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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   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2006 in Essen, BE. Hazy golden / yellow color with a fair white head. Aroma is fruity hoppy, spices (honey, vanilla, wood) Flavor is long and heavy sweet, acidic and bitter with a alcoholic finish. Very complex and well balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36043) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours orange with quickly disappearing crispy white head. Aroma is slight acidic, citric and sweet. By far not as pleasant as the flavour. Flavour is very sweet, raisins, dried fruit, malt and decent bitter hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30737) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2006
[At RBESG 2006] A hazy orange beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of alcohol and spice - the most dominant spices being cinnamon and cloves. The flavor is sweet combined with a slight acidity, and with lots of spices, cloves and peber, and De Dolle yeast and alcohol. The alcohol burns in the throat. A good beer - but my guess is that it will improve in years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Hazy amber golden with a small, white head. Lightly tart, citrusy nose with a whiff of yeast. Fairly full body with sweet, malty accents. A honeyish character and some indefinable spices. Exciting all right at the mo, but will probably develop a lot with aging. 260806

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (23811) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Bottle. Cloudy golden coloured with a white head. Peppery aroma of wood and fruits with notes of spices. Peppery flavour of wood, spices and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22890) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2006
Bottled. Hazy pale nutbrown colour, white small head. Aroma is yeast with strong citric and sour fruits. Flavour is sour fruits along with some spices, plum and mild honey. A bit alcohol is present also, but fits the whole well. Will do with aging.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (21412) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
Bottled. Hazy golden, brief head. Fantastic arousing aroma of muscat grapes and wood. Sweet with some caramel undeneath a layer of wood and grapes. Reminiscent of a much sweeter Cantillon Reed Gueuze Muscat, but withbigger bolder flavours. The same fantastic flavours as in the 2000, still too sweet - perhaps this one more so than the 2000, but yet one of the very best beers I know.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
21st February 2008. Deep orange beer. Strong brandy notes. Crisp and effervescent. Subtle spciy fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17632) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2008
Bottle at the Kulminator ... Hazy amber ... liveley lovely fruity nose ... sweet grapefruit ... wonderful balance ... tart fruit finnish ... little spice ... bit of tingle on tongue.... juicy .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
Beautiful amber color with a huge head; fine and persistent perlage. Peculiar aroma spreading in the room, with sharp notes of Champagne; then itís more traditional for a Belgian Strong Ale, malty, but still with notes of white wine and xerťz seco. Strong body structure; strong malt flavor, quite oily; and there is some sweetness, but it seems to be at itís prime; some sweet wine, light wood character and very light sweet liquorice later; correct bitterness; and the De Dolle yeast makes its job perfectly. In the final there are some tannins (but hidden by the sweetness); and the alcohol is more evident (overall itís not pungent, anyway).
Why is it excellent? Because itís tremendously well brewed, itís powerful, itís extremely balanced and it has some complexity.
It costed 10Ä to get this rare bottle out of Delirium Cafť, but it was worth. A pleasure to be taken slowly.

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