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


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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 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 (5588) - 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 (4762) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2005
Bottled. Muddy beige/orange. Almond paste nose, along with red cherries. Flavour is big malty, has notes of red cherries and is slightly licoricy. Banana and salt is also sensed. Nice Belgo Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Reddish brown with a huge, frothy head. Very soft mouthfeel from the low carbonation and a slightly acidic nose. The beer doesn’t appear sour though, on the contrary it’s rather sweet from the loads and loads of yummy malts and added candi sugars. But before things start to cloy you’re hit by the hops in the finish. 14.0194

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Dark brown with an off white head. Aroma was metallic, almost like iron and tin. Flavor was sweet fruit: cherry, apple, plum, fig and yeast. Had a thick palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
33cl bottle. Served at 55°F (~13°C) in my NB worthy glass. I saved the sediment in the bottle, for now. It is a foamer. A huge white head was created while pouring the beer into the glass. The rocky head is slow to die down. The aroma is sour, yeasty, raisiny, with a touch of brown sugar. The beer is huge, malty and bubbly, with a rush of alcohol. The flavors are dark fruit, plums and raisins, some spice and alcohol. It, indeed, is a Belgian Strong Ale. The aftertaste is dark fruits after the alcohol leaves. I added the sediment to the glass and the beer now sports a slew of suspended yeast particles (and I’m sure some other stuff) and a lighter, citrusy aroma to go with the sour, yeasty, and and slighty sweet nose. The flavor seems a tad bit spicer and sour, but that alcohol is still there to clean the palate. It might be a little too "hot" and I’m pretty sure this has more than 7.5%, I’d say those little yeast have been working overtime on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
bottle. aroma is dusty and fruity not to strong. taste is spice mabye a light rasin and fruit. pours a nice dark red, thick off white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2005
orange-reddish mahogany color. only a small bit of tan foam that goes right to being a ring around the inside edge of the glass. lots of smallish sized yeast particles. bready rum soaked raisin aroma. a little bit sour too. kind of like a barley wine aroma. flavor is strong malt sweetness, like unsulphured prunes. whiskey-like alcohol is present, then becomes vinuous like a low alcohol belgian barleywine. snappy carbonation, light syrup mouthfeel. finish is dryish, yeasty, and spicy sour.

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