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


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RATINGS: 1488   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 8įC and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine Ö 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Reddish deep brown color, huge head that filled much of the St. Bernardus chalice. Spicy complex aroma. Earthy, fuity sweet flavor with nice warming alcohol. A great and complex beer, but maybe an inch too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Iíd probably like this a whole lot better if it was pourable. Tame in the bottle, as soon as I tipped it, it poured out 80% head. It has a spicy, light fruit kind of aroma. Once I could see the beer, it appeared to be a light brown, like weak coffee. Itís got a lively mouthfeel, filled with a mixture of spices - coriander, clove, pepper, mayhaps some orange peel. Notable alcohol presence, but after the frustration of waiting for the head to settle somewhat, the 7.5% abv was appreciated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Sweet apple smell. Reddish brown color with a creamy smooth head. Spicy flavor. Very nice. Little bit of sticky alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2005
(bottle) Highly recommended by several people, but Iím not really sure why. Iíve never had cherry wine, but Iím convinced that I now know what it would taste like. Very sweet, very winey. No bitterness to balance the sweetness at all. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Poured dark ruby brown, very cloudy with floaties and a fluffy tan head...smell is sweet and tart...raisins are there...some definate whisky aroma...taste is warm with spices...clove, pepper, coriander...tastes like a lot more than 7.5%...lots of alcohol...good, but way off...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2005
Large off-white head that sat on top of ruby red body with tawny tinges. Good aroma, quite a mix, broth, rich fruit, spice and slight caramel. Flavour follows up on what the nose promises, medium body, sweet taste which isnít over the top, alcohol is just warming. I like this to the arabier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2004
Bottled 33cl
Dark red-brown colour with big brown head which is vanishing quite quickly, when yeast is added also quite hazy. Aroma is hoppy - spicey, like birch leaves in the early spring. Bitter, alcoholic (in a good way) mouthfeel. Really warming, one could guess higher ABV. Some roasted tones and long hoppy bitter aftertaste. Adding more yeast to glass is making this harder to drink but an excellent choice to start New Year Eveís celebration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5951) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a huge bubbly dark head with average retention. Aroma is quite complex and includes some smoky notes with some alcohol (scotch?). From what I could gather from the taste there is quite a mix in there: I can only describe this as a mix between a scotch ale (Mchouffe) with some smoke malt thrown in there. Alcohol is not easily detectable but can be felt on the tongue. Very different from what Iíve tasted before, Iím curious to try the other bottle in my cellar. 2004 vintage bottle drank in 2008: Somewhat oxidized (though I am not the type to be bothered by oxidation) with loads of dry fruits notes with some candy sugar (almost overly sweet). While this is an interesting experiment it is probably best to drink this when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Big chunks of yeast suspended in prune juice with little head. Tart, horsey, alcoholic aroma with a bit of red wine smell. Earth, plum and some hop bitterness. Slightly oxidized, wet cardboard. A bit sweet fo my tastes. The flavors donít come together right for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Carefully poured this syrup-like concoction into my snifter. has a dark ruby body, some yeasty cloudiness, and a full frothy off-white head that is fully lasting with good lacing. Aroma is great... a fully bouquet of flowers and fruit, with a touch of simple fresh perfume. While it is a great aroma, it is not quite as full as I find optimal. Fizzy, burning body. Man I hate that, but the taste makes almost ok. Dark alcoholic fruit, a bit of strawberry jam with some stale yeasty wheat bread. Strawberry jam flavor throughout. Also perhaps some vanilla scotch. Alcohol is warming more than it is strong. Quite good... I like it more as the carbonation dies down.

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