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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Zimbo
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smokey medicinally sweet in the bottle this finds itself in the glass to be murky reddy brown to the eye. Initial half inch head thins quicklt.
Slight fizzy start, some shimmering sweetness with some white pepper qualities which are long. Reminiscent of Chimay Red but longer, more complex and lighter with more elegence and cherry essence end.
Almost perfect nose. So beautiful.

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Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark amber color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast with dark fruit dominate the nose.

T - Sweet brown sugar and figs, raisins and other dark fruits. This is followed by bready yeasy and slight tartness with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Excellent BSDA with ABV very well hidden. Even with that it is a sipper. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mountainous soft serve like eggshell coloured head, body is red ruby/dark brown, fantastic sticky streaks of lacing.

S - Malt forward, Dark fruits and yeast, tart green apples.

T - Dark berries, prune, brown sugar, fudge, alcohol is quite prominent.

M - Creamy and smooth body, low carbonation.

O - A top quality belgian with plenty of complexity and interest. Would probably age well. Too boozy to be anything but a sipper.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep dark mahogany color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Mildly roasted caramel. Lots of prune and raisin. Subtle bits of bubblegum.

(T)- Similar to the smell in lots of ways. Plenty of that yeasty bubblegum/banana part. Caramel malt and raisin.

(M)- A higher carbonation level, but a nice balance. Sweet, but subdued with the yeast profile. Not overly complex either, but it has it where it counts.

(D)- A solid strong dark. A good balance and smooth flavors/feel despite the ABV.

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Photo of adsomers
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best. If you haven't tried this, do.

For me, the aroma is the best part. Deep and layered aromas of fruits--raisin, plum, fig. The aroma also has a biscuit quality that really invites you to consume this hearty and satisfying beverage.

Given the aroma, the taste is not as over-the-top as you might expect. It's complex, but not sweet. Pairs excellently with food or on its own. It held up nicely against some very rich bacon and sweet potato fries I was having at the time.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry due to heavy carbonation. This makes the beer go down very easily but I would advise to let this beer settle a bit before finishing.

This is one of those beers I would call "digestible." It looks, smells, tastes, and feels wonderful. After finishing I am perfectly satisfied.

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Photo of Morningside
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Cute little round guy on the label looks off to my right, I keep wondering what he's staring at (and what he is for that matter).

Appearance: Burnt umber when held to the light, cloudy and impossible to see through. Thin latte colored head, pours about two and a half fingers thick with tiny bubbles, dissipates down to a half finger pretty quickly, but retains throughout.

Nose: Granny-smith apples are big here, as with most in the style, followed by some tart raspberries and sour cherries. Alcohol is effervecent at first, then fades a little as it warms (interesting?). Pungent earthy hops start to appear with a swirl or two of the glass.

Taste: Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs, all to be expected. Brown sugar and toffee are pretty prominent on the back-end of the palate, as are those granny-smith apples. Alcohol is a little hot here, but not as bad as some reviewers have claimed. Tart cherries make their appearance in a big way as it comes closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant amount of carbonation (much less than many young Belgian dark ales), and a warming alcoholic finish that follows down to my stomach (or maybe that's an ulcer?). Very light here.

Overall- My buddy had this in his bottle shop. He didn't know much about it, but took it in after reading the ratings. I'm glad he did. The little yellow round man wasn't going to let me leave without him. My bottle was a little young, but enjoyable nonetheless. I hear this one gets more and more tart as you age it, so I'll see what I'm in for in 6-12 months. Very, very good beer, but not quite Gouden Keizer Blauw level of awesomeness/Godliness.

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Clean, reddish brown and really no head. There is some clumping of small bubbles on the edges of the beer and the glass.

(S) Sweet, some powered sugar, and thanks to sweemzander for making the comment of gumball because that's all I smell now.

(T) Taste is of sugar, banana and toasted malt. There are some other underlying fruits in the taste but it is more of cherry and weak acids than anything.

(M) There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Medium body.

(O) Tastes more like a quad to me.

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Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Bottled 4/2011.

A- Dark, murky reddish copper. Tons of carbonation in this one. Took two pours to get the bottle into the glass. Good body on the head. Some lacing.

S- Spicy, earthy yeast notes give this a dry smell. Dark fruit like raisins behind that. As it warms the fruitiness begins to take center stage.

T- Sweet. Bready malts. Lots of dark fruit. A bit of peppery bite. A slightly metallic taste on the finishes holds this score down.

M- Nice, fairly thick BSDA.

O- A pretty nice beer. The slight metallic taste in the finish really holds this one down for me.

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

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Cloudy brown hue with two fingers of beige head. Not much lacing, good retention.

Smells of brown bread, brown sugar, estery dark fruits, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows smell, more dark fruit esters in the nose, raisins and plumbs, brown bread, cloves and phenols, a touch of banana, some alcohol spice.

Full bodied, well carbonated, spicey, kinda creamy carbonation.

Wonderful belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of jsled
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 3/5. hazy medium brown. good amount of lightly-tan head, supported by good carbonation. recedes by about half in a few minutes, no lacing.

A: 4/5. boozy. sweet. caramel. raisin.

F: 8/10. rich. sweet. caramel. malt. slightly sour pitted fruit. some alcohol, but not strong.

M: 4/5. slightly prickly carbonation, but lighter in the mouth than the flavor would lead you to expect.

O: 8/10. very nice.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled May 2010" Opened over a year later.

Pours a big light tan head in the snifter that starts smooth and creamy, and then foams, forming larger and larger "swiss cheese" bubbles. Body is a translucent ruddy brown. The head then calms down to retain at a creamy, fine-grained single finger of head which stays and stays. Some slippery lace as well.

Smells interesting if a bit subtle, plenty of Belgian yeast with great fruit esters: bananas Foster, coriander, faint sweet funk.

Taste follows the nose, chewy with caramel, banana, and that faint tart yeast that signals a nice bruin. Toffee, slightly earthy finish. Quite nice.

Interesting twofold texture: both the head and body remain perceptible without really mixing. Carbonation is relatively bright for something bottle refermented.

It's a good bruin, no doubt about it. For the money, however, I'd probably stick with Gouden Carolus Classic-- they are remarkably similar. The label is kind of cute though, and it was by no means disappointing. Curious as to how this would taste minus the age.

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Photo of moosejaw7
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's pretty ridiculous how much I love this beer. I firmly believe that you could sip this beer for hours and still not quite pick up everything it has to offer.

The color is intriguing. The nose, alluring. The taste, amazing.

When I sip this beer, it wraps me up like a warm blanket. Everything is going to be all right. The American economy? Just take another sip. My girlfriend is pissed at me again? The chubby little yellow Oerbier dude would never be angry at me. Is someone trying to break into my house? That's fine. Just let me keep my Oerbier.

Seriously, though. There is so much going on here it's crazy. Dark candy sugar, yes, so it's sweet, but not too sweet. It's more dry than anything. There is only a slight hop bitterness, but I don't have time to dwell on that. It's all coming at me too fast. Dark fruits, sweet malt, a wonderfully subtle tartness, and, oh right, there's the booze.

This is definitely a sipper, but I don't know why you'd be in any rush to finish it.

God, I love this beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a two-finger cream-colored head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Sweet caramel notes accompany malts up front, with some dark fruits -- mostly cherries -- in the background.

T: A complex mix of malty flavors and some funky Belgian yeast. Finishes with the cherry notes from the nose. Almost no bitterness at all here, with a bit of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with almost no carbonation and a dry finish.

D: The dryness and booziness unexpectedly made this one a little bit of a sipper.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany-red color; fat two finger-width head, fades quickly; slight retention; slick head, with barely any lacing.

S: Earthy notes with some wood, spice, and Belgian yeast.

T: Starts out with a sweet light yeasty flavor; the carbonation opens the flavor up almost immediately to reveal subtle earthy flavors with notes of Belgian yeast, some tartness, and a hint of spice; finishes dry with a slightly metallic lingering yeastiness; no hint of booze at all -- where are they hiding the 9% ABV?

M: Fairly thick and chewy despite the strong carbonation that tickles the tongue nicely as it opens up the flavors. Phenomenal mouthfeel.

O: This is a great beer -- not exceptional -- but great. I would love to buy it again except that it costs $6.99 for a 33cl bottle, too much in my opinion. If you love Belgian Dubbels or Belgian Strong Dark Ales, then you'll love this.

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

A darkest brown and opaque pour is topped by a brown head for a moment, finally a lasting skim.

Man, the tart of the yeast comes on strong in the aroma, with caramel, figs, plum and prune coming in, even a hint of chocolate, just a hint of alcohol.

Man what a taste. It starts candi and tart with the sweeter malt notes of caramel, and roast, and toffee and pastries, then the fruitiness, really plum-like in its flavor, ushers in some herbal/roasty bitter to join the yeastiness for a wonderful end. As it warms some bitter chocolate enters the taste.

Medium carb., drinks lighter than you would think, it is med/high thickness, and an excellent semi-dry finish.

Woooaaaah, each beer from De Dolle I try makes me respect and love them more. Great BSDA, get it if you spot it.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours dark brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, grain, dark ripe fruits (mainly raisins and plum), some sour red fruits and spicy hops.
Taste: Dark malts, caramel, dark fruits up front, followed by some sour lemon and red fruits with a spicy hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Perfectly balanced brew where everything blends perfectly together

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: this beer states the ABV as 9%

A - Very dark brown/crimson coloured liquid with a decent covering of caramel tinged head.

S - Dark berries and strong liqueur (port & rum). Some rich malt and old wood as well.

T - Surprisingly spicy on the tongue at first - strong carbonation coming through immediately. Sweet berry aftertaste followed up by a big coffee hit. The same dark flavours coming through as with the aroma - rum being the primary one. Definite alcoholic kick with some caramel in there as well.

M - Very vibrant at first but mellowing out as it's consumed. The dark berry aftertaste becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. Carbonation is still really strong.

O - A nice example of a dark beer but somehow lacking that killer punch. Plenty of flavours to keep you interested but the carbonation here is probably a touch too strong and masks some of the more subtle elements.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading all the positive stuff about De Dolle Brouwers I was happy to find this beer.

Not specifically liking Belgian Strong Dark Ale (preferring the blonds and tripels) I hoped this one would turn me over.

From this view this Oerbier was a bit of a disappointment.

A: Great. Bronze with a big, lasting golden top.
S: caramel; I especially didn't find all the things others have described; quite bare.
T: ripe apples, medicinal, liquoricel, quite sweat, alomst no sour.
M: good carbonation, almost too much
O: I'm missing the point why this would we one of the best BSDA's.

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