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


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RATINGS: 1326   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1221) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2014
Brown beer, beige head. Nose is malty, some caramel, yeast and spice notes´, milk chocolate. Flavor is sweet, sugary, dried fruit, raisins, chocolate, roasty-toasty notes and alcohol. Very nice balance, great stuff. Bottle shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ivic81 (3) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Splendida bevuta. Birra da meditazione ma al contempo molto beverina, quando si hanno 9 gradi e non ci si stanca mai di bere è un gran bel segnale secondo me! Grandissima birra!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moravius (597) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2014
Flasche (33 cl; MHD: 4/2015) von Getränkefeinkost Berlin. - Rotbraun, trüb; enorm reichlicher Schaum. - Nase scharf fruchtig-hopfenherb, leicht säuerlich, weinig. - Antrunk etwas scharf säuerlich, etwas Gras, weiße Trauben, zugleich warm dunkelmalzig mit leichten Röstnoten. Würzige Kräuter, Lebkuchen. Gut rezent, schaumig; etwas dünnes Mundgefühl. Im Abgang fruchtig herb und gut malzbitter. - Eigenartige Mischung von dunkelmalzigen Aromen und säuerlich-scharfen Zügen. Wirkt irgendwie unfertig, wie halb umgekippt. Schwer vorzustellen, daß das so gedacht war.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1033) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
330ml bottle from favourite beer and 10th December on the Advent Calander. Deep dark Amber colour with an off white head. Aroma has caramel and stewed dark fruits. Plum, fruit and caramel flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (858) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 8, 2014
I think it had originally pours a clean amber, but once I got to the bottom of the bottle, it looked a murky red-brown with visible clots of yeast sediment floating around. Yum! 1.5 inches of dust head froth that fades at a moderate rate. Snap, crackle, pop! Aroma is bread crust and tart cherry, pear and apple, bit of raisin and spice. Hint of soap in there as it warms. Body is light, watery up front with a slightly oily finish and a prickly wave of carbonation. Flavor is bread, bread crust, some apple, spice, and even a bit of yeasty moldy cheese. Spicy finish. I’m wondering if I should have been more careful with that sediment, yet it still very good. Interesting BSA. I’m not exactly sure what to compare it too; maybe other De Dolle beers. At first I felt it was a bit watery and had an aftertaste that was more bitter than yummy, but as it warms its complexity (of spice, raisin, midway through taste) is coming through, retaining a high score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjik83 (641) - - DEC 5, 2014
- Alcoholpercentage van 9% - Smakelijk biertje destijds gedronken - Complimenten aan de brouwerij- en brouwmeester - Nog geen topper, maar wel de hoge waardering die verdiend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1351) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle at tuulensuu, tampere. Clear deep red color, tanned head. Aroma is spices, sweet licorice notes, wood. Taste is quite high co2 which makes taste lighter. Licorice, plums, spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (934) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2014
0,33L bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. The small head stays. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, plums, malt. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, plums, malt. caramel. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mschaefer (21) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
33 cl fles, bottled jun 2014. Mooi donker, bijna zwart met stevig schuim dat lang blijft. Aroma’s een beetje zurig, alcohol en wijnkelder. Redelijk wat koolzuur. Mooie ronde smaak met tonen van pruim, kersen, amandel. Afdronk is lang en zwaar met een aangename bitter op de tong. Een echt verwarmend bier, heerlijk!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (840) - CROATIA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle from 1987. (26 years old at the time), 330 ml at Kulminator, Antwerp. Pours unclear reddish brown with small off-white head. Sweet with sour touch. Dark fruit, plums, nuts, yeast. Complex. Quite a lot of yeast sediment at the bottom. Very interesting experience.

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