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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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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 191
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 82
Gots: 65 | FT: 10
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:
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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Reviews by cfrances33:
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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: A clear, burnt orange with a finger and a half of sticky, off white head. Leaves some sticky lacing. Definite alcohol coating on the glass.

Smell: Lots of port characteristics. Some deep red wine grape, a hint of cherry, and some booze. Oak is very strong and round everything out. Some hints of red wine vinegar, but in a good way.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, followed by lots of earthy red wine grape tannins. A light red grape must and a hint of cherry. Lots of oak and port. Palate finishes with a very distinct licorice and some more red grapes.

Mouthfeel: Relatively boozy, but quite drinkable. Warming. Really coats the palate all the way through.

Overall: A really interesting beer. I definitely have not had a beer like this, and it was quite enjoyable. I would agree with others that this is young. I would love to have it again in ~2 years.

EDIT: Had again in April 2013. More tartness, and less boozy this time. Great funk presence. Really exciting to see that this beer has already started to evolve. Mouthfeel bumped to 4.25

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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 GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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 schmidtmattsays
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of claaark13
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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