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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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 80
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 51
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 80
Photo of Sean9689
2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).


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Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

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Photo of bucketpuss
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!


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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beertooth
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of FoneFan: Poured a dirty beige yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some liquor also noticeable from the barrel-aging. Taste is a mixture between some sweet malt with some notes of brandy or some other sweet liquor. Full body with limited filtration and loads of lees with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is quite a feat at 13%. While I thought it was an interesting beer I must admit I was a bit let down and was expecting more.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours peach to gold in color, hazy, with a good sized fluffy white head that slowly recedes. Aroma is some lemon tartness and apple vinegar, a bit of spice and yeastiness, and a soft honey sweetness that balances it all. Taste is the soft honey sweetness up front, some sips it is long and in others it is followed quickly with a strong tartness. Hints of grape in the sweetness and a bit of fresh broken saplings in the tartness. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a decent tingle of effervescent carbonation and a long drying finish. Some qualities of the taste and mouthfeel are very much like champagne. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, making it very dangerous. Complex and tasty beer, I'd like to age a few but am not sure if it will improve from here.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Maltzilla. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly hazed orange tan with a touch of rose. The head is 1 finger of antique white. Head slowly settles to collar around the glass. Fruity, caramel notes in the nose. Fruit flavors include orange, peach, and banana. Ever so slight alcohol notes. Medium mouthfeel. Upfront this has a nice full fruity taste of both peach and apple mixed with the caramel. After that some of the heat from the booze makes itself known but I’d never guess it was 13%. Very tasty!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy dark orange color with an average white frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex tart citrus, sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to full sweet flavor with solid sweet finish and a small bite of alcohol of moderate to long duration. Good brew.

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Photo of Ego
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer has more floating in it than the bathroom at the local chinese joint... the head is impressive in retention and this one clings on to you like white trash on pam anderson, lovely microbubbles are very consistent. glowing dull orange hues, actually the hues tend to vary but all fall around the burnt orange range, a very nice looking brew indeed.

chardonnay, apples, dried out bananas, RYE bread, crush up some caraway seeds in a mortar and pestle and you have this! orange peel with hints of citric sourness, excellent nose on this beast.

taste etc...
whoa, acidic and quite alcoholic, man, did I just do a shot of 151 ? the carbonation dances that fine line of "prickly" and "fluffy".. not overwhelming in the least. This is a sipper or you will burn out your esophagus in one bottle. On the actual flavor the apple flavor seems to dominate at first, then it melds into belgian sugar type and then lingering bitterness in the aftertaste with honey tones. Was that an actual sentence? eh, who cares? This has nice complexity once you become more acclimated to the alcohol/acid attack. Back to the mouthfeel, I have to say it is almost borderline syrupy but yet stays just liquid enough to not be cough syrup.

a little out of balance but what does work here works great. This is probably best split amongst a couple of friends with some nasty cheese, this beer can cut through anything.

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Photo of genog
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow light brown color with white head that is fizzy and somewhat creamy. Excellent lacing on this one that lasts for a long time. Smell is of molasses and caramel with a lot of apple, cherry and wine grape aroma. The taste on this one is initially sweet and acidic with finishes in the same way with light fruits and mildly tart as well. Medium mouthfeeling that is light on the carbonation for a very nice beer.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to hopdog. Pours a bright orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very strong; loads of woody and sweet notes. Some sour wood, sweet and rich malts, and lots of yeast. The flavor is very nice; initially a very sweet mix of malts, candies, and some fruit. Later the more sour barrel-aged nature stands out. Lots of yeast throughout. Some spices and apples too. Very mellow for the ABV. Vinous and fairly dry. Very nice. A full carbonated and fizzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber orange. I poured it carefully as to not disturb any yeast. This did not work however and there is sediment floating throughout the beer.

Aroma: Green apples, pears, honey, bananas, brown sugar, pepper, and yeast.

Flavor: A nice sugary sweet base with lots of fruit flavors. Mild peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A little sticky. Low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very good. I will definitely have to pick up a couple more bottles of this, while they are around.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is golden honey kissed by sunshine. It's plenty cloudy, with yeast floaties abounding and a nice dense half inch of head.

Nose leaps at you like a lion with the cage door thrown open. Honestly it smells more like a saison than it does a Belgian dark ale ... very funky ... tart pine apple and oranges and sourishness that is melded with a straight razor of fierce alcohol.

It's a kaleidoscope of flavors. Tangerines, buttery maple, vanilla, and a huge dry finish that brings to mind those syrupy canned pears. There's some funky sourness in the finish and me, I usually do not like sourness at all but here it fits nicely. I don't know if it's my tastes maturing or simply the sourness is done at such an unobtrusive level that I don't mind it. Either way it tastes pretty damned good.

I would probably buy this again in spite of the price tag of nearly $10. It's very unique and extremely tasty.

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Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange with a light head that dissapates to a thin covering.
Smell is of a hint of banana and figs, a very interesting and nice smell. Also a slight hint of alcohol.
Taste is milder than the smell but still complex. about the same hint of alcohol. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation and medium bodied.
Drinkability is very good.
A very good Belgian that I would recommend to anyone liking them.

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Photo of Crittervision
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Split three ways. A perfect serving size. At Kulminator on 11 August 2011. For reference, this bottle was €12. 

Translucent golden with a healthy, creamy head. 

Explosive nose. Vanilla, tropical fruit, artificial watermelon Jolly Rancher candy, yeasty, fruity and tripely. 

Tart and ambiguously boozy, citric acid, orange. Tripel-ish.

Feel is soft with light carbonation.

Very expressive, and I think best in small doses.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2007
Very well carbonated, which holds up a fluffy, yet large bubbled, lightly tanned head that is quite long lasting, especially for a beer of this strength. In fact this beer has a picturesque head that forms a rockied, canyoned surface as it slowly settles down. The beer is a hazy, amber color and has mad carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my tulip. The aroma has a nice green fruitiness to it that reminds me of pears, tart plums and apple. There is a light funky character here that has a touch of tartness to it and a earthy musty note. I was hoping for a bit more of a dynamic character in the aroma, but it is still quite solid.

The taste has a nice tartness to it up front and is very well carbonated. It tends to vaporize at it hits the tongue, creating a very light feeling to this otherwise rich beer. Definitely still quite sweet, though not nearly as much as the non-soured version of this beer. Notes of tamarind, malt vinegar, apples, prunes, and raisins form the backbone of a bright character that leads the flavor profile of this beer. Behind these bright flavors is a slight musty note of damp earth as well as a light oak character. The thing I like about the oak here is that it is not too overpowering. It is nice a light and just forms a background character for the brighter flavors. The restrained oak is much better done than in the Oerbier Reserva.

The oak notes lend flavors of butter, vanillin, tannins and a lightly sharp spicy oak note in the finish. I really like the palate and mouthfeel of this beer, it is not too heavy; the carbonation and acidity serve to mitigate the sticky syrupy character of the regular non-sour brew. The flavors of this beer are just so well integrated, no one flavor really jumps out at you and dominated; in fact no one grouping of flavors does. The tartness is nice, as is the fruity malt character and the light wood character. In fact that is perhaps what is wrong with it as well, it is not quite vibrant enough to be absolutely, spectacularly world class. Notice all those adjectives there. This beer is quite good, it is just not mind blowingly good.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this newly released winner in a side by side tasting of '05 vs. '00...
Appears a smi-transparent gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, honey, doughy yeast, vanilla, caramelized apple cobbler. Hot alcohol presence with banana esters buried in there.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a more phenolic, hot alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, chewy, hot abv noticeable with fruity apple cider mixed in with a bit of a grain alcohol warmness.
Not too shabby but it needs time to mellow out. If it ripens like the 2000 version, it'll be outstanding.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this '05 vintage with me and Rhinos00.

Pours a golden yellos. Finger width of head. Leaves a thin film on top. Virtually no lacing and slightly cloudy.

Smell- reminds me of a combo of must and sour apples. hint of citrus. Very nice.

Taste is very hard to describe. Sour yet sweetness up front, and heat at the end. A little bit of funk and kind of spicy. I really enjoy this, even though I have trouble describing it.

Well carbonated and tingly.

Good drinkability. A little bit of alcohol burn, but this is a really good beer.

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