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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 51
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2006)
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I once had the 2000 vintage, unfortunately the bottle didn't age gracefully. This is a beer I have looked forward to for a while now. Pours with good head for the ABV, the lacing is outstanding. The color is lighter than expected. The aroma is rich and complex, vanilla, oak and fruit dominate.

This beer tastes more like red wine than any wine-barrel-aged beer I have ever had. I am having trouble separating the beer flavor from the wine flavor. And I should note that I have tasted the regular Stille Nacht only once, it was a 1996 bottle tasted about a year ago. This beer tastes like a wonderful mix of a spiced dark Belgian ale and a rich Bordeaux. The wine notes are dominant, the barrels provide vanilla, and I think much of the spice is coming from the oak.

The mouthfeel is full and refined. I can see the carbonation, but I can only slightly perceive it on my palate now that I am almost finished with my glass. The mouthfeel was more carbonated at first. This beer could only be limited by the acidity provided by the wine barrels and the new sour yeast strain that I think De Dolle used for this beer, but those things won't stop me.

I am not giving a perfect five for taste because I expected a little more complexity, but that may come with age. And though I am fond of aging the right beers, I think this one may be best fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 09:10:00 | More by Sephiroth
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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.