DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2017 dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nothing quite like a special bottle of Stille Nacht on Christmas! Pours nearly flat with a cloudy, rusty golden color. After a minute in the glass, a thin head with large bubbles materializes. The aroma is subtle and feels locked up... like it will break out with age. Right now, it is filled with cherries, oak, vinegar, caramel, and some moldy funk... incredible. On the palate, the beer has an almost oily texture that is cut through by the mild carbonation and the acidity of the flavor profile. The flavor is complex as notes of sweet red fruit, wine barrel (shock), lemon mix with others in a fleeting fashion... almost ethereal. Finishes mildly tart, but I’d never call this sour. Killer beer right now and will age with the best of them, for sure.
Bottle, picked up in Amsterdam by me and miles back in my suitcase and carefully stored for this special event: my 10,001st rating. Shared with my various tasting group members. Capped and corked, not a gusher, so good start (plus Lori says the cork smells like brown sugar!!). Medium orange-amber, pillowy white head. Beautiful aroma of cooked pears, maple syrup, candied orange, very reminiscent of a tawny port. The palate maintains the same oxidized notes (in a pleasant way), with a sultana sweetness and vinous complexity. The finish is tart and dry and woody. Just amazing. I really love the rounded sweetness and unfolding complexity of this brew! shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2017
Thanks Tim! Beautiful. Great aroma, marzipan, Xmas fruit. Taste is great. Bit vinous, beautiful, light sourness, booze is great, pear, fruity, sweet and lovely.
jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Thanks TimE for sharing the bottle! Poured into a taster showing half a finger of clean white foam showing moderately translucent dark orange.
The nose shows tart acetic notes with a light red wine notes of plums and blackberry.
The palate is highly carbonated and medium bodied. Moderately tart with light acetic notes and light notes of red wine - plums and blackberry again. Not bad! TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2017
Hazy medium amber color. Walking into a sauna with tons of cedar, sour, dried apricots and apple skins. Tons of stewed oranges stewed, apples, apple skins , mixed spices, dried fruit in the mouth, oaky finish. Super malty. For 12% this is fantastic. Just out of this world. pushkinwow (2793) - Ottawa, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle opened up at the 2016 Ottawa Year-end Gathering. Clear copper with a beige head. Red wine and oak dominate at first but then settle down once things open up, allow room for yeast, fig, candied orange peels. Moderate carbonation and full body, smooth, dries out with a nice boozy finish. Liked this one.
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Douglas. This was a big time want!
A: Opaque brown with a creme color head and lacing.
N: Leather, caramel, oak, red wine, oak, peppercorn, clove, grapes, toffee, vanilla, fig, raisin, cherry, sherry and honey.
T: Sweet and soured. But not in that infuriating infected way.
M: Medium-heavy body, very sticky, spritzy carbonation, no alcohol.
O: Beautiful beer. It’s so well rounded and the bordeaux adds so much to its already sterling profile. douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2016 Bottle thanks to Ayrton. Pours a mostly clear red orange color with a large white head. A wonderful woody fruity vinous oak. The flavor is big sweet cherry, oak, rich red wine. Lovely. Big sherry flavor. So smooth, no heat. The barrel is wonderful here. smooth and melodious flavors. Decadent. I could drink a lot of this. Superb Belgian beer. SinH4 (4796) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2016
Rating #3500, my 400th Belgian rating. Bottle, leaking cork, but still fine. Amber color with white head. Aroma is nutty, sherry, vineous. Taste is vineous, tart, figs, sherry, red wine, nutty, so much complexity. Medium to high carbonation. Totally worth its hype. One of the best drinks I’ve ever had. anstei (2254) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, many thanks! Pours hazy amber. Aroma is strong wine barrel, but also sweet. Body is heavy boozy, vinous, fruity, even a little sweet, but also a little sour, candy, lively to fizzy carbonation. Palate is rather light, even tart, lingering with the wine characters. Absolutely worth the hype, an outstanding beer. rejtable (2689) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle Xmas 2016 gathering. Pours light orange no head or lacing. Nose is red wine, notes of red wine, alcohol burn, crackers. Taste light tart, light sweet, light bitter. Medium body lively carbonation.