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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: 358   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (10740) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle - Lots of sweet fruity almost stone fruit notes. Cloudy gold with no head. Lots of intense stone fruit, cumquat and some odd spice. Lovely for the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8213) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with medium off white head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is dark fruit, spices, yeast. Medium mouth, candy sugar, spice, vanilla, boozy finish, held up very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3691) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at Kulminator. Finally. Orange copper colored beer. Strong aroma of cognac, white grape and vinous raisin. Taste is quite different from other beers, with soft raisin, caramel, white grape, boozy wine and a warming finish. It’s like a marriage between a barley wine and white port. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minutemat (3736) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Dec 14. Many many thanks to Fin for this! Absolutely astounding. Surpassed my expectations and truly lived up to its legendary status. Complex, smooth & captivating. I think we were all bowled over by this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karyots (23) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
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 !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElManana (1672) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (5739) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3830) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5983) - 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.

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