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

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RATINGS: 1302   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1866) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2014
On tap at the Thirsty Monk (AVL). Deep red-amber body with a small head. Interesting and appealing aroma; hints of brandy, wine and vague ripe fruits. Mild and subtle alcohol esters for 12% ABV. Flavor. Fruity; slightly tartness with a touch of sweetness and bitterness. Moderately strong and mildly funky flavor seems to reflect red wine barrel aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1646) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle from CBX. Chestnut pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of brown sugar, roasted nuts, candy sugars, figs and grapes, with notes of spices and yeast. Effervescent body with the sweeter notes hit the front with roasted nuts, toasted bread, candy sugars, dark fruits mid palate and finishing off with touches of spice. Mmmmm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (1575) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
@Mechelen, Schenkt bruin met licht kaki kraag. Aroma is zoetig, mout, caramel, donker fruiten zoals rozijnen. smaken zijn gelijk een volle prikkelende co2 in de mond, caramel, rozijn, alcohol. goede donkere fruiten en kandijsuiker, redelijke body, redelijk zoet en redelijk fuitig, mis een beetje de zure toetsen om het tot een echte kraker te maken, jammer had met een beetje verheugd op dit biertje..wellicht was die gewoon wat te hoog.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martinrumsam (524) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Reddish brown with creamy beige head. Fruity bready aroma and a hint of spice. Initial taste quite sweet becoming slightly acidic and sour with a refreshing bitter finish. Full carbonation and mouthfeel. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
23 year old 1991 vintage bottle at Akkurat Stockholm, april 19th 2014. Deep red body, unclear, with a small beige head. Aroma of berries, branch, moss, yeast. Taste is lightly sour with plums, roast, wood, nuts. Deep complexity, sweet raisin and yeast aftertaste. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (237) - Tasmania, - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Mahogany-brown with a large and lasting tan head. The aroma is of yeast, caramel malt, fruity (plums, something sweet like dates or prunes). It has too much carbonation for our liking. The flavour has smooth malts, chocolate, fruits, distinct yeast with a lightly acidic finish, some bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reynaldg (35) - - AUG 27, 2014
Noir ponctuée par une dense et persistante tête teintée. Arôme fort de pain d'épices. Saveurs épicées, pain grillé et régulier. Bonne et puissante --- Black punctuated by dense and persistent head tinted. Strong aroma of gingerbread. Spicy, toasted and regular bread. Good and powerful

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1426) - - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby/mahogany with a thick eggshell colored head. Aroma is bread crusts and construction paper. Taste has lots of caramel and apple but is badly oxidized. Bottle is about a year old and didn't hold up well. Substantial booze. Rich mouthfeel and strong carb. Will look for a fresher bottle because this one unfortunately didn't work out.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle 9%. Dark red to brown. Head large and beige. Aromas of hops and faint smoke. Taste medium sweet and sour. Fair carbonation. Finish a little flat and sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonkiedeaap (261) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2014
Bought this bottle at de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a dark brown color and a nice cream colored head with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is very fruity and also has tones of yeast, bread and, licorice and candy. The taste is fruity and start to evoluate into a nice freshness and little sourness in which the tones from the aroma come clearly forward. This makes this beer well balanced. The finish is light sour and a has a medium bitterness, noticable for a while. Bravo to this beer, one of the better strong ales Iíve tasted so far.


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