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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

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


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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
Five years after the legendary Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 was made, as the first Belgian beer matured on barrels of other kinds of beverages, it was repeated, but almost wholly exported to the States, like so many other terrific Belgians. Tasted at the Kerstbierfestival of that year. This is the ’newer’ Stille Nacht matured on wine barrels, with a deep amber colour and thin but creamy, yellowish head; aroma and taste reveal a baffling complexity, immediately attacking the nose in an incredibly seductive way... Banana, amaretto, limoncello, liquorice, red wine, orange, sweet sherry, vanilla-like tannins, honey, yoghurt, pepper, grapes, cider and so much more. Well rounded, soft and full palate, extremely fruity, extremely vinous with drying tartness, mild bitterness in the finish with the same strong alcohol as in the basic beer but somehow mitigated by woodiness and tannins, very long and utterly satisfying. I was sincerely flabbergastered by this, this is certainly the best of all the good Dolle brews I had so far, and in fact one of the best Belgian beers I ever had the pleasure to taste, unfortunately only in a very limited quantity... World class masterpiece, like its 2000 predecessor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2252) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle shared with richthevillan for our 2k and 3k ratings via jezza. Thanks Jezza. Hazy orange beer with residual head. Aroma of whisky, soy sauce malts and yeast. Taste is whisky, some sweetness, soy sauce, yeast and alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3330) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jezza @BonsVoeux1 beer 2k & 3k share with SarkyNorthener; hazy light orange pour with a thin beige head, cognac and dried fruit aroma, taste sweet caramel, cognac, fortified wine, Demerara sugar, wood, ABV present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11634) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle split with Bruce and Colin in March 2013 at De Heeren van Liedekercke - Denderleeuw, Belgium. Pours mostly clear, bright gold with a big of sediment and a mild, foamy white head. Sweet-smelling aroma with notes of maple syrup, suggestions of oxidation and lightly tangy fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor with some lightly dried pale bread, alcohol, faint oxidation, dried sugars, old fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with some additional fruity tang, honey, dry caramel, woody alcohol. Nice stuff overall. The effects of aging are still relatively subdued. There’s still plenty of fight left in this fella.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1469) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 - Bottle from Kulminator in Antwerp. Deep orange golden pour with small white head ring. Aroma of huge booze, wood, musty basement, cognac, phenols. Flavor is woody, musty, some fruits, drinks like an after dinner cognac or brandy. Pretty boozy but also very smooth on the tongue with delicate carbonation and a strangely light mouthfeel. Tastes like grandma’s basement. Seriously this was a bit weird, and a bit like sipping on a super smooth aged scotch like lagavulin. But I have to say that overall this was a pretty huge disappointment. Maybe it was a bad bottle. Bound to happen when stored for 9+ years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (781) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur jaune trouble, mousse compacte, effervescence moyenne. Un de mes rêves bus (j’en ai encore pas mal en stock) nez très fort incroyable de légèreté sur les fruits jaunes et les fleurs jaunes. En bouche une attaque sur la mirabelle, assez longue en bouche ça continue sur l’abricot et les épices. Vraiment excellente mais pas une claque non plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl @ Sherwood Pub Nicorvo. Une bière de rêve, très difficilement trouvable, On est sur un super produit évidemment de réalisation quasi-parfaite. Juste un peu déçu sur le peu de différence avec la Stille Nacht classique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1065) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Thanks GothGargoyle! Volatile open, pours a hazy yellow gold with suspended speckles of deliciousness. Aroma of maple, wood, peach. Taste is sweet, with a tart punch. Medium dry finish. Gritty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Slightly gushy bottle, cloudy orange with a good sized pale head. Aroma is candy sugar, preserved fruits, wood, apricot, caramel, Belgian yeast. Full bodied, sweet and complex on the palate, warming finish. Taste is honey, Belgian candi, dried stone fruits, orange brandy. So good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle, at the Kulminator. Clear gold pour with white head. Aroma is boozy, intense cognac, fruity, pears, plums, light cinnamon. Taste is sweet, really fruity, nice booziness, tons of cognac, oxidization notes, light menthol, candy cane. Palate is med-full bodied, good carbonation, really warming alcohol.

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