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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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 isnt 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 didnt foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, its complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - Im 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 isnt surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky arent terms Id 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 thats sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA thats sour, hoppy, and isnt a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesnt work perfectly and isnt the most chuggable offering...but damn, its just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (770) - SPAIN - APR 16, 2017
Dark brown colour, with a hugeoff white head that lasts all the time. Great lace. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, raisins. chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum. Medium to full body, creamy, dense palate. Great carbonation. Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, plums, raisins, vanilla, apples, liquor (rum). And heres another great one from the brothers. I have to find yet one that is not exceptional.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
On tap at Elizabeth Station. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sour, fruity, some barrel notes. Taste is very fruity, caramel forward, slightly sour. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Echon (494) - rhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2017
Dark brown. Fruity, lightly spicy, and very yeasty. Notes of kandis or caramel. Strong, sweet and pungent taste that ends with a dry, pungent and boozy finish. Medium body, and foaming carbonation. Overall, a very good strong ale. A bit too pungent and boozy, though. Not as drinkable as Arabier.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (254) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Aroma of Chocolate and spices.Appearance is black as night. Taste Chocolate and licorice. Palate . medium body, moderate feel, average carbonation. Overall would have gotten a perfect rating if i didnt get small amounts of alcohol burn. Besides that a great belgian strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2875) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2017
0.33 l bottle from drankgigant.nl, best before February 2017, cellared for almost two years. Foam streams slowly out of the bottle... Clear, very dark reddish brown with a massive, foamy, very dense, stable, off-white head. Sweetish, moderately fruity, slightly vinous and a bit yeasty-spicy aroma of caramel, raisins, figs, red grapes and oak. Sweetish, a bit sourish, malty, moderately fruity and quite yeasty-spicy taste of caramel, red grapes, oak, marzipan, candied cherries and a touch of chocolate, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, dry, a little tart and a bit warming-alcoholic finish. Medium body, heavily effervescent mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very tasty and really complex, almost refreshing with that sourish, typical De Dolle yeast touch. The excessive carbonation is quite annoying again though, this almost needs to be decanted as most of their beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1759) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. For the book. Vintage 2016. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, spices, maybe some clove, wood, good. Appearance is brown, light tan head, mostly hazy. Taste is dark fruit, woody, caramel, spice, some robust alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, really bubbly but not spritzy, dark fruit and woody dry aftertaste. Overall, this is real good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stupre (274) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 18, 2017
33cl bottle purchased @ La caisse de bires. Notes de fruits mrs et de caramel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (78) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 2, 2017
Murky prune brown reddish colour. Off-white head with nice head retention. A tad alcohol, great belgian yeasty taste. Interesting aftertaste, almost like marmite & veggie mite flavours. Smell of dark fruits. A real sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
likeatrainwreck (551) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Dark brown pour with a massive tan head. Malty body, cloves, spice... Bread and yeast... Slightly tart finish. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Oracolo78 (171) - ITALY - FEB 26, 2017
Birra di marrone scuro con riflessi di rame. Schiuma fine e persistente. Allolfatto aromi erbacei e fruttati. Al palato il corpo rotondo, sentori di frutta come prugna e susine, bilanciate da note di liquirizia. Unottima birra.


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