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Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Diksmuide, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2010 bottles: 13% ABV.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2004
Aroma: finger nail polish remover, vegetables, honey, mint, rubbing alcohol, bananas, and dark bread.
Appearance: yellowish-brown, small white head and lacing.
Flavor: bananas, sugars, vanilla, mint, cinamon and other spices, nectar taste, and nuts. Much better than the scent.
Palate: very smooth, slight burning alcohol aftertaste combined with carrot juice flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2004
(Bottle) I truly enjoy De Dolle Brouwers beers and this is no exception. Pours a medium brown with orange highlights and a gorgeous beige head. Has an alcohol and cherry aroma. Flavors of caramel, bananas, apples, candy, and a hint of burgundy oak barrel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3664) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Lovely, lovely beer. A frothy palate with a sour, Rodenbach-like sense, although with a relatively quick finish. Fruity, cherry/kriek aroma, then sweet and sour in the finish. Wonderful! A beer of far more complexity and grace than virtually any of the American beers populating the Top 50.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 2007. burgundy with a tan head. mildly acidic/brett-like throughout. wonderfully delicate texture and soft, natural carbonation. deep and complex like nothing else. rivals some of the best beer and wine in the world.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
hazy red/brown, lacey off white head. vinous, toasty aroma with peppery notes. very apparenty barrel aging. spicy tart fruit flavour with sweet and sour malt notes and a winey finish. excellent. thanks josh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 27, 2004
330ml Bottle: Pours brown/orange with a very large off white head. Aroma of fruit, particularly grapes and hints of apple. Sourness in the taste not unlike Rodenbach. Winelike which is nice. Finishes a bit dry and slightly sour. A nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2004
A hazy dark amber beer with a fine head. The aroma is sweet malty with hints of sourness. The flavor is sweet and sour, malty and very complex - with the alcohol completely hidden. A truly amazing beer. Thanks a lot to Jeppe (BierKöning) for sharing this one with me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 2002 bottle 6-8 months after bottling
Wow, magnificent aroma of bordeaux wine, quite young smelling, with some definite oakiness. Also lurking in there is some alcohol, ripe berries, light citrus and plenty of yeast. Aroma is incredibly sniffable and full. Moderately hazy (bottle conditioned it says) with some light apricot oranges, some rose tinges and a lovely off-white head with some light reddish hues. Big vinous flavor immediately sets in, with tons of wood notes, a hint of cherry and then the beer comes on. Medium-full body, tremendously chewy yeast and ever so delicately lurking. The bordeaux certainly takes the show, but the beer adds a decidedly yeasty flavor, that works very well. Finish is chewy, some hints of caramel, with a hint of spice. A bit of orange fruit towards the end and some sweetness comes out. On the aftertaste is a lingering flavor of strawberries and grapes that is immensely pleasant. A beer that does so many things. I could easily sip this beer for hours on end. Deliciciously complex and brings the best of both worlds. Tons of leathery tannins, grape skin and on the finish a flavor that reminds me much of pomegranate. Exquisite with strong, ripe cheese. The only thing I wanted more of, was a bit more malt depth, to provide a more powerful beer flavor. But then, I think I need to appreciate the subtlety.

2005 bottle drunk on 9/30/07
Extremely enticing aroma is much more apple-like and tart than expected. Juicy and tart red/pink apples, with a touch of grape enliven this fully fruity aroma, as a well-attenuated maltiness of raisins, light caramel and honey brace it. Light phenols and very soft wood notes that help soften the alcohol (which is, then, very well-concealed). Very strong aroma, with no flaws.
Delicious Belgian Dark Strong ale shows so much more interesting yeast character than almost all in its class, which is why De Dolle is so well set apart from other bre

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2004
I was really looking forward to trying this as the ordinary Oerbier is one I really like and drink often! I was very surprised to discover how different this barrel matured version was!!!
The beer is hazy amber orange with a nice foamy head. Penetrating alcohol in the aroma, but not overwhelming. Vinous with wood and sour fruit notes. Flavor is surprisingly vinous with tones of vinegar and plenty of fruit. Nice biding finish. This is more like a sour ale, I can't believe how much it has developed in the casks! The high ABV is very well hidden, the alcohol is there, but it never gets too much!! This is really delicious stuff and a huge thanks goes to Denton (Jokes) for trading me this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2004
A single bottle to try -- maybe I'd like it, maybe not. There is no highly-regarded beer that I dislike more than regular Oerbier, so I approached this one with trepidation. Served at room temperature. Small beige head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous -- some plum and cherry. Taste is medium sweet, vinous, some wood, plum, apple. The alcohol is noticeable, particularly in the warming finish, but despite having much more than the regular Oerbier, its presence is much more restrained. Full body with light acidity.


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