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


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RATINGS: 1295   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 14, 2002
Huge ’head in a bottle’ explodes in the glass - unusual tarty, malty, fruity with some licorice and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2002
Nice little belgian ale, kind of rodenach-ish in aroma and taste, slightly sour malty flavour, but balance may be its fault, slightly mollassesy flavour, but the sourness bumps its mark up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Not the best example of a Belgian ale, IMHO. The alcohol stands out, the head was excessive and there were black chunks of something (?) sitting on top of the head. Flavor is overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2002
Very flanders red-like in my opinion. Some residual sweetness, shows plenty of alcohol. Tasty, but I don’t know if I’ll revisit any time soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2002
This beer belongs up there w. Belgium’s best. Amazing aroma and flavor of apples, cherries, raisins, chocolate, with a tart refreshing finish. Pours with a nice creamy head. Nice cidery tart finish. Also a bit salty, but not a big flaw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Really really tart...almost a Flanders Red? What beautiful brown hazy color, great body -- full yet light. My second fav De Dolle. What makes the bubbles so tiny in the head of this? Is it fruit? I recently saw this living breathing complex head on a blueberry stout, which is why I ask...Thanks Kevin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2002
This is a tricky one! It tastet fine but I was quickly fed up with it because it’s quite cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
In the beginning very bitter, later on fruity. I bought this one in the brewery in Esen after riding 35 km by bike and it was worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 20, 2002
hazy amber orange color, ample hesad with delicate lace. pleasant aroma with cherries, green apple and caramel. complex taste follows the aroma , the vherry flavor is strong enough that this could almost pass for a kriek. sweet but with enough sour flavors to set up a fine balance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
De Dolle Brouwers - ’The Mad Brewers’. Oerbier (’original beer’ was first brewed in brewer Kris Herteleer’s wash tub at home. Now, it’s brewed in an antiquated, cramped, old brewery purchased by the Herteleer brothers in 1980. Only info I could find was that it’s brewed with 5 malts and 2 hops (Belgian hops from Poperinge and East Kent Goldings). Appearance in glass is a rich, medium brown color, with a woody, fruity smell. Very fine carbonation bubbles with very little head. Taste is malty and tart, with a woodlike / fruitlike flavor (not as strong as a ’fruit’ beer though). Not overly sweet - excellent balance and feel. Very good.

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