De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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2.75/5 rDev -32.9%
Pours a burnt orange color, off-white head, thin collar. Nose is yeast funk, some floral notes, oak, musty, some dark fruit. Flavor is similar, not all that much to my liking. Funky yeast, cherries, oak, citrus, hay...not what I was expecting after the 2000. Lots of booze, which is off-putting as well. Body is medium, good carbonation.
Overall, my least favorite of the 2000/2005/2008 trifecta and not something I'd want again. This one was a let-down, IMO.
08-24-2012 01:57:21 | More by Sean9689
3.38/5 rDev -17.6%
Thanks to Aaron for bringing this over to Matt's backyard on Saturday afternoon. Served in a wine glass.
A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves a few specks of lace. Not bad for a 12% brew. The body is a hazy golden apricot color with lots of obvious sediment.
S - This is still pretty boozy. Alcohol, medicinal flavors (Flintstone's vitamins!), tannic oak, and some honey malt sweetness. Between the oak and the fusel alcohol this is quite harsh.
T - The taste is better, with more of the honey and malt character mingling with some sherry-like oxidation. Flavor is slightly muted, with some tart apple and tannic oakiness in the finish.
M - Medium bodied, with low carbonation, some heat, and a lightly tannic finish with some residual stickiness. Pretty nice for the style.
D - As Overlord has said about other beers, this is "at the ass-end of the drinkable spectrum." I wouldn't cellar these any longer. If you want to enjoy this beer, buy the upcoming release. Between that and the harsh booze I found my 4oz or so to be quite sufficient.
I debated not posting this review, but since I doubt I'll ever encounter this again I figured it was best to post my thoughts. This will also help people who are seeking to trade for this beer decide whether it is worth the effort.
05-31-2010 01:59:00 | More by MasterSki
3.5/5 rDev -14.6%
33cl bottle served in an Oerbier Stem. Pours a pale orange-gold with clusters of bubbles around the edges. Nose expresses candied apricots and booze. Taste is but a shadow of the nose with some residual ethanol that lingers between quaffs and a slightly bitter flavor at the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, not bad but somewhat dull and lackluster. Not really worth seeking out in my opinion.
01-25-2012 01:09:32 | More by Jwale73
3.69/5 rDev -10%
Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 - Bottle from Kulminator in Antwerp. Deep orange golden pour with small white head ring. Aroma of huge booze, wood, musty basement, cognac, phenols. Flavor is woody, musty, some fruits, drinks like an after dinner cognac or brandy. Pretty boozy but also very smooth on the tongue with delicate carbonation and a strangely light mouthfeel. Tastes like grandma's basement. Seriously this was a bit weird, and a bit like sipping on a super smooth aged scotch like lagavulin. But I have to say that overall this was a pretty huge disappointment. Maybe it was a bad bottle. Bound to happen when stored for 9+ years.
09-02-2014 18:55:31 | More by BMMillsy
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
Bottle purchased at the Kulminator bar in Antwerp, Belgium for 12 euro in June 2011. Served into an Oerbier tulip. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger head of slight pink colour, slight cream, good thickness, and decent retention for the high ABV (~1.5 minutes). Colour is a dark nontransparent copper. Appealing.
Sm: Alcohol, pleasant fully fermented fruit esters, and other more subtle hop notes me broken nose can't quite pick up (all apologies, lads). It's a touch vinegary - in a good way. A mild strength aroma.
T: Brilliant fruit ester hop notes, amber hops, and a full layered malt foundation which perfectly supports the fruity character. Bright brewing sugars come through, but no yeast does. Very flavourful. Some slight sourness comes on the climax, which is a nice touch. Very rich, with a sour finish. Quite complex, well balanced, and very nicely built. There's impressive layering of notes with different qualities here, yet they coalesce nicely.
Mf: Complements the flavours well. Near perfectly coarse and wet.
Dr: She's a sipper, alright. 12% ABV is rather hefty and negatively impacts the drinkability. When I first sipped it, it was good but not excellent. It grew on me over time, and builds into a very complex flavourful beer. Gets better as it warms. Pretty pricey. Age has done it well. High quality. I don't know that it's worth the price, but it's a nice beer in the style. I wouldn't pay this much for it again, but I'd split it with three or four friends (I should be so lucky).
05-23-2012 01:30:39 | More by kojevergas
3.73/5 rDev -9%
I'm not really good at this beer geek talk but..
I just had this and thought it was pretty damn good. Very belgian in aroma, a bit thin in mouthfeel but the finish was distinctive and quite enjoyable. My experience with this brewery has been lots o' hops but not so with this one. Malty, fruity and too quick down the gullet.
12%?? If I didn't just walk into a door, I would have never known!
02-12-2006 22:45:04 | More by bucketpuss
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -9%
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.
The beer is light orange and mostly clear. A quarter inch of off white head sits on top, leaving some decent lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings some citrus, alcohol, butterscotch, perhaps slightly caramelized. The flavor is rain water, damp basement (not sour or funky, per se), caramels, Belgian yeast, and a bit of toffee. Thin to medium bodied. Overall, really interesting. Not what I expected at all from a beer of this ilk. That said, I found this intriguing, though perhaps a bit past its prime.
11-20-2011 22:59:03 | More by Huhzubendah
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
Another bottle shared by Matt. It was poured into two Duvel tulips.
This beer is a deep honey color with a layer of pocked white head. Carbonation was pretty decent for an older beer.
The nose was a little oxidized. Figs, honey, hay, sweet malts, and spicy Belgian yeast.
The taste follows the nose with even more sweet and slightly oxidized malts. Floral wildflower honey, dried fruits and more figs. The Belgian yeast notes are really strong, and there's something funky and tart in it that I can't put my finger on. It finishes dry and makes me thirsty for water.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation that gives me the slightest bubble bite.
I think this one was past it's prime. A tasty beer for sure, but I don't see what all the fuss is about.
05-25-2010 04:11:36 | More by beertooth
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
11.6oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the cloudy dark golden brew. Not very dark for a Belgian Dark, fwiw. Bubbly head is has excellent staying power, with thick layers of lacing. Aroma is sweet and tart, light spicing. Taste is sweet pale malt sweetness upfront, with plenty of spice. Tartness comes on in the middle and tries to balance that which begins to cloy. Closes with plenty of warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is a bit hard due to beign oversweet at times.
07-09-2007 01:06:09 | More by ppoitras
3.91/5 rDev -4.6%
Enjoyed bottle at Torst. The secret to its preservation is the honey, and that was big in the taste. Orange and golden bodied. Not boozy but its a big beer. With the honey is cloves, champagne yeast, other spice and a hint of vin tannin. Smooth, A little bitterness in the finish. Not as interesting or different as marketed and pricey, still a nice one.
04-14-2013 12:20:22 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the candy sugar, as well as some wheat, toffee and alcohol. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of sugary sweetness, as well as some biscuit and toffee malt, as well as a good dose of alcohol. There is a little bit of yeast and some light fruit notes also in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-03-2012 19:49:31 | More by Mora2000
De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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