WillRunForBeer (1002) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
#700. Bottle, 2004 vintage, shared at SW bottle share. Pours mahogany with a scant off white head. Aroma is tart cherry, cinnamon spice, some earthy oxidation. Taste is caramel, sour cherry and some earthy oxidation. Smooth. No sharpness left in the flavor. I’d say this is past its prime but still drinking quite well. 13%? I’d never believe it if it wasn’t printed on the bottle!
#700 1/2. Bottle, 2012 vintage. Color is more red than above, lots more carb. Aroma is more floral, no oxidation. Sharp tart cherry flavor, caramel is present, but less, no earthy oxidation. Rate is for 2012 vintage, 2004 gets a solid 3.9.
Countbeer (4908) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: 2013 vintage: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Hazy red ish brown with a medium to smaller sized light beige head.
Beautiful aroma of oak, berries, grapes, wilder yeast, light vinous, some fruity tart tones, some hints of spices and some light hints of ginger bread.
Flavour is wild yeast, bitter, light tart, berries, some fruity dust or dusty fruit with tart edges, some oak, malts, light vinous and some spices.
Aftertaste is berries, but dry, wood, wilder yeast, bitters...
Low carbo, light watery mouthfeel, close to full body and a light spicy light watery dry texture. Nice stuff! Close to complex... Balanced and tasty!
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"13%. not expecting sour, but it was definitely there in the flavor and aroma. what a nice little surprise. very complex. fruity malt, vinous, oak, tart, all rolled into a nice little package. not available around here or i’d get more."
ST247 (428) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @Bierhuyske. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is fruity, bit sour, red wine. Taste is a bit sour, fruity. Medium body. Nice one.
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a kind soul in a location remote of my dining room.
The beer pours a hazy red with a good head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sour cherries, oak, tart fruit, and mild vinegar. It’s got almost a soft nose, it’s not that it’s not aromatic, but nothing is especially pronounced either.
The flavor is nicely sour & plenty woody. It’s got some light booze but it most defiantly does not come off as a 13%er’ It’s got plenty of tart most especially cherries and pears. It’s rich without being awfully sweet.
Certainly something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and like with many things of this nature I’m sure there are bottles/years that would just blow the mind, this shows the potential to do that, and while being extraordinarily enjoyable it wasn’t quite there for me in that ’mind blowing’ capacity.
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Peu à voir avec l’Oerbier classique. Celle ci est sirupeuse, acide et très complexe. Fantastique.
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oak aged version of Oerbier, made for the first time in 2002 and at that time the strongest Belgian beer along with Dubuisson’s Bush Prestige (but surpassed since then by some Alvinne and Struise brews). Yellowish white, irregular, dense, very stable head (certainly with respect to the alcohol strength), ruby bronze colour, almost clear. Very powerful, unusual, oud-bruin like and vinous aroma of candied cherries, yoghurt, orange liqueur, oak, old sherry, cognac, red wine, dates, Belgian chocolates and apple sauce. Fruity sweetish taste, honeyish, fresh spiciness, soft and deep dark malts with sour component strongly reminiscent of an oud bruin; very vinous mouthfeel from beginning to finish, complex with lots of warming, port-like alcohol, which graciously manages to remain elegant, sweet and agreeable, no sign of astringency despite the ABV. This is a very appetizing, complex, vinous and fascinating ale, almost a mix of oud bruin, barley wine and quadrupel. I recommend collecting each vintage and comparing them since the barrels on which each vintage is aged, tend to differ (so deserve separate entries here!). The first version was not as sourish as later versions, the 2006 version seemed dryer with more tannins and the 2008 version seemed more soft and rounded, with a tad more roasted bitterness. Collector’s item and ideal for ageing in the cellar - too bad this brewery doesn’t use 75 cl bottles. Since there is only one entry for Oerbier Special Reserva, my scoring here is an average of all the vintages I tasted so far.
angel77 (1184) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl de zombier, tomad a en marzo de 2011. Edición elaborada y embotellada en 2009. (consumo pref y lote ilegibles) Cuerpo medio a intenso con 13 vol. Recuerdos bastante ácidos y con abundante gas. Sabores intensos, maltas y ciertos matices de maderas, seria muy conveniente repetirla se nuevo para comparar. Buena, una sorpresa en su momento.
drsordr (1323) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours dark cola brown. Nose light sour and tart, then can smell some of the Belgian candy sweet, hint of tannin. Tatse tart sour up front followed by sweet malt. Mid palate sour continues, followed by sweeter finish.
Camons (6608) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botlle @ The brewery, Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, oeak, redwine, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, tart cherries. Flavor is light sourness, malty, oak, redwine grapes, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, cherries. Medium body, average carbonation, light acidic finish. 030814