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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2006
11.6 oz bottle-trade w/Marsiblursi. Wow, this is an amazing beer. Pours a cloudy/mirky yellow/orange color w/a moderate white foamy head. Lacing lasts throughout the beer, never goes away. The first drink actually took my breath away. Very effervescent-freshness just jumps out & graps your throat. Sweetness, lemon, orange, grassy, spicy, plum, white wine/grape flavor. Somewhat of a cross between a barley wine & a whitber-if that is possible. Some people may find it too sweet or young, but I feel that is it’s strength, it just seems to jump out of the glass at you & scream DRINK ME!! Long, full finish. You don’t taste the alcohol, but you sure feel it, really warms you up!! Thanks for the opportunity to try this amazing beer, I am really starting to get hooked on these quality Belgian’s

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2007
A very complex taste Fruity, herbal. The taste is still sweet and spicy. Althought the strength is it very drinkable. A must for everyone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Champaign like smell and sour apples as a good flemish sour ale. Cinnamon and hints of clove. Hazy light gold body. Faint sour character in the body with a wonderful oaked flavor and faint whiskey hints. An amazing beer. And for those who weren’t around when I cracked this, I have more to share ;).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2010
vintage al Kulminator di anversa... essendo un amante della stille nacht sono un pò di parte, però posso dire che questa è sicuramente una delle cose più squisite che abbia mai bevuto... ogni descrizione sarebbe inutile... provare per credere.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of wine (both white and red...black cherry, oak, minerals, lime, etc.), dried pineapple, pepper, Juicy Fruit gum, apple skins, overripe banana, etc.. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Wow, just wow. From the very first whiff, I knew I was in for a treat. Not much to say other than...terrific. I can’t believe this isn’t on the top 50. It’s extraordinary.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4529) - 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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from the Kulminator. Dirk himself told me to have this next, who was I to disagree. Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, apples, bananas and other stuff in what is a pretty much perfect and very complex aroma. Thick blonde colour with a great rocky head that settled to a thick, almost solid film that left plenty of lace in its wake. To swill and watch the bubbles settle is truely a sight to behold. Obvious alcohol. Strong malt and hops are totally apparent and give sublime balance. Burnt sugar comes and goes sandwiched somewhere along the line by ice cream and lightly done brown toast with lots of butter on. Prickly, almost sour and dry finish but also with creamy and bitter hops. About as full bodied as beer can be. Certainly there could not be a better balanced brew. Will no doubt be too sweet for some but for me, this sets the benchmark. So hard to do this rate with out pouring out expletives. It really is that good. As Dirk pointed out afterwards, "it’s just not beer".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 33cl bottle from Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL). Pours an almost brown sugar color with very little off-white head. Some lacing on glass. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel, honey, toffee, candy sugar. Very sweet aroma. Flavor is intense, almost like a party in our mouths: Intense flavors including heavy sweet malt, candy sugar, strong caramel and toffee notes and a hint of spice. Phenol comes through in the flavor. Full bodied with a sweet phenol finish. Amazing ale that has aged well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2010
drink this one a couple of times @ kulminator,Antwerp allready smell : reminds me of yoghurt or any other kind of dairy products , also reminds me of wine , and the spices remind me of glühwein there was no head on my beer taste : strong , bitter/sweet , alcohol , indeed wineous , hops , spices and many more overall this is a very very good beer and definitly my favourit of de dolle brouwers !!!

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