Alengrin (6083) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2018
One of so far only five Special Reserva editions of Stille Nacht (with a sixth one being on its way), this one apparently made for the Kerstbierfestival of 2014, bottled in 2013. Aged for eight months on a Chateau Castigno barrel from the Languedoc and sampled in a vertical tasting of all Stille Nacht Special Reserva vintages, courtesy of Kris Herteleer, the brewer himself, to whom I owe infinite gratitude for so much generosity. Irregularly, sparsely lacing, irregularly shaped, large-bubbled but still reasonably stable, egg-white head, beautiful misty coppery amber robe. As expected and as with the others in this formidable and legendary series, the bouquet is intense, desserty and powerful, with notes of candied orange peel, honey liqueur, cognac, sundried sweet tomato somewhere, ripe melon, plum wine, gooseberry jam, stewed pear, dry white wine, very mild toast, fried pineapple slices, vanilla-ish oak and a unique note of white chocolate. Condensedly sweet, candied onset, candied pineapple, even a hint of candied cherry, marmelade, yellow raspberries and a touch of kiwi, covered in honeyish residual sweetness stretching all the way to the finish without becoming cloying. Softish carbo as befits a barleywine-like beer of this grandeur, very full, vinous, almost syrupy body, established by a thick layer of caramelly malt rotundity and sweetness. A sourish plum or gooseberry accent remains and balances out the sweetness to perfection without becoming explicitly tart; the finish is a grand finale of lingering candied fruit and caramelly malt sweetness, vanilla-ish warm oak woodiness with drying tannins (seemingly a bit more than in the much older 2000 version tasted next to it), that white chocolate accent, some spicy hop 'touches' here and there and a heartwarming, brandy-like alcohol glow. Utterly complex and utterly delicious, still as great as it must have been four years ago, with a somewhat distinguished character compared with the other ones - this is again, and frankly I did not expect anything less, a world class masterpiece. I don't think I have ever handed out so many high scores on one day... Big, big cheers to De Dolle Brouwers and Kris and Els in particular. I am enthusiastically looking forward to the next edition, which is silently maturing now but is already showing signs of greatness, based on the small sample we were honoured enough to taste in avant-première. sir__v (2632) - FRANCE - APR 14, 2017
Bottle @ De Dolle Brewery, Esen - BE. Color: hazy dark blond almost brown beer with medium carbonation and no foam. Smell: candied fruits, red wine barrel. Tart domination. Perfect balance. Taste: full body with candied sweet and sourness complexity. Really amazing balance. Super tasty. Candied and caramel notes with sourness. Aftertaste: dry sourness and candied fruits. Sweet and alcohol astringent. Great! rikstar (2605) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2017
0,33l fles geopend op sinterklaasavond, troebel amber met een witte schuimkraag. Geur is zoet karamel en alcoholisch met ook stal. Smaak is zoet en mist diepgang, zeker er is een lading kruidigheid en gist aanwezig, maar de alcohol overheerst. Body is wel vol voor een dergelijk zoet bier. Absoluut niet mijn stijl, voor de liefhebber wellicht een goed bier, ik vind het zelf de aanschafprijs zeker niet waard Renobob (2063) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à la brasserie avec Chris. Couleur cuivrée, fine mousse blanche. Nez sur le tonneau, le fruit noir. Gros hit d’alcool, pointe acide, grosse corpulence. Ensemble complexe et parfait. freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à la Brasserie De Dolle à Esen merci Kriss (verticale de Reserva depuis 2008)
Couleur cuivrée, petite mousse pointe effervescente
Nez sur le tonneau et le vert
Attaque plus verte que les deux premières continuité sur la vanille avec un côté tannique du Bordeaux fin de bouche ronde.
JorisPPattyn (10161) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
Small, persistent off-white head over red-amber beer. Wild yeast, bit meteallic, (red) fruit, warm-fusely. Bitterish, bit wry, with alcohol and fruitish ovetones, richly-cakey. Full bodied, alcoholheat, good carbonation. Excellent, growing on one whilst savouring - thanks to Kris! nuplastikk (6651) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2016
11.2oz bottle at Maxs. Deep cherry leather sour tones, but more like a Rodenbach Grand Cru than an oily US sour. Delicious, probably one of my favorite beers. Has mellowed out some, maybe faint hints of oxidation. Bg cherry tart tones. Friggin awesome. BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2016
Kerstbierfestival 2015 yespr (49451) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
Appearance : dark caramel, no head, little cloudy
Aroma : malts, caramel, vanilla, alcohol
Taste : caramelized banana, vanilla, tanines, lots of oak, very sweet, almost zero bitterness, i miss a bit sourness in this one, but good though !
75 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is wineous, fruity and light phenolic. Lingering fruity, wineous. Smooth fruity and wineous finish. sic1314 (4773) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a hazy medium amber with a large off white head. Aroma is heavily vinous, woody and malty. Full body, quite smooth for the ABV, flavour as the aroma, a bit funky and lightly Bretted.