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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000

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Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Stille Nacht. This version of Stille Nacht is matured for 18 months on first fill bordeaux casks.


BelgBeerGeek's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to a good friend and shared with him
Some specific details about this beer that will affect my rating points on this
This beer was held in a colling room at constant temperature for the past 12 years, iím mearly stating this because i was sceptic about keeping beer chilled all those years and i thought it would kill some of the flavours.
This beer has proved me wrong, as most raters tend to say the beer had gone sour i canít do anything but saying this beer wasnít sour at all and has held up superbly !!!

Head: bottle fizzed ( not gushing just making a sound ) and carbonation was still pretty damn good, white but very thin had that gets out of the way after a couple of minutes
Colour: totally clear , golden/amberish
Smell: sweet malts, touch of honey, ever so slight booze that blends perfectly with the other scents, touch of dairy
Taste: texture is thick and sweet just like a fine high quality Sauternes !!, superb flavours that are impossible to describe, i donít know what the beer tsted like fresh, but itís probabbly pretty close but mellowed to what it actually was, i have never ever had a aged beer that was so balanced, smooth, lively and perfect after 12 ( and even less ) years of aging !.
I never give beers a 5-star rating because i think the perfect beer doesnít exist, but iíve been proven wrong , this beer is perfect in my eyes, and if i would be able to trade my cellar for this beer i would do it without a doubt !!!

Loud hooray for De Dolle, the best brewery of Belgium !!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (8079) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this bucket list beer. Slightly hazed Carmel orange coloured pour with a fading off white head. Aroma is nice Belgian yeast, caramel, toffee, grape fruit, slight grainy. Flavour is composed of full, sticky, light grains, grape, fruit, some port, tangy dried fruit, sherry notes. Palate is sweet, medium full, grainy, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky, held up very well. Lingering lovely fruits. Really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (11563) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at Kennyís 20K. Huge thanks for Kenny busting out this whale! It pour clear golden - amber with a small white head. The nose is rich, juicy, port wine, vinous, dried fruits, glacť cherry, plum, fig pudding marzipan, rice pudding, ice-wine and wood. The taste is rich, bitter - sweet, oily, dried fruits, port, vinous, wood, chewy, honeyed fruits, oily, stewed apple, warming alcohol, plum, fig, touch of spice, redcurrant and tangy red wine with a slick, dry finish. Medium + body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Great depth of flavour and balance. Has held up brilliantly. Exceptional..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, massive thanks to Kenwold himself, 15/01/16. Clear golden amber with a big ole off White covering. Nose is dates, sweetínísour exhaust, mellow dried fruit, xmas cake, airy malts, caramelised sugar. Taste comprises figs, dates, shades of port, alcoholic tickle, caramelised brown sugar, toffee, light spice, almonds, sweet licks. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol at the curtain call. Solid Belgo strong ... has aged very well and masks the alcohol to good effect. Nice gear.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (17473) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle shared at Kennyís 20K tasting - London. Did not expect that I would ever get to try this one, so a massive thanks goes out to Kenny for sharing this with us all! Pour mostly clear, bright orange-gold with a frothy white head. The aroma holds a lot of vibrant fruits, ripe apples, melon. citrus. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with notes of smooth apple sauce, light woody dryness, peach, pear, honey, stewed citrus fruits. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with more ripe and chewy fruits, honey, pear, citrus, some pale bread, toffee. This stuff is just absolutely outstanding. Great depth, nicely rounded. It has aged immaculately.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle share at Chrisoís, many thanks to madmitch20K for sharing this one. As íDe Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000í. Vibrant orange, opaque, small off-white head. Aroma is port wine, icewine, light sourness. Smells like a mix of red, white and port wine. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is thin port, syrupy fruits, apple, musty with touches of elderflower, dry finish with some booze. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
75 bottle shared at Kennyís 20K tasting @Chrisoís, huge massive crazy thanks to Ken himself for this rare gem. It pours a clean amber color with medium white head. Aroma is intensely sweet and lightly boozy and etery, wih notes of raisins, apricots, almonds ligt lemon juice. Taste is also mostly sweet upfront with notes of raisins and red berries and almonds. Turns then more tangy and very mildly acidic with lemon juice. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, still delicious

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Hazy amber. Some white bubbles. Some sherry tawny port. Stands up very well. Good port fruit. Some sweetness some dryness. Touch of tobacco. Interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (1761) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2015
Sampler @ De Dolle Brouwers, Esen - BE. Color: dark brown golden amber beer clear with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: caramel, toffee, sweet sugar. Sugar cane. Brown sugar. Barrel notes. Really nice complexity. Alcohol finish. Taste: oily and sweet caramel taste. Alcohol notes. Caramel. Aftertaste: caramel and alcohol. Toffee.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
Old crappy notes, so bear with me. Madeira, caramel, cherries, coffee crisp jump out of the nose. So much going on. The mouth feel is creamy, and velvety smooth. Chocolate cake dumped into port with dark cherries, caramel and touch of thyme. Alcohol is totally hidden for 12%. Smooth mildly bitter finish with lingering port notes. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (587) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle - pours a thin amber. Vinous, sweet, malty nose Taste is caramel and toffee plus grapes and sugar. My description sucks but this old ass beer doesnít.


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