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


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RATINGS: 1461   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Tap at Papago; Aroma was light roast and somewhat wet wood. Was dark at brew pub but looked like it had a red hue to it. Small head and served in an Oerbier glass. A mixture of flavors for this beer. Sweet fruit, chocolate roast. Seemed like each drink got a new flavor. Decent beer probly one the more unique ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2005
Bottle. Thin, creamy, white head. Hazy dark amber hue with orange-peach edges. Aromas of raisins, brown and candi sugar, white grapes, peanut brittle, soft toffee, white grape, orange zest, sour cherries, strawberries and canteloupe. So very diverse and interesting! Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Flavor sadly does not live up to the promise of the aroma. Very watered down tasting. Feels like oil mixed with water on the mouth. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2005
Aaa, more notes. I enjoyed this in Bruges after a De Gare. Not as good mind you but still a lovely beer. Good deep brown and firm head, a melange of dried fruits befitting a Christmas pudding and a firm mouthfeel that is expected at this ABV. Mmmm, Belgians. The consistent ability to produce high alcohol beers of quality never ceases to amaze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 No#44. Now this is a beer that before this weekend i wouldnt have liked, but iv leanrt so much from this weekend, my taste has improved so much, my pallet has matured to a 40 year old’s in 2 days i think. Anyway the beer itself. Aroma is fresh with dark fruits blending well with the hops. Taste is similar with a nice sourness, light tartness makes this an exciting and refreshing brew. Also the pour itself is something special, ouitstanding dark appearance makes this a serious highlight of the trip and has made me think that i need more sour tart beers. Re-rate this stuff is just outstanding, everything i want from a beer. Im going to re-rate this soon as im sure with more tasting it can become my favourate beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours a cloudy dark burgundy with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, flowers, grapes, and a touch of tobacco. Taste is sweet and floral with molasses, cinnamon, and hoppy bitterness interlaced with hot alcohol that warms all the way down. Dry yeasty finish. Body has active carbonation that burns the tongue (along with the alcohol). Aggressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Ohh excellent beer. This one really reminds me of Rochefort 8...but more skillfully crafted. What a brew! Pours a rich opaque mahogany. Khaki head. Nose is a juggernaut. Cotton Candy and pinot noir...? no seriously! Faint carrot. Bourbon, vanilla and fruit bomb red wine. Flavors reflect the aromas. Tart fruits on the front of the tongue. Swift cotton floss and subtle vanilla towards the ends. The finish is marvelous...lingers...lingers...lingers. Powerful beer. Carbonation and mouthfeel are slightly out of balance in a generic way but it doesn complement the overall flavors and aroma of this brew. G

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours mahagony with orange hints and an edgy tan head with faint lined lacing. Port, berry and oak caramel malt aroma with pine hops and pear notes. Port and berry caramel malt flavor with warming alcohol and a hoppy, acidic drying finish. Medium to full bodied warm palate that goes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
This was interesting. Not so much in flavor (which was enjoyable) but in the palate (which was quite odd). Poured a dark roasty brown with a bubbly head. Smelled a little like sour cherries and port. Taste was spot-on with a nice balance of sweet and sour, some spice like black peppers and orange peels studded with cloves. But the palate is what really threw me for a loop: this was extra-ordinarily fizzy. I likened it to a candy I used to have called Zotz! Maybe somebody else reading this has had one. Basically, a Zot! was a rather generic fruit-flavored candy filled with a bicarbonate concoction that would literally fizz in your mouth. This brew did the same thing. As soon as it met the palate it exploded in a flurry of fizziness. I was a little taken aback by this and learned to cope with it to enjoy an otherwise enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5739) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
330 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with a rather large white fluffy head. Very high level of carbonation in the glass, a virtual cascade of bubbles arising from the bottom of my chalice. Aroma of banana, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, and earthyness. Flavor is a little tart up front, suggestive of sour cherries, then settles into a malty middle, then a yeasty and dry finish. Overall this beer is rather complex, but in a very general sort of way, nothing really stands out as an exceptional characteristic. Alcohol makes itself know in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, and not really to my personal preference. It is pretty light bodied as well which surprised me as the comm. description goes on at length about the malt bill. Overall a decent beer but not my favorite from De Dolle. I think that I’ll get more to cellar to see how this develops over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Fruity aroma, some caramel. Pours cloudy brown. The flavor is very complex! So many flavors, rasberries, grapes, apples, caramel, sweet malt, thick and carbonated on palate.

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