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


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RATINGS: 1470   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle at Paeters Vaetje, Antwerp. By the state of my notepad, it appears I may well have been in no fit state to rate this properly - but my golden rule is that as long as I can just about decipher the hieroglyphics the next day, the rating gets posted. Very gingery, with slight choc and a liquorice finish. Spicy, but palatable. Very pleasant and strongly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2004
copper color, cloudy, no head on mine. aroma has an industrial quality about it. some spices and a a caramel quality that is not assertive, but clearly there. fair amount of alcohol as well...in the flavor too. flavor has a very hidden lemon quality, plus more overt spice and caramel flavors. flavor is fairly sweet, but hops are moderately detectable. good if not great..perhaps too youthful?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Hazy brown color, heavy spicy light fruity aroma, sweet taste, full body, light alcoholic finish. Re-rate. Hazy brown colour with a big baige head. Spicy sweet fruity caramel aroma and a sweet light sour light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming light acid finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 8, 2004
11.6 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date. Weak pfftt when opened. Almost completely flat. No carbonation to speak of. Poured out a dark, murky brown color, with no head at all. Even with my pocket beer engine, I couldn’t get a head to rise up. Aromas are of dank basements, wet socks, vinegar, alcohols, and Belgian funk. Brettanomyces abounds in my sample. Downright rank, if you ask me. Flavors are of watered down vinegar, stank ass, sweaty feet, and alcohols. Huge layer of dead yeast in the bottom of the bottle. This is more a Flemish Red ale than a Belgian Strong. Finished rather sweet and rank. Not a great beer by any means.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Cloudy mohogany color when held up to a light. Just a wisp of off white foam. Aroma is sweet with some black cherry and port wine. Flavor starts candy sweet and spicy turning fruity (cherry and plum) and finishing lightly tart and kinda dry. Rich smooth palate with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Outstanding brew with a fine hazy brown color and a nice light colored head. Complex aroma’s of caramel candy with fine hints of port wine, some dried fruits and malts. Rich taste of light burned malts with a fruity accent and a touch of Grand Marnier. round mouthfeel with soft afthertaste and fine bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2004
Bottled. A fantastic brew with tons of taste and aromas. The smell has licquorice, fruits, malt, port, alcohol and is vinuous. The beer itself is brown with a good tan coloured head and reasonable lacing. In the plethora of tastes you can find typical Belgian sugars, warming alcohol, lots of malt, blackberries and a pleasant smokiness. A real top quality beer froma top quality brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 bottle. aroma hits with strong complex sweet notes: fruity, nutty, dark mystery. flavor does not disappoint, coming with dry hoppy end on a very malty and slightly nutty beginning. second tasting: clear reddish amber, little lacing. aroma gives hints of alcohol, the maltiness to follow. flavor is full of malt, warming but not too boozy, with a little tartness and dry hoppiness to keep it from being too sweet, though the finish is still far sweeter than hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Pours a deep reddish-brown hue below a dense, rocky off-white head that never fully disappates. Feverish carbonation tingles on the tongue while helping to renew that ever present off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, banana, dates, bread, sweet malts and candied fruits. Tangy flavor of alcohol, oak wood, smoke, candied fruits and doughy yeast. Full, rich mouthfeel and drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
An explosive head that is a very light brown. The murky brown colour was very appealing. I wasn’t able to dectect a very complex aroma, it was kind of like apple cider. It felt pretty medium bodied with an excellent flavour. It was a little bit spicy, with the apple cider coming back from the aroma. It finised smooth and I wasn’t able to detect any alcohol. An overall terrific beer.

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