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

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RATINGS: 1377   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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4
   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (708) - CANADA - MAY 21, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with two fingers plus of fluffy light tan head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark boozy fruit (dates and raisins), caramel malt, brown sugar, green apple, other stone fruits. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild tart, very light bitter. (8/10) Medium body, prickly carbonation, medium duration finish with a little lingering alcohol warming. (4/5) Quite a nice BSDA, if a bit on the pricey side for where I got it. Very mild considering the beefy ABV, almost sherry-like and quite good for sipping. Almost feels like thereís a little brett in there contributing to the mild tartness, but itís quite restrained. Sweetness is similarly restrained, and kept well in check by the pleasantly prickly carbonation. Certainly much better than the amateurish label might have you expecting, and having read their writeup, Iíd like to cellar some for future experimentation. (16/20)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
adamnowek (551) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
Tastes of raisins and caramel. Not overly sweet as the carbonation cuts right through it. Reddish brown colour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (220) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Poured into stem glass from a bottle. Cloudy Mahogany colour with a generous off-white head. Nose is caramel, raisin, sour apple, dark malts, and brown sugar. Flavour is sour green apple, caramel, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark dried fruit, molasses, and subtle spices. Awesome Belgian strong ale!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwyu (45) - - MAY 10, 2015
Never disappoints. Aroma of dark stone fruits, cherry, caramel malt... Flavor follows aroma. Sherry and pleasant alcohol notes. Super good sipping beer on a relaxing evening.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (1777) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, rich dark fruits, berries, dried fruits, some candy sugar, yeast, spicy notes. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet a bit tart with a smooth light bittersweet finish. Hint of alcohol. Lovely sipper, Iíd love to try this aged for a few years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1010) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
Bottled; poured at home; direct pick-up from the brewery. Thanks Zombier for my brewery lift and to Anna and Joan for renting the car and driving me to the brewery! Poured a lovely baige lacing over a chestnut-brown colour. Aroma is fascinating. A lot of depth here. Wild brett; farmhouse aromas; hey; fresh dough; garden dew and spruce. Some clove and coriander and fruity yeast esters. Taste is ripe plums; burnt caramalisation; gorgeous wild berrys; tart plum; toffee; raisins and biscuit malt. Some wonderful use of brett and a little heavy on the tart. Itís a fascinating beer and another example of the wonderful craft which De Dolle is.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6401) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma of malt, spices, some malt, grains and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malt with some warming alcohol, grains, some caramel,yeast and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1686) - FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown color with a medium sized foamy beige head. Aroma of apple, oak and berries. Sweet taste wit sourness and bitterness in a good balance.

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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
PietS (61) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
The taste and feel is sweet, soft and warm, with hints of caramel and red fruit. The smell is a whole other story though: it smells like sweet strawberry dairy drink, very fierse and sour. The smell doesnít match the taste in my opinion.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tuuker (35) - - APR 5, 2015
Aroma: Pear, spice, caramel, dark fruits Appearance: mahagony colour, thin but stable foam Taste: sweet, cherry, burnt raisins, earthy hops, sourness Palate: full mouthfeel, dry finish, moderate carbonation Overall: very nice take on BDSA, i think it is a beer what would go well with food like stake or game


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