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


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RATINGS: 1393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/4/13. Bottle says 9%. 11.6 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. The head is a rather attractive two finger cream color. It features a soft, creamy layer over top some rather thick-looking bubbles. Retention is excellent - even after a couple of minutes the head is one finger high - and a good layer of lacing is left on the glass. S: Okay, this is interesting...not only are the usual BSDA suspects quite evident (dark fruits, chocolate, pears), a sour undercurrent rests wonderfully below that. I really enjoy the tart cherries, sour apple esters, and general acetic quality as well. The complexity of the aroma isn’t overbearing, either. T: Compared with the first inhalation, the sour quality is far more restrained here, taking on more of a lactic tone. Sadly, the coinciding cherry esters are also downplayed. For a brief glorious moment, sour cherries initiate the profile, before giving way to a chocolaty yet dry midtaste. And now a THIRD element comes along that I didn’t foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, it’s complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - I’m impressed how well balanced the seemingly clashing elements work together. Even if the lack of acetic sourness is a letdown for me, the only thing really wrong here is the slight paper quality in the aftertaste. M: This one is dry, more so than many others in the style. Given the sour/hop bend of this, it isn’t surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky aren’t terms I’d use to describe the texture - more like papery, coarse, and rough - but the firmness also helps make the carbonation seem a little lighter than what it is. I find its semi-abrasive feel endearing, to be frank. O: A BSDA that’s sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA that’s sour, hoppy, and isn’t a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesn’t work perfectly and isn’t the most chuggable offering...but damn, it’s just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (150) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 26, 2015
Brown caramel with big fluffy head. Brown sugar, vinous, caramel. Both sweet and sour, bitter finish. Fizzy carbonation, full bodied. Drunk along with Rochefort 10, it is quite similar but aromas are a little softer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leblancap (2) - Binche (Leval-Trahegnies), BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
Always an incredible pleasure to taste this beer!! Must be appreciated... without any limits... Just close your eyes and visualise what you are tasting... FIREWORKS!! of all colours, sizes and direction... A BIG WOW!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (891) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 20, 2015
Clear ruby/brown, cappuccino head Caramel, chocolate, riped fruit,toffee, candy fruit, hint of licorice Passito, biscuits, hazelnut, caramel, toffee, sweet licorice, milk chocolate, riped fruit Light bittersweet ending

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IngetSlick (66) - - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Big, creamy, beige head. Dark brown, muddy body. Smells spicy, yeast, plum, apricot, apple. Tastes of plum, apricot, pepper, salt. A very spicy and complex brew. Both sweet and salt with a distinct bitter finish. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lokitje (102) - - JUL 18, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 smell dark malt some red fruit hint of caramel looks lot of foam can?t pour it at once it slowly pulls back very light brown foam and very dark ruby color... full bodied little red wine in the flavor dark malt and caramel this is a very pleasant beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1004) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 11, 2015
Bit similar to keun, but without that honey kick and less yeastiness. Fully malt orchestra with some floral hops, caramel, candy, light yeast, dried fruits. Mostly sweet with light bitterness and light tartness. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
psilosophy (560) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JUL 5, 2015
Bouteille de33cl. Couleur cola, mousse très abondante, retombe assez vite. Des arômes fruités, caramel, frangipane, réglisse. Bel équilibre, texture qui "explose" en bouche. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jelledebont (39) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2015
Bruin bier met beige schuim en kleine gistdeeltjes. Niet slecht, maar ook niet heel bijzonder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (264) - SPAIN - JUN 30, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2015 From zombier. In La Trappe glass. Another good brew from de dolle. However, I prefer their blonde ones

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (115) - Livorno, ITALY - JUN 24, 2015
Il colore è marrone rossastro, quasi tonaca di frate, opalescente; molto generoso il "cappello" di schiuma, color ocra, fine, cremoso e molto persistente. Naso molto pronunciato e dolcissimo: toffee, zucchero di canna, frutta sotto spirito (uvetta, prugne), datteri, leggeri sentori di pane nero. Molto pulito. Il corpo è pieno, con una carbonazione abbastanza sostenuta. Il gusto non si discosta molto dall’aroma: molto dolce, ma meno pulito, ripropone la stessa frutta sotto spirito, toffee, liquirizia. Ottimo l’accenno di carattere vinoso. La bevuta continua nel (troppo) dolce, ed il palato rimane sempre abbastanza appiccicoso dopo ogni sorso. C’è un finale leggermente amaricante (frutta secca) ed etilico ma non basta a riportare il necessario equilibrio. Questa Oerbier si beve abbastanza bene, l’alcool c’è e riscalda ma non fa sentire troppo la sua presenza.

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