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


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RATINGS: 1483   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 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
I think my bottle went bad based on the top of the bottling and the flavor. There was definitely some corrsion around the cap and I think air found its way in. Pours a cloudy reddish brown body with a small head. Aroma is malts, candy sugar and yeast. Quite promising. Flavor initially is a weaker version of this, but then has a harsh flat metallic finish. Couldn’t finish it. Will rerate eventually because im 95% sure this was a bad bottle. Almost positive I ordered another bottle from Belgianshop.com...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3187) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is strong, a bit medicinal, with notes of apple, almonds, yeast & malt. Great flavour - brown sugar, raisins, toasted malt, molasses, apple - heh, that sounds like a recipe for apple crumble! A fine winter sipper, thanks Harry!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, jerc, and blankboy, courtesy of Harry. Brown, medium beige head. Strong aroma - apple crisp!..and some yeast - quite nice. Bubbly light mouthfeel. Taste is fruity at first and then a ton of sweetness comes in about the middle. Lots of caramel. Lots of apple in the background. Finishes short with slight hops. Very flavourful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 2009-01-14. Very dark brown body with a decent beige head. Aroma of figs, dark fruit, very light vinous note. (7+) Flavour is a quick starting rich fruit character, sweet undertones of caramel and malt, and a tangy vinous character to the fruit at times, especially in the finish. A bit cooler than I might normally drink it, the alcohol is quite restrained. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. The flavour is just a touch tangier than I would prefer but this is rather good. 8/4/9/4/17-18 Bottle, either from Belgium or Buffalo

Dark red tinged amber body with a moderate creamy beige head. Yeasty aroma, with mild fruity notes and muted sugars. Subtle complexity to the aroma that is not entirely decipherable to me. Dry fruitness over a sweet malty foundation in the flavour is touch to nail down. Subtle fruit and sugars throughout. Medium palate. Quite nice.
"I’m still me!" - GregClow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - 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 (12878) - 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.

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