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


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RATINGS: 1428   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2004
wow another beautiful Belgian beer.A nice brownish red color with a huge head.Has a spicy but fruity taste.The alcohol kind of creeps up on you.Cant say anymore just another fine brew from the belgians

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Massive head and sparkling carbonation. The color is ruby brown. The smell is sour, yeasty and contains apple notes. The flavor is medium sweet with butterscotch, apple and caremel and with very fresh and light earthy yeasts Absolutely wonderfully delicious. The sour smell is deceiving as it is barely detectable in the flavor. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Golden brown witha little mahagany coloring. Sopay like foam head. Smell of strong spices. Very strong smell. Not impressed. Good taste though. Strong at first and then smooth and mellow. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Tons of light toffee colored head on this one. Yeasty, slightly winey aroma. Alcohol is very muted in the flavor, very nicely shifting from plums to cherries with an interesting yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Head: finger-wide root beer head, like A&W after a few minutes in the car. Not your belgian lace, but not necessary with a brew this viscous and vinous in character. Aroma: rather muted, faintly of japanese plums, cloves. Appearance: deep, hazy mahogany, like a well-worn holly sole in a sailboat. Flavor: this is where the action is with this brew. Green raisins, cherry pie, spicy mincemeat, yeasty malt, some black pepper. Palate: vinous, viscous. Excellent red wine replacement. Alcohol not too strong. Well-balanced. Odd creature on label. Mysterious bow around neck. For some reason, this beer reminds me of eating scones with strawberry jam at this roadside cafe off highway 101 in California near San Luis Obispo. Go figure...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Poured a hazy/foggy amber/mahogony color with a 1 finger tan head. Aromas of spices, plums, caramel, yeast and raisins. Tastes of of brown sugar, molasses, sweet and malty. Complex smells and tastes that work very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kodos (205) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
Tried a single bottle of this. Poured reddish with a small short lasting head that had some funky chunks mixed into the head....Bad? Flavor was both dry and sweet...cherries? but almost all alcohol. Finish was acidic with yet more alcohol. I need to try this again....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Murky dark orange/brown color with a massive creamy off white colored head that is retained. Aroma is very interesting. Definite vinous aroma with some barleywine like aged aroma. Very yeasty aroma also. Flavor is big, bold and strong. I’m getting a big coffee finish which is a major shock. Initial flavor is like bordeux, but the roasted malt in the finish totally through me. Wasn’t expecting that at all. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 It had a wine like taste. I like Belgian strongs although this was a bit cloyingly sweet when first sipped. As it warmed the magic of the flavor came out and it was quite nice. It is a attractive red color with a vinorus scent. Very strong and a good beer allround though I find Chimey red and Duvel a better brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 So three of the last tnree were overcarbonated or infected. A common de dolle problem. One of my fav brewers is now in my never buy classification. It hurts. Wow! Where has this beer been my whole life! I wish I found it sooner! Pour was amber/brown with nice off-white head. Aroma is sweet yeast, slight overripened cherry? Taste is superb, on the sweet side with layers and layers of complexity going on. As it warms, it keeps changing, sweet but not cloying. A must have, I am going back for more!

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