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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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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1748th Review on BA
Bottle to Cervoise
25.4 oz bottle

@Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL
Shared with BeerBob26 or Bnak26 on instagram

App- Out of the bottle this was a very interesting color. It was a bit copper with oranges, yellows and gold. A little tinge of red was intermixed into the glass. This was more like a wine with the bordeaux color coming out and creating a creamy off bubbly pour. The head was there and gone without an cling or lace.

Smell- The wine on this takes over for days. The aroma is of the oak intermixed with the grapes and then if you add a little bit of vanilla and some sangria and even more of a tannic aroma from the skins. Quite lovely. A bit dry and lactic and tart to round it all out.

Taste- Im a little taken a back by how good this was. I really wasnt expecting to love this as much as I did. When this first opens up it has a bit of apricot flavors with a little bit of pit behind it. Then it moves into a little bit of oak and tannic flavors. The wine then takes over and give a little bit of a grape juice flavor with some skin flavor. A balance beer for sure. The flavor lends itself to a little bit more of than what it is with the Belgian flavors. Old ale? Brett? Pale Ale? A great mix for sure.

Mouth- A bit lacking in the feel department. The beer itself is a medium body with a bit of a still medium carbonation behind it. The residual flavors are that of oak, booze, caramel, wine and grape skins.

Drink- One of the few beers I havent minded paying the price for. What a great beer. I was sad to see this one finish in my glass. I would love to trade for another one. Dont see that happening anytime soon.

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark orange with two inches of bubbly white froth. Just a little lacing.

S: A complex marriage of bready and caramel malts with Belgian esters that are redolent of grape and plum. Pronounced woody notes blend with lactic and tart characteristics. There's a bit of floral character with apricot flesh and pit. Leather and almonds are evident.

T: Tart and very vinous with notes of raisin, unripe grape skins, and unripe plum. Very woody and tannic with a bit of buttery oak and leather. Bread blends with Belgian yeast, a firm lactic presence, and a light sweetness. There's a little vinegar in there as well. The finish is tannic, woody, dry, and lightly tart with some astringency and lots of unripe dark fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, tannic, sticky, and smooth with some warming.

Overall: A big and complex Belgiuming that's nice now, but will most likely benefit from extended aging (very rare for a beer). Recommended, but I wouldn't overextend yourself more than you already have in the name of advocacy to try it.

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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 woosterbill
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


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Photo of cfrances33
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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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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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy amber body.

S - Huge jammy red wine flavors mingle with vinous oak, fruity esters, and caramel malts. There's a bit of toffee and dough to round out the malt bill as well, and not a trace of alcohol. I don't get the massive brett character that I noticed in the 2008.

T - The taste is again a nice mixture of vinous oak barrel, fruity yeast, bready malts, berries, stone fruits, and caramel. Super smooth considering the 12% ABV, and delightfully well-integrated. Smell and aroma are more of a 4.25, so I split the difference.

M - Medium-full body, light wine tannins and oak in the texture, lower carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Goes down really smooth and easy.

D - I think I liked the wild '08 a bit more than this, but the '10 vintage is still quite excellent and gives some hints as to what the '00 might have tasted like way back in the day. Should age gracefully for a number of years, but ready to drink right out of the gate.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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