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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: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   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 (10284) - 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 (2345) - 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 (2135) - 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 (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - man, what a cute little bottle - look at ’im all dressed up in his little bow tie, like he’s going out to wedding reception at some fancy catering hall, probably with an open bar (so he can tie one on) and a chocolate fountain, and mounds of expensive caviar - and perhaps he was going to dance his little butt of to the electric slide - maybe he was hoping to meet a nice brides maid and get it on in the cloak room - poor little guy - little did he know he was simply going to eugene’s apartment to hang out on the futon and eat some bean dip - and instead of dancing, the only source of entertainment is the dreaded art of conversation (what is he supposed to do; he has no damn mouth!) - and the only chicks in attendance are all spoken for - I sure hope he can get his money back for that tuxedo rental.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Man I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Surprised to seem some low ratings, maybe its b/c I never had the 2000 and my expectations were much lower. This poured a beautiful still golden, honey yelow color, with a small but firm head. Overall I the beer is able to interwined some different aspects: milkiness, a not overpowering candi sweetness, and lactosey with numerous citrusy and fruity flavors. Nice mediium heavy body and De Dolle does a great job with mouthfeel, not overcarbonated, smooth on the cheeks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle at RBESG 2006, Takes my mind to the little country also known as belgium, sour, alcohol

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