TheBeerGod (6209) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 Bottled. Purchased at Kulminator. Pours a blushing amber with a very small, refined tan head. Aroma is KNOCK OUT! Huge alcohol notes, rum-soaked fruits, vanilla, maraschino cherries, light woody notes, wine and raw sugar. Taste is phenomenal! Syrupy sugar notes, more alcohol, wood, vanilla, dark ripened fruits, hints of maple syrup and rum cake. Body is thick and chewy but has a velvety and syrupy feel. Definite alcohol warming to this as well. It just slides down your throat, warming the whole way. Finish is just as divine as the rest. More fruit notes, vanilla, alcohol, wood, brown sugar and some hints of cake. Awesome beer! Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Shared this one with Carlo (lachesis) at Kulminator in Antwerp - thanks a lot my friend!!!!beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
Pours hazy copper colored with a foamy tan head. The aroma is just amazing, very full and complex and one you can sniff for hours. Fruity, caramelly with tones of prunes, raisins, cookie, yoghourt and a tone of alcohol. Woody hints as well. The flavor leaves nothing behind from the aroma. Sweet fruit, yoghourt again, raisins, brown sugar. Soft still dry in the mouth, thick and creamy almost like syrup. Just amazing! An awesome beer enjoyed at an awesome bar with awesome company!!!!
Rerate, tasted 25th of June 2005 at Kulminator.
I feel very fortunate to be able to taste this beer again within less than two month thanks to an amazing bar owner who was clever enough to stock a bunch of these fine beers. Unfortunately it looks like he too will be running out soon but rumours say that a new batch has just been poured into barrels and will be released in 2007...!!! Anyway, Iím no longer in doubt, this beer is perfect in all aspects and I CAN NOT thing of anything in the whole wide world beeing greater! My first (and only) 5.0. Thank you Kris and De Dolle for putting heaven into a bottle!
Pours a hazy orange color with a ring of white lace. Amazing, seductive and complex aroma of maple, caramel, fruits, honey and alcohol. Mind blowing and complex flavor of maple, caramel, candy, fruits, honey and alcohol with a sweet finish. Light body, enjoyable liquorous and sticky texture, soft carbonation. Whoa, thatís an incredible beer, as Rasta wrote itís incredibly decadent ! This is the crown jewel of an amazing tasting session. muzzlehatch (4951) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
750 ml bottle (2000) gorged on rapturously with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. The coppery, translucent, still whiskeyish oily body bodes well...the head is tiny and off-white but lasts....a whiff out of the bottle is sufficient to discover maple liqueur inhabiting an alien world with raisins, dates, anise and tar...in the glass is smokiness and delicate herbs, a touch of oaky vanilla...the greatest of barley wines with Belgian yeast....moderately sweet in the body, the alcohol warms and soothes yet never tires or sharpens...raisiny, oaky, smooth and toasty, liqueur-filled candy resting in mellow whiskey. While we went into raptures over this transcendent experience Abbey Road was playing, "I want you, I want you so baaaad, I want you so baaaad, itís driving me maaad, driving me mad." willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
05.22.05 750 shared at jimmack04 invitational. The third time Iíve had this brew and each time is better than the first. This beer, each time I enjoy it, produces another one of those magical beer moments where itís almost impossible to pick up the pen to write any notes. The first two times Iíve had it, I didnít even bother, this time I knocked off at least something to make it official...This beer is a 30 year old wood aged port in disguise. In fact, nothing from Bordeaux has ever come close to what De Dolle managed to extract from this wood. Honey colored and wonderfully viscous with an unfortunately sudsy, sort of soapy head, but at least it still shows some carbonation despite its age and size. Color and clarity are gorgeous. The body is pure silk. Forget every other time I said a brew had a velvet or silken palate. I was an idiot. This brew glides on Apolloís wings across the palate, pure love. The flavor embodies all that is ancient wooded port, hints of sherry, dry spices. Itís a Christmas vigil with the fireworks of the 4th of July. Itís sweet, savory, and deep, while its still making a sweet case for attention. Hell, itís too good to deal with the pen in my hands; it takes two hands to control this snifter.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
i almost fell out of my chair when willblake opened this up at the jimmack04 invitational, having basically given up on ever having it. every bit of expectation was met and exceeded as soon as the first whiff of it hit my nose...tones of smokey wood, sweet red wine, hints of scotch, vanilla, caramel and spices assaulted my senses. i spent about 5 minutes just smelling my glass, which contained a copper elixr with a full white head, a surprising amount of carbonation considering the bottle was a 2000 vintage. when i finally got around to taking my first sip, my tastebuds suffered the same explosion of sensations that my nose was trying to recover from...flavors of sweet red wine, corriander, vanilla and caramel malts blended together perfectly, none taking more of a role than any other. a perfectly smooth, velvety mouthfeel gives way to a slightly warm sensation as each sip goes down finishes an unbelievable experience. my thanks to jon cannot be quantified. Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
750 ml bottle. Itís been a few years since I tasted this one, but the memory of it is crystal clear, so Iíll rate it anyway (and of course I have my tasting notes to support it as well). Sampled at the 24Uhr festival in Antwerp in 2002.
Pours a dark brown with a fine lasting head. The glass is exploding with light chocolate and dried figs, dates and raisins. Loads of oriental spices and vanilla. In fact this beer is a liquid version of an English Christmas Cake. The mouthfeel is one of an extremely fullbodied beer with a lot of sweetness that is yet perfectly balanced by the afterburn of alcohol. This is an exceptional beer!!!! No doubt one of the 1-2 best beers Iíve ever had, which is why I managed to taste it 4 times during the festival with consistent tasting notes. So yes, my rating will be a clean-cut no-nonsense 5.0, but that is only because the scale stops there.......... TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Produced in 2000, Stille Natch Reserva is a very special, limited addition of De Dolleís seasonal Christmas brew, Stille Nacht or "Silent Night." Stille Natch is a very special beer to begin with, but De Dolle really out did themselves when they decided to do Reserva. Stille Nacht is brewed with with pale malts, white candy sugar, is hopped, and then dry hopped with Nugget hop varieties, and comes in at a warming 9-10% abv. De Dolle boils this beer for 5 hours, making it a very high gravity brew. It is then bottle conditioned, and will continue to develop in the bottle.
Any vintage of Stille Nacht is a true gift to any beer lover, but a 750ml corked bottle of the Reserva is truly a Christmas treasure. Reserva takes it to a whole new realm. Reserva was produced in 2000, and was aged for 18 months in Bordeaux wine barrels before being bottled. This age in the wine barrels, gives an already incredible beer a level of complexity, flavor, and character, that is in a class by itself. Reserva comes in at a warming 12% abv, making a very potent beer as well.
Stille Nacht Reserva pours to a beautiful, hazy, deep golden color with a thick and creamy pillow of a head, and a lively and vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is incredibly complex and aromatic with big robust aromas just bursting in the air. Aromas of sweet malt, oak, candy sugar, deep vinous notes, spicy hops, and peppery alcohol flood the nose. The plate on this beer is rich and full, yet at the same time, has a nice bit of acidity, that dances on the tongue. Big, robust flavors of sweet malt, light caramel, oak, pepper, black berry, and vinous flavors, coat the tongue and glide down the palate. It is almost too much of a good thing, as your taste buds will be on bliss over load. Reserva finishes with more complex flavors up front, then ends with very vinous, acidic, and peppery flavors that linger on the tongue for quite sometime.
In a word, this beer is stunning. This beer was one of the most enjoyable beers I have drank, ever. The age in the Bordeaux barrels really give this beer a whole new dimension. The vinous qualities of this beer combined with the fantasic malty overtones and warming alcohol makes this one of the most delicous beers ever produced in my opinion. BeerandBlues2 (13213) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Again, this was shared moments after our De Dolle Special Brouwsel with Ernest, luckygirl and my wife at Choice City Butcher and Deli in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Pours a effervescent light copper with a patchy white film. Aroma is huge; buttery caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, oak and apple. Butterscotch flavor, caramel malt and apples, moderately acidity creates some spice, creamy maltiness in the middle and near the end, alcohol notes and dryness at the end. Full bodied and warm, creamy palate but dry and spicy-fizzy finish. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Happily shared at Choice City in Fort Collins. Beer poured a medium, hazy caramel brown without a head to really speak of. The first impression on the nose: sweet, warm, caramel apple lovies on toast, yet so much more. One of a handfull of beers Iíve ever had that create a transcendant experience of beauty. The kind where the sum of the parts combine to create a divine whole that overwhelms and makes the world fall away with the sound of a down comforter being dropped to the ground. The aroma was malty with moderate toasted grain, heavy, warm, sticky, drippy caramel, moderate-to-heavy cookie notes; Hoppy with mellow moderate herb note, trace note of resin and pine and a light note of lemon zest; Yeasty with moderate funky notes of attic and cellar, light cookie doughiness; Moderate-to-heavy green apple peel and simmered apple, vanilla-heavy oak,moderate warm, spicy alcohol, lightly vinous on the back of a deep inhale. The flavor was heavily sweet (not sticky or cloying in the least), lightly to moderately acidic, warm and lightly bitter. The finish was warm, moderately sweet, lightly bitter. ABV cloaked in the sweet, warm folds. The body was full, the texture was velvety/syrupy and the carbonation was soft. Thanks for sharing this BeerandBlues2, Mrs. BeerandBlues2 and Ernest. This experience was all the better for having good friends beaming back the same shit-eating grin over this treasure.