irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is a hard beer to rate. It pours an extremely murky, overcarbonated brown/orange with a giant head. The nose is oak, candi sugar, a suprisingly clean alcohol, and tart fruit. The taste is extremely dry and acidic, all fruit, fizz and booze. Almost champaign-like. You may not like this beer, but it is worth trying.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a gopod head - what else from a De Dolle beer? Dark brown almost opalesque color. Beautiful in the light of the setting sun. Musky, fruity aaromo that makes me thinkof fermenting (rotting?) cherries in a dusty cellar. First sip was tart, hot from alcohol and OAK. The flavors didn;t seem to have melded yet - perhaps the beer was a bit too cold. 15 or 20 minutes later, half way through the glass, it is coming together much more nicely. Dry, tart, wood, complex flavors fromthe interaction of malt, yeast and wood. A good beer now, but I think with age teh wood will mellow and it will be even better.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque orangey-red with a voluminous head. Aroma of pears, apples, malt, alcohol...interesting and appetizing. Sourish, sappy body carries notes of earth, low-lov crystal malts, pear, wood, straw and late alcohol. A real pleasure.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 2002, tasted 2/04: Clear brown with a big fizzy quickly diminishing head. Cherries, apricots, and bready yeast in the nose. Complicated (yet oddly balanced) array of flavors--woody, sour cherries (overall the beer is on the sour side), cherry wine, some bitterness, some brett (horseblanket) perhaps?), funky yeast. A very interesting, neverending gobstopper of a beer that presents new flavors upon each sip.
2002, tasted in 2007: Slight gusher. Nose is nice--a bit of oxidation, but overall pleasant, fairly sweet, with some apple notes, red wine. Quite tart, notable oxidation. Heading toward a lambic--seems like the brett’s done some more work, as this is much drier than I recall. There’s some slight residual sweetness, some cocoa notes, but sour is the name of the game now.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a large head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a poor lace. The body was hazy brown colored mostly transparent and had no visible carbonation. The aroma was vinuous and had some caramel notes to it. The mouth feel was strongly vinuous from start to finish and gave me the beer shivers. The flavor was port-like with vinuous caramel and raisin flavors. This brew was just a little over-the-top for me.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a beer! Reddish in color with a small head that dissapated rather quickly. Yeasts and fruits in the aroma gave it a nice sweet smell. Sweet fruity flavor, maybe apples or cherry, or other such fruit, in the beginning that gave way to a bit of a sour twinge at the end. Really tasty.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This review actually applies to the 2003 edition. Extremely tasty- strong full bodied flavor with light yeasty finish. Now, can they go back to making Oerbier the way they used to??
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml. bottle: This one poured a rich, cloudy mahogany color. There was a decent amount of head to it, which lingered nicely. The aroma was both sweet and sour. Definite fruits (cherries and apples) in there also. The taste was also fruity, having both sweet and sour notes. The apples are slightly on top of the other flavors. Maybe a hint of caramel, but nothing at all like some of the other Belgians. Some alcohol coming through also. This is a wonderful beer. Thanks Bert (aka slob)!
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! What a delicious Belgian beer! This is definitely a sipping beer due to the abv and one that gets even better as it warms. Scrumptious! It poured an average sized off-white head that was frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was semi-transparent and uncarbonated with a reddish hue. The nose was fruity, sweet, spicy and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, sour alcohol and fruity. The mouthfeel was smooth, somewhat tingly and it had a slight burning sensation. The texture was medium and the lacing was fair. If you like Belgian Strong Ale beer, I highly recommend trying this one. It's a winner in my book! Thanks to flemdawg for sharing this one last night with thedm and myself at our home.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a reddish hue, smallish white head that sticks around with some nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet, lots and lots of candied apples, slightly spicey (maybe a bit of nutmeg), very sweet, a hint of white grapes. Flavor is super sweet, although the sweetness seems to mellow a bit as it warms to room temp. Tart, slightly sour apple dominates the flavor, with maybe a hint of caramel, and faint alcohol present in the finish. A very nice brew, a little too sweet for my tastes, but still quality.