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

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RATINGS: 1263   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 (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 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.


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
htzpah (20) - - APR 6, 2014
Dark hazy appearance. Aroma of a stuff boozy drink. One note palate, maybe two. Not vey complex. A bit of chocolate and then fruit alcohol burn. Failed attempt to mimic abt12.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (151) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured into tulip a brown color with decent off white head. One of the most interesting beers I have had, very complex. Aroma for me was roasted malts, some nut, wood, wine, all together it had an aroma similar to a good brewed soy sauce. Taste was similar to the aroma. the beer was yeasty and had a port or sherry flavor. Alcohol for me came late in the finish and was warming to some extant. The alcohol seemed well blended till that point. I get some soy sauce also in the finish. Med bodied and quite wet, a little too easy to drink, like that is a problem. Incredible.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2014
Draft at dolle. Pours dark amber with honey glaze hue. Aroma of carrot, malts abd salted caramel. Light body, slight sour. Taste of raisins and nuts. Nice red vrown sour but a tad out of balance.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miquelcrush (40) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
Cerveza rojiza oscura, en cierta medida tiene un toque amargo pero queda dissimulado con el dulzor

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2014
Keg @ De Dolle Brewery bar, Esen. Pours a mahogany brown with roasted, dark malts, brown sugar, alcohol, nuts and a nice cloaking sweetness. Very interesting beer worth further inspection.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, plum, fig, white grape, caramel, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and balanced dark/candi sugar malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with a good amount of dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1450) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at Moeder Lambic. Black color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, nuts, hops chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter finish with nuts, chocolate, roasted malts. Very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (608) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from Beer Mania. Raisins, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, cola, ceder-wood, figs and cassis. High sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (3775) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from my friend, many thanks Dano. Very dark brown color with minimal beige head. Sweet syrupy, malty aroma. Taste, dark malt, strawberry syrup, caramel, vinous notes, light hoppy bitterness, sherry, wood. Very tasty sipping nightcap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (317) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2014
Deep mahogany with big off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smell has a lot of blackberries. Lots of red fruits and berries, then roasted malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Lots of fruity complexity. Big sweetness, with sour in the beginning and end. Finish has mild bitterness. Medium bodied, full carbonation. Very good!


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