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


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RATINGS: 1295   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
De Dolle Brouwers truly live up to their name. These mad men have created a beer that seems to defy all the rules. The color is a deep copper to plum. In the aroma I detect apple, syrup, and candi all of which come through in the flavor as well. This monsterous beer has a realativly light body with little mouthfeel, somewhat thin and vinous. The flavors are numerous and complex lending some sour, acidic notes mixed with fruit, syrup, and a dry oak finish. I have had the pleasure of tasting several vintages of this beer in the past, they tend to lay down well. The 2002 special Oerbier seems to be at its prime in 20004 yet could only mellow with a little more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
bottle...pours a murky reddish brown with a large tan head that lingers. In the foam, you can see the spent yeast. Very malty aroma, with hints of fruitiness. Lots of carobonation hit my tongue to begin with, followed by an intense sweetness which starts to burn with spiciness and alcohol. The finish is sweet also, this is a fairly complex and delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2004
Pours with a large tan head, and a dark brwon with red tints. Aroma is filled with peaches, a ginger-like spice and some malt. The flavor was sweeter than I expected. Lots of cherry, peach and some cinnamon. This is too sweet for my tastes, like a few other Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Hazy red amber color with small head. Aroma is sweet and a little malty.Sweet caramel flavor that is very similiar to the trappist style. Alcohol seems stronger than 7.5.More complex than I thought it would be. A very nice Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8037) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Dark red, almost purple. Aromas are bready yeast, fruity malts and brandy. Flavours are just as rich - xmas pudding winter fruit laced with warming brandy. The finish is licourice and spices. Full of malty goodness (probably!). Another good De Dolle. It actually seems more complex than its already heady alcohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
The aroma is sweet malty with clear notes of yeast. The color is a hazy dark amber and it has a fine head. The flavor is malty and complex with caramel and yeast. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good mouthfeel. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 18, 2004
bottle at 3.59 it's an amazing and very surprising ale. the aroma is simply the best i've smelled in years. Honey candied smell with a beautiful creamy head and a mahogamy color and perfect carbonation. I'm just impressed with this beer and would compare it to a trappist except that it's a little too sweet. flavors of chocolate, licorice, brown sugar, and fruits were there. slight crisp hop finish. I do not believe that this beer is 7.5 percent alcohol. In my opinion it felt like an 8.5 or even a 9%. Do not pass this ale, truly an awesome belgian and a beautiful bottle as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2004
hey i loved this stuff. i think it's quite difficult to find. had it in antwerp at a bar near the church and the train station. think something like the rochefort 8. more plummy chocolate flavor than the more typical belgian fruit flavors. definitely worth a try and your attention

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Dirty mahogany. Aromas of deep roasted crystal malt, smoke and brown sugar. Powerfully sweet carmel malt flavors with a touch of brown sugar. Finished with some smoke, light hops and nutty malt flavors with an undeniable cloak of warming alcohol. Just a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Gorgeous deep dark rosey brown color thats nice and syrupy thick, a gigantor speckled marshmellowy thick head that looks a bit like pureed bananas sits tall and mighty. Its slower than slow to settle, if ya can call it that, it takes an awful long time to move, but once it stops it stops at just under a finger high and maintains a murky frappacchino crown the whole glass down. The lacing sticks all over the place in thick patchy curtains; the pinnacle of a great looking beer! Aroma has a considerately yeast filled, softly spiced top with an underlying dulled dark citrus and tropical fruitiness with some banana, pear, and a bit of lemon. Alcohol presents itself at first as well but seems to dissapate as it warms where the yeasty spicyness really becomes dominate bringing out some gingerbread and corriander. Fantastic structure of fairly strong and pleasant flavors with a super fine showmanship of soft, well rounded fruitiness up front bringing a small brigade of banana, lemon, red apple, and fig. Fairly smooth with a stable maltyness and calming fuzzy full roundness in the front. In the middle some soft caramel sneaks around the corners as it begins to fade off towards the finish the spices and yeast kick in with a bit of singe on the back of the throat and some hop bite adds some dryness floating off late with wood and spice. I really liked the way it starts soft and fruity and takes its time to build into the spicy finish, very nice. Feel has a good fuzzy/fluffy carbonation and texture that comes across the whole way through. Has a bit of crispness and dryness in parts just before the finish, but mostly the malts surge in a gradual smoothness as it goes down with yeasty spices grabbing around the edges; considerably exquisite drinkability with this first-rate ale. Yum! I think I'll have another thank you.

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