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


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RATINGS: 1477   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 8C 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 8, 2004
Very clear, oak body... warm yellows, oranges and reds. Head is creamy, smooth white and recedes to a thin crown. Smell is very strong and fragrant. Woodsy earth notes, butter, caramel, peach and sweet peat. Taste is also strong and sweet with lots of complexity. Honey, vanilla, caramel, appel, pit fruit malt. Aftertaste is sweet, fruity and a little cloying. Could use some carbonation to break up the syrupyness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Bottled. Poured a dirty mahogany color with absolutely no head. Aromas were very complex; mostly of sweet malts and some apple. Viscious mouthfeel with an amost overpowering sweetness. Elements of chocolate, cherries and woodyness in the taste. Quickly fades into a strong alcohol warmth finish. Im not sure of the age of this bottle but it would benefit greatly from sitting for a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
spritzy yeast aroma, cherry popsicle red with a gargantuan head, elements of grape soda, strong whiskeylike finish, some banana flavors and a a great mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
bottled 330 ml. Dark brown with large fluffy head. Raisons and fruity aroma. Aggressive strong taste. with alcohol noticeable. Not well balanced but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark brown color with no head. Slight cherry aroma. Semi-bitter malt taste with some spices present. Tasty enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Pour is an iced-tea brown with almost no head, lots of spent yeast. Smell is heavily apple juice with hops to complement, sweetness and tartness. Very pleasant. Initial taste, alcohol is VERY present, even at 7.5%. Taste is smokey, some coffeeish flavors, quite sweet, but actually has hops coming through. Spicey as well. Lots going on. Good, though not great, and Im still unimpressed by this brewery...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring with White Ring. Cherry and Grape Flavors...Sweet. Little Malty and Noticeable Alcohol.. Decent brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4370) - 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.

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