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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 77
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Aged in Château Léoville-las-Cases barrels from the Saint Julien commune.

(Beer added by: Paquette on 11-24-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

WynnO, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, enjoyed back-to-back with SNR 2010. Gigantic thanks to Tony for sharing these incredible gems.

A: Hazy orange-amber body with some frothy off-white foam. Good retention, no lace to speak of. Just ok.

S: Sherry, vanilla, cherry, and oak. Old and extremely nice.

T: Sweet, fruity, oaky, vinous, and great. Some nice malt sweetness. Delicious.

M: Frothy medium body. Nice and lively - I always breathe a sigh of relief when a beer that's over a decade old retains its carbonation.

O: This was excellent, but hardly life-changing. It's certainly held up FAR better than the Speciaal Brouwsel 20 that I had last year, but it's nowhere near as amazing as the SNR 2010 that just came out.


woosterbill, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Dennoman
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75 cl bottle shared by two beer friends two whom I feel dearly indebted. Poured into an Oerbier tasting glass.

Right, I've done away with the technicalities. Now, allow me to describe to you why this beer humbles me as "that guy knows something about beer". To my friends, I'm a walking beer encyclopedia of Sheldon Cooper-like proportions, but having tasted something like this, I now know that I simply know nothing at all. Both Aristoteles and Confucius proclaimed it mankind's greatest wisdom, and I've come to realize why.

The divine ambrosia known to us mere mortals as Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 pours a dark amber. Slightly murky, but surprisingly clear and vibrant for a beer its age. The creamy, white, fluffy crown atop its brow sits elegantly throughout consumption, fading into a half-finger ring with some lacing on the glass. Every movement of the beer is slow and sensual, as if the goddess Aphrodite hath come to Earth in beer form.

Upon gently pressing our nose on the rim of the glass, a true cornucopia of aromas unfolds. Strong vinous grapes, port, sherry, wood, candy sugar, freshly cut grass, vanilla, banana, pineapple, onions, and malted grains to remind you it's "just beer". When people ask me how to describe "old beer flavor", I tell them to drink a Stille Nacht, preferrably as old as possible. This ramps that sensation up to heights nearly beyond human comprehension.

By now, you should feel more than priviledged to be drinking this, and the flavor delivers in a big way. Port, grapes, sherry, deep woodiness, candy sugar, vanilla, peaches, a strong malt backbone. The alcohol sits in the background. Tempting. Seducing. Like a Siren of old, luring sailors into certain death with their enchanting songs and beauty. Well, that goes to say, if you drink this too fast, you'll be drunk as a sailor.

Like an elixir of youth, it slides down you and envigorates every fibre of your being. It warms, it feeds, it heals, it kisses your boo-boos and tells you everything will be okay.

Forgive me my overuse of Ancient Greek metaphores, they really are my only vice except for all the drinking. But do let this over-the-top thespian indulge in his mad ramblings. This beer has left me stumped for actual words. In fact, this brew deserves a little show to be put up for it, simply for having the courtesy of being this good. The choice of giving this beer a solid 5/5 hasn't been an easy one as I technically don't believe in perfection.

Is this beer absolutely perfect? Most likely not. However, in my knowledge of beer, which I've have since come to accept as being as limited as it is, I simply cannot fault it. In fact, it would only be pretentious of me. Not only is it the most technically accomplished and outright gorgeous beverage I've ever had, sharing it with two close friends has only made it better.

As this was the last beer I had in my life as a university student:

"Waardin, nu nog een glas gezwind
Voor 't sterven
Voor 't sterven"

Dennoman, Jan 13, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike B for this one. 4oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Beer is a pale orange with .25 white head that sticks around. Spotty and sparse lace with no cling and thin legs. Not great given a style I usually associate with big head and big lace.

Nose is oak, peat, pale green fruit, cane sugar, and caramel and toffee. Delicious!

Big fruit notes present themselves immediately. Green grape, cane sugar, caramel, toffee. Very sweet overall. Some woodiness towards the end. Sweet green grape in the aftertaste. Nice. The barrels really serve to smooth this one out.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and silky in the mouth with some booziness going down. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

I'm not a huge fan of this style but this is a very well crafted beer. Age has smoothed the flavors out immensely even though this is starting to get a bit oxidized. The 12% is very well hidden and the complex flavors here are very well integrated.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 !!

BelgBeerGeek, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

jaasen64, Oct 20, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mirky orange/brown color, light white head, wisps, thin collar. Dark fruit, smooth booze, oak, promenant oxidization, carmel. Flavor is a bit better then the nose, with more sweetness and booze and less oxidization. Oak, plums, caramel, brown sugar. Medium body, light carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

This one is past its prime, but still, I did enjoy it. The dark fruit sweetness and smooth booze kept me interested and I think the oxidization actually played well with this beer. Good, not great.

Sean9689, Aug 24, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a few stray bubbles. Lightly hazed apricot body, with plenty of slow-moving bubble streams visible.

S - This particular bottle shows fairly present oxidation flavors, with a mixture of cardboard and mineral flavors that distract from the oak, honey, and fruity malts.

T - Taste is thankfully an improvement, with more fruity esters, earthy and toasted grains, and some mildly vinous oak in the finish. Still some obvious oxidation, but nowhere near as much as in the aroma. Thankfully there's no trace of the 12% ABV after 12 years.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, with a dry, tannic, and oaky texture. Medium-full body, with some alcohol warmth.

D - I was really looking forward to this beer, especially based on the recent reviews, but unfortunately this bottle was well past its prime. It does get easier to drink as it warms up, as some of the sweet malt flavors start to overtake the oxidation. Pretty easy to drink for 12%, and significantly better than the 2005 vintage, but ultimately underwhelming.

MasterSki, Jun 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

whartontallboy, Jun 24, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Review #2000

Thanks to Javier for opening this long time want. Snifter.

A: Yellow orange and slightly hazy with a mountainous white head.

S: Exceptional ester profile. Apple blends with pear, cantaloupe, plum, date, and grape. Smells fantastic. Whisper of banana. Faint sherry-like oxidation with a little vanilla. Rich sugary bread with lightly spicy phenolics and a touch of leather. Oak is light.

T: Rich bready malt with sugar and a little alcohol. Expressive fruit esters remind me of apple, pear, plum, and grape. Sugary sweet with a whisper of oxidation. Faint oak.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. Lots of warming.

Overall: I've never had this fresh but this is in fantastic shape. Amazing stuff at 12 years old.

HopHead84, May 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jedwards, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of fewa
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

opened this one to celebrate my new job.
Look: light brown with a small head
nose: honey, malts, sweet ripe dark fruits, caramel, red fruits
taste: similar to the nose with wooden notes,grapes,brown sugar with a light bitterness in the aftertaste
mouthfeel: full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: i had this beer for the last time in 2008. Amazing how much better this one got! In 2008 i thought this was good,now it is extremely good. Not the slightest hint of oxidation, amazing!

fewa, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

rvdoorn, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

claaark13, Jan 30, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the highlight of one epic De Dolle tasting. 750ml bottle served in Oerbier stemware. Pours the color of a caramel apple with a thin swirl of foam and a bubbly froth around the edges. Nose expresses caramel, candied pit fruit and a trace of ethanol. Taste reveals caramel and ethanol on a pleasant toasted malt backbone. There's also some nutty notes, a suggestion of oak and a faded earthy hops character towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a slightly oily texture and a light, even carbonation. I haven't had a beer that has impressed me this much in quite some time. The only negative thing about this beer is my general inability to obtain anymore.

Jwale73, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to Beachwood BBQ tonight and met a guy named Brian at the bar who brought in a bottle of this. He generously shared a glass of it with me. One of the best beers I've ever had. Poured a slightly hazy honey color with white head. Smells and tastes of honey, muscat, oak, toffee, lots of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium with a light astringency I associate with muscat. Just chuggable (though I savored my glass). Wish I had a bottle of this, and am grateful for the random chance encounter with a person kind enough to share a glass with me.

waltonc, Sep 07, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just keeps getting better everytime I try it. The first time I had a large sample of it was June '03 at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Before and since I have only had a small sample. I will take what ever I can get of this nectar.

Gorgeous orange. Small head. Very complex nose. Oak, fruit, nutty.
It has all those tastes in the body plus a nice funkiness. A slight lactic bite. Then a nice alcohol warming.

A friend described it to me like this. It is like a flower blooming. As time passes it opens up into something new. I agree.

HumuloneRed, May 02, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got this one from the infamous bearded squash of knoxville.
A: it pours a cloudy dark gold with a 1/4" head that leaves as quickly as it came.
S: at 12% the aromas have clearly come together over the past seven years. dark fruits are up front with the alcohol riding in the back seat. reminds me of sitting at the kulminator in antwerp...without the smell of a thousand cats running around.
T: well hellloo darlin'! the soft taste of dark fruit gets out to stretch its legs. the alcohol says adios and is replaced with caramel faintly reminescent of those little caramel cubes i got when i was a kid. it hangs on and on while at the finish a warming sensation falls down the back of the throat reminding me that the alcohol is still there...it's just been hiding.
M: prickly but not spritzy like an overly chilled duvel...it's just right.
D: it's an easy drinker for sure but after a few moments i'm reminded of that 12%. certainly not more than one in a night. however, this is the only one i have so i will relish the rest of it with no shame at all.
thanks again daniel.=)

matylight, Sep 10, 2007
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4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Humongous thanks to egajdzis for plucking this dusky jewel...Hello!
2000 - 750 mL
Appears a transparent light gold with a small, soapy head that fades to a hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hearty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, biscuits, vanilla, definite traces of wine, Belgain yeast, along with sugary bread. Small amounts of apples & cinnamon smothered in honey come through with a swirl and an inhale.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sugary, honey infused, beauty of a brew bolstering huge complexitites.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet up front, warming, with spices and sugary goodness complimenting each other into an exceptional bliss. Very lip smacking and enticing.

weeare138, Jan 22, 2007
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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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