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Thursday, April 9, 2009

De Dolle Oerbier

De Dolle Oerbier
De Dolle Oerbier:

Belgian delight. Very rich and dark and lovely. If you are a fan of Belgian strong ales like Chimay, this will intrigue you. Rich fruity flavors and a bit of caramel sweetness make this Oerbier a nice dessert beer or possibly a sipper to accompany a nice cheese. I would imagine that after one or two of these puppies, judgment could fog over and Oerbier could be considered "easy-drinking" but one may be enough before moving on to something a little tamer.

De Dolle Oerbier is flavorful-- perhaps a little flamboyant -- but not terribly extreme. Malty and full-bodied, the warming boozy feeling hits you in the belly, not the tongue. The sweetness of candi sugar and malty goodness give Oerbier a signature Belgian flare. And 9% abv is enough to warrant a warning: Take your time and sip this brew! But the flavors alone are complex enough to command respect. I'm kinda getting a cherry vanilla vibe with some oaky hints. Mellow and yet vibrant. Really nice all-around Belgian brew.

De Dolle Oerbier:

Representation: .95
Accessibility: .90
Style: .95
Personal Preference: .925

Total Score: 3.725 Flags

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