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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Thanks to Todd for sharing this bottle at the Carolina Crew tasting last month! Cloudy yellow pour. Woody, funky, yeasty, fruity, spicy flavor and aroma. Very complex and the 13% abv was well hidden.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karyots (7) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
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 !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElManana (510) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 At Kulminator bottle. Pours orange with little head. Nose is cookies, lemon, sugar. Taste is awesome, lemon, sirup.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (4115) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2365) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3447) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1515) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (819) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur jaune trouble, mousse compacte, effervescence moyenne. Un de mes rêves bus (j’en ai encore pas mal en stock) nez très fort incroyable de légèreté sur les fruits jaunes et les fleurs jaunes. En bouche une attaque sur la mirabelle, assez longue en bouche ça continue sur l’abricot et les épices. Vraiment excellente mais pas une claque non plus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (830) - Besançon, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl @ Sherwood Pub Nicorvo. Une bière de rêve, très difficilement trouvable, On est sur un super produit évidemment de réalisation quasi-parfaite. Juste un peu déçu sur le peu de différence avec la Stille Nacht classique.


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