De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 04:14:57 | More by ehammond1
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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