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


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RATINGS: 1401   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (23811) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
Red colour with a huge lacing off-white head. Sweet aroma of spices, yeast, dried fruit and alcohol. Sweet fruity flavour of bananas, nuts, yeast and dried fruit. Slightly bitter finish. Another great beer from de dolle brouwers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2005
11.6 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy leathery brown with thick effervescent sandy head and some big floaties. Aroma of plums and dark cherry pie. Full-bodied. Sweet and fruity thoughout. Like caramel covered green apples. Starts tangy and finishes with some bitterness and a hint of spices. Warming alcohol throughout that I can feel up in my nose. Very burpy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5591) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 3/2011 - This is my Belgian beer obsession. If it is on the menu I am ordering it. My favorite of the Belgian dark strong ales. A phenomenally rich and fruity delight. ++++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this fine brew pours a cloudy caramel color with a large tan head. The aroma is marvelous with sweet cherry and apple elements. The texture is syrupy yet strongly carbonated at the same time. The flavor is sweet with loads of cherry and apple fruit flavors, a thick and sweet middle, and a hoppy and spicy finish. Incredible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2005
Rich, satisfying Belgian strong ale. Quirky bottle, replete with a dashing pink polka dot bowtie. Beer poured a plummy amber colour with a towering tan head that stayed and stayed. Complex fruity aroma includes figs, sherbet, dried fruit and a hint of underlying molasses. It’s the kind of aroma you can sniff for ages and find something new (which gives you something to do while the head subsides at a glacial pace, lacing beautifully). Mouthfeel is full and creamy. In fact, it’s almost treacle-like, but for the restrained carbonation. Molasses is one of the dominant flavours, which also include dried fruit, dark malt and a dash of soy sauce. It’s highly malt-driven, with the warming alcohol in the finish nicely restrained. This is wonderfully balanced. A new entry in my Top Ten. (Bottle, no visible best before or batch number)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml dégustée chez Tiggmtl en compagnie de Rastacouere et MrRomero548. Arôme: Odeur très complexe à définir. Je perçois des épices, du caramel et un léger soupcon de solvant. Saveur: Goût de mout de raisin et de gomme baloune. Long arrière goût. Palette: Corps plein avec une texture sirupeuse. Carbonisation faible. Goût d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #116)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
Deep russet color; fluffy head; mild cherry nose. Very nice burst of cherry and dark fruits at 1st sip. Wonderful fizziness. Just gets more and more complex as it warms. A lovely little beer. This has to bemy favourite brewery!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
Dark, barley transluscent, light brown color with a well-developed, dense head that does not even consider collapsing. Aroma and flavor has some chocolate notes, some sourness, some milk, and dark earthy fruit. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 10, 2005
Pours a darker amber with a tall off-white head. This brew had an amazing blend of sweet caramel malts, apple, citrus, and light spice. Very smooth and complex flavor with a touch of sourness in the finish and just a faint hopping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
maybe its the coriander and burnt toffee and orange and melon, pepper, usually a potent turnoff for my sensitive palate. Very much like a brown ale to me,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 ’03 33 cl bottle. Amber color with a nice head that dissolves into just a thin sheet. Aroma of De Dolle yeast, apples, caramel malt, oak and candi sugars. I did get some coriander, orange and burnt caramel out of this awesome beer.

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