De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone.

A: Dark brownish red with a small head.

S: Baked bread, clove, banana, plum, dark cherry, and grape. Strong esters and a rich malt profile with toast and caramel. Increasingly spicy as it warms. Really nice malt profile.

T: Rich malt imparts notes of caramel and baked bread. Upper moderate sweetness with a little candied sugar. Dark fruits are pervasive, reminiscent of plum, grape, and prune. Mildly spicy, with subtle clove-like phenols. Alcohol is soft and deftly hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with upper low draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with much alcohol warming.

Overall: A very nice Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fig brown color with a healthy head of white

Smell of tart fruit, raisin biscotti, figs, plums, belgian yeast

Taste of a Mediterranean fruit bowl of purple plums, figs, raisins, honey and belgian yeast. Plenty of bread in the body of this and a little boozy but pretty complex and tasty. Very smooth going down with belgian candy sugar, plums and red berries.

High carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. This is a sipper with a boozy high abv.

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Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this was probably the second most powerful gusher I've had when opening a bottle (second only to the '09 Juliet). It sprayed like champagne, hit the walls, ceiling and cabinet. What a mess! I was only able to keep around 5oz of the bottle. It poured a dirty, murky raisin brown with a one finger toffee colored head. It smells of raisins, figs, plums, light toffee, and slight alcohol. This beer is very, very sweet. It tastes of very, very sweet raisins and dark malts. There is a boatload of dark fruits here. It drinks very smoothly and is between light and medium in body. It's just so cloyingly sweet that I'm almost glad I don't have the entire bottle to finish. It's certainly not the best Belgian Dark I've had.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with two fingers of thick head.

The aroma has an alcohol sting up front with a healthy dose of raisins and spices and some lipgloss. Dry earthiness as well.

The flavor is spice forward with raisin and alcohol in the finish. Very similar to Rochefort 10 only less boozy (if you are looking for a comparison). Straightforward and very tasty.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but appropriate. Overall this beer is very well crafted, but I think a couple years in the bottle would probably benefit it. The booziness isn't huge but it is a bit distracting. I will definitely revisit it in the future.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Swift Hibernian Lounge - I had this on lunch break 2 days in a row - poured a deep hazy mahogany into a chimay goblet, where it puts up a 1 finger head - smells of the dark cherries, burnt sugary molasses a little alcohol and a bit of funk - taste works it's way through the mouth on many levels - the dark fruitiness up front yields to an almost vinegar - like sour and then to a roasty malt finish - prickly carbonation lightens up the otherwise heavy mouthfeel -alcohol taste is slight but the high abv is otherwise noticeable - pretty good stuff off the tap, but I'd be a fool to have another on a working lunch break.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started talking to another BA'er about this and then found it the same day.

Beautiful frothy 4 finger head with an aggressive pour.
Appearance is a bit cloudy, amber, iced tea middle color.

Froth settles into nice foam.

Nose is fairly typical. Lots of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, citrus mixed with fruit and a hint of moss.

Taste is a bit maltier than expected. Lots of Earthy, yeasty bread overtones. Some phenolic banana, and hints of fig. As it oxidizes I'm getting some cloying sourness.

Finish and aftertaste is a little dry, sour.

Feels syrupy and fairly high carbonation.

Not as "hot" as many fresh Belgians. Aging could mellow it a bit, but it doesn't seem carbonated enough to last more than a year or two before going full-on treacle.

Not bad. Would like to taste their version of a Quad.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle, cap printed May 2010. Poured into Lion's Pride snifter.

Reddish, muddy brown look with a nice inch-tall head that settles down to a nice foam covering. The aroma is of extremely sugary sweet cherries. Really unique smell. Flavor is many different levels- candied cherries, figs, and candy "grape", some phenols, a little bit of funkiness and tartness. Fantastic sweet flavor with a dry finish. The high carbonation also lends a great finish to the beer.

I definitely prefer Stille Nacht by de Dolle, but after getting adjusted to the sweet candiness of it, I really like this beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never posted a review of this. One of my favorites. Cap stamped Bottled MAY2010. 11.6 (?) oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Starts to gush a little per usual. Pours a dark brown with rich frothy tan head. Aromas of wooly dark caramel, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate covered oranges.

Palate is crisp despite being rich in malt. A little funk seems to hide in the background, no sourness though. Orange rind mixed with earthy dark chocolate nibs and chocolate covered raspberries. Finish is long and somewhat drying. Great carbonation level.

Notes: My favorite De Dolle brew by far and maybe my favorite Belgian beer. FFO Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark ruby tinged amber/mahogany with a slight haze. A quarter of an inch of tan head rests at the top of the glass. The head quickly recedes into a thin halo of foam. Oerbier has a warm and inviting appearance.

S- The aroma consists of a huge dark fruit characteristic. Gobs of ripe plum, date and raisin upfront with a slight tart cherry note. Sweet sticky Belgian candi and estery alcohol bite in the middle. Finishes clean and crisp with a dry cake like nature.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma like the return of the chorus in a great pop song. Opens with ripe staining dark fruit. Alcohol warmth is felt in the chest and bolsters the fruitiness. Dry Finish with a spiced tart cherry infused cake.

MF- has a medium body with an average bubbly carbonation. There is a hint of astringency and prickly booze on the palate with an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D- Medium drinkability. Oerbier has a very bold flavor and aroma however the construction is simply straightforward. They are stacked in a straight line instead of being woven together like a tapestry. That being said the construction should not put the drinker off. The building blocks themselves are superbly delicious and would pair extremely well with a pungent sharp cheese or grilled beef/lamb!

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Photo of DPFRD
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Dark, nearly opaque, but a reddish brown hue is noticeable in the right light. Great head.

Smell: Dates and Sweet Malty aromas jump out at first. Almost a port like aroma developing. Seems like it could age real well.

Taste: Complex dark fruit and molasses stand out at first, but once I adjust, I begin to experience a tart sour funk. It hits your throat like a port after you sipped some water, leaving an almost tannin like aftertaste. If you relish a sip for a bit, you will soon feel some phenol warming affects and also some pepper that finishes tart in the end. Quite distinct, very intense, but controlled... Bravo.

M- Thick and creamy, very well carbonated because I felt it even through such a pronounced body.

O- This is a keeper. If it were a chick, she would have an amazing face, and great tits followed by a nice ass, with a freaky side that paid off. This beer is like a thick dubbel that had the wild funk deployed on it. It has characteristics that remind me of an abbey type brew and some wild ale/sour notes too. A beer to sit and contemplate on, especially if you brew... this is good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at abbey,

Huge frothy head forces a very slow pour, leaves some sticky Belgian lacing, dark auburn rosy molasses colored beer.

Nose has some Belgian candi sugar, dark malts, molasses, caramelized sugars, toffee, dark fruits bit of plum and raisin, bit nutty and light spices touch of booze.

Taste is a little creamy, some nutty spices, little booze, toffee, caramelized sugars, raisin, dark malts, light bitterness with a slight earthy slight herbal hop bite, touch of minerality. Finishes lingering herbal hop bitterness, some sticky malts, bit of malts, nutty spices lingering. The herbal hops are a lot more dominant than I ever remember in the bottle. Perhaps the freshness of draft brings them out rather than aged in the bottle, but either way I'm not a big fan of those hops. The combination is nice and bottle aging adds a nice mellower taste..

Mouth is med bodied bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good strong Belgian beer with nice flavors.

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Photo of wschmit
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: BIG head. I could not fit the bottle into the Duvel tulip if I tried, with the gentlest pour, to minimize the head. Big, beige head sits on a very cloudy, chocolate body with some carbonation. Gobs of webbed lacing.

S: The heady scent of baking brown bread wafts my way from a foot away. Tea, honey, and clotted cream notes hide any shred of alcohol.

T: Not as sweet as I expected, the beer comes off as slightly tart, musty, mellow and round. The caramel-raisin maltiness that I expected is subdued, playing a supporting role to mildly acidic, candy-sugar yeastiness.

M: Medium body, despite the darkness and alcohol. The carbonation comes through in the clutch.

D: Too high. This combines so many features of Belgian beers that it's a bit scary. Strong, dark, balanced, tart, yeasty--an exemplar of a varied style.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that is barely clear if you hold it up to a light. Lots of foam in the duvel tulip glass too. Tastes of caramal brown sugars with a slight dark fruit finish. Its very drinkable for the 9% alc, no hotness at all. Was hoping for a little more 'wow' with the flavour though. Still a good BSDA though.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: dark amber brown with bubbly, thick tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: dark fruits, molasses, figs and sweet malts.

Flavor: depressing given the aroma. less than robust for a BDSA. belgian spices, malty, prune, sour and tart.

Mouthfeel: fizzy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: i love BDSAs and this was disappointing. it tastes more like a dubbel-flemish sour ale hybrid.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at memphis taproom. Baller two de dolle on draft in the same night.

A- comes to me with a small cap of tan head that settles instantly to leave just a couple specks of lace on the glass and a mirror finish on top. Dark brown red in color with a good bit of haze to it.

S- dark fruits and a touch of sour cherries. Complex layers of dark malts and slightly funky yeast.

T- fruity and funky with musty grape skins, dried cherries, some apples. Malts are well roasted and bring a bit of chocolate and dark breadiness to the mix.

M- the body on this is just perfect to style and with a nice light yet effrevesant carb that keep a rather big bsda quite light on the palate.

D- great stuff. Every time I get the chance to enjoy a de dolle its always a treat but on draft is a whole other monster. Its like a familiar room on drugs, safe and warm but new and mind blowing at the same time. Its a special thing to get to see thing from another angle sometimes.

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Photo of shortsqueeze
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely ale that began to shine only after a suitable period of aeration and increased temperature.

A. Beautiful blood orange with a dense two finger head, light cappuccino in color. Settles down to a quarter inch. Not translucent, but takes the light well.

S. Brown sugar (lots), apple cider, raisins and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Very nice! It took a good 30-40 minutes to open up in the glass.

T. Brown sugar, citrus, prunes, apples. A very long finish, slightly tart and then astringent. Alcohol beautifully integrated.

M. Smooth on the palate with a nice balance of carbonation and astringency, neither overly prevalent.

D. Perfectly drinkable. I want to open another bottle right now!

One of the first things I am going to do next week is go out and get more.

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Photo of babaracas
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear brownish red with two finger dense cream colored head, settles to half inch that never leaves and trails rings of sticky lace. Smell: floral and citric (rindy) hopping, pear and plum, slightly chalky and medicinal, brown sugar. Taste: dark brown sugar beneath a huge black plum flavor (nice), a little chalky with a leafy and spicy hopping. A little pear towards the end of the sip as it warms. Active but smooth carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. Very tasty and fantastically drinkable.

Bottled May 2010.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dense hazy brown body with a red glow to it at the base of the glass. There is a sea of microbubbles that trail up the side of the glass to a thick mushroom head of light tan that last and last pushing above the glass.
S- The slightly woody hint has some soft dark candy notes and a faint musty note with some fresh cream hints in the finish.
T- The nutty caramel flavor has some sweet dark fruit notes that linger in the finish. There is a woody quality to the caramel that comes through when the beer warms.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly slippery texture and a full finish with the soft carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed. There is a great flavor to this simplistically complex beer.

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Photo of infi
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Dark maroon color with nice amounts of effervescence at the nucleation site of the glass. Huge frothy off-white head atop the beer with great retention, which creates nice loose sheets of lacing per swirl. The nose carries an interesting lambic characteristic. Full of sour cherries and green apple skin. Almost vinegary in scent, but not too overpoweringly pungent. There's also a slim amount of Belgian candied sugar that gives off a nice sweetness towards the end.

Taste is characteristically dark fruity, namely raisins and figs, along with a good yeast quality to it. No sourness/pungency as identified in the nose. Good malt bill throughout with a brown sugary coating overall. There are notes of some sort of earthy spiciness as well. Finishes dry on the palate. No alcoholic heat either. One thing to be noted is that the beer loses carbonation relatively fast in the glass, so try not to nurse it too long.

Mouthfeel is very light and lively with lots of carbonated prickly feel on the tongue. Not quite what I'm used to compared to other BSDA's. Drinkability is moderate. Finely crafted overall.

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Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a filthy, 33cl little bottle of this while cleaning out my garage. Okay... I wasn't actually cleaning it, I was looking for beer. You got me. I am *pretty* sure this is 3+ years old, but who knows...

My Tripel Karmeliet glass was dirty and I was lazy, so I grabbed a New Belgium goblet (very solid glass) and away we go...

A. One of the defining characteristics of many De Dolle beers (biers I suppose) is just how darn entertaining the head is. This is no exception, and even a slow pour generates a fat, half glass of head that is dense and meringue-like, (yes I know I need new adjectives, sue me) and has terrific staying power. The toasted tan head slowly fades from the bottom up, crackling all the way and leaving rocky foam hills and valleys throughout. Positively fun. Oh yeah, the beer is a dark maroon, mostly clear with some yeasty bits. I left a good bit of yeast in the bottle.

S. Odd... now that the head has died somewhat and I can get a clean shot at this thing it is... strange. Fruity, with a lot of Dubbel-esque notes (fig, prune, brown sugar, yeasty bite) but there's a pretty wide thread of red-currant sour in here that is quite Flanders, plus some rather unwelcome musty / metallic notes - quite possibly my fault. Getting some booze including some bigger alcohol - unsurprising at 9.5%. Slightly rooty, dirty nose here that suggests either an interesting yeast strain or simply the tribulations of spending 3 years in a garage in South Carolina. Argh.

T. Mellow, rustic dates that have sat outside for a few days. Very complex and almost herbal at times... this is one quirky beer. Take one part Westy 8, one part Goudenband, and add a dash of Chimay Red and you'd get something like what this is. It's musty, and boasts hints of pepper, lemon rind, and earth while maintaining, somehow, a floundering ship full of overripe red apples, candi sugar, figs, and prunes. Some toasty malt here, and it's all very complex... hmm. It is growing on me by leaps and starts. Would go very well with a spiced apple dish, I think... maybe pork? Yes, pig.

M / D. Softish in the mouth, medium body, mildly dry and leaves a lingering estery-autumn sweet taste. Very supple and silky. Candi sugar, beets. Goes down easy, but is a contemplative sipper. Really, the one bottle suits me tonight.

The final verdict is really that I need more Oerbier, and fresh next time. I'm completely unsure if I've hurt or hindered this bottle by putting it in time-out - quite possibly a bit of both. This was tasty and has loads of potential but didn't *quite* converge into Pure Deliciousness like I suspect it can. Recommended... but don't take my word for it.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Healthy Spirits in SF (owner said it was one of his top 5 beers he'd ever had)

Pours red-brown opaque with a large head and a bit of lacing that dissipates quickly.

Nose is really interesting, huge pear, pineapple, ripe pungent cherries, and earthy, woody yeasty notes...very much like a california Viognier white wine - amazing and very complex, geared nose.

Taste is like nothing i've ever had in a beer...a bit tart, very ripe fruit driven, pears, more of the cherries, a very nice caramel, brown sugar malt backbone that opens up wonderfully, moves to earthy, corky notes, then finishes dry and bitter with lingering dried fruit and tobacco...gets better as it warms.

mouthfeel is smooth and thick.

An excellent beer like nothing i've ever had, this is the base beer for flemish sours, but i like this better than any flemish sour i've had - way more subtle and complex...very wine-like. This is a very excellent of the nicest beers i've had in a while.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- raisins, sherry, buttered bread, tart aftertaste

color- deep amber/brown with a rose hue throughout

clarity- clear

smell- oak, caramelized malt, apple, bubblegum, white chocolate in the finish

body- huge tart/bitter bite, mouthwatering, astringent, sour, effervescentness on the outside of the tongue, medium-body and length finish

appearance- nice rocky off-white head when first poured with quick dissipation and no lace to speak of

overall impression- great beers from these guys, a treat always, something everyone must try to experience the "original"

notes/comments: yeast pours from the bottom of the bottle. deceptively strong ale that packs a punch at 9%...good for a cold rainy night

glassware: tulip

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's up here just started carrying some De Dolle beers, and I'm looking forward to trying them.
Bottled May 2010.
In a snifter the beer was a murky brown color with red highlights. A thick tan head that was sticky.
Peppery spice aroma, fruit, and a good amount of malt.
Big malt taste, raisin and dark fruit. Spicy and hoppy.
Nice balance between smoothness and aharpness.
Very good beer.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 33cL bottle into a branded tulip at tBruges Beertje in Bruges.

A: Very deep red, brown on first glance but pure red when held to light . Head was 1.5 fingers, light tan, and had ok retention.

S: Malty and fruity. Caramel malt and dark fruits especially. Slightly spicy with clove, tobacco, nutmeg. Slightly nutty as well. Very complex and nice aroma.

T: Berries and spices on first glance. Dark fruits and good malty character. Finishes fruity and yeasty with berry and spiced dark fruits. Not so complex as the smell but still very well done.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2010, purchased today, poured into my glass but a few moments ago. Beer is brown and hazy with a big tan head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly yeasty but mild overall.

Beer is sweet and thin with lots of carbonation in the mouth. Its not boozy at all, its good, mildly spicy, good yeast character and breadiness overall. Its a good beer, not my favorite de dolle thus far but its solid.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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