Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Oerbier means original, from the spring. This beer has been brewed in small scale (5 gallons). Oerbier is brewed from no less than 6 malts. Poperinge Golding hops in flowers and a special yeast which makes it a little tart, especially with aging. At the brewery we have excellent cellars which have a constant temperature of 8°C and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine … Oerbier has been refermented in the bottle and contains a layer of yeast, having vitamins B. NAT en STRAF on the glasses means WET and STRONG, a warning for the 7.5 vol. alcohol content. The little person on the glasses is the Oerbier man, a simple creature who holds a brewers fork in his right hand, symbolizing the work and science, but looking to the other side, the result of all this, the glass of (Oer)beer. The artwork on the poster is a wallpainting found in Spain, (Altamira) and is considered by art lovers as being the best prehistoric art work (30,000 years BC). On the other hand we have Oerbier started in 1980, going on with the tradition. For more information on Oerbier's recent recipe history, see the following article: http://www.bunitedint.com/Products/de_dolle/oerbier-re_evolution.html

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HansVC (6) - BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
caramel, chocolate, nuts, resin, spruce, herbs, leather, alcohol, banana, vanilla,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
thanks to eric for pulling this out of his rather impressive beer closet, poured a deep amber color with a thin layer of tan head, giving off a slightly sour apple aroma, hints of grassy hops and bits of caramel malts. flavor very much the same, a little yeasty, but a very nice blend of the flavors. a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a nice sweetness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Dark brown. Light tan head. Malt, yeast, and slightly floral and sweet nose. Big malt and yeast with touches of sweetness, hops, and flowers. Full body. Dry, yeasty aftertaste is begging me to drink more. Not what I’d expect from a beer that has spring in the description, but it’s excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
gorgeous deep amber garnet color. fruits abound in the aroma, red and green apples, pear, sugar. intense caramel-apple (candy-apple) flavor, with a winey feel as well. nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5573) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Spec Brew 2005... Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, hay, sour cherries, light caramel and a touch of alcohol. Taste of tart cherries, apples, light caramel, yeast, and alcohol as well. moderately carbonated mouthfeel.
Sadly, 2+ years later, these Spec Brew 2005 bottles appear to be heavily oxidized, and I think past their peak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle at appalachian’s belgain abbey bar. Pours a moderately deep amber with a moderate head of fizzy bubbles which fade and leave a little lace. High carbonation. Aroma is bready, yeasty, and sweet with caramel malts. Some hints of fruit from both the malts (plum, raisin) and the yeast (ripe apples some apricot). Flavor is somewhat sweet (candi sugar) but the high carb. lets some other delicate flavors through like plum, grapes, apple and a good amount of doughy yeast. Finish is on the dry side but leaves a slight lingering sweetness with just a bit of acidic/tartness to make it very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle. Mmmm...this stuff is good! Cloudy dark amber (OK, I couldn’t hold the yeast back) with plenty of fine creamy light tan head which laced prolifically and stuck around all the way through. Caramelised banana malted milkshake aroma with an almost indescribable spicy backbone. Sweet caramel/toffee start with hints of raisins and a touch of banana, spicy middle with a dry and sublty hoppy finish with a little warmth from the very well hidden alcohol. Mouth feel is perfection (my first 5), soft and creamy right the way through. YUM!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle: Aroma of dark fruits, candy sugar, apple, raisin, yeast, caramel, and light alcohol. Pours a very dark reddish-orange with almost no transparency. Small off-white head diminishes quickly. The flavor consists of lots of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, caramel, and light bittersweet chocolate. Light tart cherries in the finish with faint acidity and alcohol, but no burn. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
a sim rate: A glorious ale. The head disappeared very quickly, but I didn’t mind at all once I started drinking. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an almost marzipan scent. The flavour is full and has a bit of a wine tartness and a vicious-yet-woody aftertaste. Great great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
(33cl bottle) Pours a medium almond head with a near opaque reddish-brown body. Nose of marshmellow, deep roasted malt, spices, brown sugarand a huge fruit complexity of figs and prunes. The flavour is a wave of malted goodies - toffee, caramel, vanilla and scotch. This is one lovely beer!

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