Posted 9 years ago | Beer Reviews

De Dolle Bos Keun

I picked up this bottle of De Dolle’s “special Easter beer” a couple of weeks ago after helping my in-laws set up a wireless network in their house. Lucky for me, the set up only took a few minutes — a mere fraction of the time I spent in the cellar of Kybecca perusing the beer selection.

I’m a sucker for anything that this Belgian brewer produces. Their Still Nacht (a 12% ABV Christmas beer) is one of my all time favorites and their Export Stout isn’t half bad either. So seeing this bottle of Bos Keun on the shelf was a nobrainer.

There’s not a great deal of information on the beer. From what I can find, it’s brewed with pale malt, Goldings hops and cane sugar. It’s a bottle conditioned brew that, in combination with the higher alcohol level, should age fairly well. I just couldn’t wait that long, opening the bottle this past weekend.

Appearance

De Dolle’s Bos Keun pours a hazy, orangish amber in color with a pretty impressive white head. The yeast sediment in the bottle contributed to the cloudy pour as did a slight chill haze.

De Dolle Bos KeunDe Dolle Bos Keun in the backyard

Aroma

This brew smells amazing. It’s got an overall light and delicate nose with hints of fruit, a welcome yeastiness and subtle herbal notes. It also carries with it a nice sweetness.

Taste

The flavors on this beer are wonderful. It’s not an overly complex brew, but there’s still plenty going on as you’re initially greeted with a with light citrusy hops, yeasty esters and fairly crisp mouthfeel. The beer transitions to a slightly dry finish that lingers nicely with a more pronounced, yet moderate hop bite and warming alcohol glow.

Overall

This is a fantastic brew. It’s a well balanced, easy-to-drink beer that will leave you warm inside and, as my buddy Bob would say, groovy. Man, I wish I had more of this one to squirrel away for a while.

Rating: 4.5/5

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