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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000

Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Stille Nacht. This version of Stille Nacht is matured for 18 months on first fill bordeaux casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, thick density of tiny/small particles. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with a strong note of raisin, lesser notes of wood, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Nice stuff, and thankfully has more to balance the sweetness than the recent standard Stille Nachts I've had (though I've heard rumors in the underworld that we will see it return to the slightly more sour style of years ago, like this Reserva is). This is almost like a blend of Scotch whisky or cognac and beer, with an enormous bucket full of raisins mixed in. Unusual beer to say the least, and somewhat difficult to rate. Not my favorite from the brewery, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Much clearer than I would have anticipated. Sweet cherry, cane sugar, vanilla, oak and very much like a thinnish barleywine. High alcohol apparent everywhere. If it wasn't for the finish, I couldn't give it as strong a score...I love the melting finish of sweetness, the bordeaux cask comes through strongly, and there is fantastic stinging pepper. I owe a great debt of gratitude to a RateBeerian who picked this up for me, making an extra trip in the process. The finish is amazing...let this guy warm up and you have a liquid mix of a wonderful red wine, cane sugar, and sharp, focused white pepper. Outstanding. But pretty sweet.......Also the strongest beer I have had in a great great while. One glass and you will be reeeeeeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
"Milk and cookies, all night long at every house, kids have been leaving me milk and cookies. What a pleasant surprise here - Chloe left out cookies and Stille Nacht for me, I think I'll leave her something extra in her stocking...." Clear dark orange, small bubbly head and good lacing. This one's very fruity - especially cherries and some apples. Alcohol is a strong presence also. Long, thin, sweet finish. (Reserva 2000). "Blitzen, park the sleigh, I'm staying at this house for awhile!" Santa - 12/25/2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Pink amber color. Fairly clear with minimal head. Sweet, caramely, slightly fruity aroma reminiscent of raisins and bubblegum. Stong alcohol in the flavor, at first. Deep, rich caramels with some sugary sweetness. After a few sips it all balances out into a smooth, sweet toffee-ness. Definite barleywine character. A good beer, but a lot sweeter than I tend to like. I think there are lots of other strong ales (with even higher alcohol content) that are much better balanced and less alcohol sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Clear orange amber with small head that leaves right after the pour. Aroma is sweet, raisin, some yeast, and red wine alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, anise. Bordeaux is evident, at times dominant. Light carbonation. The alcohol is fairly strong, and leaves a medium burn. Definitely a sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 The 'Stille Nacht Reserva 2000'. Clear light amber coloured beer. Port wine aroma and taste. The alcohol is obvious but not disturbing. My favourite kind of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
What have they done to one of my very favorite beers?Drank this right after a bottle of 2000 Stille Nacht.Served almost at room temperature it had a strong aroma of fine Cognac and oak.Not much head.Not as thick as regular Stille Nacht.At 70 degrees,it had very strong flavors of apple brandy so warming I had to stick half the bottle in the fridge overnight.Next day its much more manageable with sweet flavors of apples,pears alcohol,oak and a mild medicinal herbal bitter finish.This beer really chalenges my perception of what beer should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Crystal clear. Large head. Strong aroma of apples and grapes. Some alcohol apparent. Very sherry-like. Long finish. Some acidity. Very challenging. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 (2000 version 750 ml bottle.) Clear, bright amber/orange with a thin but lasting off white head and lace. Beautiful aroma of oak, sweet wine, grapes, other fruits, honey, butane and alcohol. Medium but full, rich, creamy and smooth body. Slight carbonation is perfect as it carries the flavors well. Soft and sweet carmelized fruits (apples, maybe pears and grapes notably with others i cant even describe) show up first followed by a mild blast of oaky tartness/woodiness that makes for an unbelievable interplay. Then all the flavors meld at once with another push of grape and slight alcohol flavor that warms the gullet nicely. So drinkable and balanced despite the 12%, this should be a world champ and a top 10 on this site IMHO. World class, one of the best beers Ive had. Classy, full of depth, balanced, flavorful, warming and delicious. Definitley in my top 5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
great beer tried at the 48hr fest was excellent. this rating is from home what a great beer a simple statement for something so complex and heavenly.

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