TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 Served on draft in the proper three inch stemmed tulip. World class aroma boasts passion fruit, juicy fruit gum, cherry, wood, mustiness, and spice. Beautiful chocolate flavors intertwine with sweet chewy cherry malt. Soft on the palate. Surprisingly only a touch of acidity. Most delicate, yet complex. Like a Flanders red with chocolatey whispers. A new favorite!
The Etruscan (542) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Beige weak thin head. Dark amber color. Aroma is moderately malty with caramel, alcohol, ricolice and light wooden notes. Flavor is malty, sweet with banana, raisins and candy tones, ending in a moderately fruity finish. Medium bodied.
motelpogo (6727) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
quite spicy and with white grapes. fat and full and very tasty
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 powerful. chocolate coated raisins, coffee, stacks of yeast, dried apricots. very smooth, rich, yet dry and complex in finish. a bit of gingerbread too. trailmix in a bottle. oh yeah rer8: well that’s nearly 4 years since i last had this beer. and it’s still good. this bottle had notches for "houdbaar tot 10/2001" on the label, but "10% 2005" on the cap so have no idea how old that makes it, but it’s old. has spent 25 months under the house and it’s goin good. the usual amazing gigantic fluffy head that settles into a layer of almost widgetlike cream. beer is a clear magenta. aroma is lots of aromatic melanoidiny malt, toffee, some flowery/herbal noble hops of some variety, and a bit of medicine and phenol action. flavour wise a very complex blend of malt richness AND tart, dry hoppiness - not so much bitterness from the hops as just a herbal dryness. this is all supported by a slight sourness like in slightly underripe fruit. or dried apricots. a delicate chocolatey undertone sticks around with some warming alcohol. yummy. i have had some absolute motherfuckers of de dolle beers and some absolute stinkers. this one is one of the former.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge off-white head, reddish body, lots of floaties with some rising carbonation. I get mostly a malty aroma, but my allergies are acting up today. Complex flavors, noticeable alcohol in the mouth and through the finish. I liked the Ara Bier better, but this is pretty good.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you like Rodenbach Grand Cru, you’ll like this. Until recently the yeast was from Rodenbach. Quite tart with lots of flavor. Also check Ara Bier.
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 White-capped SPECL BREW2 bottle, Boulder, CO.
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of plum, cherry, cinnamon, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. An improvement over the 2005 Spec Brew bottle (see below) in many respects, though not in the direction I was expecting. Maybe not as aromatic. This is slightly back in the direction the previous years’ were...sweeter and maltier. I thought Kris would go full-on sour. Delightful, but I still kinda wish he would go fully in one direction (sour) or the other (sweet).
White-capped 2005 Spec Brew bottle, Boulder, CO.
Head is initially average sized, fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cola, plum, cherry, cinnamon, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Definitely a more sour and less sweet Oerbier than we’ve known of the last couple years, and harkening back to the original "original beer". It’s a shame the head isn’t the usual huge dollop of meringue that De Dolle Brouwers are usually known for, and this is rather thin and watery too. Either needs some malt richness or more sourness, as this is straddling the fence on what it wants to be. We’ll see what the next few batches yield...this seems like a work in progress. Reminds me of a slightly more tart and much cleaner version of Chimay Red. [8/3/7/3/15=3.6]
Bottle, Bier Circus, Brussels, Nov 2004 (sweet/malty version). Head is initially average sized, frothy, rocky, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of plum, raisin, toffee, candy sugar, light notes of cherry and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. More decadent than I recall...gorgeous aroma and a superbly rich mouth experience make this irresistable. 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy but beautifully smooth. Poured with a massive head. Well developed taste and decent complexity.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First thing I noticed was that it was sour, and other then that it was a very good beer.
jerohen (2011) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Bottled at ’Trappistenhuis’, Ghent. Very dark brown coloured, beautiful big head. Complex nose of fruits, malts alcohol. Also fruity notes in flavour, obvious bitterness, dry in finish. Really nice. Probably ages pretty well too.