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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010

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


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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours ambery orange with a white head and light carbonation. Smells vinuous with a brilliant blend of spice, tartness, some signature De Dolle house character. Taste is complex and amazing. The best beer I have ever had from this brewery, and I have had quite a few amazing beers from them. I’m glad I have 3 more bottles of this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slechtvalk (20) - ISLE OF MAN - JAN 7, 2013
Top bier! Mooi van kleur, aan de smaak kun je goed merken dat het op hout gerijpt heeft. Blij dat ik in de buurt van Esen was. Misschien wel het beste bier van de afgelopen jaren!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 I was looking forward to trying this beer & I am still hoping to get a full bottle of this @ some point. While I do admire the regular version, the 2005 Reserva & the special variation, I am not necessary the biggest fan of those beers but still the reputation, hearing that this one is sour and listening about how this was made piqued my interest & they are certainly a great brewery. Tried a bit thx. to Belgbeergeek & tried some again @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Both times from a 75 cl. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a light red orange colouring plus some white bubbles. Smell is sweet yoghurt from the base beer (always the fascinating defying characteristic of the base beer for me) blended with wood, some wine alcohol & strong wine presence with sweet fruits and caramel. Taste is sweet yoghurt, berries, strong wood presence, lactic, wood is very heavy, it very drying, very dry red wine blending in with the base beer, perfectly controlled oxidation but most of all, the red wine characteristic blend in perfectly with the base beer, the kind of red wine aging I like as opposed to real red wine, soft red grapes, wine and mellow tannins, sugar sweetness and sweet sugary red wine touches. Quite fascinating, this has soaked in so much wine characteristics & properties. First bottle I tried, I dug more, bit fuller. Second one is lovely thin & very woody body, very drying. It is sure something else, beyond the base beer. This will clearly improve, look forward to coming this one across again hopefully. /// Had it again 6 months later, twice, lots of sour yoghurt in an incredible way now in this beer. Much better now, spectacular beer. // tried it again now, more pronounced, integrated sour / barrel character, this beer just keeps getting better, increased score from 4.8 to 4.9 ///// Tried again @ Kerstbierfestival in Essen 2013. So much thinner now, lighter, unique unified vinous, oxidated (best kind) profile. No notes, very curious how this one will evolve, did it peek last time I tried it? Still excellent but not 4.9 at the moment. ///////////////////////// Tried it again @ Kerstbierfestival in Essen 2014. Like blend of an insanely rusty wine & crazily funky lambiek. Even the colour & clarity have completely changed. I have never seen a beer change as much as this. Unbelievable. It no longer tastes very beer-like. Close to the point where you might no longer guess that it is beer at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (2953) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2015 Very very complex beer. Low carbonation, almost no foam. Complex aroma: sweet, bitter, and sourish. Notes of port, wine, sherry, honey, herbs. Long aftertaste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle from spuyten duyvil.. Thank you may I have another.. Pour is a crystal clear orange/rose with very little head.. Sits like wine in the glass.. No lacing.. Light shines this up like a diamond. Aroma is heavy oak, white grapes, red grapes, wine, wood, tobacco, pear, apple.. Taste is sweet fruit.. Prunes, dates with oak, wine, some tart, pear, some light cherry, leather, tobacco. Light sweet mouthfeel with a short dry finish. Beer has def taken alot of flavor from the barrel.. Almost a tannin feel on the tongue. Very light and complex fruit blend dominated by prune and pear. Wine finish. Overall an unbelievably perfect beer that could be even better and smoother with age.. One of the best I've had

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (1723) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 19, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl très très bien accompagné. Couleur ambrée rosée, belle mousse bien compacte et effervescence moyenne. Au nez on sent la vanille et le sucre vanillé. En bouche belle attaque sur le tonneau avec une acidité juste équilibrée à la perfection et une pointe de vanille qui arrive grâce au tonneau de Pommerol. Sucre bien équilibré et incroyable finish sur la stille nacht. Incroyablement bon !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (355) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
Fles 75 cl. gekocht via biergenot.be, tijdens kerstavond 2015, uitgeschonken in een Oerbier glas van De Dolle Brouwers. Eerst grote kroonkurk eraf, daarna zorgvuldig de natuur kurk met een kurkentrekker verwijderd. Schuim komt iets omhoog maar blijft in de fles. Kleur is diep koperachtig en troebel met een gelige schuimkraag, die zich vrij snel weer terugtrekt tot een fijne ring. Aroma is overweldigend houtig en vineus. Nog nooit eerder een bier geproefd waar de barrel notities zo overduidelijk naar voren komen. Aroma's van: eikenhout, rode wijn, bierkelder, tawny port, sherry, aarde, mos, tabak en leer. De aardse en houtige aroma's worden verder aangevuld met een fruitigheid van perziken, kersen en romig en frisse zurigheid als in yoghurt. De fantastische complexiteit gaat verder in het smaakpallet met een prikkelende combinatie van zoetheid, zuurheid, bitterheid en umami esters. De verfijning en balans van deze smaken is ongelofelijk goed, met een totaal verborgen alcohol percentage van 12%. Naarmate het bier verder opwarmt nemen verwarmende rode wijn accenten toe, en lijkt het ook zoeter te worden. De carroussel van smaken is zeer bijzonder, maar de eikenhout en rode wijntonen blijven de boventoon voeren. Ook het zurig fruitige combineert perfect met de zoetheid van de kandijsuiker. De grotere floaties die je altijd in de reguliere Stille Nacht ziet, vind ik niet terug. De Stille Nacht Reserva is een duur bier, maar stond zeer hoog op mijn lijst van bijzondere bieren die ik graag wilde proeven en beoordelen. Wat mij betreft absoluut het geld waard, super complex met een briljant aroma, een meesterwerk in bier van de Dolle Brouwers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrejes (32) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle, amber color with a small white head. Aroma is barrel wine,fruit,grape,spice and a nice small tartness. Very balance and a amazing beer!!!!!!! The best ever from de dolle brouwers!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Rbwg thanks b3shine! Copper orange clear white head. Huge sweet malt and wood and wine nice earthyness. Grain candy wine and wood. Increasingly complex delicate and enjoyable. Thanks you so much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
750 bottle from a PUB’R sergeant shared at Craft Ale House Tuesday Beer Share. Pours turbid dark straw, effervescent, with minimal off-white head. Looks great. Nose is tropical fruit, hops, chardonnay, oak, a wonderful olfactory overload. Tastes complex, with funky yeasty tropical esters, hops, chardonnay white grapes, some tartness, and extremely well hidden alcohol. This is a rare gem that shines brightly.

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