3fourths (6948) - StraŖgiech, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Multiple bottles. Very lightly hazed golden straw colored body with a large white head. Spicy floral yeast nose in a purely farmhouse saison character: dusty, earthy, minerally, with an amazing softness and delicateness, while still remaining spicy and effervescent. Rich but not thick, with some banana and clove developing as the yeast becomes mixed later in the glassÖ that amazing De Dolle yeast, so minerally, earthy, and dusty, with a light wheat sweetness. Finish even shows some green hops, and again the dryness and yeast character round out a nearly perfect beer from De Dolle.
Rastacouere (6044) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One year past the BB date, this is the Museum declination from Belgian shop. Superb mountainous white head thrones over an almost milky, cloudy golden body. Wildly yeasty nose, a beautiful strain, quite farmy and leather-like and tracing the path to those pungent, hypothetically Hallertauer hops, fully floral, clean, concentrated almost. So dry in mouth, the bitterness may have went aside a bit under the age to leave more room for the yeastiness to express, but the sheer dryness is stone-like, sandy, sprucey and tree gum like. This is not done yet, its mouthfeel may be the most attractive feature, feeling totally natural, hugely herbal of an almost unrivalled sweetness for a beer with such strong carbonation, but the very active bubbles are soft on the tongue, massaging the tastebuds. Spectacular offering, how can these guys offer this as a gateway or simple basic offering is a mystery for this is a gorgeous ale beyond the reach of 99% of this planetís brewers.
Jerre (2228) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gold hazy colour, with a nice white head. Taste of honney, alcohol and lemon, with malty notes.
Bitter in the finisch.
very drinkable ! Like this since years..
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp
Classic De Dolle pour: hazy gold-copper, large fluffy white head that lasts forever. Complex yet mellow nose of hop, yeast, pepper, cream. Flavor is very refreshing, slightly tart. Yeast, wheat, a little cream. The hop is awesome here, so fruity and juicy! You will not find a better palate: medium-full and lush yet completely smooth, and yet also just carbonated enough to ease the weight and keep it light and prickly. Long finish. While itís not complex as a couple others from them, it is very integrated and reflects the consistent quality of De Dolle. Thanks so much for the rarity Dany!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: peppery, some soapiness, grains, and earthiness
Appearance: golden yellow, large white head, lacing
Flavor: peppery, grassy, grainy, nice earthiness and minerals, some lactic-ness
Palate: lactic tasting, earthiness, and grassiness
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 spicy, bitter aroma with a powerful head. flavor ends up riding malty with very mild hop presence (almost all in aroma). excellent yeasty flowery belgian style.
round 2: i donít remember drinking this one before, so iím gonna give it another go (i think this bottle is maybe a different year too). I think the bottle is from 2001 (the plane on the label says "001" on it, which makes it 4 years old. It hasnít aged as well as some of their other beers (the lower alcohol content may be to blame), but its still quite drinkable, just predominantly tart. aroma is subdued, and malt complexity is mostly hidden by the tartness.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly large head. Great citric, fresh & sweet/sour aroma. Peculiar tartness in the taste, very spicy, and very refreshing. I like this one alot. It goes very well with Thai food - it matches the coriander/chilli/lemongrass/kaffir sweet & spiceyness very well. Recommended!
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grapefruit, mango, apricot fruitiness with creamy icing sugar sweetness in the nose. Hazy golden tan with dense, large, fine-bubbled, white head that lasts very well and laces beautifully. Mango, grapefruit and tropical citrus fruit flavours are joined by doughy yeast, candy sugar, and soapy, floral, perfumey, lavender hop flavours. Moderately strong finishing bitterness. Light airy body with fairly assertive carbonation that is sharp and lightly prickly. Definitely wakes up the tastebuds. Bottle sampled at GBBF 2005.
jerohen (1863) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Hazy golden coloured, gigantic white head, beautiful. Very nice yeasty aroma, a bit like youíre on a farm, similar to a good saison. Dry flavour, hops, malts and spices fantastically balanced. Iím not a fan of all Dolle brews, but this is certainly good.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Hazy banana gold. Signature De Dolle foam. Fat, sticky, pure-white foam generates dense clumps of cream. Heavenly scents of honeycomb, lavender, rosehips, lemony hops, and doughy yeast leap from the glass. Peppery phenols awaken as it sits. Equally fluffy and expansively effervescent. Yeasty body films the tongue. First sip yields a palate clasping mixture of doughy yeast, ashen oak, and bread flavored malt dust. Trace honeycomb sweetness comes and goes. Spicy aniseed and minty alcohol dryness enhance the pervasively musty yeast character, which, along with the lush malt frame, pillars the body, throughout. Remarkably structured. Fruitiness is squelched by the peppery dryness and brash hop character. Heavily herbaceous, showing oodles of lavender over a leafier herb punch as things progress. Finishes with a late wave of understated phenolic dryness alongside smidgens of white pepper and a salty herbal-hop brush, as lavender and doughy yeast steadily soften the lasting aniseed sting. Rustic but elegant. Another De Dolle classic.