beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Pours a deep red/brown with some haze that isn’t distracting. Nice head that is red in color. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of cherry, oak, pears and tartness that tingles the nose. The taste is dominated by tartness, cherry and oak character. The finish is sour and dry. A very pleasant flanders beer that doesn’t seem high alcohol at at. Excellent beer!
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - 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 (1743) - 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 (957) - 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 (1073) - 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 (5971) - 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
cpetrone84 (1381) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pour is copper with ruby edges and a tight light tan head. Nose is sour cherry, light oak and vanilla, a bit of acetic acid. Taste is quite nice, acetic acid fades away, sour cherries are very well integrated with oak and vanilla. A bit of malt mid to late palate. Well balanced and very tasty, lighter body and very well carbonated.
Svesse (6158) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, vintage 2008) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, vinous nose with caramel, oak wood, dried fruit (raisins, prunes), cherries, red wine and a slight acidity. Fruity, vinous, tart taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, wine, oak wood, cherries, a hint of chocolate and a tart, vinous finish with warming alcohol. Almost full body, with a touch of sweetness and a fair amount of sourness. Possibly not very well balanced, but very tasty and quite interesting. Excellent beer.
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brewed in 2012. Pours clear red with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is tart cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine, slight aceton. Taste is tart up front with an increasing dry oak note, slight sharp high alcohol finish, dry woody tart finish. Body is light/medium and fairly lively carbonation. A bit too much nail polish for me.
zinneke (77) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing beer. Aroma: Cherry, wine notes, berries, vanilla, leather. Taste is very compex; wine, oak, caramel, medium sourness. Alcohol is quite well balanced for a 13%. Ace beer