STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
APPEARANCE: Deep, hazy chestnut
HEAD: Gargantuan, light tan head that rapidly fades to a tight, small crown
LACING: Big, chunky rings
NOSE: Gotta love a classic BSDA nose. Dates, figs, tons of spice, and sweet, dark malt. This one is a touch more sour than most with a strong, red wine undercurrent.
TASTE: Fruit and sweetness up front…caramel, molasses, and the aforementioned ripe dates and figs. The sour, vinous flavor comes out in the middle of the sip and the finish is a pleasant balance of the two dominant tastes (sweet and sour). A bit of boozy bitterness lingers after each sip.
MOUTHFEEL: A wee bit overcarbonated (a common trait for De Dolle). It’s a medium to full-bodied brew.
DRINKABILITY: Hard not to love anything produced by the masters at De Dolle. I’d pick the Stille Nacht as my favorite from the “Mad Brewers”, but the Oerbier is close behind. A great and surprisingly drinkable offering.
RATING: 3.5 Hops