De Dolle Extra Export Stout

11.2 oz bottle. Into the Westmalle chalic eit goes. This is at least two years old, but to be honest it's impossible to tell the real age; could be even older. Quite a lot of sediment from the dregs of the bottle and a large amount of yeasty, marmite debris around the top of the bottle and underneath the cap. Body is dark, dark brown approaching opaque. Creamy mocha head with a nice spotty film on the surface of the beer. Nose gives a slightly acidic, lactose like whiff. Mouthfeel is a little...

De Dolle Bos Keun

$4.99, Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 330 mL bottle. Huge gusher - see other reviews for confimation. Massive head as a result of the over-carbonation that looks solid - almost like ice-cream; flake anyone?? (English reference - remember a 99??!!) On the plus side, plenty of retention and lace. Dark orange pour that is much less "light" than a classic Duvel pour. Big, peppery, syrupy notes that make this more of a sipper than a quaffer. Lacks drinkability, but this is not a "knock" on the...

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

On tap at the Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Small serving in a goblet/wine glass. Appearance is a lemon/mustard yellow, clouded with a small ring of head and lace that is persistent. Nice lace. Nice yeasty aromas with plenty of sweet herb like smells. The taste of this beer is quite extraordinary. Not only does the beer literally burst into the mouth with candied sugary sweetness, herb like spices, alcohol, yeasty character and smooth mouthfeel, it lingers and continues to cause sensation...

De Dolle Oerbier

On-tap, Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Thanks to Dave for the hospitality as usual, he generally gets his hands on one of the few kegs that make it to the US and he was kind enough to persoanlly deliver this to me downstairs from the Belgian Bar. As ever, served in the correct, thin stemmed glassware, it has some immediate fine condensation on the outside of the glass. A dirty brown, Dubbel like pour with some great head and lacing and quite a bit of floaty yeast sediment. All the components...

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005

330 mL single bottle, Greens, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. I dunno, I guess it's the style but this doesn't do much for me. Dirty dishwater (Dubbel) appearance, scant carbonation and a decent head, but it fades quickly (ABV?). A little lacing but not much. Plenty of sinus clearing acid in the aroma and the repetition is there in the taste. Highly acidic rather than sour and to me very little other character. Remind me very much of a rough scrumpy West Country cider without the charm. The...

De Dolle Arabier

Notes added 06/26/2022 Still bitterish (see notes below) but I have an infinitely deeper appreciation of this beer a couple of decades forward. Pretty golden body with a competition of sweet and bitter that add up to a very distinct beer. There’s a lot of fruit that starts off as grapefruit but soon cuts across the palate in a much sweeter finish. Clean, tasty and now a favorite despite the notes below. Original notes 09/13/2006 Poured into the Duvel tulip there is an enormous billowing head....

De Dolle Stille Nacht

Notes added 09/12/21 It’s SO hard to pin this beer down for me. An alcohol bomb, but so full of flavor; the color of a mid-point pale and dark; the unexpected pour when looking at the label (for some reason I associate the artwork with a stout - maybe Dulle Teve has a hold on me). It’s rich, it’s big, and it’s great. It’s a beer that hides nothing and comes across as being exactly what it is. On the downside that’s absolutely ‘no more’, but on the upside it’s ‘no less’. A classic, and that’s...