Ernest (5886) - 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
gegwilson (225) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Bierbrasserie Cambrinus, Brugges. Dark body with a thin tan head. Flavours of red fruit and caramel. Full mouthfeel from the quite high carbonation. Quite a sweet brew and very tastey.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer & Beyond Store. Thanks beerandbeyond for the bottle! Deep brown and almost opaque, frothy, light tan head. Fruity aroma, dried fig. Tastes bitter and nice and again, of dried figs. Full body, fruity bitter finish, a little sour wine. Good.
Renobob (71) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Le classique de chez De Dolle. Original, plaisant en tout point. Un bon point de départ pour déguster les bières de cette brasserie.
jlruthven (512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours hazy ruby, tan head. Figgy nose, a little caramel, winter fruit, some raisin and berry. Taste follows, with a little more raisin, some residual sugars. Big, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Excellent, challenging.
euromance (14) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark bordeaux beer with beautiful firm white collar. Perfect harmony of licht sour, delicate sweet and bitter. Hints of prunes, dates, figs and chestnuts.
allmyvinyl (1022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines - Cheers Ash! Pours dark brown with a big rocky white head. Aromas of dark stone fruit, christmas cake, orange peel, slight boozy note. Some spice from the yeast. Taste brings forth more fruitiness, and orange peel, and then liquorice. Gets better with every sip.
Trappist1 (208) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Color: dark brown with a huge white head. Nose: caramel, chocolate, sweet malts, Taste: very complex, smooth, very well balanced. Palate: is sugerish, slightly alcoholic, very warm, long lasting. I forgot how good this beer is, very nice!
rok1024 (743) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - NOV 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy deep ruby appearance with medium head. Fruity, sweet, malty aroma with plums and strong cherry scent. Sweet on the mouth with very rich palate. High alcohol is very well hidden. Outstanding Belgian strong ale style beer.
boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish copper with an immense off white head. The aroma has a lot of tart notes, light brown sugar, light funky fruity esters. The taste has a big dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, fig, raisin, plum. Delicious.
sdmmb (258) - USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my absolute favourite beers. Drunk from 33 cl bottle bought at malting pot in Brussels. A sweet sour sharp taste full of flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone