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

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RATINGS: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8C and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 2, 2006
33 cl. bottle from Total Beverage. Drank on 7/11/06. Bottle conditioned. Nice and clear. Deep amber, almost red, a little brown. HUGE chunky, rocky tan head. 3-4" - I had to pour like 4 times. Drops relatively slowly to a big, thick layer of foam. Decent lacing. Aroma - Big hit of orangy citrus. Alcohol. Almost a red wine like aroma. Also a little sourness. Almost berries, cherries, and plums. Flavor - Sharp carbonation up front. A little sour and kind of watery on the tongue. After the swallow is very complex - some sour, citrus (orange), alcohol warmth and flavor, some wine-like tartness, and a really dry finish. Palate - high level of carb. Light, almost watery body, carb. is sparkly and dances on the tongue. Overall - A very interesting beer. Its not great like a Rochefort 10, but it is really good and very different. Light in body for how complex and high in alcohol it is. Would definitely try this one again. The sourness is really interesting - lightly sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
8/1/06: Bottle.
Rich ruby brown body . Head is a toasted almond color and is creamy. Nose is packed with malt and fruit (plum). Flavor is malty with caramel and fruit (plum, dates). Finish is creamy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
bottle from 5 points in athens, ga. poured an opaue mahogany brown with a creamy beige head that didnt stick around too long. aroma of malts, plums, raisins. taste is of plums, nuts, and is quite mild with an excellent chocolate finish. a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark brown/black pour with a thick and puffy tan head. Malts abound in the aroma, mixed with some nice hints of bread, wine, dark cherries, and caramel. The flavor is just as complex and deep as the aroma. Lots of different malt sensations run rampant across the tongue, each leaving a tiny hint that they came to visit. Caramel, chocolate, burnt chocolate, plums, brandy, and molasses all swing by to say hello. The finish is very dry and malty with a nice alcohol kick at the end.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours nearly black, thick with a luxorious fluffy and sturdy tan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving loads of sticky lace. Aromas are a complex melange of malts, bready yeast, strawberrys and bananas, newsprint, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is remarkably full bodied with brown-sugary, molasses-laden malt, peat, brandy, port wine, caramel and milk chocolate, raisins and a throat-warming head-bang of alcohol. Finish is soft and fruity, although zestily bitter. Soft, silky and thick on the palate. A pleasantly, surprisingly new twist on a stronk ale that wouldnt mind being called a barleywine either.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Thick full head with a colour so dark, no light can penetrate it (as proved by holding the glass to the computer monitor - not an exact science). Candy sweet aroma and flavour with notes of liquorice and fruit. Quite satisfying. A belly warmer for the winter.
* Re-rate from Kris Wines, Tufnell Park.. Deep, opaque amber with a nice off white head. Sweet yeast and malt nose, some candy sugar/caramel and banana. Alcohol is apparent in both aroma and taste. Sweet again in the mouth with yeasty orange and liquorice hints, malt in the finish. Quite gassy and has some alcohol warmth on the way down. After being lucky enough to sample many of the reservas of late, I can see how this lays the foundation, its one of the top Belgians for me...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2006
(Botttle at the Rover, Gteborg) Pours hazy dark brown with a quickly decreasing white head. Vineous smell with sweet alcohol, allmost like sherry or cognac. Raisins and dried fruits. Ripe pears. Brown sugar. Spicy, fiery taste. Fruity, fudge. Rounds of with a warm feeling in the chest. A pleasant, mild sourness. Salty notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle from the cellar at least 2 years old, maybe 3. Ive had this a few times fresh and wasnt blown away by it, but I was pleasantly surprised by my cellar sample. This ages very, very well. Notes of sour cherry, clove, and brown sugar on the nose and palate. Some banana, nutmeg, and nuttiness on the finish, which seems both sweet and sour. Very good, one of the better Belgians Ive had in a long time.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2006
This is quickly becoming my favorite beer. It should almost be classified as a sour ale. Pours reddish brown with a thin head quickly diminshing. Smells like citrus and cherries. The taste is sweet up front like so many belgian strong ales but that fades quickly into a flemish sour style finish. It lingers on your tounge and only disappears afrer I eat a square of dark chocolate. I have not gone wrong with de dolle yet. Also quite a deal at Knightly for 3.99 a bottle

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours very very dark brown, almost black. Tan head is thick. Nose is sour, with some citrius fruit. Flavor is malts, souness, and vinegar.


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