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De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20

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


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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).


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (947) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Tasted 8/14/11, bottle thanks to DStructo. Pours gorgeous clear caramel, ruby red, almost vinous in the light. Huge fluffy off-white head, with medium retention and copious lacing. Nose has notes of sherry, tart apple, musty wood. Mild signs of age and oxidation fade as the beer warms, and tartness becomes more evident and sweeter in nature, melding with slight alcoholic spice. Taste is initially sweet, lemon-like with caramel undertones. Evolves into a funky sherry-type profile, slightly tart, vinous, ending dry with musty malts, subtle spicy bitterness, long aftertaste of vanilla, wood on the breath. Round and balanced, but thin in the mouth. Overall glad to to have tried this treat- it still has some nice complexity, but age is definitely showing, not necessarily for the better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (11905) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 750ml PBFVIII
Tnx lusikka. Hazy orange deep amber color, small white head. Cellary, fruity aroma. Medium-bodied. Ok, some cellary notes but besides that De Dolle yeast, fruity, alcohol, liquerish palate. Orginally a great beer and even now very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (5272) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle @ PBF 2013. 2000 vintage. Thanks lusikka!
Pours hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma of sour fruits, yeast, cellar, some berry notes and faint grapes. Flavor of grapes, mild apricot, caramel, yeast, some wood and goose berries. Feels and tastes very old, mildly oxidized. Quite nice still after all these years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (5338) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750 ml bottle. Vintage 2000.
Pours a dark copper amber colour with a white head. Aroma of cellar, mold, lingonberries, yeast and some mild caramel notes. Flavour is rather rich with some caramel notes, tart lingonberries, herbs, yeast, tart citrus and some oxidation, unfortunately. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes dry, tart, citrusy and berryish. After 13 years this is still in a reasonable condition. Cellary notes are present, but not too much, and maybe some oxidation notes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII (thanks lusikka). Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is quite dry wood, some acidic notes, and some sadly cardboardy oxidation. Flavour is tart wood, some herbs and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3071) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750ml bottle @ PBF 2013. Thanks lusikka!

Vintage 2000 - Pours murky dark orange with a smooth white head. Aroma of cellar, farmyard, sourness, tart fruity notes, hints of yeast and spices. Taste is sour, tart, sweet, sticky, yeasty, spicy and malty with hints of moldy cellar. Finish is yeasty, very sour, tart fruity, spicy and moldy cellary. Not sure if good or not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (4945) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle vintage 2000 @ PBF VIII. Thanks lusikka!
Aroma has moldy cellar, some cardboard and caramel. Flavour is tart with malty notes, some berries, moldy cellar and hints of bread. Interesting mix of De Dolle house aroma, aromas of a beer too old and tartness. Not sure if past its present or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2013
EPIC ! from bottle, 75 cl . pours amber, small white foam, smell is apple, port and sweet. taste is sweet, dusty, soft carbo, some alcohol but not much. very fruity, balanced and complex. definetly the best dolle beer yet !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Split rating from the old special brouwsel entry, had both the original and the 20 years anniversary version. Pours beautiful deep amber and with a nice offwhite head. Aroma is fruity and cherry, extremely smooth and inviting with a mild whiff of caramel malt beneath. Smooth phenolic and cherry flavoured, yet so perfectly balanced. Complex wineous smooth finish - just fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dell, thank you sir! Murky amber color, beige head. Aroma of oxidized prunes,mpeaches. Taste is fruity, but a bit hrash around the edges. Still, an amazing beer at an amazing tasting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (1896) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Dunderölsprovning 2012. Hazy brown liquid with medium off-white/light brown head. Aroma of dust, light apples, light vinegar, toffee, port (maybe some cardboard), spices and a bit lacto. Taste is light sweet and light to medium sour with notes of some toffee, vinegar and port. Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. Balanced, but too old. Stille enjoyable though.

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