Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden amber and orange with just a hint of red. Very little head that eventually became a nice, white ring around the top that just stuck around. The aroma was very interesting and totally unexpected. The alcohol is evident, but also allows other things to come out-- grape/raisin, apricot, plum, banana and ripe apples ready to turn. I knew that I didn't know what to expect with the flavor, so I guess I was only sort of surprised by what I encountered. Sort of sweet with some alcohol, the flavor was very interesting. Woody notes, vanilla, all that fruit and then just a hint of floral character in the end. A tremendous brew that was an awesome find.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ahhhh, the spin of the Belgian fest if there was one...i spin and what do i get...the wild space. Of 87 belgian beers to choose from..what shall i choose? I turn to my compatriots for assistance..Dasilky, jcalabre, 21iceman40...and DeDolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 is the resounding answer...thus it was and thus the bottle was cracked for all ratebeerians alike!!! The aroma was the goddamn funkiest amalgamation i had smelled in a while. The first whiff i took which was more of a passing sniffer got pancake syrup. Seriously...blueberry pancake syrup!!! A more proliferated whiff picked up apples, oranges, blueberry, doughiness, and still syrup with a minor alcoholic presence. The taste does make some attempt to hide that 12% ABV which is JUST MASSIVE but in the end nothing can be done to hide the monster beneath. Some definite brandy-like qualities here. I like the orangey citrus aspects, a nice oak quality as well..it almost possesses the aged idea and by osmosis it gets transferred over to your taste buds. Very tummy warming and dry as hell given that whopping 12% alcohol content. Very medium to low carbonation, some fruityness..heavy alcohol, but a beer that must be tried...and im still glad i rolled the wild on that wheel!!!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to agree with Oakes on this one but at the same time rate it significantly higher. One dimensional, sherry like with the woodiness apparent in both flavor and aroma. Alcohol strength and warmth does provide some balance against the prevalent sweetness. Seemed to balance out better the longer it sat in the glass.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is where my notes start getting hazy. Like trying to decipher hieroglyphics. But I still remember this one. Oaky and sweet with hints of butterscotch. Alcohol was evident but well maintained. An excellent full bodied brew that was one of the highlights for me. Also means I dont have to open my bottle!
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must say that there are some very cool designs on the label. A very nice malty, muddy amber color with an able amount of head. Nice alcohol hint to the smell and the flavor. Taste resembles brandy, blackberry brandy at that. This is a big beer, most impressive.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, honey and orange. Malty and somewhat thick. Texture is thick and somewhat oily. It very reminiscent of Grand Marnier. Very smooth. Very sweet and orangish. Great sipping beer. The 12% alcohol is evident with it oiliness and it tummy warming, but it not harsh at all. VERY nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I dont remember much of last night..but i do remember being warmed by this big, bold, enormous, gigantic, colossal beer...It poured golden, almost clear, and sporting a thin halo of suds along the edge of the glass..an aroma of apples, sourness, alcohol, orange peel, and cider vinegar lifted from the glass as flavors of apple spice, yeast, cinnamon, and sugary sweetness played around the enormous alcohol heat...
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper colored w/ a nose like port and syruppy, brandylike flavors. This one will warm you. A great beer to sip
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like all De Dolle beers, the cork couldn't wait to get away from the bottle. Smells like a port wine: over ripe fruits and oak. I wonder how long the Bordeaux barrels were used with wine. Airating the beer will make the alcohol come to life so unless you like that intense burn, I wouldn't recommend it. For the price, I was a bit let down but then, we have to pay the price to travel the world, don't we?
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber; winey nose - sweet oak, cork, deep fruit and light alcohol. A tough beer to rate. It was one of those beers where you like it, but can't think of too many things to say about it. It's all about the Bordeaux aging, calling up hunger for Colston Bassett Stilton. In fact, it is so winey, that although I enjoyed letting it wash over me, I sat thinking a) where's the Stille Nacht? and b) this is surprisingly one-dimensional. Maybe I'm trying to evaluate this the wrong way, but this seemed to be satisfyingly unsatisfactory.