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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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95
world-class

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 86
Gots: 58 | FT: 9
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2012)
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Michigan, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

DLucky, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Jonada, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

JasonLovesBeer, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this alongside SNR 2000, as well as regular Stille Nachts from 2010 and 1984 (the last of which came to me courtesy of beerpirates). Incredible tasting.

A: Clear copper body with a 1/2" of frothy off-white head. Good retention and great lace. Excellent.

S: Lactic tartness, dry oak, cherry skin, vanilla, and apricot pit. Rich, deep, and perfectly balanced. Enchanting.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. Rich, complex, vinous, tart, fruity, oaky, and generally awesome. Clean, tannic finish. A touch of booze on the aftertaste is the only flaw, but it's to be expected at 12%. Delicious.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. Perfect carbonation.

O: What a beer. It's not quite like anything I've had before, and that just makes me wish that there were more beers like this out there for me to drink. Definitely one of the most complex beers I'v ever had, and yet so well balanced as to seem effortless. If only it weren't so rare and expensive, I'd want to drink it all the time.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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

cfrances33, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

xnicknj, May 28, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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!

DovaliHops, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.