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


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RATINGS: 1527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8°C 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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beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 tasted at Det Skæve Hjørne... Nice little one.. Carbonation and sweetness are well balanced. Dry and with a bit of sweetness. Almost like a fine port...

BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
[sampled from DarkMagus’ bottle] Pours a reddish, coca-cola color; with a solid tan head. Aroma is excellent, sweet apples, and some woody complexity. Flavors are tart, vinous and musty. Underneath the sour, caramel malty sweetness comes through. Finishes with some hop bitterness and wood.

MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2006
I tried this beer on a whim because I saw it at my local liquor store and never had it before. At $3.00 a bottle this beer is a great value! Definitely forward with cherries, quite sour, but very palatable. It’s got a very strong cherry lambic character to it. To me it’s not quite as good as Three Philosophers from Ommegang (a cherry lambic/quad blend) but it’s in the same vein. Like I said, it’s a great value! check it out!

MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Wonderful earthy aroma with hints of plum, tart cherries, candy and brown sugars and chocolate. Pour is decidedly big-headed... massive frothy tan head covers a deep brown body. Flavor is wonderful. Almost like a chocolate-covered cherry in its mixture of heavy sweet malt tones and the tart fruitiness that lies underneath, blended to perfection. There is no deception here and what you smell is very similar to what you get.

kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Not that De Dolle’s Oerbier doesn’t deserve a praiseful preamble, but being a rather complicated beer in itself, a conversely simple review reflects the simple nature of its excellence. That said, Oerbier begins with an exciting and dynamic pour, the rich brown liquid flickers of chestnut red highlights and its massive bisque-colored head puffs up such that the assemblage resembles a billowing marshmallow over the fire. The aroma is a magical blend of sweet fruits, spices, flowery and malty tones tickling the nose down to the tastebuds. Cherries, prunes, apple, hazelnut and banana flow into scents of vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom laced with a soapy lavender and rose mixture which itself brings forth the deep coffee, brown sugar, Burgundy and chocolate background. The complexity is astounding. Coffee and dark chocolate are at first apparent on the tongue, but estery bubble gum follows and liberates a flood of flavors ranging across the bitter, sour and sweet, all at once. Explosive. Brown sugar reverberates the buttery malts while ginger, clove and coriander entertain the almond and alcohol notes themselves ambuscaded by orange syrup. My tongue performs contortionistic tricks and my brain no less, trying to process the onslaught; but as the long dry finish unfolds sequential flavors of coffee beans softening to cherries and finally coconut, all I can think is "Wow". This brew is full of surprises, especially in its distinct sourness that seems so suddenly appropriate. As it warms the particularly present spices attenuate to form a progressively smoother palate. As I said, beyond complicated, this is a very simply excellent beer.

LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 It is impossible, I feel, to judge a good quality beer adequately if one has only tried it once. And absurd to even attempt to do it. But when will I be able to taste this again?

Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Apperance: opaque, dark brown, beige head.
Aroma: malt, apple, wort, banana, vinegar esters.
Flavor: bitter, burnt, rich, fantastic, some sweetness, sourish.
Palate: fizzy, thick.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours dark muddy brown w/ a full spritzy froth that reduces quickly to a ring. Aroma is sharp malted fruit basket. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are strong and tangy w/ fruit, slight coffee, and earth. Dried weather beaten apricot, peach, plums, cherries, chewing tobacco, raisons. The finish is long and very fruity. A very complex brew with a slight tartness. Not a trace of alcohol. As it warms the flavors really start to show. Try port wine, Recioto delle Valpolicello, casis, cherry, dark chcolate. Amazing! The connoisseur would love this one. Put it on your list.

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. It’s 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.

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.

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