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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

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 85
Gots: 61 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sherry, port, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dark fruit, caramel, and dessert wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice wine barrel aged presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4.17/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.1/5  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.  

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.