Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.
Pale to rich malts provide a buttery and caramel maltiness but a more elaborate ripe fruitiness is more prominent, providing notes of plum, banana and clove.
Rich, full of depth, yeasty as hell and full of fruit notes; mainly apple and pear.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Brown-red colour with a great big grey coloured head. Looks awesome. Very appley, cidery aroma (good cider, not like dodgy home brew) - I really couldn’t get over how appley it really was. Some cinnamon, pepper, oak and vinousness. Reminded me of both Orval and Abbaye des Rocs. Very spicy (allspice) and again appley, apple core flavour. Quite hot and rather headache-inducing. Some sultana and port flavours with some bitterness at the end. The harsh alcoholic flavour really detracts from what would otherwise be a great beer. I wish I’d gotten another bottle to cellar! Courtesy of beer_ledgend.
Re-rate: I really love De Dolle but I just can’t get into their flagship product. The "old" (ie. the just replaced) version tastes a little dull and sweet, and the "new" (ie. soured again) version is far too sweet and the sourness has to fight to just give it a bit of balance. It’s probably not a widely held view but I’d rather drink any of their products over this one. Down the ladder.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beige coloured plentiful head, neither dense nor persistent. Dark brown and cloudy in appearance. Alcoholic aroma, like cognac or porto and some wood. Alcohol again in flavour, with a huge malty sweetness, full bodied and tart. Robustly carbonated. I seemed to recognize some licorice and woodish flavour. Delicious, IMHO.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber/mud color with a tornado of yeast swirling in the middle. Lot of head which pleasantly laced the glass. Some nice bacterial sourness compliments the malty-sweetness. This tastes a lot like a bacterial Trois Pistoles. This is simply a well-made and tasty beer that I could drink a ton of.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boggy brown color, full of yeasty travellers swimming about, below a fuzzy, rocky, lacey off-white head. Aroma is somewhat dry, hints of nuts, caramel, soft and slightly sweet, with huge spiciness, and a touch of woodiness. A welcome phalanx of hops jumps on board the buds, followed by an armada of sweet malt. Warm and highly charged, with a softly diminishing finish.
Bracing, bold, and delicious! My guess on the style would be either a high-alcohol brown ale, or maybe a souped-up Scotch, either way, several notches above what I’d expect. At 7.7%, I’m starting to feel it, too! Wonderful, chewy texture, full body, altogether excellent!
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very bubbly head with tons of carbonation that keeps a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the drink. Fun to watch the dancing array of bubbles on the surface. Nice malty aroma, with caramel, some fruit and a bit of tartness. Color is a hazy dark ruddy brown. Very lively in the mouth. This is what all belgian strong ales should taste like. Malty, warming from the alcohol, slightly tart, bit of caramel and toffee. Bit of port wine and a hint of spices. Wonderful blending of sweetness and tartnesss. Dry and a little puckering at the finish and warming as it goes down. A top quality belgian strong but I can see how some people may not like this style.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Very deep aroma, fruit, meybe chocolate and nuts even. Rich. Chocolate brown with little head.
Same goes for the sweet flavour as the aroma. A hint of milky coffee along with fruits, nuts and chocolate.
Re-rate from ’06 of a ’83 vintage: Won’t replace the earlier one as 23 year old Oerbiers probably aren’t something easily gotten hold off.
Anyway, this was one of the best beers I have ever had. Reminded me strongly of Rodenbach Grand Cru (a big favourite) as it had gotten noticably more vinous and acidy. On the finish there were big hints of cherries. Fabulous!
Ar: 10, App: 5, Fl: 9, Pal: 5, OA: 20!
Might be my first 20 in overall. With a 4,9 rating it would probably top my list. Gotta get some more!
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A mahogany color, transparent, with copious carbonation and a full rocky head. Head retention is good and the lacing is slippery. Aroma is tart, wine-like with malt, fruity and spices. Taste has a sweet start (cherries), tart middle and a dry astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied and smooth with an effervescent and peppery finish.
An interesting and complex beer.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man was this GOOOD. Had this in Brewworks basement known as Steelgaarden. Good beer and crazy bottle. I love the idea of the mad brewers and now I can actually love their creation. It was a great beer.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looky, Looky we have the heavily carbonated brown appearance and heavy prune and fruit aroma of Chimay Red. Oerbier has the spicy and complex vinous flavor of Chimay Blue and the strong dryish finish of Chimay White. I guess we have the perfect beer! Not exactly...
The aroma is really top notch, but the alochol is too eveident for a beer of this gravity. The finish is just less than it could be. In the areas of polish, we have a slight failure...in the important areas of appearance and taste...we have a winner.