dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nothing quite like a special bottle of Stille Nacht on Christmas! Pours nearly flat with a cloudy, rusty golden color. After a minute in the glass, a thin head with large bubbles materializes. The aroma is subtle and feels locked up... like it will break out with age. Right now, it is filled with cherries, oak, vinegar, caramel, and some moldy funk... incredible. On the palate, the beer has an almost oily texture that is cut through by the mild carbonation and the acidity of the flavor profile. The flavor is complex as notes of sweet red fruit, wine barrel (shock), lemon mix with others in a fleeting fashion... almost ethereal. Finishes mildly tart, but I’d never call this sour. Killer beer right now and will age with the best of them, for sure.
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Hazy orange color with off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, caramel, bread, citrusy fruity, hebal, leather notes, vinous, wood. Acidic sour taste. Medium oily body with soft to average carbonation.
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with some malt notes also discernable. Taste is an incredibly well balance mix of flavours including some vinous notes with some oak, tart, malt with some residual candi sugar notes and some dark fruits notes. Body is full with excellent carbonation. I had concerned the bottle might have been a bit too old but I should not have worried.
stevoj (4018) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to Toby. Murky brown pour, initial beige head fades. Immediate fruity nose, plums, prunes, raisins, yeasty, wooden notes. Taste is more of the same, some quad, some dubbel, with more of the wine and barrel notes in evidence. nice lingering flavor and gentle warmth.
BuckeyeBoy (6146) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle with a big thanks to Toby. Pours out a brown topped with a small sand head. Nose is very complex tons going on pit fruit sweetness wine barrel notes some berries a great belg yeast spice. Taste is more of the heavy complexity wine barrel pit fruit rich malts yeast notes and a great finish.
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Style et résumé: Ale forte belge en fût de Bordeaux.
Comment: Dégustation Manseau 2016. Reserva 2010.
Portrait: Une robe cuivrée sans mousse. Un nez vineux de caramel fruité, fort complexe. Une bouche tout aussi vineuse, fruitée, piquante avec des saveurs intenses de caramel. Tout simplement superbe.
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brownish pour with tan head. Light fruit, wine, tart and yeast aromas. Flavors are tart fruit, light yeast, spice, wine and brown sugar notes.
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep copper/orange with low-medium off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, barley sugar, vinegar, acidity, wine. Taste is of alcohol, barley sugar, acidity, belgian yeast, very slight cardboard. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Good. A bit flander’s brown-like.
Whatup14 (1664) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 750ml, bottle share. Couleur orangée foncée voilée, mousse beige présentant de grosses bulles. Arôme vineux, alcool, levure, boisé, malt caramélisé. Goût vineux, malt, alcool, levure, épicé.Carbonatation faible, corps moyen.
SlovakSniper (5182) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur cuivrée ou orangée, un peu tangy, bois et fruité, oxydation, traces de vin, onctueuse, bulles tranquilles, pêches, petites baies. Suspicieux dès le départ, très bonne à l’arrivée malgré le développement de quelques notes acides qui arrivent sur le tard.
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from etregourmet.be webshop. My rating no. 5000, a nice celebration of both 5k ratings and my 40th birthday at the same time. :-) Pours a clear deep bronze-hued orange body with a large rocky off-white head, sparkling with promises of beery delight. Aroma is red berries, tart lactic notes, wood, red wine, candi sugar, vanilla and hints of alcohol, caramel, yellow apple peel, spices and acetic acid. Taste is caramel, red berries, wood, yellow apple peel, tart acetic tones, red wine and hints of grains, candi sugar, alcohol and vanilla. Medium to full body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish. Highly complex and pretty unique in its composition, this is honestly one hard beer to wrap my vocabulary around. Almost more like a sour beer or even a sort of wine, this barrel aged version of Stille Nacht really stands out from the regular version. I guess it will continue to evolve even more into the sour/vinous territory but aided by micro-oxidation it might take more unpredictable directions. Hopefully I will taste this one again in the future. A hugely interesting beer, definitely worthy of summing up my "career" on Ratebeer so far and a great companion for this 40th birthday night cap session. Cheers to all you wonderful friends and Ratebeerians out there, what a great journey to have been on with you over the past 6 years! :-)