De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.19/5
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,240
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
1,004
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
4.68
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
127
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,004 |  Reviews: 477
Photo of hardy008
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +1.4%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +19.3%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of fulmer2
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of bkoch81
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SolThomas
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of mdillon86
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of redleaves
1.97/5  rDev -53%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge head, cloudy caramel color. Nose of tobacco leaf and light caramel, grapefruit. Taste is heavy carbonation, tobacco, caramel, grapefruit and metal, like rusty pipes and copper. Yeasty metallic finish. Kinda what I expect a spittoon to taste like, liquid cigarettes soaked in grapefruit juice in a copper spittoon. Very disappointing, I don't get the hype here. I can not recommend. Difficult to finish.

Edit: I let the beer warm up and ate some cheddar and pumpernickel and the beer started to get a bit better, warmer, less metallic. Added a couple points from the F.

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Photo of dcurrin
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of evilkalla
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/copper color with an inch and a half of fluffy, foamy head. A fairly large amount of carbonation is evident. Gobs of head on this one! The lacing just goes on and on and on. Amazing.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel malt, raisin and fig.

T: Has a spicy, bready character accentuated by hints of caramel and molasses. Finishes smooth, though it has a slight alcohol burn to it. It comes across a lot like a quad but with a little less alcohol and residual sweetness to it. Great.

M: Feels good in the mouth. The flavor really lingers for a long time and I can continue to taste a slight bitterness for quite a while after each sip.

O: Excellent belgian ale. Glad I purchased it. Would buy again.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of May 2010 on bottlecap. Pours a murky brown color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head does not settle far. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Intense aroma. Elements of dark fruit like figs and dates, green apple, and a rum like booziness.

The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma but still is a delight. I taste green apple and prunes. An odd combination but it works. A little candi sugar sweetness. Some yeast esters round out the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

The body feels thin for a 9% ABV beer. Also it is a touch overcarbonated that lends a fizzy feel.

Bottle conditioning was a bit overdone but otherwise this is a very good "flagship" beer that dates back to the earliest brewing roots of De Dolle Brouwers.

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Photo of paulys55
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of banjofred101
5/5  rDev +19.3%

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,004 ratings
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