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Oerbier Special Reserva 2004 (Bottled 2005) by Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Flanders Oud Bruin
0.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 10 18 5 9 0
33cl Bottle
Binny's, Orland Park

This beauty has been chilling in my cellar for the last two years. Oerbier pours silky smooth into a tulip glass. The body is the color of tanned leather with blood red highlights. When backlit the body has the tendency to glow like a blood orange with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through to the other side. A fingers worth of dirty white head sits up top and has an incredibly creamy appearance. Impressive sheet lacing gets left behind on the walls of the glass after each drink.

The nose has a lot going on but the overall aroma is weaker than I'd like it to be. When I jam my nose down far enough into the glass I'm hit with a healthy dose of cherry liqueur combined with a vinous quality that makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Mild doughy malts and a hint of cinnamon waft through the rear. Damp wood, leather, and iron round things out. There's a nice punch of cherry sweetness in this beer.

Wow! The flavor is impressive to say the least and really kicks the nose up a notch. The maltiness is very apparent across the tongue in the form of rich, brown bread. Semi-sweet Bing cherry and damp wood coat the tongue soon after and lead the way to the swallow. There's a quick flash of cider vinegar acidity before being quickly washed away by the brown maltiness. The acidity tends to stay on the tongue but the vinegar notes disappear. The mouthful becomes vinous mid-palate before easing into soft notes of worn leather and cinnamon, both of which are mild and underneath the cherry and woody tones. This has turned into a phenomenal beer.

The body has hit its stride in the most profound of ways. Somehow this 13% Oud Bruin has a body that leans toward the lighter side of medium. I'd even go as far as saying it hits "airy" at certain points. The carbonation is lively and just on the verge of prickly without ever quite reaching it. The acidity leaves a touch of tartness while the finish is semi dry. I couldn't imagine a better body for this beer.

I could drink this beer all day long. It's thirst quenching yet complex, refreshing yet strong. The alcohol is no where to be found which could prove incredibly dangerous on a brew that's this drinkable.

I thought I would like this beer but I'm absolutely blown away by every aspect. Age has worked wonders on this one and I could see it lasting more time without a problem. I'm kicking myself this second for not putting out for a case when I ran across this one. This Oud Bruin is truly a joy to drink. If you're fortunate enough to find this anywhere buy them all.

Reviewed: 4/13/09

Price: $5.99 Served In: Tulip

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