MarcoDL (3086) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kulminator. Finally. Orange copper colored beer. Strong aroma of cognac, white grape and vinous raisin. Taste is quite different from other beers, with soft raisin, caramel, white grape, boozy wine and a warming finish. It’s like a marriage between a barley wine and white port. Good stuff.
minutemat (2759) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Dec 14. Many many thanks to Fin for this! Absolutely astounding. Surpassed my expectations and truly lived up to its legendary status. Complex, smooth & captivating. I think we were all bowled over by this.
Karyots (23) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks Elmanana for introducing me to this. This had a complex fantastic smell. After that, do not remember anything except that it was a most fantastic experience. One of the best I have had so far. Waiting for the fest at Esen next week to get hold of some more. Simply awesome !
ElManana (1225) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 At Kulminator bottle. Pours orange with little head. Nose is cookies, lemon, sugar. Taste is awesome, lemon, sirup.
BlackHaddock (5085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle given by Fin to a couple of people he had never met before (Mat and me). We decided to share it, so on 8th Dec 2014 five of us tasted this wonderful beer during the December Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Group meeting. Just lovely, what a pity all five of us turned up! You can read what other people have said about this beer because I did not take notes, I just savoured the moment and relaxed with my small portion while the world rushed by.
Alengrin (3548) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 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.
SarkyNorthener (3161) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Leighton (14705) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.