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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

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 50
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Azurelimits for having brought this to a tasting. I believe this might have been when he also brought a vintage Westy 8. Sick, Pete.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a nice creamy head. Leaves behind a pretty decent amount of lacing. Nose is booze, caramel, and dark fruits. Really complex. A bit of oxidation has treated this bottle well. The taste has a bit of port and some caramelized dark fruits as well as a nice warmth from the booze. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite creamy. Drinks quite well.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to the kind BA who sent me this bottle to cross a hard to get one off my wants list. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color, light golden hue coming though with a light cloudiness to it. Some nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. A huge head of white coming up and over the top and settling down into a thing film that never did get any lower, really very solid look here.

The aroma was loaded with hints of raisins, light fruit, oak and subtle sourness. As I lean in for the first sip a warm rush of alcohol takes over and warms from the inside out. Nice touches of herby notes, lots of sour and oak touches. Nice soft fruits, apricot and raisin mostly. Subtle carbonation and a nearly flawless body on this one. As I sat and sipped through the bottle I was impressed by the complexity of the flavor. The sourness really was nicely balanced here. A solid beer that I am glad I was able to finally get ahold of. If you are holding on to this one, I would go for it. It is drinking perfect.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right out of the bottle, a strong pineapple and brandy combo wafts into the air. Tropical fruit and heady brandy are the focus of the aroma, it's really intense and vivid.

In the Oerbier glass, some lace builds up the sides, but not excessive. Strong ABV keeps the foam from rising too much, but a gentle swirl always brings it back. The body is opaque and tawny orange in tone.

First sip puts your head back, the strength asserts itself, then the flavors flood across the palate. The intense fruit and liqueur-level strength envelop the palate and integrate perfectly. Pear, pineapple at first...brandy soaked plums, some light malt, dryness from the Bordeaux barrel. Whiskey woodiness also makes an appearance.

The small bottle is gone too soon, but it took a good half-hour to savor it. Some age would likely be good for the drinkability of this vintage.

Alongside the Oerbier Reserva, Export Stout, & Dulle Teve, De Dolle makes some of the most unique and creative beers out there...

Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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).

B

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke this one out of the cellar tonight for a Xmas eve treat. Pours a cloudy dark orange/auburn color with dark golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Wonderfully complex aroma. Slightly tart in the nose with hints of peppery spice, caramel apple, brandy and other light fruits. Along with the alcohol sweetness I'm picking up some pear, cherry and banana. There's also some caramel maltiness and a slight leathery presence. The aroma is incredible and I literally spent the first ten minutes just smelling this beer.

Slightly tart, puckering medium body with soft carbonation up front that mellows into a slightly slick, sweet estery flavor mid palate. Very complex with hints of caramel apple, pear and banana along with a sweet caramel malt backbone. The spice from the aroma is evident as well but has faded with time. Slight pepper and cinnamon notes. There is also a very subtle medicinal syrupy feel that is common in holiday beers. I usually hate this characteristic but here it is faint and adds balance and complexity. I'm also picking up some dark fruit especially grape, dark cherry and other berries. Very well balanced and very quaffable considering the ABV. There is still some nice alcohol warmth in the finish but age has done this beer wonders. The tartness becomes more prominet as it warms. Overall, I'm really excited that I got to try this beer. It's holding up very well and I can see it aging for some time still. Excellent and highly recommended!

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall, Borough Market, S. London last X'mas. Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, the cap specifies "SPEC BREW 2005" and the front label says "Brouwsel 2005". Served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass, on 24/12/2006.

A: pours a dirty and cloudy, rusty reddish-amber colour; the off-white beer head comes rather creamy, gradually settling to a rimmed foam on top of conastant and gentle carbonation.
S: richly malty, sour-sweet fruity and yeasty... like a bowl of sticky melted crystal sugar, infused with peach flavouring, passion fruits, figs, citrus-peels, coriander seeds, and semi-sharp yeastiness as of Yakult~~ All in one, very dense and rich, but never to the point of being overpowering, as the alc. is held back skilfully.
T: sour-sweet fruitiness like citrus and passion-fruit upfront, hand in hand with a flow of milder pale malts... tart-sweet dried prunes and sultanas quickly lace the mildly bitter and intensifyingly dry and richly spicy (very mixed entry of spices) mid-palate... leaving lots of powdery yeasts lying low on the tastebuds, almost like the aftertaste of herbal tea infused with Chinese tea-smoked prunes. Dry, almost rusty and zesty-tannic finish, with but a soothing stream of alc. felt down the throat--ever-so-soft landing for a heavy bomber!!
M&D: silky smooth on the texture with soothingly spritzy carbonation... The body is much lighter than I'd imagine?! "Surely 12%abv. is wrongly put on the label?", ask my taste-buds... The mildly dryish, chewy aftertaste complementing the creamy, fruity body renders this beer beautifully crafted and surprisingly balanced... not overly rich in maltiness, nor thin-ish sour like some other more yeasty strong Belgian pale ales, with a firm imprint of hops in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a fantastic beer to kick off my X'mas beer-tasting season this winter~~

Photo of John_M
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably as close as I've ever come to drinking a "perfect" beer. I think it helped that the beer was not served too cold, as previously "overly chilled" versions of this beer have not been as excellent.

The apperance of this beer is impressive. It pours a brilliant gold color with a persistent foam head. Excellent lacing, which one would expect from a beer of this quality and abv. The aroma is intoxicating and immediately put me in mind of a well aged, late disgorged, vintage champagne. There were huge aromas of apple, biscuit, toast and yeast... on the palate the beer is almost viscous, and it has that exploding, mouthfilling, mouth coating experience one normally associates with a fine (and I mean very fine) vintage champagne. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with fabulous flavors of apple, cherry, sweet citrus and toast. The beer has nuances of sweetness, but (unlike the non-reserve version) really there is only a hint of it and the beer is not the least bit cloying. This beer has a long lingering finish, with no heaviness whatsoever. Considering the abv., the beer is amazingly drinkable, though with an abv. of 12%. it goes without saying that one should take one's time.

An absolute beauty. One of the finest beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy and bright golden color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with large amounts of red and white grapes, sugar-coated pears, and oak. Also present are hints of bready aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by equal amounts of bread-like and ripe pear flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of oak smooth things out further. Near the end of the sip mashed grape flavors with a decidedly vinous quality work their way into things, carrying through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been wanting to try this beer for a while and was happy with the result. However, I think De Dolle has better beers out there. Very much worth a shot but only go looking for this one after you've tried other, more easily accessible, offerings from this brewery.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.