biggsbowler (594) - 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 (3301) - 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 (3414) - 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 (6376) - 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 (6492) - Huddinge, 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 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016
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!
15th January 2016
Thatíll be me 20K then @ ChrisOís. Almost clear orange beer, small cream colour head. Light palate, decent fine carbonation. Lovely Port Wine flavours with vibrant crystallised fruits. Mild floralness and spice. Touch of fresher red berries. Light semi dry finish. 15+ years on and still fabulous.
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle thanks to a good friend and shared with him
Some specific details about this beer that will affect my rating points on this
This beer was held in a colling room at constant temperature for the past 12 years, iím mearly stating this because i was sceptic about keeping beer chilled all those years and i thought it would kill some of the flavours.
This beer has proved me wrong, as most raters tend to say the beer had gone sour i canít do anything but saying this beer wasnít sour at all and has held up superbly !!!
Head: bottle fizzed ( not gushing just making a sound ) and carbonation was still pretty damn good, white but very thin had that gets out of the way after a couple of minutes
Colour: totally clear , golden/amberish
Smell: sweet malts, touch of honey, ever so slight booze that blends perfectly with the other scents, touch of dairy
Taste: texture is thick and sweet just like a fine high quality Sauternes !!, superb flavours that are impossible to describe, i donít know what the beer tsted like fresh, but itís probabbly pretty close but mellowed to what it actually was, i have never ever had a aged beer that was so balanced, smooth, lively and perfect after 12 ( and even less ) years of aging !.
I never give beers a 5-star rating because i think the perfect beer doesnít exist, but iíve been proven wrong , this beer is perfect in my eyes, and if i would be able to trade my cellar for this beer i would do it without a doubt !!!
Loud hooray for De Dolle, the best brewery of Belgium !!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Bottle, poured at the B. United table of Beervana - Cranston, RI. Thanks to Matthias for opening this gem. I canít believe I actually got to try this beer. I had to wait in line for a long time, but it happened. I think the age makes this a bit anticlimatic, as the nose opens with a fair dose of oxidation, despite persistent carbonation and a solid cork. Interestingly, the wet apple note that comes with the oxidation seems to bolster the Calvados-like nature of this beer. The warm, spiced fruit and cooked apple characters of this beer persist and the heat continues to show. Sparklingly dry. A treat for sure, but past its prime.