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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: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
CT V thanks to sliffy. Aroma of sourness and also some maltiness. Flavor was sweet, malty, little sour, yeasty, and a little alcohol. Had a very nice crispness to it. Maybe a little bit of oakiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Tasted side by side with a 2005 Special Edition. Pours a hazy golden orange with a bubbly off white lacing head. This one was a gusher! The regular version was slightly more amber in color with a slightly more creamy head. Aroma of green apples, caramel, toffee, vanilla, Belgian yeast, rock candy sweetness. Flavor of various fruits, woody,vanilla, yeast, vinous, and caramel. Side by side the Special Reserva has lost a lot of the malty sweetness that is in the 05 Special Edition. Also can pick up the wood a lot more in the flavor of the Special Reserva. Flavor really grew on me and the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with maybe just a tough of residual sweetness. If I come across another I will pick up to cellar for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Shared by Sliffy at Columbus tasting 5. Thanks a ton Dan. Barleywine aroma with caramel, and some alcohol. Murky golden brown body sport a full palate. Warm, sweet, and slightly sour taste--not as sour as the regular version--and not as good in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle share at Columbus Tasting V.Has a great sour aroma.Pours a cloudy copper with a slight white head.Yeast and spice in the flavor.Light to medium mouthfel with some noticable alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V, with a big thanks to SkillessVillian for hooking me up with this one: Hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, yeasty, a nice spice to it, oaky, some light fruits. Flavor, sweet to start, spicy, some floral hops. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at Columbus Tasting V - Pours cloudy blonde with a white head. Aroma was yeast, grains, slight sourness, and some oak. Flavor is quite complex and consisted of vinous notes, yeast, oak, grains, grapes, and vanilla. Airy palate with a dry warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis - huge thanks (do you want to take my second born for this one). Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of yeast (a lot more so than the ’00 we had side by side), grapes, light wood, vanilla and fruity. Tastes of yeast, lightly vinous, vanilla, apples and bananas. Medium alcohol burn in the finish. This was a great beer but did not hold a candle to its ’00 big brother. Somewhat Hot and may need some time sleeping in a cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Cloudy gold, thin white head. Nose is whiskey, vanilla, wood, fruit. Flavor is bright fruit, vanilla, grapes, alcohol, raisins. Too much alcohol overall. Burney raisin finish with oakey vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
11 oz bottle. Lots and lots of active carbonataion left a hughe white head on my little yellow beer. Fruity aromas and fruity flavors with a huge alcohol presence. Very very yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Speckled peach. Sticky froth is thin but creamy and persistent. Somewhat dull aroma consists of candy sugar, apricot, honeyed pears, peppery alcohol, mint and herbal hops. Understated oak generates a hint of earthy toast and cedar. Yeast lends insignificant dustiness. Heavy swirl releases some supple buttered-grape scents. Carbonation is fluffy but extremely loose. Fairly viscous in body. Initially sweet, and brash with alcohol, though the tacky candy-sugar residuals are quickly displaced by the feisty carbonation and dry surge of alcohol. The heat remains strongly present and squelches much of the brighter subtleties, as do the noticeably grainy malts. Vinous intensity beautifully coincides with the rising temperatures, while gritty pears also come forth and generate some redeeming luster. Oak remains virtually unapparent, throughout, with the exception of some muted earthiness. Dried apricot acidity briefly alleviates the sweetness, but the alcohol and candy sugar reemerge. Finishes sweet, peppery, and minimally vinous, as the esters and hops offer teasing lingering notes of apricot, stewed apples, and dusty floral whispers. A bit too sweet and alcoholic, overall, and not quite enough counteractive vinous acidity, yeast-derived nuances (could use more dustiness) or brightness to deaden it. It’s certainly fun watching the flavors evolve and come together as the temperatures change from chilled to cool (51F to 65F), but I must say it becomes more integrated at around 65F. Very nice, as is, but this falls just short of being exceptionally good.

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