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


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RATINGS: 1461   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2004
Chestnut color with a beige head. The taste is sweet with sharp spicy notes. Has some nutty light fruity notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Beautiful amber color. Pors with little to no head, light lacing. Wonderful fruity aroma. Tasty as can be. Warm alcohol touch on the end. Great beer! Definitely will get some more of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Deliciously sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma. Murky brown. Flavor is fruit/spice/yeast, but the overly abundant carbonation takes away from it. Otherwise, a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Sampled on draft at the brewery in Esen, Belgium. Golden. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 13, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2497) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2004
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.

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