De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier
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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 474
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of baltimoretrappist
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tobelerone
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer, finding it to be one of the best Belgian offerings I’ve had in quite a long time. The reviews and rating had me expecting something good but it still took me by surprise a bit. The pour was somewhat cloudy, brown, and murky, with a small khaki head and some decent lacing. Overly aggressive pouring may have resulted in too many yeasty floaties but it still looked pretty nice; not as dark as one might expect; the head while small and fast-fading, nonetheless settled down to a creamy band that lay on top for the duration.

Aroma was very chocolatey; I first detected cocoa powder, then emerging yeast notes, wood, dark fruits, and spices. In the taste, the cocoa/chocolate flavor was a bit more subdued and integrated with the other flavors; figs, prunes, and raisins, estery yeast notes, light spiciness, a touch of oak, and just a hint of pleasantly warming alcohol underneath. Complex and very tasty.

The body was medium and the carbonation was medium-high, with a creaminess to the mouthfeel that was excellent. The bubbliness gave this beer life and the smooth creaminess rounded the feel out and prevented it from getting at all prickly. A top-notch beer all around. I’m looking forward to trying the Arabier next!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Dark brown in color. Beige froth, lasting creamy & foamy crown. Intense floral fragancy, wet grass & heather aromas. Vinous with caramel malt hues. Pleasant flavor, spicy, sweet/sour, peppery with a warming ABV sensation. Full body, moderate carbonation. Sweet malty finish. Flavorful for a paused drinking moment.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 89.4% out of 100 with 998 ratings
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