persistant sweetness. Hops are minimal in flavor, aroma or bitterness. It burns as it goes down, and it will give one a decent buzz. This used to be one of my favorite beers of all-time 10 years ago...I remember this beer being more sour, less heavy on the fusels, and infinitely more drinkable. Perhaps the beer changed, but it's more likely that my tastes have changed. Still, it holds a sentimental place in my heart.

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Photo of MJR
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown. Tons of carbonation bubbles fight their way to the top of the glass. Even my most restrained pour results in half a glass of head, which fades to a thick cap. Awesome retention and lacing. Adding the yeast sediment turns the liquid a dark, opaque brown.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of dark fruits, iron, oak, smoke, cherries, and a funky, earthy sourness. Quite the interesting combination!

Taste: Overall, the taste is funky and sour with a pronouced earthiness. Notes of sour cherries, toffee, chocolate, smoke, iron, and lots of dark fruit. A touch of pineapple is hidden deep in the muck. Adding the sediment brings a slighty bready character into an already strange flavor profile. Finishes with a burst of alcohol. Strange, but oh so good...it's a back-and-forth affair between the sweet and sour...

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a dry mouthfeel. Finishes with a shot of alcohol, as well as a sour tinge.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is... This one's fairly high in alcohol, and when you combine that with just how strange the brew is, it makes for a beer that needs to be taken in small doses. I couldn't drink this all night, but it would make a nice nightcap, or last brew of an evening.

Another fantastic and unusual brew from the Mad Brewers of Belgium! My thanks go out to StevieW for including this in our recent trade.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome beer from De Dolle! What can I say..I simply love this brewery. This beer explodes with some great carbonation as I pour it into my westvleteren chalice. This beer pours a nice dark murky brown colour with a nice sized huge off-white/tannish head. The aromas of this beer are incredible. Aromas of red wine, grapes, oak, cork, alcohol, spices, fruits, and desserts dance upon your nostrils as you breathe in the fumes of this beer. The magic continues as you take your first sip, the foam caught marvellously on the tip of your nose and the front of your tongue. The liquid sliding down your throat, oh-so-smoothly. This beer makes me want to wax poetic. The taste is incredibly complex and hard to label(like most De dolle brews are)but to me this beer resembles Westvleteren 8 in colour, aroma, taste and texture. This is a very chewy beer that you almost need a fork to drink and the mouthfeel is very thick, cream and luscious. Yes, I like this beer. For me the drinkability on this is great as well, only ticked 1 notch because of its high alcohol content that can render you unconscience if you do not pay attention to how much of this holy nectar you imbibe.
This beer may not be a belgian 'trappist' beer but it is certianly just as good if not better than most of the trappists.
A true classic and another gem from De Dolle!
Cheers!,
F.

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Photo of paceyourself
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Major foam eruption upon pouring - head recedes to a fluid mass of tiny bubbles that blankets the beer and remained when it was ( sadly) gone, clinging to the chalice. Deep, clear copper color with dark granular yeast clumped in the bottom and surprisingly little cloudiness. Musty, wine like aroma with definite notes of sour and fresh fruit. Flavor changes to tart, fresh fruit; melon and raisin mix with firm hop bittering and a hint of smoked nuts. Full bodied mouth feel with a finish that explodes with hop charactor and searing alcohol that reminds me of vodka. Rich and fruity, solidly hoppy and warmingly alcoholic. De Dolle, like De Ranke are 2 of my De Favorite breweries!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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 cokes
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A masterful brew. De Dolle's best?
Pitches forth a dark brown substance that straddles the threshold between solid and liquid, resting under a subdued tan-gray cap.
Clears the sinuses with a tart, dried fruit cannon. Notes of lime, cherry, and concord grapes. Coupled with chalk, cocoa and liquorice.
Taste treads the same grounds, but in a different path. Intially very jammy and plum-like, fading to prune. Then puckers considerably with lime and near vinegar tones. Cocoa powder enters at this point, layered upon some creamy caramel. Sweetens further with some burnt brown sugar hues. Liquorice hues dominate towards the finale, but a twist is yet to come. Doubles back and turns tart for the finale with intense yeast-cloaked dark cherries.
Delightfully thick and creamed mouthfeel, yet not at all sticky. As heavy as it needs to be, and actually seems beefier than the listed ABV. Ultimately drinkable, regardless.
A stunner. Thanks, Bighuge.

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Photo of philipt
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am finally sampling this beer nearly a year and a half since it was recommended to me. Needless to say I had particularly lofty expectations for this beer, and it does not fail. Oerbier is definitely worth seeking out if you like Belgian ales.

Copper-brown in color with a towering off-white head. Highly carbonated. Significant yeast sediment in the bottle. The nose is floral and aromatic, with a tart fruitiness. The taste is slightly sweet, typical Belgian style esters, and some tartness. Very refreshing for this style. I am very pleased at the subdued sweetness.

I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz amber bottle. Poured carefully to taste without the yeast sediment, but then added the sediment to compare. The flavor was much improved by addition of the yeast, IMHO.

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber/brown, with some thin white foam.

Smell: moderate, clean, some hops and phenols, hint of oak.

Taste: very tart! trace of fruitiness and sweetness. The addition of the yeast gives a mellowness and some yeast and bread flavors.

Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, a little thin. The tartness dominates.

Drinkability: Good. Grows on you as you drink it. Again, to me it was enhanced if the yeast sediment was included in the pour.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the recommendation, StevieW!! This is indeed an exceptional beer (even amongst many other Belgian beers). Poured an unbelievable head (I waited about 10 minutes to start drinking it!). I can't call it lace, because the foam covered my glass all the way through until I finished it. Amber color, spicy and smooth. Reminded me of Maudite (and maybe Kwak). Creamy and delicious. As is the case with many Belgian beers, it is a little on the sweet side. If you love Belgian beer and haven't had this yet, find it.

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Photo of StevieW
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle. Red label with a wierd little yellow bubble man holding a bier.

Murky brown color. Supercharged huge foamy, rich biege head. To say the head laced nicely is an understatement. Rich combination of smell and tastes including rum soaked cherries, mocha chocolate malty sweetness, brandy and alcohol. Subtle hints fof carmel and vanillas faintly pass your taste buds. Syrupy sweet candy finish may be it's only negative trait. Smooth feel to the point of melting into your stomach. Delivers a rich belly warming alcohol pop as well.
The best belgian beer I have had. A beer worth searching for.

My highest compliment......Magic in a glass !

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Photo of Thrasher
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy dark cider color with fluffy head, mild yeasty aroma with hints of overripe peaches and grapes. Lots of candy sugar flavors here, a very light sourness hidden at the back, smooth finish with little residuals except for sugar. This is quite a hearty beer, big sugary malts and very little hops except for perhaps a tart green apple quality. A good beer but almost too sweet and sugary for me; maybe a big plate of bloody meat would have made me appreciate this beer more than just drinking it solo.

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Photo of pbrian
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with all kinds of floaties. Uncontrollable head. Sweet malty aroma, heavy on the dark candied fruits. Starts off sweet with dried apricots, plums, and cherries. Turns mildly cidery, a bit lactic. Nice full mouthfeel. Not too much different than other Belgian dark strong ales that have a high concentration of dark candi sugar, in a good way.

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Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid garnet in hue, topped by a typically dense off white head that dissipates at a painfully slow rate. The aroma is comprised of tart fruit esters accompanied by powdery dry cocoa and subdued bubblegum. An enticing nose, but not quite as aromatic as other examples of the style. Flavorwise, candy - like sweetness is quickly followed by mellow chocolate and banana esters. A hint of bubblegum is present as well. Moderate in body, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability. Finishes w/ quickly fading residual sweetness and trace phenol. Oerbier is certainly a tasty brew, but it seemed to fall a bit short on the depth of flavor and complexity I was craving. Like a good dark strong, the sweetness was well controlled and not cloying, however. I look forward to their Stille Nacht.

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Photo of rastaman
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew, some along of a Belgian Red Ale, firm choc maltiness, balanced with a nice cherry like acidic sourness, very different and creative beer.

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

Incredible thick clingy head with nice fingers similar to their Stille Nacht. Sweet candy/sugar flavors. Nicely malty and no real bitterness to be found. Overall a good beer, but I much prefer the Stille Nacht.

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Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Todd
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at t'Brugs Beertje, here's my notes: dark ripe fruits, some dextrin sweetness, semi-sour, vinous qualities, very raisiny with slight burnt characters. Now that was day 3 in Belgium and after many (MANY) beers. I do remember it being one of the best that I tried. All of De Dolle's brew are.

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Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1046 ratings