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De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20

Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Diksmuide, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The 20th anniversary ale of the renowned De Dolle Brouwery.

Not to be confused with De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 1-Malig Verjaardag from 1980/1982 (that you probably had at Kulminator).


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14969) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, big thanks to Bropey, 15/01/16. Hazed orange amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is wood must, light smoke, marzipan, fruit cake, funky tones, earthy red berry. Taste comprises tangy dark fruit shreds, funk, tarte berry, damp hay, light fruit balsams, aged cherry skin, dried fruit, damp balsa wood, sharp berries. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent well rounded sour, just a tinge of oxidisation creeping in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle shared at Kennyís 20K, acquired via trade with ClarkVV. Cheers! It pours hazy deep red brown with a thick off-white head. The nose is rich, fruity, wood, dried fruits, vinous, musty, barnyard, fruit cake, redcurrant, red wine and a touch of oxidisation. The taste is crisp, tart, vinous, wood, earth, tart fruits, redcurrant, jammy fruit action, light vanilla, dry wood, lemon sherbet, funk and good mouth-pucker with a dry finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Jammy and vinous. Great complexity and depth of flavour. Has held up exceptionally well. Brilliant stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (5142) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Kennyís 20K celebrations @Chrisoís. Huge thanks to Paul. It pours a clean amber ruby color with a large bubbly white head. Aroma is balanced between sweet oxidised notes and tangy sour lemony ones. Some raisins and apricots too. Taste is medium sweet and closed sour tangy wih more lemon juice raisins rum vanilla and white chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, still a great beer even with some oxidation on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016

Bottle share at Kennyís 20K as íDe Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20í, 8%. Many thanks to Paul. Dark matte brown, murky, dense foamy off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is earthy, spinach, souring apple, dried peel and leaves, a touch of varnish. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is tangy and sour with rhubarb, raisin, apple and a touch of vinegar. A very interesting sour brown. Not necessarily my favourite style but this is a nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Musty aroma to start. Some sourness. Some toffee. Gets better as it opens up. Some decent sour fruit. Lemon lime. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours unclear orange amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is lighter bringing woody and light sweet boozy notes, wild yeast dominating g there though. The flavor is much better than the nose for me, bringing sweet and fruity yeast with pleasant unique subtle tart notes that settle smooth in the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1911) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Something like a flemish red/oud bruin more than what is usually a "Sour Ale" on this site. Cherry and vinegar and sweet maltiness like caramel, but really a restrained vinegar character that makes the beer much more drinkable than Iíd expected. Very good, thanks for the share SoFla crew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3163) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle shared at Zwanze Day. Murky copper brown pour with a white head. Vinegar and sour cherry aromas. So tasty. A bit sweet with sour cherry, vinegar, and luscious caramel malt notes. Orange, vanilla, and oak lowlights. Great body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Many thanks to Carl for sharing this gem. Pours murky amber (as best I can tell with my iphone light here in the dark) with a few bubbles hanging around. Aroma: soy sauce; honey; cotton candy thatís partially transformed into balsamic (ISO: cotton-candy flavored vinegar). Taste brings plums, musty basement full of cardboard boxes holding forgotten treasures. Thereís this sort of barley wine (sherry; honey; dark fruit; caramel) meets dark sour quality thatís really cool. Itís tart, but not aggressively so. Raisins, vinegar, caramelized sugar. Palate: medium body, slick texture. Overall: the more I drink of this the more I enjoy it. It would get destroyed in a 2oz pour at a tasting, but with a nice night and half a bottle it shows well. This is a tasty old sweet dark sour. Iím really enjoying the sweetness in this. Gets better and better. Thanks again for sharing this, Carl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2241) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle shared with Chris on a cool Seattle summer night. I probably shouldnít have let this one sit in the cellar so long but I didnít want to drink it alone nor break it into 2oz portions at a large tasting.

The 14-year-old bottle opens with the tiniest hiss. It pours cloudy brown with a small if short-lived head -- itís not completely flat. The nose surprises what for the intensity of the sherry and caramel recalling an aged-barleywine; this overshadows the softer acetic vinegar sourness. Plenty of mustiness. Caramel and what Chris nicely describes as de Dolle cotton candy, a lot sweeter than I expected. Wood, a bit of whatever that is that characterizes the duchess. Cherry. Complexity recalling the various special release de Dolle beers: the sourness is there, but the beer is not all about that. Rather, the tartness is just a minor element going on with this one. It shows its age, for sure, a bit of cardboard and flab, but hasnít altogether fallen apart. Indeed Iíd say it has held up better than the other de Dolle beers I have had at a decade plus. A special bottle even if it falls short of masterpiece status at this age.

tl;dr summary good but not 100th percentile unless you can taste the .rar

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