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


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RATINGS: 1052   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Quite sourish and geuze-like aroma and flavour. Very carbonated. A little dusty and cella-like palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2004
06.26.04 330ml bottle. First off, everyone is calling this beer "hazy" or "cloudy" but mine poured crystal clear. Dark indeed, a deep, red, teakwood brown, but I can clearly see the stream of bubbles rising from the etching in the bottom of my tulip glass. I didnít pour too slowly and I got about 2cm of creamy beige head from a chilled (44 F) beer. That said, on to the aromas: Ripe pear is the first and most prominant of the fruity aromas, I also note spiced apple, cherry pie, raisin, and I sense that this beer will be sour. And sour it is from front to back, yum! Lots of woodsy flavors blend nicely with dark fruits, cherry notes, and fruity acidity. Alcohol comes through in the finish in a cidery kind of way. The mouthfeel is full and effervescent, not thick. Wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
If De Dolle Oerbier was great, the Special Reserva should be greater. No. Itís a good beer but I like the regular better. This also poured an inviting reddish/copper with foamy white head. The aroma was fruit, malt, spice, alcohol. Complex but not as appealing as the Oerbier. Good mouthfeel. Very potent flavor. Sharp. Astringent. Strong alcohol. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Again one hell of a beer from De Dolle. Not as good as the stille natcht or the orbier (non reserva) but hey. it works for me. Dark brwon with a big tan frothy tan head. The nose is alcoholy and malty with this swift kick of cherry and alcohol and pine in the taste. So hey, it does the trick tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9979) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 22, 2004
cloudy amber-brown colour, almost no foam, very complex aroma: fruity (apple, cherry), slightly spicy, notes of alcohol, vinous, raisins, lot of carbonation, acidic, strong bitterness, the finish is very dry, malty and fruity (prune) with a long warming alcohol touch - very good but as much as I was thinking - a big thank you to Clarkvv for this one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Deep orange borwn, decent head. Wonderful vinuous aroma with sweet and woody notes, along with a bit of currants. Alohol note also present, attested to by the fact that later on a gnat flew across the opening of the glass and fell dead into the brew. Yikes! Initial flavor was overwhelmingly sour, with some sweet notes on the finish. Became more complex as it warmed and the sourness fell back a bit. Clear elements of wood and wine were present, with the Bordeaux making itself known. All in all, simply not my favorite, as I felt the tartness interfered too much, but I can see how people could really go for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Pours a odd deep brown with a grey tinge to it with a fast fading off-white head. Aromas of toffee, nuts a slight prune touch and a little earthy musk. Wow... mmmmmm.... this is the most unique belgian strong ale Iíve had yet. Fairly sour and dry on the palate which makes your tongue want more and more. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.. Flavors of banans, a little cherry, a little hint of spice.. This is definitely a only one at a time brew. Outstanding...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 Re-Rate. 2006 vintage; bottle purchased and drunk at Kulminator, Antwerp. Transluscent dark brown-ruby in the glass with a mostly diminishing tan head. Smells are Rodenbach-ish, with sour cherry not quite as warm and full as in Rodenbach beers, mixed with Granny Smith apples and light spices. Taste was not as sour as I expected after the smell. This picked up a lot of good barrel character: dry on the tongue with a dark plum undertone at first with fizzy, winey alcohol and cherries in the middle; finish displays a tannic and distinctly wood driness after a slight burst of citric acidity. Further sips show the cherry in the middle to be wonderfully distinct, yet surrouned by slightly tobacco-ish tastes and lots of wood. Wonderful counterpoints of barrel tannins and driness with the juiciness up front and at the very beginning of the finish. Worlds better than the previous bottle I had, which was probably a 2004 vintage. The overall score above is a combination of the two ratings heavily weighted toward this more recent one. 8/4/9/5/18 = 4.4. <P> Original Rating.6/14/2004. Bottle, Maproom, Chicago. Iím slightly unsettled by this. I liked it, but I felt like I maybe shouldnít, or that I should like it more but didnít. It just didnít feel right. As the first Oerbier Iíve had, maybe I was discovering that I donít like the style. Either way, despite any misgivings, I liked it. I smelled cherry with a garnish of spruce and a little honey. It poured a deep amber color with an almost off-white head that was mostly diminishing. Initially, it tasted lightly sweet, moderate-to-heavily acidic and not at all bitter. The finish picked up some bitter, kept the sweetness and the acidity. It reminded me of a combination of grapefruit and banana. 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle. Really intriguing stuff. Lots of different flavours coming through. Oaky, sour cherry, some chocolate, and acidic sourness. Rich, yet mildly refreshing at the same time. This is a very intereting , unique beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 29, 2004
330 ml. brown bottle. Poured out a murky, cloudy caramel brown color. Thick tan colored head on this brute, it lasted until the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of sour apple candy, sugar, brettanomyces galore. Very little in the malt aromas and no hop aromas at all. Sour tasting, either on purpose or itís infected. Lactic tang right up front, lemon juice middle, and mouth puckering finish to it. Man, this is one sour ass beer! It takes you by surprize, that much is certain. Mixed mascerated fruits in the mix, along with a plum wine taste as well. Not my favorite Belgian, thatís for sure.

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