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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Poured a hazy/foggy amber/mahogony color with a 1 finger tan head. Aromas of spices, plums, caramel, yeast and raisins. Tastes of of brown sugar, molasses, sweet and malty. Complex smells and tastes that work very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kodos (200) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
Tried a single bottle of this. Poured reddish with a small short lasting head that had some funky chunks mixed into the head....Bad? Flavor was both dry and sweet...cherries? but almost all alcohol. Finish was acidic with yet more alcohol. I need to try this again....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Murky dark orange/brown color with a massive creamy off white colored head that is retained. Aroma is very interesting. Definite vinous aroma with some barleywine like aged aroma. Very yeasty aroma also. Flavor is big, bold and strong. I’m getting a big coffee finish which is a major shock. Initial flavor is like bordeux, but the roasted malt in the finish totally through me. Wasn’t expecting that at all. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 It had a wine like taste. I like Belgian strongs although this was a bit cloyingly sweet when first sipped. As it warmed the magic of the flavor came out and it was quite nice. It is a attractive red color with a vinorus scent. Very strong and a good beer allround though I find Chimey red and Duvel a better brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 So three of the last tnree were overcarbonated or infected. A common de dolle problem. One of my fav brewers is now in my never buy classification. It hurts. Wow! Where has this beer been my whole life! I wish I found it sooner! Pour was amber/brown with nice off-white head. Aroma is sweet yeast, slight overripened cherry? Taste is superb, on the sweet side with layers and layers of complexity going on. As it warms, it keeps changing, sweet but not cloying. A must have, I am going back for more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
6yr old bottle. Muddy brown with initially big light brown head, myseriously fading into a 1cm foam, which sticks well. Nose is vinous with vinegar and oak-aged oud bruin suggestions. As the pour had indicated, there's plenty of yeast in there, but also a profound malt depth of apples, lactic cherry yogurt, blood oranges and a sweetness closing to milk chocolate. Appealing complexity already, but further sniffs have even more to offer with hints of earth, oak and saw dust. Medium bodied and sparkling, initially cherry/apple sweet, but balanced by more sourness than expected. Aftertaste can't hide the age of the sample, a little off-flavour of something alike cement or dirty grass distracts a bit from the enjoyment. I'm gonna try a fresher sample soon and make up conclusions on this aspect, but besides this, it is obviously a radious beer that fits my personal tastes with great class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Nice beer... Dark brown color, with hints of dark red and orange colors. Beautiful off-white head.. thick and cramy... ummmm... Dark fruits, apple, caramel, molasses hit the nose, very balanced and complex. This is truely a mo-fo of a beer... The flavor is very nice... full, candied fruits, some sour notes... Complex and very enjoyable... De Dolle... mmmmmmm....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2004
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Nice full and chewy mouthfeel. Plum, cherry, yeast, and chocolate. Nice long and lingering after taste. There's a lot going on with this beer. A great Belgian ale. De Dolle makes some great beer.

   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.

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