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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 83
Gots: 59 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2012)
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Reviews by DovaliHops:
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DovaliHops

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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 carbonation...as 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!

07-26-2013 08:34:58 | More by DovaliHops
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sharing this with me, JealousChalice!

Clear copper in color with a thin very light brown head. Looks like melted, carbonated, clean pennies. Moderate level of visible carbonation, though the head is fairly persistent, and eventually leaves messy ribbons of stick down the glass. Very pretty, especially considering that this sat in a barrel for over 2 years.

A lovely aroma. This is something that you sit and appreciate, with no care for the outside world, the time of day, or who's staring. Layers of sticky caramel candies create the base aroma, which was a shock to me. Then, a delicate, complementary, interesting Brett and peat characteristic, definitely wine and lots of oak, and sun-dried cherry. Very nice, and very unique.

The flavor is similar, and again, not at all something I was expecting. Very simply, I'd describe this as a Belgian/Brett barrel-aged old ale, with some wine flavors peaking out around the edges, and perhaps the best example of well-integrated (high) ABV of any beer I've had, at least recently. In reality, the layers of caramel, toffees, and rich fruit cake are the base beer's defining flavors, but surrounding that are layers of wine, oak, butterscotch, and an earthy, mild, integrated Brett character. Stunning.

Medium to near full in body with moderate carbonation. Decadent and rich, yet drinkable. Perfect. I would love to take down a bottle of this. It would be effortless.

One of those beers that makes you sit up straight in your chair, look around the room, and see if anyone else is reacting like you are. An early contender for beer of the year for me (2013), though I know the year is only 2 weeks old. Incredibly delightful stuff.

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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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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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75cl bottle poured at cellar temp into a FFF Teku, a couple ounces at a time. Thanks to the man that hooked me up on this, as he knew I'd be pumped to open one up ASAP. Bottle was imported to the USA. Cork is soaked, comes out with a slight hiss. Not a gusher...so apparently barrels are the solution to that problem. I'm going to do my best to not homerize this review. Time for a sole mission....

A - Pours a deep orange with a hint of red, white thin head becomes a nice lacing. It really looks fantastic. The lacing maintains its shape so well.

S - I opened this and let it breathe for about 10 minutes. Tartness is evident, lots of brett with the trademark Stille Nacht nose. Oak is present with some fruity hints, some lighter fruits coming through. Slight vinegar.

T - Sweet malts start it off with bretted stone fruits coming through, stronger on the lighter fruits. The licorice evident in fresher bottles of Stille Nacht is found throughout the backbone. Oak tannins and notes of wine lead the finish. There is a hint of vinegar, like in the nose.

M - Medium body, much like regular Stille Nacht.

O - Quite fantastic, but that's probably a little biased. It's ready to drink now and I'm very curious about how it will age. I suspect that there may be some bottle variations based on the other reviews I've seen, before mine and on ratebeer. I got a lot of brett. Then again, I've noticed some difference in flavor as the bottle goes down. If it makes any difference, this bottle was distributed to Indiana. Gold cap.

EDIT - 2/2/13 - I just opened a bottle that came directly from the brewery. The beer is essentially flat, and there is no evident tartness. There is some brett that takes a seat in the background, as the wine influence dominates. There is acetone evident. This is not at all like the first bottle that I opened. I would rate this one 3.5/4/4/4.5/4. I greatly prefer the carbonated version I had. Silver cap, cork in great condition.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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