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


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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2003
My wife gave me a case to my 4oth birthday! Bouquet is citrusy (lime?) on top of malt and alcohol. Great brussels lace, but watch the sediment when pouring. Never had an orange-y beer, but this might be it. Malt, citrus, and alcohol (in a good way).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
The appearance was that of a large sized tan head that was smooth, creamy and frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that lasted for quite some time.The body had lively carbonation, yeasty and cloudy with an orangish hue.The nose consisted of alcohol, fruitiness, some licorice and malts.The flavor was that of some licorice, fruitiness and it also tasted sweet.The mouthfeel was smooth and it was medium bodied.This beer had excellent lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 17, 2003
This brew poured a very large head of envigorated foamy off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind an excellent lace and ayeasty carbonated hazy dark brown colored body. The aroma was mild with notes of caramel malt and vinuous alcohol. The mouthfeel was bubbly and tingly. So tingly in fact it made my front teeth tingle. The flavor was mostly of alcohol but also contained mild caramel malt and spices. Half way through there were chunks of foam from the head still clining to my mug. Although only 7.5% ABV it gave me alcohol shivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8330) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 (Draught) Yellowish head, fast gone; hazy chestnut colour. Very fruity nose, plums, grapes, dark & light malts, sweet and vinous both. Harsh bitter beginning, enormous hops of liquorice. Sweet underbuild, fruity, grape-like. Fruitiness culminates to the finish. Some alcoholburn; very full bodied. Better than just OK, but it still suffers from the yeast change, IMO. The harsh opening bitterness is new. Yet it remains a classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Poured out of 11.6 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 10/21/03. Ruby-copper red in color, clear body. Very active with huge, uniform, frothy head that lingers. Amazing amount of carbonation still boiling up from the bottom of the glass. Nose is of sour and tart cherry, vinous and acidic. Very estery. A little bit vinegary. Some mellowing sweetness and "roundness" to the scent. Powerful, robust flavor, more malty with glowing (almost burning) but somehow sweet acidity. Yeast also. Vinous and lightly fruity on the front, but the malts control this thing. Unbelievable long finish but a little overwhelming in its power. Still leaving a nice hum and ring on the tongue many minutes after drinking. Slightly oily texture on a thin body. A ton of sediment sits in the bottom of the bottle, and when poured into the glass it naturally darkens the brew and muddies it up a bit (the irregular but large particles are all over the glass), but I really like the additional depth, dirtiness, and bitterness to the flavor. Leaves a VERY oily finishing texture, with a film in the mouth and on the lips, almost greasy. Overall, very fine stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Aftering being let down by the BBB (Boring Brown Belgian) Chimay Bleu, I was pleasantly surprised by this delicious beer. Oerbier is cloudy brown and poured with a thick, creamy off-white head and nice lacing. I immediately noted caramel, cherries, raisins, and red wine in the very sweet nose. Flavor was a rich medley of dark fruit, caramels and red wine, all of which formed a unique, very sweet beer. Lively mouthfeel due to strong carbonation. The sweetness does become a bit cloying by the end of the glass, however. Still an excellent, most interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Dark redish brown color with a big fluffy light brown head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Taste is sweet with some peppery spice. Malt flavors and some alcohol are noticed. Very slight tartness in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 Head is large but quickly diminishes. Red-brown colour. Aroma; mostly fruity with some acidity and alcohol. Taste; powerful, plenty of malt, caramel, sirup, acidity, sharp, dry finish with some salt and pepper. A very nice beer with a lot of taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Hazy brown sugar appearance with a huge head. The head doesn't want to leave, it wants to talk to me. I love how this beer looks. Smells like some sort of seasonal fruit bread. Tastes of alcohol and sweet peppery sugary fruit. The warmer it gets the creamier (like a pudding tease) it gets and the more it reminds me of that initial aroma I had. Delicious. Thanks BierBauch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Pours about the same color as maple syrup, but with more red. Cloudy. Aroma of brown sugar yeast, and spice. Flavor is sweet, almost like molasse (but not nearly as thick and overwelming) with dashes of pepper. Finish is peppery. I might have to cellar several of these guys.

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