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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: 1034   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.


bstill's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bstill (1) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2007
What can I say, this has got to be hands down my favorite beer that I can actually get access to at least annually. This beer truly blurs the line between wine and ale. The 13% is brilliantly disguised. Aroma of red wine, vinegar, cherries, candy sugar, and sweet malt. Excellent mouth feel, full bodied but far from cloying and rounded out by nice oak tannins. Taste is wonderful with dark fruits (cherries), red wine, oak, and candy. Again the tannins from the barrel and tartness from the yeast combined with the sweet malt provide an amazing combination of flavors!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9110) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle split at home with James on the evening of my 40th, 11/10/14 thanks to an IP with Mads who allegedly commutes from DK to BE to do some bar work at the brewery!?! Murky mahogany brown with a decent beige covering that soon collapses. Nose is bitter dark fruit rinds, spice, Tabasco, woody must, dank tones, dates, figs, prunes, soured red berries. Taste comprises more of the same, dark fruit rinds, rich tangy berries, musty wood, tarte berries, straw, earthy, light fruit balsams, acidic tunes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a bitter fruit rinse washed with a cloak of subtle acidity. Solid Flemish red, nice acidic rising towards the end, well balanced, ABV disguised.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a deep amber to brown color. Just a little bit cloudy. Head is yellow/beige medium head. Low retention but never disappeared totally leaving some lacings left S: Delicious fruity and woody smell. Acid vinegar too. Brown sugar, caramel malts, grapes and apples (strong on apples), yeasts and alcohol. End is acid and metallic. Wine character T: Follows the nose: quite fruity and acid. Apples, grapes, barrel wood, brown sugar, caramel malts and yeasts. In overall, an acid/tart beer with a bit sweet upfront. End is dry and a little bit alcoholic. Hop bitterness is mild but stingy. Excellent! M: Despite the high ABV, an easy drinking beer. In fact, it’s difficult to believe that it’s a 13% since the alcohol is very discreet. Medium and bit molasses body and a reasonable carbonation to such ABV O: Very drinkable and well done beer. One of the best Belgian beers I’ve ever had [ BA Review @ 3/31/2012 ]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2014
#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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4539) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"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."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (386) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
Peu à voir avec l’Oerbier classique. Celle ci est sirupeuse, acide et très complexe. Fantastique.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2087) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1017) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2014
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.


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