sir__v (1292) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampler @ De Dolle Brouwers, Esen - BE. Color: dark brown golden amber beer clear with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: caramel, toffee, sweet sugar. Sugar cane. Brown sugar. Barrel notes. Really nice complexity. Alcohol finish. Taste: oily and sweet caramel taste. Alcohol notes. Caramel. Aftertaste: caramel and alcohol. Toffee.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Old crappy notes, so bear with me. Madeira, caramel, cherries, coffee crisp jump out of the nose. So much going on. The mouth feel is creamy, and velvety smooth. Chocolate cake dumped into port with dark cherries, caramel and touch of thyme. Alcohol is totally hidden for 12%. Smooth mildly bitter finish with lingering port notes. Amazing.
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours a thin amber. Vinous, sweet, malty nose Taste is caramel and toffee plus grapes and sugar. My deScription sucks but this old ass beer doesnít.
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 Bottle. Opaque copper pour with a fleeting white head. Wonderful vinous and caramel malt bouquet. Amazed after all the bad reports, that I donít detect any oxidation. All kinds of caramel malts, with tasty Bordeaux, vanilla, and oak highlights. For being 15 years old this beer is really solid. I imagine the red wine notes were more present back in the day. That being said, this is such a treat and is damn good. Kudos to my guy who properly cellared this bottle for the past 10 years. Above average body and mouthfeel.
umich03jm (2994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky orange-copper pour with no head. Aroma is packed with candi sugar and raisin. Moderate cardboard oxidation, light caramel, and some red fruit. Taste is sugary sweet. Candi sugar, fruit juice, caramel, toffee, port wine, and raisin. Iím guessing this tasted a lot different years ago. Thankful to try this whale but itís not worth seeking out anymore.
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate apple, oxidation, candi sugar, and a touch of Belgian yeast. It pours a lightly hazy amber with a small beige head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor starts with moderate sweet apple, caramel, and light Belgian yeast. The finish has light-moderate port, banana, and a touch of spice. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, itís solid, but Iím sure it was much better in its prime.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Murky, swampy copper body. Opaque. Thin bubbly beige collar that fades quickly. Aroma of wet dog, wet cardboard, musty strawberry, some toasted caramel, a faint bit of metallic caramel, floral notes, & mild cork. Taste has a bigger, sweet caramel & toffee presence. A touch of cardboard but lots of sugary sweetness. Lightly floral. Notes of wild strawberry, cork, musty paper, & honey biscuits. Faint citrus. Slightly oxidized. Overall, very nice considering the age. Very glad to try this one.
beerhoven (2) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really special excellent raste! I highly recommend this beer, has rich flavor and taste.
AndySnow (5572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Where: Kulminator, Antwerp.
Appearance: Hazy dark amber/brown colour with a minimal head.
Aroma: Fruit, caramel, port, raisin.
Body: Full body, lots of carbonation.
Flavour: Full, somewhat burned flavour of fruit, spices, raisin, malt.
Comment: An amazing beer that has aged very well. One of the best, if not the best, Christmas beers Iíve tasted and by far the best version of Stille Nacht tasted so far.
madmitch76 (19650) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10th September 2011
Cloudy orange - brown beer. Decent sized white head. Nose reminds me very much of a Vintage Port cork that has just been pulled. Palate is soft and semi dry and quite well carbonated. Mild caramel malt backbone, tasting slightly aged. Riding over all this are rich wine notes. Red wine with strawberry and then later on blackberry and blackcurrant. Agitating the beer produces some lactose on the nose. Aniseed becomes more obvious. There is a surprising amount of carbonation here and much agitation is required to remove it! The finish is dry and woody. This is the most Port like beer Iíve ever had. Even the Port barrel beers have not been this porty. If you look at recent ratings people are saying this is past itís best. Who knows but judging it on itís own merit itís still quite remarkable it itís uniqueness and rich flavour. The alcohol is still quite robust. The most surprising thing about this is that De Dolle have never redone this. 2013 postScript - they must have read my mind!