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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle Stille NachtDe Dolle Stille Nacht

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

772 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-25-2001)
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Lothore

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gushes out of the bottle and pours a deep, dark orangey hue with a massive, off white head that leaves quite a bit of head.

S- Plum, cherry, apricot, grape. Amazing to just stick your nose in.

T- Grape, cherry, strong alcohol burn, light hop notes.

M- Medium bodied and effervescent.

D- Amazing beer to sip on. Just when I thought I hadn't had a belgian beer in some time that really blew my socks off ...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:45:47 | More by Lothore
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fizzy, frothy light tan head. Head fades out slowly with no lacing, although quite good retention instead.

S: Lots of cloves and yeasty bread. Light citrus. Quite a bit of sweet honey. Yum.

T: Oh yeah, honey for sure. Light apples, pears and spicy cloves. Yeasty, bready malt. More honey in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly earthy but mostly spicy. Loads and loads of cloves here with mild black pepper. The honey flavor helps balance it a little. Lingering spices and apples/pears between sips. Kind of a mouth numbing spiciness that I can't quite place, it lingers forever. Did someone put Novocaine in this? No real sign of alcohol, but maybe that's the source of the numbness?

M: Medium-heavy for 12%. Higher carbonation helps lighten it up. Fairly dry too which also helps drinkability.

O: Really nice BSPA. Super high ABV for one in fact, but it doesn't detract much. Doesn't get too syrupy, too heavy or too overpowering. No way would I assume 12% for that matter. I'd say 8-10% tops. Love the honey flavor in this one, even though I'm pretty sure there's no actual honey in it. I really enjoyed this one, one of my all time favorite BSPAs right off the bat.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 06:35:16 | More by Dope
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*11.6 Bottle Christmas 2013*
Ok, I was at Max's and seen this in the beer fridge. I was stoked! This has been on my radar since my first tasting of Cuvee Van De Keiser Rood (early 2008). Well, I've already bored you with my life's story, now for the "meat and potatoes". I poured this brew in my Chimay Chalice, how classy. Ok I poured this very slowly, so there was not an extravagant sized head. This poured medium amber with heavy sediment parading around my Chalice, the head was a half finger solid bubbly white. Some might say this beer is ugly, I say for the style it's pretty fantastic. I looked around and went in for a whiff. This smells like Belgian Heaven. Huge notes of tart apples and sweet pears. Hints of earthy hops and hints of citric sourness. Hell Yes! I am now dying to sip this MOFO. It is what I expected! First flavors were of tart apple and candied sugar. Sweet pear follows with a faint metallic note. There is hints of honey and crackers. There is a nice dose of Yeasty Funk that I enjoy the most which leads to some spice and berries. There is a nice semi dry bitter finish with a lingering citric sourness (not offensive in any manner, I find it adds depth) The feel on this nectar is Medium to Full body and soft, very soft carbonation that tickles the taste buds and aches for another sip.

Overall: I had to look at the bottle again, there is now way this is 12 percent ABV! This drinks like it is at least 7%. Notice I didn't say there was any booze in the taste. This is very delicious, despite the appearance. Some don't like chunks in their beer but that was not a problem with this guy! I feel this could be a nice dessert beer or paired with a nice Fruit Salad. This refreshed my Love for Belgian Strong Ales. This is my New Favorite BSPA. This brew is Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:20:45 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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buzzardman

California

4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Sweet caramel, slight belgian yeasty funk.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber, nice one finger off white head, some yeast chunks floating because of bottle conditioning.

Flavor: Sweet tart apple, light raisin in middle, with slight funk on finish. As it warms a brown sugar taste starts to come through and the tart apple fades.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, drying crisp finish, alcohol warming as i drink. Feels too heavy and thick at first but then quickly balances out with the fresh crisp tartness kicks in.

Overall: Very very good, excellent balance of sweet malt and light tartness, with a hint of funky yeast on the finish. This is one of my new favorites. $6.99 for 11.5floz

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:49:39 | More by buzzardman
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very clear and has a lovely coppery-gold color (rather dark for the style). It sports a nice white head of fine foam. Decent retention for such a strong beer. On the nose I get some fruit notes, primarily apples and pears, as well as a little bit of clove.

Medium-full bodied with a nice, creamy feel and a fruity, complex flavor. Up front are loads of rich malty notes, fresh apples, pears, and bananas. At mid-palate I get allspice, ginger, and clove. It doesn't overpower the fruitiness, it just complements it. In the back of the palate is a hint of pepper and a pleasant alcohol warmth, both of which linger nicely.

Oh wow - this is one terrific beer! Rich malt, fresh fruit, baking spices, and warming alcohol all come together perfectly. Anyone who thinks Belgian Strong Pale Ales have to taste like Duvel is in for a shocker if they try this. If I come across another bottle of it, there's not way I'm passing it up. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:24:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
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babaracas

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish orange with fast fading dense white head; streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: pear, buttered toast, caramel, mild spiciness and floral note, dried apricot. Taste: soft pear, white grape, red delicious apple, spice cake and caramel, spicy with sugary pale backing. Fullish bodied, creamy into pillowy carb. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 06:10:03 | More by babaracas
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has minimal retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which appears as golden, pale amber in the light. Some lacing at the moment. Lacing, overall, is minimal.

Nose- Starts off with a bit of sourness that is almost astringent but turns into raisins and cherries. Some brown bread, brown sugar- this is mostly from the bottle. Some cloves or a vague ashiness from the glass? Small note of peach and banana. Swirling shows a rounded banana with other, general fruit esters.

Taste- Starts off very fruity- mostly raisins. Some brown bread in the background. Bananas as well. Some candied fruit. And a lot of alcohol. Brown sugar. But also, a lot of alcohol. Reminds me a lot of a quad. It only seems to be a pale in color. I can already tell you that this is a beer that needs to be aged as it's rather messy. Some burnt caramel, a little bit of ashiness, some cloves. Some woody bitterness on the finish. Complex with a good amount of presence but it really lacks balance and integration. Some notes of cherries. Both the brash flavors and alcohol start to mellow out but that may only be because the alcohol is numbing my tongue. Lots of promise but I just don't think it's quite there yet. Good beer that seems as if it could be a really good beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a lot of syrup and juiciness to the texture. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- Very noticeable heat. Not bad heat, but it won't let you forget. A little messy. 6-7 bucks seems okay for a beer that probably develops well. Fresh, not so much.

Overall- Good beer but very messy. Definitely worth a try but I think you might I agree (if you get it fresh) that it needs some aging. This is the only reason I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 05:08:25 | More by artoolemomo
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PJ60

California

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch not dated. It clings nicely to the side of the glass. Almost translucent going into the glass. Aroma is deceivingly faint but very pleasant. Slightly sweet, deliciously malty with subtle yeast back that doesn't linger. Silky smooth going down. Fantastic holiday beverage!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 05:19:03 | More by PJ60
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet. 2008 vintage.

Pours a brilliantly clear medium brown, at least until I got down to the bottom of the bottle and all the chunks came out, with a one finger white head. Really great head retention.

The aroma is loaded with dark fruits and has a really nice sherried quality. There is some spicy yeastiness along with a touch of vanilla and cherrywood. Very fruity all around.

The flavor is nearly all cherry up front but the other flavors follow quickly behind. More dark fruit supports the cherry along with a slight bit of oxidation. Vanilla and wood undertones along with ever-present alcohol letting you know that you are drinking a very hefty brew. Bitterness is very low with really no hop character to speak of. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with some light warming after the finish.

Overall, I really love this beer. I wish I had a fresh one to compare but I imagine that age has done wonders on this as it is so smooth. The greatest think is it was already five years old when I bought it for $5. Truly a steal.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:37:50 | More by rangerred
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with just a film of silk-like foam resting on top. No real retention, nothing to retain. No lace either. Visible yeast/sediment. Nice. Decent light penetration.
Smell is rich, boozy, malty, yeast, spices (clove, pepper & ginger) ,banana and a hint of sour. Great balance and really complex, my nose is on overdrive here.
Taste is malty, sweet, banana, spices, yeast. Sweetness is a little too pronounced but otherwise very good.
Rich, smooth, warming. Light effervescence, nearly full bodied. A solid coating of the upper palate develops quickly. Cloying is the word I want. Only real knock against it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:52:45 | More by PorterLambic
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cdmillard

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review is for 2006 vintage, poured into a tulip

Amber colored, with a substantial amount of yeast floating about. Poured with a nice head, which surprised me, which quickly dissipated. The aroma was heavily caramel, which I absolutely fell in love with.

Taste...I think someone else mentioned full and rich. This is dead-on. Wonderful caramel flavors, and prominent alcohol (yeah...she's pretty boozy!) but very smooth after 7 years in the bottle

This is a full bodied sipper. Had this in a restaurant, and had no issue with stretching this one out as long as they would let me sit there.

This may be my favorite beer ever, which is saying a lot. I had a 2008 a few nights ago, which was wonderful, so I had to try the 06 for comparison. It just keeps getting better with age. Highly recommend a try, if you can find it! I was lucky enough to find 4 bottles of 2010 on the way home (a little something for later!).

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:00:06 | More by cdmillard
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jason for bringing a 2009, 2011, and 2010 Reserva all to the same tasting.

2011:
Pours an effervescent clear gold. Beautiful. Smell and taste are amazingly cider-like. Bright apple, some Belgian yeast, a little acidic zing. Great beer, very bright tasting, something I could easily session. The listed rating is for the 2011.

2009:
Pours a significantly darker amber-brown. Smells like apple pie, and tastes like it too. No cinnamon, but the apples and buttery crust are both there. Not nearly as tasty as the fresher version, but interesting in it's own right. I'd drop the rating on the 2009 down to about a 3.9.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:36:06 | More by thebigredone
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy copper color with very active carbonation. Three fingers of foam forms, which settles to a half finger. Great retention, good lacing.

S: Dried apricots mixed with lemon peel and spicy phenolics. The spice mixes well with the sweetness of the beer to produce a very nice bouquet.

T: Dried fruit is also in the forefront of the flavor. Dried apricots and prunes produce a sweetness that is well balanced by spices and citrus. The age has integrated these flavors well.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with strong but smooth carbonation.

O: This beer ages with the best if them. I've had older bottles, which I like even better than these. Either way, age integrates the flavors really well here. The sharpness I get with this beer when fresh is almost completely gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:19:00 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle (2012 dated) to Unibroue tulip. Bright murky reddish orange pour with a big frothy head. Aromas of sour tropical fruit, dry oak, very slight vinegar, plums, white grapes, cherries. Flavor is a blast of bittersweet white grape and mango, alcohol heat going down, dryish finish. This is good. The alcohol is present and warm on the finish, but still goes down pretty easy. High carbonation with a medium slick mouthfeel. Very thick and strupy toward the end as it warmed. Unique flavor and somewhere between sour and dark Belgian quad. Really liking this! Would love to try the Reserva, but not gonna do that level of whale hunting.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:29:18 | More by BMMillsy
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dwagner003

California

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a creamy head. Its aroma is very strong, and I immediately picked up the unmistakable scent of caramel. This was echoed by others at the table. I didn't pick up much beyond that, with the exception of some alcoholic notes.. obviously.. it's 12%.

Hugely sweet Belgian yeast flavors. Full and rich, with more sweet caramel. The booze is subtle, even for a beer as strong as this. I don't taste much in the way of fruit, but it could be there somewhere. Finishes with a wheat bread maltiness. Feels slick, with minimal carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, a great beer that can stand up to some pretty strong flavors during a meal. Full-bodied, but very good drinkability for a beer of its strength.

Had it at a restaurant, and bought it again when I was lucky enough to find it in a store.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:13:26 | More by dwagner003
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle

I forgot how fierce this beer was - the label implies a playful holiday ale, but it's far from that. A huge, potent masterpiece - something of a liquid fruitcake - layered and complex and densely packed. Yeasty, banana, clove, honey, booze, herbal and earthy, spiced bread. Lots of sediment. A classic - nice to try this one again

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:08:15 | More by dirtylou
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2010. Gusher bottle upon opening, but I didn’t lose anything. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, pear, orange peel, raisin, grape, honey, caramel, banana, clove, floral, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big apple, pear, grape, raisin, fig, caramel, honey, banana, clove, candi sugar, herbal, floral, pepper, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, honey, banana, clove, candi sugar, floral, herbal, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes; with a very balanced malt backbone and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Big complexity and balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:38:05 | More by superspak
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Bisho

Australia

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy crap batman!
This is like a souped up version of Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood. It is everything that beer wanted to be and more!
All I can say is pineapple, pineapple, pineapple!!!
If you love pineapple you are going to love this. The wife loved it because the high ABV sweetness masks the piney hop bitterness. I didn't even notice it was 12% (I was on the floor after a couple of these!)
Glorious bier and De Dolle's best.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 13:02:57 | More by Bisho
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a relatively clear (speckled by some yeast) amber topped by a fluffy white head with modest lacing and a residual thin blanketing/halo. The nose is sweet and alcoholic, with yeast, honey, and a sun-dried fruitiness to it. The taste is also relatively sweet, slight caramel toastiness, grain, honey, raisin, booze, and a touch of bitter hops in the finish. It's approaching full-bodied, boozy, potently flavorful, gain-sweetness forward, and a bit too boozy to suck down quickly. I'd say this embodies the Belgian strong pale ale with its tremendous sweetness, yeast fruit, potent ethanol, and mild bitterness. This is probably not a repeat bottle for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:46:12 | More by ThePorterSorter
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33 cL 2010 bottle.

Pours a hazed golden apricot with a foamy white head, thick lace and good retention. Aroma of bubblegum, yeast, peach, booze, banana and bread. Medium thick body, heavy carbonation and a soft body. Flavor is hotter than nose suggested, with a ton of fruit (grape, peach, pear) and bubblegum and bready malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:59:03 | More by yourefragile
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl 2012

Appearance. Pours a murky honey-brown with a finger of white head that doesn't last all that long.

Smell. Sweet fruits, mainly fresh pear, but also some orange and a bit of mango, some spicy belgian yeast and just a touch of caramel and grainy light malt.

Taste. Caramel and sweet orchard fruits, some spicy and earthy yeast, a little light grainy malt. Very nice and abv is very well hidden ...too well.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, slightly syrupy, fairly soft medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer with dangerously well hidden high abv and lots of nice fruity belgian flavours.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:02:31 | More by Rutager
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle that is either best by or bottled in 2003. Regardless, poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass the brew appears a clear mahogany color with a finger of white cap that fades holding in a ring around the perimeter of the glass with a white coloration. Despite a careful pour, the brew has some particulate stuck in suspension. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface and produces some faint spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is sweet smelling with a scent of caramel mixed with toffee grains. Right out the gate, some solvent booze character is present. Some fruited quality is noted blending into bready grain that smells mildly like current mixed with raisins or prunes/dates. When swirled, there is a bit of earthy character that emerges reminescent of other de dolle offerings and a mild touch of herbal hops.

The flavor is bready with grain and has quite a bit of caramelized sugary quality which imparts a significant amount of sticky sweetness. However, the perceived sweetness of this brew is short lived once the alcohol comes into play. The alcohol is fairly aggressive and accents fruited flavors like current, raisins, dates and prunes. There is a familiarity about this brew that tastes like belgian candy sugar with a hint of lemon and cardboard-like oxidation across the back.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate to lighter level of carbonation. For being what I believe is a 10 year old bottle, the alcohol has not mellowed all that much in this offering. Regardless, it is a pretty fantastic brew and one I will be sure to purchase more of when I get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:46:25 | More by stakem
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

aroma of fresh leather, light pilsner and fermented grapes
color is a light copper with a thin head that dissipated quickly leaving a slight film
this drinks more like a mead than your average Belgian pale ale. you get a lot of raisin and blackberries and that special b grainy flavor along with a touch of spice that finishes quickly leaving you with a dry finish and not much of an aftertaste
The alcohol is definitely present and warms you up as this is a sipper and not something you would quaff but a treat to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 23:43:49 | More by MRsojourner
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cavedave

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition

A lofty, off white head, long lasting and threatening to overflow, tops an extremely yeast-floatie beer of cloudy copper color.

Smell is full of luscious sweet fruit syrup aromas, peach, nectarine, plum join nice spicy and alcohol sweet for a perfume delicious.

Taste is all of the fruits and spice of the nose, plus some really nice vinous components, and the sweet isn't syrupy in the mouth, As it nears room temperature it really starts to shine some herbal and malty complexity, with just a righteous amount of tasty bitter entering into it. Delicious.

Mouthfeel should be cloying and overdone by the sweet fruit flavors, but isn't. Despite look the carb. is med./perfect, the cling is clean, and the finish is just juicy/spicy enough.

Fantastic beer, just superb, really hides the alc., I guessed it at 8%. It's just right in all the ways it tries to be, and they all play well together. Highest recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:49:32 | More by cavedave
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Brandywine

Washington

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep hazy, golden orange. Poured half a finger of an off white head. Gigantic alcohol legs. A thin film of bubbles stays on top. Big lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, nutmeg, breadiness, raisins, a baked or sugary aroma.

Taste: Bright yeasty fruitiness. Hard to describe but banana and orange and spices comes to mind. Spices come out more in the middle. Definitely getting clove. Lemon mixes in with the fruit. The breadiness doesn't feel heavy and the high ABV is completely hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full but not too chewy, with just enough carbonation.

Overall: An awesome Belgian strong pale ale. Very well balanced between fruit and spice with no booziness.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:36:46 | More by Brandywine
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