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


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RATINGS: 1361   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 8įC and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine Ö 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

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   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 isnít 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 didnít foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, itís complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - Iím 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 isnít surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky arenít terms Iíd 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 thatís sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA thatís sour, hoppy, and isnít a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesnít work perfectly and isnít the most chuggable offering...but damn, itís just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thanatosti (1052) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought from a colleague. Hazy dark brown with a big off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of dark fruits and some caramel and Belgian yeast. Taste is bittersweet. Body is massive but due to the very lively carbonation it is experienced lighter than all those heavy abts. Warming alcohol in the finish. Great Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (895) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
Medium mokka head, black coloured body with some brown glow, sweet candy caramel, medium to high carbonation medium bitter waming herbs some candy taste very different bit complex taste combination

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (446) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
Dark brown color with light beige head. Aroma of sweet malt with some tobacco. Taste of licorice, Brown rock candy Sugar and dark fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2409) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2015
poured from a bottle. This beer has a firm tartness to it. Some caramel notes as well as a fruitiness and slight earthy character. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1337) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Some low gushing at opening, pours in hazy dark body with high froasty off-white head. Aroma has caramel, nutty, roasty, yeasty. Taste has an alcohol character upfront, dark forest fruits, dried raisins, very light roasty. Bitterness is earthy and pretty low and hidden, overwhelmed with alcohol. Body is full, high carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (163) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2015
33cl in teku. Pours a super abundant and super creamy off-white head, orange beige like; dark orange to mahogany brown colour, dirty and hazy. Smells quite incredible: toffee, lovely yeast notes, dried fruits, caramel, butter-ish, brown/cane sugar, gorgeously wrapping and intense. Tastes caramel malty, candied fruit, earthy, hints of licorice and chocolate, seems like a creme caramŤl in a glass; sweetness is medium to high but never invasive, also cause is such balanced by a subtle but almost medium level bitterness; light tarness hints. Medium to full body, average carbonation which is right enough, creamy texture. Another awesome de Dolle, a mix between a dark and blonde belgian strong ale, gets the best notes from both worlds. Lovely ; )

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (541) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 4, 2015
1987 (Rodenbach yeast) vs 2014 at Kulminator in Antwerp-Belgium, bottles. The 1987 is stunning and amazingly in shape after 28 years. Pours dark amber with bright reddish appearance, nice and still performing off white foam. Nose: the warmest malty nose ever, light dry fruit, lovely feel of wood, cherries. Cherries are there, lovely feel. Mouth: God! I love this (mortlach come here right now!). Cherry juice, apple, warm feel embracing your chest! I am in shock! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottled: unk (it was cut off most of the bottle), my guess would be early 2014. Pours dark brown with a huge tan top that falls to a persistent quilt. Smells rich with prunes, candi, sweet toasted malts, some yeast. Flavor is malty, some mild musty oxidation, some stone fruits, a touch of almost brett like earthiness, some almost ruby porto character. Lots of depth in this beer, very surprised. medium on full bodied with high carb and a dry finish. Almost tannic in the finish. Iím very interested by this beer, might pick a few up to age and see what happens. It is tarts up a bit over two years I would be very, very excited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gearz (37) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
My second try with this beer. Ticked it a 2 back then and Iím sticking to it. Sweet tobacco, raisin, and caramel smell. Bready taste with a light body. Minimal carbonation. Dry finish. Tastes like it could be a Belgian Double but doesnít have the body. kind of week on the tongue. Would recommend a St. Benardus Abt 12 over this any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (205) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Schenkt een donkeramberkleurig bier met witte schuimkraag. Ruikt naar mout, gist, gedroogd fruit, kruiden. Smaak is bitterzoet, moutig, gedroogd fruit, hoppig. Een bier die ik wel kan waarderen, maar dat niet iedereen zal bevallen door de zoete en wat kruidige smaak. De nasmaak is bitter en grassig.

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