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


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RATINGS: 1479   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured murky deep ruby-brown, decent white lasting head, nice lace. Very strong yeast and moss aroma, hardwood caramel roast malt, spices and brown sugar, mmmm, very nice. Mouthfeel is sticky, sugary, really warming. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2005
11.6z bottle. Deep shade of hazy brown. Many layers of aroma in the nose. Bread, raisins, plums, port, sugar, caramel, slight mint, citrus, marshmellows, cedar, and vanilla. Just to name a few. Mouthfeel is great. Big and rich and once again complex. Oily and sweet and smooth. Raisins and sugar. Sherry, port notes. Cinnamon, lively effervescence, what I like to call a 7up type of flavor. Molasses and other syrupy flavors. Bright, smooth and alcoholic. The beer, not me. Bitter and tart in the lingering alcohol burn. This brewery is tip top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2005
I always really look forward to the De Dolle beers. The bottle is just so classy (and expensive) and they feel so rare and legitamate and special. This one really proved to be quite a beer, too, which is great. It has that signature De Dolle sweetness but it is very controlled and balanced and perfectly developed. Palate is thick and sweet. A very special beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a dark murky orangish-brown with a tan head. Typical belgian aroma, but with more malt. Floral aromas with apricot, pear, peach, fig, orange, and caramel. Excellent sweet flavor that tastes like a cherry and apple tort. There is also a lot of sweet bread flavor from the yeast. Other fruits in the flavor are plum, rasin, and orange with a lot of spices. Although it’s not very powerful on the palate, there is some nice complexity there. Although I’ve had many better than this, I rate this as a very good beligian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
bottle. murky brown-burgundy body with a very large off-white head. the aroma is fairly powerful - there are notes of tart apple, cherry, bread, cookies, and butterscotch. soft yeasty body and warm alcohol presence throughout. There is an obvious skew of malt in this and it’s quite rich and sweet, though not particularly complex. some bitter chocolate flavours in the middle leading into a mild fruit finish. pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2005
Hazy dark brown ale with a creamy moka head, lacing. Sweet candy sugar, caramle, and orange eels in aroma, with nice hops notes. In mouth, rich sweet malt with distinct envading hops, some nutty caramel, coriander, stewed plums, and alcohol notes. Rich and smooth body, with tongue tingling sensation. A beer to be sipped. Bought via Bieropholie, one year ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2005
Beeryum! The original and still the best. My favourite Scotch ale, brewed by none other than the mad brewers of Esen. Pure class!!! Tasted an older sample from the bottle (unsure of age), and poured it into a stumpy chalice glass, cool and not cold. It has the colour and clarity of pulped strawberries; opaque, with a lot of floaties caught in suspension. Deep burgundy-chestnut body with a smallish, tight, creamy beige head that lasted and left webs of lace. Rich, spicy fruit cake nose. Strong prune, fig and raisin notes with hints of bready, doughy yeast, orange rinds and exotic peppery herbs. Intensely spicy, rich and savoury on the tongue. Tingling alcohol warms the cockles while the malty smooth body fills all the crevices of the mouth. Full bodied and lightly prickly in carbonation; it showed extensions of the aroma with strong notes of ’Nana’s famous christmas fruit pudding’ soaked in her favourite cognac, this was explosive. Dried plums and red grapes, clove-like spices and a mildly bitter, malty and herbal hop back that followed into a long, savoury dried fruit and doughy malt swallow. Beautifully balanced and exquisitely made, this is a genuine winter warmer that is credit to the masters at De Dolle. Lovely!!! (33cL, age unknown)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Amber/orange in color. Had to decant, as the sediment was prevalent. Yeasty, long-lasting head. Nose is sugary, syrupy vanilla and malty. Very enticing. Deep, rich. Unlike most Belgians. Very malty, Alcohol is noted but appreciated. I really enjoyed this and will have many more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
picked up a brewery fresh bottle in dikmuide, along with a bottle of arabier. Poured hazy ice-tea brown with huge foamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty. flavor was a bit sour, with a HORRIBLE bitter soapy aftertase. Due to the number of high ratings, I guess this could have just been a bad bottle or maybe my glass had soap in it. the beer looked and smelled great, but something ruined the finsih. Will try it again if it get the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Draft: Pours a nice cloudy amber with lots of foamy white head. Nose is yeast and some citrus/peach notes. Flavor si a nice layer of sweet malt upon which a nice yeasty character comes through, along with some dark fruits.

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