Time for another great beer from a great brewery, Oerbier by De Dolle. Oerbier means original beer and is a hark back to the homebrew the brothers produced when students.
The words Nat en Straf on the glass mean Wet and Strong an indication to the 9% ABV content. The little yellow person on the glass and label is the Oerbier man, in his hands he holds a brewers fork and a glass of beer.
Like its sister beer (Dulle Teve) this also took a while to patiently pour, but as the saying goes "good things come to those who wait"
Oerbier pours a murky deep brown with a slight ruby tinge topped with large creamy tan coloured head that hangs around, a really nice looking beer.
Complex aroma of yeast and malts, tart dark fruits (figs and sour cherries) then roasted dark caramel and a slight sharp (red wine barrels) finish.
Taste perfectly compliments the aroma, sweet malts, deep dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum and again tart cherries) hops cut through to balance things out along with a slight spicy clove like finish.
This beer has definite tart, vinous qualities but not overbearing so, intriguing, original and a must try.