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De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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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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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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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:


A - Crazy head that kept building and building out of the glass. This was with a pretty gentle pour. I would have rated the appearance a little higher if the carbonation was so out of control. Once the head started to recede, there was amazing lacing all over my glass! The beer was a beautiful copper color.

S - Plum, tart cherry, green apple, funk, generalized dark fruits, floral, medicinal, spicy, etc. This beer is one of the more complex beers I have ever smelled! It takes awhile to discern specific aromas.

T - Brown sugar, plum, pear, dark fruits, spices, and maybe a little vinegar. Mildly tart and funky. Spicy, tart, and sweet finish. Nice.

M - Medium body. Slippery and soft. Very well carbonated.

O - Very enjoyable beer. Spent most of the time smelling the beer. Great beer! I had had this beer many years ago and didn't remember it being so amazing.

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Photo of jcurtis55
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, is this a great beer. Now granted, this was my first exposure to Belgian beer, but it sure won’t be the last. It produced massive amounts of a tan head on the pour, even with a slow pour at a 45’ angle. Dark fruit to the nose and a rich nutty flavor that completly hides the 9% alcohol. This beer tasted great right from the refrigerator and as it warmed to cellar temperature. The alcohol warmth only came it as it neared room temperature. It did not strike me as all that tart, as many have noted. One of my favorite beers to date.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Dolle Oerbier | 330 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: snifter

Radiant cherry red under light and mahogony otherwise. A nice 1/2" head rest on top.

Tart apples, malty base, not much else.

Splendid progression of flavors from the tart apple, to wheaty malts, then onto brandy, figs and prunes, and a chunk of brown sugar and wads of caramel. Really delicious, and fun.

Silky and creamy, but not heavy. Nice carbonation... almost too much.

The development of flavors is perfectly timed so that something new segues in just as you were getting used to the previous taste.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: January 2010
Served: June 29, 2011

Price = $9.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of seabass87
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.6 fl oz bottle into tulip glass.

A- Opaque dark brown body with subtle hints of carbonation on the sides. Forms a creamy, thick head that settles down quickly but sticks around for a good while.

S- Very complex smell. I'm getting dark fruits (grapes, figs) and sour cherries up front. Undertones of licorice and some apricot. Slight vanilla extract and a bit of wood. Boozy in the back.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. Dark fruits up front. I like that it transitions smoothly into the undertones; not a strong bite at all. Aftertaste I'm getting apricot and a boozy warmth.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation here. Wet mouthfeel that sticks around on your tongue for a while. Fantastic.

O- I'm fairly new to Belgian strong dark ales, so I don't have much of a reference point. Very enjoyable beer; I will be trying more of this style in the near future.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into my Westy chalice. Dark, murky brown in color with a thick and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention with some nice lacing as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter, dark fruit like flavors with some fig, plum and brown sugar to it. The Belgian yeast gives it a good dose of spice with some notes of clove and nutmeg.

The taste has a lot of the Belgian yeast spices to it throughout the beer. It's definitely a little above average on the spices in relation to others in the style I've had. I get a good amount of crisp, tart fruity flavors to it with some apple and pear coming through. The sweet, dark fruit flavor is a little more reserved at first but really shows up for the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and very creamy. Overall it was a pretty solid beer for the style. Lots of bold flavors to it, but they came together pretty nicely. It had some very nice range and depth to it as well. Very nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle from Premier in Buffalo, bottled Jan 2010 the cap tells me. Pours a murky dark brown with hints of an orange tinged ruby. Two fingers of tight khaki head on an ever careful pour, just keeps on sticking around.

Nose has cherries and a red wine vinegar note which lends a tartness, toffee sweetness, a light lemony dish soap note.

Pretty sweet, light tartness tucked in there to give it some depth and complexity. Cherries, wood, anise, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, earth, light roast, candi sugar, bit of booze in the finish, round body with a bit of carbonation sparkle in the follow through. Flanders meets Belgian dark

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy deep, deep orange-red body with a lovely two fingers of creamy tan head. Great retention, good lace. Lovely.

S: Vanilla, cassis, cherry, oak, caramel, dark fruits. Big, rich, and only lightly tart. Beautiful aroma - intense, complex, and inviting.

T: Toffee, dark fruits, and booze start things off. Beautifully Quad-like at first, but the booze just takes over midway through. Too harsh, especially for being under 10%.

M: Fairly full body, high carbonation. Intense.

O: This was a bit of a disappointment, as I couldn't get enough of the aroma but found the alcohol flavor to be simply overpowering. Maybe this bottle was just super-fresh and it will calm down with a bit of age. I definitely want to try the more sour Reserva version of this...


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Photo of hustlesworth
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cap says bottled FEB2011

A- it didn't make much commotion when i popped the cap, but there's a huge expansion of light khaki colored foam in my bulbous belgian goblet and for such high alcohol content, it really sticks around. the head settles noisily into a lumpy surface, the finally into a hearty ring with plentiful lace. the body of this one is an opaque murky deep brown with a hint of red, as the color of the label would suggest. this is a fine lookin brew.

S- the first thing i notice are basement type yeast aromas along with floral hops, definite figs, and sour cherries. digging a little further i find band aids, sweet cookie like malt, melon, papaya, pineapple, black grape, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, field corn? wtf.. green wood, damp wood, milk chocolate, and raspberry. very complex and very intriguing.

T- now i guess i understand what the little man is smiling about. oerbier begins with the lovely cherry flavor from the aroma then transforms itself into the roasted and hoppy flavors of an american porter. noble hops are clean and floral and although there is some alcohol bitterness, there's no boozy taste or rubbing alcohol or anything off-putting. the malt character here is dark and roasted and cocoa molasses and when i close my eyes i just think of black goo in a jar. after the initial hit of cherry flavor the fruit and funk are quite tame and i would very much like to age a bottle of this for a year or so to let some of these raw flavors diminish, as was the case with me and goose island pere jacques. the subtle red fruit flavor that lurks in the background and into the finish, stripped of bitterness, i would have to call pomegranate.

MF- in the beginning, the expansiveness of this beer's foam translated directly into the feel. i'm pretty sure that any mouth with a pH+8 would have caused this to foam, releasing all these wonderful volatiles into the sinuses at the cost of a few burps. my bulbous goblet is effectively a snifter on stilts, so several good swirls helped achieve a velvety, tightly carbonated feel with perfect dryness for the style.

D- after checking out the de dolle website i expected this one to be more tart, more wild, and fruitier. assertive hop flavor is well received on my end and i found the balance to be agreeable. nat en straf is doggone right.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz (!) bottle. Cap reads May 2010, so this is a little over a year old.

Uber-carbonation, glass fills up with off-white head on the slightest pour, but eventually some beer is visible, an odd shade of light reddish-brown with pink highlights. Retains well at a half finger.

Pretty good smell, reminds me of figs and fruitcake drizzled with caramel. Some brown sugar and spices.

Taste is a change compared to the nose but not bad. Unexpected tartness up front with flavors of apple and red wine, lots of yeast, caramel, licorice, slight hop presence, some warming alcohol. Some toasty bread on the finish.

Not a big fan of the mouthfeel. Feels a bit thin and too carbonated for a 9%, detracts from the flavors. A bit on the boozy side.

I think I'd like it alot more if the mouthfeel was improved, definitely not one of my favorite BSDA's but good overall.

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Photo of g00dness
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Made about 2 inches of beautiful foamy head on top, with fine bubbles tracking up through the dark woodstain brown looking beer.

The nose is complex esters, malt and yeast, giving an impression of freshly lacquered wood (especially given the color).

The taste is sweet but not in any way cloying since an excellent balance of bitter and sour keep it together. Tastes like baked apples, spices and malts with a hint of yeast and hops. Very excellent beer.

The mouthfeel is really smooth with all of the small bubbles coursing through. The high level of carbonation is probably what keeps this from being sticky, while the high amount of sweetness provides an excellent viscosity.

It's an excellently drinkable beer for a 9 percenter that is really thick.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Bottled December 2010.

A: Extravagant head swells and fills the top quarter of the glass. Lightish brown, it slowly churns and sinks. The beer has traces of bubbles shot through its dark mahogany body. In direct light, it proves barely translucent and takes on ruddy glints.

S: Yeast, tart fruit, and traces of alcohol. Liquorice? Fresh grass. Pleasant.

T/M: Big, malty, strong, and expansive. Sweet, but not sticky, with loads of candy sugars or honeycomb buttressing a mostly-malty maintaste which is accented by unripe fruit and an alcoholic dryness. Bitterish hops make a brief appearance as well.

O: Complex, delicious, rewarding, recommended. My second bottle, one I enjoyed as much as the first one, but it will likely be a long time before I have another. Too bad.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown red color with a nice, but gushing beige head which seems to be the norm for De Dolle beers. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, some esters (apples), caramels and spices. Flavors of roasted malts, caramels, apples, walnuts, liquorices, Belgian candy and spices. Good carbonation throughout and provides an interesting balance between sweet, bitter and sour palates along with a dry finish. This was an interesting and complex beer to drink. I believe this can age well.

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Photo of jsanford
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. No idea how old this is, I can't find a date for the life of me. It seems people are doing reviews of bottles with "Bottled 2010" on them, I have to assume this one is pre-2010.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy, 2-inch ivory head that settles to a thick haze and leaves nice sheets of lace.
S - Huge aromas of dark dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, and a touch of sour red wine. Very complex and delicious nose, I can't stop smelling it!
T - Hmm...this is probably a bit past it's prime. While there are nice flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and raspberry jam, there's an unpleasant metallic flavor that's really ruining this for me. Tastes like dirty pennies. Darn, I wanted to like this.
M - Mouth-feel doesn't help the issue, either. A bit thin, with an overly-fizzy level of carbonation. Definitely past it's prime or not stored correctly.
O - I'm gonna need to try this one fresh, I really feel like this should be a great beer.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml, bottled in december 2010

A- Clear/chocolate brown in colour. Head is beige, not so big but incredibly thick and shows awesome retention throughout the very last sips

S- Awesome. Aroma is strongly vinous with a sour character to it, yet it is perfectly balanced by the malt sweetness. Alcohol is detectable and brings some spiciness that has the aroma feeling more lively. Yeast (and maybe even hops) also show up to bring a moderate and perfectly in place earthy feel

T- The aroma was promising, the taste is no letdown. Malts on the sweet side with raisin and figs, yet also some stoutish background notes (liquorice, chocolate); a slight sour vinous taste gives this beer a wonderful "aged" feel, even if it's only 5 months old. Hops are not just bringing balance, with a moderate grassy character that adds to the mix; I'm also getting some hints of lemon on the tongue if i'm not wrong. Yeast is also in the mix with an earthy background feel. This is an amazing load of perfectly balanced flavours

M- Is this the smoothest beer i ever tried? A rich and yet delicate body that feels incredibly soft on both tongue and palate with an everlasting creamy feel from the head. Carbonation is moderate but you don't need much in such a beer.

O- Amazingly complex and yet perfectly balanced. You'd just want more and more. If i must find a flaw with this beer i'd say that yeast has it feeling a bit heavy in the very last sips

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Photo of bylerteck
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Really wanted to try this based on the hype and the quality of other De Dolle beers I'd had. Shared with a friend at his place. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger beige head. Dark red colour with a maroon/brown element. Good carbonation and good lacing for a half bottle pour. Half finger of retention.

S - Yeasty and some strong dark fruit. Takes some time to open up. Really yeasty with some orange notes too. Yeast dominates aggressively.

T - Yeasty, some eggs, dark fruit is really mild but there. Unpleasant. Yeast is way too aggressive and the egg type taste is probably a product of that.

M - Medium carbonation, full body. Sweet/eggy lingering notes.

O/D - I didn't really like this. I don't know if there was a problem with my bottle but this is a style I typically enjoy. I've rarely pick out those harsh notes in beers so I'd like to try another one but this isn't exactly easy to get in Canada. This just wasn't for me.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy brownish-red color that looks almost like a Flanders or something, except with a much larger tan head that diminishes rather slowly. Scent is a lot of dark fruit with some nice spiciness and Belgian yeast. Taste is quite pleasant. It's a Belgian, strong dark ale, but definitely not as sweet as most of them I've had (which is quite refreshing and different). This beer is full of dark fruit flavors without the sugar and Belgian yeast flavors. Hints of chocolate and a bit of lemon. Great taste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice crisp finish. Nice carbonation. Drinkability is high. Overall, it is a highly drinkable Belgian strong dark ale with some lovely flavors and very well-balanced.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

33cl bottle served in a chalice.

L - murky brown color with a fizzy beige head that remained as a cloud on top of my bier.

S - dark fruit and Belgian yeast, everything it's supposed to be.

T - dates, figs and raisins with a smooth yeasty background. No hint of alcohol at all.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pretty damn tasty strong ale, dark and flavorful, served in a crucible-type goblet. Tasted somewhat like an unflavored lambic. Poured a bit cloudy mahogany. Aroma of dried dark fruits. Taste of dried dark fruits, roasty malts, and some dark sugar, molasses or toffee. Complex and tasty. Medium mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,005 ratings
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