De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 191
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 24.25%
Wants: 85
Gots: 63 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.
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Photo of Bugs318
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange copper, no head to speak of.
S: fermenting fruit and vinous. Loads of must and grape notes. Decent wood quality. Fruit notes are barrel forward not yeasty. Smells a bit hot.
T: similar to nose, quite musty Less barrel here. There is a grape sweetness in the middle and the same to the end coupled with some ethanol, but fairly well hidden on palate for 12%. Hints of sherry notes.
M: nice chewy body, though nearly flat.
O: though a fine beer, not worth the hype, though it could be flatter and altered with age.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends at Lost Nation. Nice redish hue. Tart. Sweet. Lots of wine flavors coming through. Oak. A dryness that one likened to walnuts. Almost barleywine-esqe due to some oxidation. Really nice complexity. The alcohol is there but it was not hot at all. Some loved it (me being one). some liked it but did not love it, and another did not like it at all due to what he said was a prune like taste. Overall, would bang again.

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Photo of nas5755
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours light red with golden hues, lite head. Nose is acetic, but lacking the harsh tones I would expect. Taste is amazing, clean, Belgian flavors of spice and fruit, mixed with wine tannins and wine sweetness. Almost port like. Feel is nice, so smooth and clean; could have more carbonation but very nice. Overall, very amazing with a great mix of aged stille nacht and wine. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of CTJman
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer wow'd me. The barrel comes through nicely and great wine notes throughout. Very little carbonation but that doesnt take away from this beer. Nothing like its base - World Class beer

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Photo of spicelab
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Big thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes

Pours a burnished amber, largely clear with a very persistent just off-white head.

Intoxicating (ahem) marriage of Flanders Red and Belgian Strong. Sour cherry, marzipan, figs, woody tannins and mild hints of ethyl acetate.

Body is light and accommodating for the ABV. Jazzy carbonation leads it to a mellow mildly tart conclusion.

Just a fantastic beer and as good as I remember it from 15 months ago. Everything in near-perfect harmony.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Vigorous pour gives a few bubbles atop a light amber body, but not much else.

Smell - Wine barrel. Slight acetic aroma. Alcohol. Some sweet caramel malt comes through.

Taste - Sweet up front. Apple fruitiness. Acidic wine notes behind it. Fruity esters all over and wine flavors linger in the finish with a dry oakiness.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy, but less intense than I remember the regular version. Acidic components and sweetness balance very well. Low carbonation.

Overall - Complex and fascinating. Quite different from the original.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and capped offering into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clear copper huge with a pillow of head that is a bit excessive with white patchy lace.

The initial aroma opens up with a strong smell of malty sweetness that gives way to slight notes of something like acetone mingles with wine barrel vinous tanginess. Some oak and vanilla mix with sulfur and funk towards the back.

The tastes is tart with wine and sulfur with bretty and earthen funk/must. Lots of red wine tanginess with raw barrel - oak and more wine that somewhat imparts a feel of acetone but not quite to the point of being offensive. The belgian yeastiness is felt indicative of the base beer and it's own fruity alcohol driven layers of complexity but significantly bumped and tweaked by the barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent and elevated more than what is necessary carbonation. Plenty of alcohol but really masked to the point of being dangerously drinkable. This beer starts off a little awkward around the edges than really evolves and grows on you to the point where the bottle is empty and you want more. By all regards, this beer is very much alive and is completely different from the first time I had it. Based on other reviews of thickness and flatness, that was most certainly NOT the case with my bottle. I really want to revisit this again but based on variation and hints of acetone being present, I dont want to pay the price of admission to this one again.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I had this last night and did not take notes but the experience was memorable enough I feel confident reviewing it today. Thanks to lurkaholic I had this alongside 2010 and 2012 bottles of "regular" Nacht.

The base beer is like nothing I'd experienced really - a unique combination of red and dark fruits with Belgian yeasts. The fruitiness really opened up on the older bottle, it was a full half-mark better. A gentle tartness added to the impressive complexity.

Then enter the Reserva with bold notes of oak and wine on top of all that. Sweet, port like wine texture and flavour. Just awesome!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sherry, port, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dark fruit, caramel, and dessert wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice wine barrel aged presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, burnt golden orange color with a small bubbly head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.  Looks a bit under carbonated.  

Strong tannins in the aroma with lots of oak and vinous fruit but the barrel character is nicely integrated into the base beer.  Prominent dry, toasted oak but it doesn't smell burnt or have much of a toothpick presence.  Vinous with strong juicy red wine notes.  Barrel character is really nice but doesn't overpower the notes of the base beer.  There's still some sweet malt, peppery spice, booze and dark fruit esters.  

Medium body with slight oxidization but it doesn't interfere or hinder the flavors.  Tight carbonation along with zesty, peppery spices and a really strong barrel presence.  Oak and wine dominate flavor but they are still decently integrated into the flavors of the regular version.  Really nice dry oak flavor but not charred, overly dry or acrid.  Strong vinous red wine flavor that lingers throughout with lots of vinous grape, fig, cherry juice and currant.  There's also some peppery spice and luscious dark fruit from belgian yeast.  I'm also picking up some pale malt, bread, cherry, plum and some faint honey.  The red wine/barrel notes add great flavor but slightly overpowers what I enjoy about the base beer.  The high ABV is excellently masked with subtle heat in the finish but I never would have guessed it was 12%.  Really nice, especially if you like Bordeaux/dry reds but this beer isn't very similar to regular SNR.  

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Photo of beerpirates
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass

beautiful cloudy reddisch/orange/amber colored beer with no head leaving some nice lacing

Aromas of red wine , musty cobwebbs ( like an old cellar ) , oak , sour apple ,
pear ( poire williams ?? ) apricot.

Flavour : fallows the nose : spices, sweet ( vanilla / caramel ) , oak , apple , vinous , red grapes/red wine ( cabarnet sauvignon ) , pear ( poure williams ) , butter ( butter candy's , in Belgium we call them moeder babelutte , butterscotch )

Aftertaste : vinous and red grapes ( cabarnet sauvignon ) ? Butter candy's

Mouthfeel : Low to no carbo, very creamy mouthfeel, full body and a light oily texture.

Overall :Wow what a beer , even with the lack of carbonation this is a real world class beer , that realy dosn't ask for a high level of carbonation , but then offcorse you can't expect to have a nice foamy head .
each sip again you get the full complexity of this beautifull beer , over and over again , only the best of the best can do that !!

This realy live's up the hype !!
Top class !!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a wine glass.
2010 vintage

Review number 350.
A massive thanks to Futura and Brabander for sending me bottles of this.

Appearance: Stille Nacht Reserva pours a lightly hazed amber orange, with a few larger particles in suspension. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that lasts reasonably well for the Abv. and leaves some good lacing. A swirl results in light alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: Wow, this smells very different from what I had expected. The nose is reminiscent of a sour blended with a BSPA notes. I really have no idea where to start with the nose so I think it will be best if I simply list the aromas I noted over the course of the bottle: Overripe apple, citrus (orange), white grapes, oak, a little red wine, lactic sourness, some flanders notes a little caramel, golden raisins and a little alcohol.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is very interesting offering sweet honey upfront, but quickly fading in strong sour/Belgian notes including overripe red apples, white grapes, citrus, stone fruits, bready malts, a little oak, flanders notes and a light lactic tartness. As the beer warms a little red wine becomes apparent along with a little booze.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel here is very Belgian, it has a high level of expansive carbonation and a medium-full body with a touch of stickiness.

Overall: Stille Nacht Reserva is a very interesting beer and while I enjoyed it, I felt that there was something that didn't quite work in the combination of sweet and tart. I am however very interested to see how my second bottle will age.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy blonde. The pour results in only a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

Great smell on this one. Lots of oak, red grape and juicy fruit and wine. Smells slightly tart. Also some yeast there as well.

Flavour contains red wine, berries and red fruits. Lots of oak. Bready malts and yeast. A bit tart. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Some alcohol heat, but not a lot given how strong the beer is. A bit astringent. Nice feel.

Overall, great stuff.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally popped open one of my bottles. Pours a murky, reddish-orange color with a hefty amount of off-white bubbles. Heavy amount of bubbles to somewhat make a head...but not a very impressive head. Scent is WOW...absolutely amazing. SO MUCH oak and wood-like aromas with a ton of red wine aromas. A lot of caramel and tart, green apple aromas. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Sweet fruits with champagne and wine aromas. Very interesting. Taste is tart up front with some dry champagne flavors. Green apples and a whole lot of oak up front. Lingering tartness that remains vinous. Red and white wine flavors while maintaining its dryness. These wine-like characteristics mellow out the sweetness of the base beer quite impressively. Also makes the booziness a little subdued. The original version of this beer is much more sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel is light on the it is very wine-like. However, it does not taste like a still beer. The carbonation is very soft, but work extremely well with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and has a slight alcohol burn. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is magnificent! Better than I was expecting. Glad I have another bottle!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from the brewery back in January. I've had quite a few bottles/samples since then, but finally getting around to reviewing a bottle I drank alone while on vacation in France.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Aged in Bordeaux barrels for 25 months
Wet cork on this one

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a full foam cap. Clear amber orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, tart lemon aromas, some green apples, red wine and some deifnite oak on the nose. Bold and interesting for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts with some green apples, red wine and lots of tart lemon at the swallow. Bold finish of oak, red wine, tart lemon and some malty sweetness as a base. The green apples and red wine give this flavors of champagne for sure. Some alcohol lingers on the palate as well. Interesting for sure, and you can definitely detect the regular Stille Nacht under all the fun.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly dry. Could be a little smoother. Oddly enough, I left ¼ of the bottle in the fridge over night and it smoothened out really nicely.

OVERALL: After going though a few of these, there is definitely some bottle variation. Some of them are champagne-like, such as this one, while others are more tart and fruity. I'm not sure how to tell which bottle is which without opening them, but all the bottles I've had with wet corks have been more champagne-like. Anyways, they've all been enjoyable in their own way, and I hope to continue to enjoy this beer into the future. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Its incredible what two years in Bordeaux barrels will do to an already world class ale! As it takes on the flavor of the barrel, it begins to leave behind the more beer-like attributes in order to build complexity, strength, and dryness.

Stille Nacht Reserva '10 starts with a medium amber body that carries the expected vail of haze. Ivory-white in its foam character, its fine and creamy texture casts a tranlucent sheet of foam to cap the beer. As it retains well, it laces spottily and gives a better foam stance than is expected.

Sultry and sharp aromas span the gamut: cider, chardonnay, port wine and sherry, balsamic and honey, merlot, oak and cork all alight to give the scent complete roundness and earthen complexity.

Its sourness of dried limes, white cider vinegar, and sour grapes start the show, but is balanced with the sweetness of honey, ripe red grape, port and sherry. Its savory and sour middle is lightly candy-like except for peppery undertones, meaty savory taste, and rich ripe tobacco. Morphing into leather in the finish, the taste is sour, peppery pleasantly champagne-like.

Incredibly, the sourness only commands the mouthfeel late in the taste, meanwhile leaves the early palate to be acidic and sweet. With its fuller honey sweetness and sour balance, the lack of carbonation leaves the beer a little weak in the texture department. Finishing decidedly wine-like, its the acidity and alcohol dryness that takes hold and outlasts the sweetness by a hair.

Its a warm beer, but it hides its strength in complexity very well. Its odd to see such savory sweetness and sour intrigue exist in the same beer- kinda like the few Faro that I have tasted. It has got to pair seamlessly with Pad Thai.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pour is hazed ruby red with orange edges and a foamy off white head. Nose is a mixed malt, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and light musk, some tart green apple, hint of wood and faint touch of red wine. Taste still has a touch of that burnt caramel, a touch papery, green apples provide a pleasant taste mid palate, yeast bill behind, faint oak and maybe a touch of juicy red wine and a hint of tartness. Body is heavy, soft carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle into taster - thanks rob

Bright reddish pour with cherry hues and a thin layering of off-white head. Dissipates into some spotty lacing on the glass with wispy film.

The nose is a swirling mix of spicy Belgian yeast, dark fruits, oak and red wine. Earthy vinous notes with alcohol warmth, slight tartness and cherry.

A spike of sour and sweet up front, followed by a plethora of dark fruits. Extremely complex red wine notes from the Bordeaux with soft leather, oak, vanilla and ripe fruit. Soft notes of cherry and spicy yeast with a continuing tartness. Balanced, nuanced and fascinating, finishing with soft warmth.

Medium body and carbonation, soft and dry on the tongue. This is truly one of those rare beers that's so difficult to describe, thanks to the multitude of flavors and scents that radiate from the glass while drinking. I'd like to get another bottle and sit with it for 2 hours+ to really immerse myself in what De Dolle created with this.

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Photo of Jonada
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep golden burnt orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head with good retention and lacing. Fairly clear in the glass with insane amount of visible carbonation throughout.

Smell: Red wine grape, oak, lactic tartness, green apple, tart cherries, dried dark fruits. The wine barrel characteristics intensify in the aroma as it warms.

Taste: Sweet and tart upfront with lots of vinous notes. Red grape, oak, stone fruits, caramel, pear, apricot, very light spicy yeast character. There's a lactic character throughout, but without the strong tartness/sourness that tends to accompany it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with medium soft carbonation. Nice alcohol warming sensation in the chest, but it goes down surprisingly easy.

Overall: One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. I'm not even sure what style I would classify this as. Nonetheless, this is a world class beer, that I highly recommend trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the standard Stille Nacht 2010.

The beer is orange with a thin white head. Aromas of wine, barrels, musty basement, well water, mineral. Beautiful flavor. So smooth and graceful. Lovely wine character. Alcohol is disguised so elegantly, one could drink this too quickly. Lovely.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cL bottle, shared by Starr. Thanks!

Pours a clear copper with a wispy off white head that fades to a thin collar. Aroma of red grape, oak, Belgian yeast, plum and brown sugar. Much more balanced and subdued than regular version, but still a little heat in the finish. Flavor is mildly tart and Bordeaux forward with stone fruit, light brett and oak. Very good.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to Photekut for sharing.

Pours a pretty amber color, not much of a head but still attractive.

Smells crazy sugar sweet like butterscotch or rum soaked candy, wow, not at all what I was expecting. I smell no dryness or brett or anything. Nose is just amazing.

Taste has the same sweet candy thing but subdued, and also has a dry and slightly tart bretty wine character. Hints of ketchup. Soft and subtle, definitely more sweet than dry/tart.

Mouthfeel is very soft and nice, no alcohol heat at all, could use a bit more carb but that's what you get for two years in a barrel.

I expected this to be way more dry and vinous, it really surprised me, but it's damn good. I can imagine it will be even better after a few years in the bottle.


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Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with a small off-white head on top. Streaky and random lacing forms down the sides.

S: A good bit of the wine barrel shows through on the aroma. There is some wood/oak, some grapes, and bruised apples. A little bit of cinnamon as well.

T: More apple and stone fruit in the initial flavor blast, then comes some oak and the wine flavors imparted from the barrel. Slightly tannic and some red grape flavor.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer. At the price point, I probably wouldn't jump to get it again, but was very glad to have been able to try it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy caramel color, thin white head.

S- Fruity aroma, cherry, grape skin, along with a bready caramel and toffee malt.

T- More fruity flavors, dry pear and some yeastiness, grape skin and wine, some oak, bread, caramel and toffee.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a really nice dry, tannic, vinous feel.

O- A very tasty, interesting beer, the flavors are very nice and unlike anything else I've had from de Dolle.

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Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, shared amongst a few people. Served in a snifter.

Appearance is brown-orange with a small white head. The nose on this hits with oak right away, dark fruit, toffee; pleasing so far. For the taste, it contains belgian yeast, sugar, red wine, more of that oak, some caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, more sugar in the finish. And although there is quite a bit of sweetness, it is fairly well rounded with the other characteristics of this beer. Such as the alcohol, which also is nicely balanced with the other components. I was glad to have the opportunity to try this beer, very nice overall.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.