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

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RATINGS: 1535   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 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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booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2001
The longest-finishing beer that I've ever tasted-- at least 15 seconds. Tastes a bit like cider, but oh so much more complex. The most interesting beer money can buy.

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haukur (2103) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 a very fine brew!! Malty and yeasty aroma, a very nice aftertaste, a bit malty. Very sweet to.. [re-rate 23.6.2006] 1983 vintage .. First of all, I’m not jumping aboard some band wagon just because this is a vintage bottle and almost as old as myself, I didnt expect anything from this, and had no idea how it was stored during those 25 years. I did expect this to be a fun experience but I thought that it was certain that the bottle was bad or oxidiced. Boy was I wrong, poured this into a burgundy glass, and to my surprise it was still carbonated. Very delicate and small bubbles and a thin but firm tiny white head. Very dark, but not jet black. Ruby black would describe the color. Massive aroma of cherries when poured, some malts and tiny hints of spices. When it heated up the raisins shone through and created a perfect balance, both in the aroma and the palate. I cant describe this enough, the best flemish sour I have tasted and propably now the best beer I have ever tasted. A unique and magnificent experience!

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FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 3/2011 - This is my Belgian beer obsession. If it is on the menu I am ordering it. My favorite of the Belgian dark strong ales. A phenomenally rich and fruity delight. ++++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this fine brew pours a cloudy caramel color with a large tan head. The aroma is marvelous with sweet cherry and apple elements. The texture is syrupy yet strongly carbonated at the same time. The flavor is sweet with loads of cherry and apple fruit flavors, a thick and sweet middle, and a hoppy and spicy finish. Incredible!

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rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 If you get a chance to visit De Dolle please do so. The folks who run it are very nice and this is on tap there which is excellent. I love the hint of tartness from the Rodenbach yeast and it is tempered by the sweetness. Most Yummy. Sometimes a bit too carbonated for my tastes is only downside. Serving: Bottle and Tap

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corkyrory66 (2207) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2012
Just the reason why I’ve first connected ratebeer, to find a coment about this beer. What ? A score at 99 ? I’m dreaming, or perhaps to much beer .... Noooooo. It’s true. A score without doubt. The dolle brouwers are completely crazy !! (OK it’s the meaning of their names !!! ) They do one of the best belgian beer, and they do nothing to put it a business on the market !! The same thing in the States, ans you have a national co in 3 months, and a cotation on Wallstreet !!!! (Yes) But it’s Belgium, a little land, so little you cannot see it on the map !! (OK; it’s a world map !!!) And in Belgium , they do things as they think it must go on, so.... No problem, we have a good beer more.... Blague à part, superbe bière, sans fausse note, a true musical score, just as a song of Avantasia... Arômes d’abord de cidre classé, fût de chêne, sureau et réglisse. Première bouche sur un mix d’Orval et Chimay rouge ... très belle entrée en matière... Disons : on peut faire plus mal !! En plus, belle longueur. Second nez très joli entre une trape et une ale . Deuxième bouche d’une belle bière "cossue". (La levure est très originale, mais ceci demanderait trop de commentaires ..) Troisième bouche avec une pointe de l’amertume des bières brunes flamandes bien connues (Rodenbach, etc.), mais très fine et délicate. Dans la longueur et la finale, beaucoup de tenue avec du côté vineux et du porto (un peu, pas trop). Comme ils disent eux-mêmes, ce n’est pas petit, c’est "nat en straf", c’est-à-dire "wet and strong". OK, je suis d’autant plus d’accord qu’il faut faire une remarque ...... IMPORTANTE : le degré alcoolique de cette bière est de 9 % abv, et non pas 7,5 , comme il est indiqué dans le "commercial description". Preuve encore qu’en Belgique on est généreux, et que l’on donne tout ce que l’on peut..... Merci aux Dolle (fous !!) pour cette merveille.... En résumé, 99 est trop peu, je passe à 100 (soyons modeste ...)

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Lele (562) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 13, 2015
Una birra praticamente vicinissima alla perfezione, tutto ciò che desidero da una Belgian Strong Dark Ale (o Quadruppel, che dir si voglia). Colore marrone brandy scuro, schiuma beige con riflessi dorati, abbondante, fine e decisamente persistente. Al naso e in bocca sentori del loro ottimo lievito, caramellosi, speziati, fruttati, cioccolato, leggero tostato, uva passa, liquoroso. Corpo decisamente strutturato e carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. Cosa desiderare di più?

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Robbienash (1) - Beekhoek, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015 does not count
heb er een oud mijn oude voorraad gedronken, houdbaarheid op de fles 1998 ! Smaak is zurig, wijnachtig, heerlijk

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Zarrach76 (309) - Grenoble, FRANCE - OCT 25, 2017
Déjà, ça commence fort bien avec une superbe robe rubis très profonde, transparente juste ce qu'il faut pour avoir une belle lumière et une gigantesque mousse épaisse beige à grosses bulles. L'étonnement continue avec un nez que je qualifierais de dantesque : ultra-gourmand, avec pêle-mêle du sucre candi, du miel, de la gelée de coin, du sirop d'érable, du sucre de canne, de la pâte de fruit à l'orange sanguine, de la fraise, de la grenadine, de la myrtille, de la vanille, de grosses notes de cidre (doux), de la pomme donc, de la banane, de l'ananas, de la mangue ou encore de la pistache... Hallucinant, surtout qu'on a aussi l'impression de respirer un bon yaourt au fruit avec un côté laiteux aussi déroutant que délicieux. J'ai rarement senti une bière aussi enchanteresse (qui se rapproche dans le genre de La Papesse de la brasserie Millevertus) et sa richesse aromatique n'a d'égal que sa complexité. En bouche, le côté gourmand est totalement assumé. L'alcool est surpuissant et au service des saveurs (une constante chez De Dolle j'ai l'impression), l'amertume est très marquée et vraiment probante (belle surprise), les sucres résiduels sont nombreux et particulièrement savoureux, les esters sont débridés, la carbonatation énorme, le corps très épais, les levures franches avec du bois de résineux tandis que l'arrière-bouche décline des notes de noix et de cacao maigre. La longueur est excellente et confine presque au divin avec un final dense, amer, presque cendreux, avec de la noisette tandis que les notes de pommes reviennent en force sur des saveurs de cidre et de Calvados. Un breuvage à nul autre pareil franchement exceptionnel qui de plus me fait dire que les bières Belges n'ont pas fini de nous épater et que nous n'avons pas fini (jamais !) d'en faire le tour... Un "must drink" absolu. Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.


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