kermis (14493) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016 BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, - JAN 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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, i’m 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 can’t do anything but saying this beer wasn’t 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 don’t know what the beer tsted like fresh, but it’s 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 doesn’t exist, but i’ve 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 !!
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Very hazy orange to light brown with no head. Aroma of malt, caramel, mouldy notes, oxidized notes, sherry, wood, light cellar funk and toffee. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate sour. Full bodied with alcohol warmth and soft carbonation. [17-09-2016] rouhlas (3737) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Hazy amber orange color with small off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, caramel, herbal notes, orange, cherries, sherry, vinous, wood. Moderate sweet and light acidic taste like aroma. Medium ily body with soft carbonation. kraddel (8762) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours unclear amber, not much head. Smell is very complex. oak up first. Than some yoghurty aspects, followed by some oxidation. taste is very full, sharp, sour notes. Over an oaky, fruity, barrelfunk, yoghurty taste. Aftertaste is very light ( for the age ) oxidation. Veyr nice indeed ! knickskicks (1162) - - JUN 20, 2016
Hazy reddish orange pour. Nose is port, oxidation, dried fruits, leather. Taste is port, sweet fruits, leathery, caramel, pretty oxidized though. I’d imagine this is something really special without oxidation. mR_fr0g (13226) - 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.
Scopey (15518) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at Kenny’s 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, glacé 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.. Theydon_Bois (20497) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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, sweet’n’sour 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. Leighton (22070) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 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. The_Osprey (8717) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2016 teorn88 (7687) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle share at Chriso’s, many thanks to madmitch20K for sharing this one. As ’De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000’. 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. A memorable beer. Exceptional.
75 bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K tasting @Chriso’s, 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