I don’t really know how to review this beer. After doing a quick wiki search and then consulting the brewer’s website I’m not sure what to include. Here’s what I’ll do! You visit the website and check it out for yourself. You will find all the information on the odd labeling, the meaning of the name Oerbier, way crazy type of yeast used, and a little history.
All I know is that Flemish beers are out of the ordinary and quirky. Kind of like a homeschool kid on his first day of “real” school (yours truly in 6th grade). They stand out in the worlds of beers because of their distinctive sour or tart tastes. This style has been growing on me over the last year and Oerbier is only helping to feed the craze. Here are my findings in rapid style.
Apperance: Light hazy brown, hints of yellow. Reminded me of Fall colors. Nice head that sat delicately on the liquid. It had a beige/tan hue.
Aroma: chocolate, dark fruit, prunes, raisins, vanilla, oak, slightly alcoholic, sharp or sour, caramel, earthy, spicy yeast.
Taste: tart, raspberry (none used), musty, all of the above.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated to keep it lively while gliding somewhat heavily on the palate. There is a smooth woody quality do to oak aging.
In conclusion, I’d say it finishes like a strong Belgium ale (Tripel or Dubbel) and rightly so since it is from a region on Belgium. This brew has a tart start, rich malt middle, and a semi-spicy end. In addition there is a residual chocolate sweetness in the aftertaste. It has nice brown ale characters, Belgian tradition, and Flemish flare.