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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1102   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Iíve never tasted a better marriage of spices, sweetness, complexity and maltyness in a beer. Many vinous notes throughout the entire beer, from nose to swallow. The alcohol presents itself as a beautiful flavour enhancer instead of a burning or warming character; it draws on the sourness. The beer drinks like a sour. Super crisp and super tart with the alcohol hidden underneath, pressing the flavours onto your tongue. Apples, sour cherries, corriander, nutmeg and more apples. Pours a wonderful ruby-gold that is muddy like thick apple cider, and it has tiny starlets of sediment floating throughout. I canít think of anything Iíve had that came close to this flavour monster, and all the flavours are done to perfection. My new favorite (of course, since it costs $6 a bottle).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 9 5 8 4 17 [2006 Vintage] 11.2 oz bottle Enjoyed 2.19.08. Pours dark amber/orange with fine bubbles and a small fine frothy white head. Aroma of wild yeast , brown sugar and ripe fruit. Whoa! That is not what I was expecting. Tart, sour cherries, acidic, sweet and blue-cheese like bitterness. Tons of wood. Really interesting stuff. Crisp, light, fine tingly bubbles, not sticky. Alcohol starts to come out a little bit at times. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [brewed in 07 bottled in 08, 13%] Enjoyed 10.7.08. Pours a murky orange muddy brown with a very smooth silky beige head. Sweet and sour aroma, tart balsamic vinegar, sweet cherries, some blue-cheese, light brown sugar and barrel. Soooo tasty, seems a bit more tart than I remember, sour cherries with an edgy aged-cheese bitter barrel finish. Excellent, glad I decide to open this now freshly bottled, and I appreciate it so much more than when I first started to rate beer. 9 5 10 4 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [07 bottle] Enjoyed 7.10.09. yup this is just about my favorite beer... candied stinky funky cheesy sour tart deliciousness. So close to perfect. This is absolutely as close as beer comes to the very finest of red wines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [08 bottle enjoyed 11.17.09] Pours a dark glowing red with an orange tint and a huge tall foamy pillowy head that just sticks around like a fluffy cloud. Aroma is fantastic, I do think I like it a bit fresher because itís still got a lot of the sweetness hanging around, bright sweet funky varnish, cherry, acidic, oooo so fantastic, very woody this year with less cheese, actually a bit of creamy vanilla like Still Nacht. O... o o o man... that is good.... way more acidic this year around, still quite sweet and relatively young, vanish, woody, cheese, vanilla, alcohol, much more aggressive than previous vintages, uncharacteristically assertive... again... always best at exactly room temp (not cellar) =p... why do I always figure this out when there are only a few sips left . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [07 bottle rated 1.14.10] absolute perfect, Iíve been drinking some of the most amazing beers this week from the best brewers... and this beer is basically perfection, perhaps the best of all the bottles Iíve opened. With each bottle I open it makes go out and purchase 6 more to replace it. Wow, simply wow, this is the fullest of the bottles Iíve opened, sour and round, an oud bruin, gorgeous absolutely gorgeous looking, simply perfect, I canít spend the time here describing it because I need to drink it. Please serve this at cellar temp and no colder.... perfection . . . . . . . . . . . .[07 bottle, drinking it while it seems to be peaking, 3.31.10] The aroma is absolutely perfect, super sour cherries. Itís really amazing the amount this is starting to taste like cherries, perfect oak barrel flavor, very sour, just a touch of the medicinal cherry but mostly tart cherry. Amazing. . . . . . . . [had another 07 bottle that was just nasty metallic iron bloody brett, didnít age at all like the other bottles.]. . . . . . . . . [07 bottle rated 10.14.10] Aroma is quite the same, maybe a little more oxidation showing on the malts, rounding them out a tad with a touch of red apple, seemingly a little more acetic and acidic, still that lovely blue cheese like woodiness mixed with the tart cherries. Yea, I think it might be confirmed, maybe these 07ís have peaked earlier this year, the malt oxidation is showing too much now, also just a bit of iron taste coming through. Carbonation and body are still perfect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2009 bottle, bottled feb 2010 opened 12.28.10] Pours different than I remember...? clear ruby red with a tall white sudsy sticky airy foamy head... big soda bubbles... slightly confused on this vintage. Aroma smells right though, fantastic wood, cheese, sour, Bordeaux, candied sweetness, fantastic mix of acetic and brett, o so near perfect. Flavor is certainly young, reminds me a bit of when I tried these too fresh, although, who knows if this will end up living up to the 07 and 08 bottles which became super sour, bit tannic at this point, sour cherries but not super sour, certainly on the sweet side for a reserva, love the cheesy cherry barrel taste, just a little rough right now but the right elements are there... letís see where it goes from here O... I forgot what was also so special about this beer... itís 13% hahaha no other sour even comes close... but it wouldnít matter if it were 5%, this is still an amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 > The masterpiece of Flemish red- untouchable

[ Belgian Bowtie Bottle 2007 Vintage ][ 33cl ][ Trade ][ Reidel Vinum XL Pinot Noir ][ 5/24/14 ]
>> My last 2007 bottle from the cellar, Belgian label with bowtie, not the US export label. Procured in a trade on BA. Pours with medium carbonation, great head formation. Crystal clear dark amber looking maroon in the glass. Yellow cream foam with ridiculous lacing. Nose is manure, farmy, wet hay, cranberry, marionberry, rhubarb pie left out in the windowsill. This one has depth- not every note is out in the open. You have to dig deep, but then you donít need to dig at all. Just relax. Taste is bright and citric, a powerful flash of what seems to be salty and spicy but then quickly dissipates to something lactic and juicy, like a shot of cranberry lime mixer. Mid palate is leathery with big cranberry piling on with notes of dark chocolate covered cranberries, dried berries, and balancing french oak tannins. Dry but not papery. This beer is always stellar and this one is no different. Perfect really. Itís just silly that this 13% as it drinks like it was 7%. Itís quenching and juicy, really a great Fall beer with so much color, mild barrel tannin, inky Cabernet flavors of baked berry and chocolate. Iíve always wanted to score this a 5.0, and I think after 6-7 good sit downs with this beer it deserves it. This is the best on earth for Flemish red, the absolute masterpiece. Now I just need more bottles :(

330mL 2007 ed thanks to ryan. Muddy brune pour. Rich, creamy tan head for a full sour. Insane nose as always with savory meat, red wine, sweet aged balsamic, toffee, caramel, holiday spice, porcini mushroom, funky/dusty attic. Rich, dark, funky with a sweet and sour play. Quintessential Flemish red nose. The archetype. Taste has tang, lime sour, lactic sour, red wine oaky spice, sweet balsamic, key lime pie. So rich, quenching, lactic. Light and refreshing to drink with heavy complexities. One of my favorite beers at the ultimate vintage. Nothing beats 2007 Oerbier Reserva for dark sours. 11/24/2012 9/5/10/5/19=4.8

330 mL 2007 ed into Orval trappist. Aroma is very sour (I canít believe this doesnít count as a sour ale): lots of sour cherries, raspberries, strawberries with merlot, oak. Appearance is perfect: cloudy, deep mahogany with a one finger, creamy, tan head that leaves big sticky lacework. Taste is similar to a Flemish red upfront with very sour light fruits and powerful, citric tartness but with a creamy, milk chocolate background along with sourdough malt. Long, sour finish. 13% is completely hidden. This is excellent. 7/21/2009 9/5/9/4/17=4.4

330mL 2006 ed. Pours similarly excellent deep brune with a towering, tan, bubbly head that has excellent retention and fair lace. Aroma is similarly excellent with oak, vinous qualities, grape skin, lactic funkiness. Taste though has more of the Oerbier strange qualities like tamarind, must, dusty yeast. It is less sour and more like an unintentionally infected batch of double gravity Oerbier. Still good, but not superlative. 6/21/2010 9/4/8/4/15=4.0

330mL 2006 ed. Aroma is completely amazing: red wine reduction, sherry, black cherries, spicy oak, hot balsamic, slight kriek funkiness. All very soft and muted. Taste up front is dry, fairly prominent carbonation, sweet Belgian strong ale dark fruits and bready spices with a quenching, lactic palate with a hint of acidic lemon. Really impressive. Not quite at the fresh 2007 level, but excellent. 10/15/2010 9/4/8/4/16=4.1


2002: Not really a sour or even tart. There is butter, some sharp lemon, sweet tarts in the nose. Taste is watery and lacking character.

2005: More lemon/lime heavy, sharper. Taste is richly lactic with cinnamon and vinous oakiness.

2006: Butter, flank steak, bourbon, and raspberry jam come through in the nose. Taste is sharp, sour, muted, tannic, tart. Really excellent aroma and great body. Very nice!

2007: Definitely the most funky and sour in the nose. Flank steak, fatty meat, and lime palomilla in addition to sharp red wine, Flemish red complexities. Taste is unreal: hugely tannic, mineral forward, lots of red wine oak. No acetic acid. Definitely the best of the series with palate perfection: cinnamon, butter, spice, lemon and citrus. Very similar to Struise Earthmonk is idea but so different in execution. This is softer, easier to love and much more consistent than Earthmonk. 2007 Oerbier Reserva is certainly in the running to be my favorite beer in existence.

2008: Heavy, more vinous, more tannic, really just over the top tannic like oversteeped tea. Tart but not sour. Meh.

2009: Pours the best aesthetically with the best head. Fresh lemon and berry aroma. Taste is tannic, oddly salty, big tart berries. Decent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2007 vintage. Thanks to 17thfoor for being kind enough to share! Pours a gorgeous reddish brown, glowing under a forever light tan pillow of a head. Aroma is so enticing! Nice woody vinous character that tingles the nostrils, with a beautiful bouquet of dark fruits and sour cherries, all balanced by a sweet overripe plum and delicate malt note. Flavor is no less amazing, starting with a woody sour cherry character, welcoming you rather than pushing you to the mouth puckering edge. The sweet woody barrel flavor is just as present as the light acidity. Itís like taking a bowl of sweet overripe cherries and mixing them with tart sour cherries, throwing them in a barrel, and letting all of those flavors meld together into a beautiful soiree of elegance. Finishes with just the acidity and dryness so as it allow for another immediate sip, but I dare not, as this is such a good beer I refuse to drink it to quickly. Nice medium full body with a soft but very crisp carbonation. 17thfloor says this is the best bottle of this beer heís ever had, my first, I am worried to have another because this was truly an experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 Tried the 2004 at De Dolle and 2006 back at home. Both excellent. You can really taste the Rodenbach yeast. Complex and wine like. Quite carbonated. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
REDBEARPUB (11) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2012
What about ... De Dolle beers are all fantastic! If you see a bow tie on the neck of the bottle buy it!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hoptimator (6) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012 does not count
This is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Itís been awhile but I had quite a few 2006 vintages. Around 13% alcohol and very hard to detect even the slightest warmth. Beautiful sour notes and complex flavors make this big beer hard to sip.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 19, 2012
Just as amazing as I could ask for..I had the oerbier the other day and it was amazing, this spec res is 13% but aged since 09. Its a little sour from the yeast but all in all it adds to the character. Its clean tan head sits nice, legs run easy, reddish dk brown color, aroma is sweet hay cardboard malt, and aging process adds to the brett aspect, I dont know how they did it compared to the norm oerbier, its phenominal but different. I like this one but the lambic/sour bier tone sets early and shines its really nice but the palate and taste are champions !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
llucmaduell (170) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2015
Forceful! Fantastic! A brewer incredible journey! Having a beer in your mouth like this is a meravela to remember it. A beer reserved for the few, both for herself and for style and price. I was speechless. Really all products from De Dolle are very good. This long remember the pleasantly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 No#86.(2004) Now this is the last beer from the trip i am sure of it. I could nose a beer like this till there was no beer left. Intence fruity, balanced sourness, malty, the oerbier, but better. Taste is similar with a great sourness, is it all about the sourness these days i wonder? I hope i can get this over the net or else ill have to go back to the kulminator for more. RERATING: 2005 BOTTLE. GarethYoungís 21st diner at his parents house. Outstading one of the best beers iv ever had, aroma is about 14 out of 10, taste is more than 10, the best belgiun non lambic ale iv had from Belgium this year i think.

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