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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000

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

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


4.5
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This was an outstanding beer. I paid $22 dollars for this beer but I have to say that it was worth the extra money to sample this fine gem.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2002
Bottled, 2000 version.
Pours thick and deep amber with no head. The aroma is heavenly and arousing. It strikes like a fina muscat wine, there’s notes of wood and cherry and so much else I couldn’t keep track on. As it warms it becomes more port like and developed peppery notes. There is loads of malt to balance it, and the body is firm and dense and with tremendous depth. It is sweet, sure, but never strikes me as syrupy or sticky just perfectly balanced. The finish is velvetty and oaky. This is as close to perfection as it goes, and this is arguably the best beer I’ve ever sampled.


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