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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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world-class

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 79
Gots: 60 | 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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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

01-14-2013 16:41:52 | More by DaBubs
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

02-09-2014 16:37:35 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-21-2013 19:25:19 | More by millerbuffoon
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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

01-16-2013 21:52:41 | More by jbuddle
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev -7%

08-18-2013 14:38:34 | More by sliverX
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -7%

02-11-2013 18:26:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

07-05-2013 15:39:08 | More by Auror
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7%

04-03-2013 23:50:47 | More by t0rin0
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -7%

02-11-2013 17:58:41 | More by popery
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

11-11-2013 13:20:02 | More by tom10101
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 14:36:51 | More by stakem
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:49:46 | More by Thehuntmaster
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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.  

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 21:48:08 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:13:05 | More by yourefragile
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:39:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Treebs

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Sean shared this one, thanks! 750 ml corked and capped bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark apricot color with a thin white head forming on the pour.

S: The Bordeaux barrel really came through in the nose. Lots of oak, red wine, red grape skin with some malty sweetness. There is a restrained funk in the background.

T: The Bordeaux barrel again is beautiful upfront. Lots of oak, some red grape tartness, bitter grape skins and a little vanilla sweetness. The Belgian yeast really comes out in the taste, especially as it warms. Fruity and phenolic, stone fruit comes to mind.

M: Light bodied with a nice, soft carbonation level. Slightly dry, but refreshing finish.

O: Quite the interesting beer. The base held up well to the long term aging and the barrel didn't completely overwhelm the base which tends to happen with a lot of red wine barrel aged beers in my opinion. Would love to try again in a few years and see what time did to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 14:19:40 | More by Treebs
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BierMeJohn

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-07-2013 19:14:45 | More by BierMeJohn
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-19-2013 15:16:41 | More by ShanePB
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2013 13:32:02 | More by aasher
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-24-2013 16:54:19 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2012 06:45:17 | More by AgentZero
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2013 21:09:18 | More by sweemzander
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-24-2013 17:23:34 | More by CuriousMonk
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-04-2013 01:36:34 | More by thebigredone
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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