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


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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Rerate, bottle aged about 2.5 years: Pours a murky mahogany with a large, frothy light-tan colored head. Aroma has a nice, sweet bready Belgian malt and yeasty character with good milk chocolate notes. Body has a nice full carbonation and viscous maltiness with dark caramel and bready flavors. Mild, but enjoyable slightly oxidized malty complexity throughout and some earthy yeastiness. I’d say this has aged quite well.

Originally rated 7/16/2003: Dark brown with a large thick tan head. Sweet Belgian malt and bready yeast aroma. Body is full and bready with good sweetness and a hint of chocolate. Finishes dry and warming. A good Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2003
A massive volcanic rocky tan head lasts a while atop an orange-brown hazy beer with lively carbonation. Streams of bubbles just keep coming from the depths....aroma of a caramel apple that was left in the basement for two-weeks. Oh this is nice, smooth as silk. Rich & complex with a wonderful balance of sweetness, tartness and bitterness. How could you not like this beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Cloudy copper with a humongous fizzy white head. Strong nose--cider, green apples, bitter orange, slight caramel sweetness. Flavor is quite sweet, with caramel and chocolate notes accented by plums, raisins. Has a dose of alcohol and a powerful bitterness, but it is overall very well balanced. An intense, awe-inspiring, full-bodied brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Broun and cloudy with a big resistant head. Tremendous, sweet esters eminate from the beer. Rich dense beltium character with chocolate and estery notes predominating. Thiner than say...a rochefort 8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Lots of head on this brew.Amber color.Fruity licorice aroma.I Still have mountains of foam.The taste is big on malt and the alcohol shines through very nicely,hoppy bitterness,with a definate alcohol feel to it the after taste is bitter with alcohol not bad but i know there are better BSA's out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4334) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2003
Deep brown beer with a frothy head and a very alcoholic nose. Very strong liquorice flavour, very alcoholic. Overall a good strong Belgian ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 a very fine brew!! Malty and yeasty aroma, a very nice aftertaste, a bit malty. Very sweet to.. [re-rate 23.6.2006] 1983 vintage .. First of all, I’m not jumping aboard some band wagon just because this is a vintage bottle and almost as old as myself, I didnt expect anything from this, and had no idea how it was stored during those 25 years. I did expect this to be a fun experience but I thought that it was certain that the bottle was bad or oxidiced. Boy was I wrong, poured this into a burgundy glass, and to my surprise it was still carbonated. Very delicate and small bubbles and a thin but firm tiny white head. Very dark, but not jet black. Ruby black would describe the color. Massive aroma of cherries when poured, some malts and tiny hints of spices. When it heated up the raisins shone through and created a perfect balance, both in the aroma and the palate. I cant describe this enough, the best flemish sour I have tasted and propably now the best beer I have ever tasted. A unique and magnificent experience!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 28, 2003
Oh dear god. This beer is very, very nice. Giving the right belgium taste. This is a wonderful brew. Please get a bottle if you can get over one, and consume it slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Hazy mohogany/brown w/ great lacing and head retention of the off white head. Aroma is very malty and yeasty with plums and alcohol. There is also a little spicyness and a light clove aroma and it seems to me like just a hint of rosey floral at the finish of the nose. The flavor starts malty and a little spicy, but is very well balanced. Plum fruit flavors and alcohol also appear and finishes on the dry side. Aftertaste is malt and spice and very pleasant. Higher carbonation probably lends to lighter than actual mouthfeel which is fairly light compared to alcohol content which is warming. Very enjoyable beer, I wish I had more than one of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Glowing red/brown body topped with a medium large foamy head that slowly settled. This seemed very spicy to me - full of cinnamon and other "christmas" flavors. Also a lot of bread and big time "earthy" flavors. Palate was on the fizzy side. This is nice - I'd save a bottle for winter though.

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