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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Ratings: 996 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine-glass. Pours an opaque burgundy with a beautiful bubbly tan head that is two fingers even in this glass. It smells of yeast, cherries and a little like red wine- not a strong smell but very enjoyable and flavor enhancing. It tastes very strongly of sour cherries at first- very similar to Russian River's Consecration wild ale. The cherry persists throughout along with some malt and a hint of alcohol. Like all other De Dolle beers, Oerbier is very strongly carbonated (which personally I love) and not a beer you can drink really quickly. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dbellizzi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a 10oz chalice for $8.50. Sampled 1/28/11.

A: One finger of creamy-foamy light brown head. Respectable retention deposits a delicate web of lace as it drops. A crescent shaped collar lasts long but no lace is added from the body. The color is dark tawny with faded plum accents. Cloudy to borderline murky.

S: Light oxidation on the nose. Flesh of plum, dates, cherry and possibly even a hint of orange peel. The dark fruits are as mellow as can be. Not as complex premier BSDAs tend to be, in either width or depth of aroma.

T: Emphasis on smoothness and the integration of a small canvas of flavors. Mild alcohol comes through but it is very smooth and almost undetectable. A feat given the ABV.

M: Soft, velvetty texture with gentle effervescence for a smooth and creamy result. The beer seems to levitate over the tongue.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Extremely easy to drink - perhaps even too easy - but I don't really have the interest in ordering another. I guess I went in with expectations too high, because I wasn't that impressed. Maybe this beer prefers to be poured from the bottle.

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Photo of gushov
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazed russet brown body topped by a massive cream coloured head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly leaving sparse lace. A back light reveals beautiful deep crimson highlights and golden edges.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells great. The initial note is of lightly burned caramel but this is quickly overtaken by dark fruits and a ton of spices. Plums, sweet strawberries, rum soaked raisins, figs, nutmeg and cloves to be specific. There is a distinct vinous note and warming yields a touch of balsamic vinegar - similar to that which I associate with oud bruins.

Taste: Wow, after the nose the flavour is a little disappointing. Warming yields improvement but not enough for the score to be altered. As with the nose the flavour is quite vinous and offers both sweetness and a little tartness. Raisins, cherries, rum, figs, cloves, almonds and brown sugar are all present.
The complexities of the nose are there, but the flavour just lacks the power needed for this to be a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially the beer is quite over-carbonated, but things settle down quite quickly and the medium-full body can be enjoyed.

Overall: A solid BSDA but nothing special. I'm not sure I will seek this out again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep nut brown with a dirty thick haze. huge creamy head slowly dissipates leaving some great thick retention.

sweet and malty, with loads of fresh dark fruit, raisin, light tobacco.

very sweet with a similar flavor profile that the nose has, only with an added citrus burst in the back. slight citrus hops give this that extra bit of complexity.

very full, chewy, lots of mild carbonation to fill this out.

although sweet, very delicious. a must try

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Photo of happy5930
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Cschmidt87
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of 13esd
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kmwilson76
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of apintofknowledge
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Bottled Feb 2011; a pronounced pfffft as the cap is removed

A - Even a slow gentle pour yields two fingers of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Pours a clear deep amber.

S - Interesting combination of aromas. A bit vinous with raisins and figs. caramel and a small amount of chocolate. Some of the aromas seem to be clashing, but good overall.

T - Taste starts off with a bit of caramel and dark dried fruits, with some green apple, grapes, a bit of pepper and dark brown bread from the middle through the finish. Also a very faint yeast funk. Aftertaste reminds me of red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of with maybe a bit too much carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of earthiness.

O - Very enjoyable and unique strong dark ale. Very interesting combination of flavors. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of hardy008
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque medium to dark brown color with a large foamy tan head with great retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, and a bit of tartness.

The taste is much like the aroma. Green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, some tart cherries, and a small amount of hops. This comes together nicely to make a sweet beer, which is not overly sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied, creamy, with above average carbonation. Has a light sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of animal69
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (July 2011) into a snifter. Picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales a few weeks ago.

The pour is a deep, dark, murky brown. I wanted to call it plum until I looked at it near some light. Saying that there's some dark, dark red in there may be pushing it. A very cautious pour still yields nearly two fingers of tan foam. The head retains pretty well. Very little lacing stuck to the glass.

The first thing I notice about the nose is how tart it is; that's not to say that it's the dominant characteristic, but I was taken aback by it. I'd be lying if I said I could identify the various spices that I smell, so I'll just say that there are spices in there. There are dark fruits in there like plums, raisins, maybe red apples and grapes. Also some caramel.

Dominant flavor is dark fruit. Red apples, grapes, plums (hell, maybe even cherries) - all sweet and tart flavors. There's also sweet caramel and toffee, bread, and spices.

There's a boozy burn, but it's not terribly noticeable. It's very possible that the spice flavors and lightly tingly carbonation worked in tandem to cover it up. Body is medium-full. The carbonation is prickly, but falls short of being overdone. It's an easy drinker given its complexity and alcohol content, but there's no rush.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from a local store because the guy who worked there told me it was Belgian Sour, LOL, i come home and check it out on BA and it is a Strong ale. wow. Luckily this beer turned out to be really fantastic, absolutely no regrets buying this one.
The pour is a dark sunburst amber color, dark brownish amber, with a really large head that blooms as you pour, very attractive.
The aroma has grapes and other darker fruits and spices, is good in it's own right but just is a prep for the coming flavors that are fantastic.
The flavors are deep, so deep and complex you can pick it apart the whole bottle. Deep Grape flavors of a low tannin Pinot are in abundance, some fresh baked fluffy wheat bread, a myriad of spices, clean red apples, pomegranite juices, and Tawny port for some sweetness and earthy notes. Fantastic.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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