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


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RATINGS: 1426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Ohh excellent beer. This one really reminds me of Rochefort 8...but more skillfully crafted. What a brew! Pours a rich opaque mahogany. Khaki head. Nose is a juggernaut. Cotton Candy and pinot noir...? no seriously! Faint carrot. Bourbon, vanilla and fruit bomb red wine. Flavors reflect the aromas. Tart fruits on the front of the tongue. Swift cotton floss and subtle vanilla towards the ends. The finish is marvelous...lingers...lingers...lingers. Powerful beer. Carbonation and mouthfeel are slightly out of balance in a generic way but it doesn complement the overall flavors and aroma of this brew. G

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours mahagony with orange hints and an edgy tan head with faint lined lacing. Port, berry and oak caramel malt aroma with pine hops and pear notes. Port and berry caramel malt flavor with warming alcohol and a hoppy, acidic drying finish. Medium to full bodied warm palate that goes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
This was interesting. Not so much in flavor (which was enjoyable) but in the palate (which was quite odd). Poured a dark roasty brown with a bubbly head. Smelled a little like sour cherries and port. Taste was spot-on with a nice balance of sweet and sour, some spice like black peppers and orange peels studded with cloves. But the palate is what really threw me for a loop: this was extra-ordinarily fizzy. I likened it to a candy I used to have called Zotz! Maybe somebody else reading this has had one. Basically, a Zot! was a rather generic fruit-flavored candy filled with a bicarbonate concoction that would literally fizz in your mouth. This brew did the same thing. As soon as it met the palate it exploded in a flurry of fizziness. I was a little taken aback by this and learned to cope with it to enjoy an otherwise enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
330 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with a rather large white fluffy head. Very high level of carbonation in the glass, a virtual cascade of bubbles arising from the bottom of my chalice. Aroma of banana, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, and earthyness. Flavor is a little tart up front, suggestive of sour cherries, then settles into a malty middle, then a yeasty and dry finish. Overall this beer is rather complex, but in a very general sort of way, nothing really stands out as an exceptional characteristic. Alcohol makes itself know in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, and not really to my personal preference. It is pretty light bodied as well which surprised me as the comm. deScription goes on at length about the malt bill. Overall a decent beer but not my favorite from De Dolle. I think that I’ll get more to cellar to see how this develops over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Fruity aroma, some caramel. Pours cloudy brown. The flavor is very complex! So many flavors, rasberries, grapes, apples, caramel, sweet malt, thick and carbonated on palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle - horizontal with Oerbier Reserva. Poured deep ruby with a small but long lasting head and a great clinging lace. Aroma was weaker than the Reserva, but was mostly chocolate and somewhat vinous, but also had some hints of licorice and yeast. As it warmed, it became a bit musty. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, pretty much what you’d expect from De Dolle, although it was much smoother than the Reserva. Rather sweet mouthfeel when cool with raisin, caramel, chocolate, cherry and other dark fruits. As it warms, it becomes more and more like baker’s chocolate. It also becomes more tart as it warms. I thought this was better than the Reserva. Bought at Mountview in Naugatuck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark mahogony with a thin, scattered, off-white head. Aroma has chocolate, cherries, spice and molasses. Flavor is balanced for the style. Maple, licorice, caramel, hard candy and floral and spicy hops. Warming, full-bodied and well-carbonated. Very complex. Give it a try if you can find it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Tight, white head, tops a brown body. Nose is a tad astringent, with dark fruit overtones. A touch sweet, with date and raisin flavors and a hint of chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, coating but not cloying. The slight sweetness stays with you through the finish. overall an excellent experience!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Poured reddish brown with a nice tan head. Solid head retention. Aroma had dark fruits and red wine. Very complex and interesting. Flavor was a bit too sweet but still very good. There was certainly an element of a Flemish Sour Ale in here. I have just sampled this so far and I am pretty impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Dark brown/red pour with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Taste includes these, as well as sweetness, sourness, yeast, and more. What really did it for me is the way the small, fizzy carbonation seems to separate from (and enhance) the thicker brown liquid. An absolute pleasure in the mouth, and another beer from De Dolle that had me grinning upon first taste.

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