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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: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1091) - 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 (1421) - 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 (3472) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3093) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle (330 ml) @ Kulminator. Clear bright golden/orange with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma was really strange at first, but when it opened up a bit it was really good, complex and unique with Madeira, dust, mushrooms (like in some old gueuzes), alcohol, fruits (peaches/apricots, pineapple), winey notes and wood. Taste is also very special with Madeira (oxidation), light sweetness, dust, fruits, wood, winey notes and yeast. Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Winey mouthfeel. Wooden finish. Very strange beer and probably past it’s prime, but still really tasty and enjoyable. These De Dolle beers often have a very special way to "integrate" the oxiditation and still be awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3813) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle. Sparkling golden orange pour with tan head. Fruit like apple, some spice, wine and oak aromas. Apple and vanilla, yeast, fruit and spice flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdheredia2 (22) - - MAY 9, 2014
Pours like a regular Stille Nacht beer. A slightly darker color than the original. I must say this IS my Christmas beer of choice. I have had their latest Reserve and I found this to be a tolerable version of the product. It was much more sour than the regular Stille Nacht, but packed with intensity. Bought it at The Kulminator in Antwerp in 2014 so it may have aged well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (6520) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
33 cl bottle @ Mikkeller Bar.
Pours clear mahogany color with no head. Aroma is yeast and ripe fruits, lots of caramel malts and some berry notes. Complex flavor of ripe fruits, yeast, faint spice notes, mild dark berries and faint wooden notes on the lingering aftertaste. Alcohol it’s present but well mannered. Sour and somewhat sweetish palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4016) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
330ml bottle @ Mikkeller Bar

Pours clear orange with a tiny head. Aroma of wood, ripe fruits, oak, yeast and spices. Taste is smooth, ripe fruity, oaky and woody with some yeast and spices. Finish is vinous but lovely smooth, sweetish and ripe fruity with some vanilla, wood and oaky notes. Quite vinous, well balanced and well aged Belgian strong ale. Cheers laiti for #5000!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5966) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
33 cl bottle @ Mikkeller Bar
my 5000th rating!</br> Aroma has toffee typical to aged beltian ales, some apricot and alcohol. Also some moldy cellar tones. Flavour has lots of apricot, some cellar tones and hints of peaches. Also some white wine tones. Alcohol is present, but it only makes this a slow sipper without disturbing. And it feels like "barrel alcohol". Some cardboard tones occur after a couple of sips - perhaps still a bit past its prime after all. Also some bourbon-like sweet barrel notes and more grapefruit at last sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6533) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
330 ml bottle @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. 2005 vintage. Pours a copper colour with a small head. Aroma of apricot, tart wood, mango jam and earth. Flavour is very well balanced with apricot jam, wood, mild grassiness, green apples and orange. Full bodied and thick mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced. Some delicate alcohol warmth. The barrel accompanies the flavours very nicely. Elegant. Cheers laiti for tick #5000!

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