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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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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 84
Gots: 59 | 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:
De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2012)
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
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.

Thehuntmaster, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of DLucky
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

DLucky, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of CypherEnigma
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CypherEnigma, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy blonde. The pour results in only a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

Great smell on this one. Lots of oak, red grape and juicy fruit and wine. Smells slightly tart. Also some yeast there as well.

Flavour contains red wine, berries and red fruits. Lots of oak. Bready malts and yeast. A bit tart. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Some alcohol heat, but not a lot given how strong the beer is. A bit astringent. Nice feel.

Overall, great stuff.

jrenihan, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -7%

millerbuffoon, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -7%

sliverX, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

laxer8811, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -7%

dogfishandi, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of metalgdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

metalgdog, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of timc13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

timc13, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Hugonaut13, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

aasher, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

hopsolutely, Jul 29, 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
Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ScottP, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from the brewery back in January. I've had quite a few bottles/samples since then, but finally getting around to reviewing a bottle I drank alone while on vacation in France.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Aged in Bordeaux barrels for 25 months
Wet cork on this one

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a full foam cap. Clear amber orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, tart lemon aromas, some green apples, red wine and some deifnite oak on the nose. Bold and interesting for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts with some green apples, red wine and lots of tart lemon at the swallow. Bold finish of oak, red wine, tart lemon and some malty sweetness as a base. The green apples and red wine give this flavors of champagne for sure. Some alcohol lingers on the palate as well. Interesting for sure, and you can definitely detect the regular Stille Nacht under all the fun.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly dry. Could be a little smoother. Oddly enough, I left ¼ of the bottle in the fridge over night and it smoothened out really nicely.

OVERALL: After going though a few of these, there is definitely some bottle variation. Some of them are champagne-like, such as this one, while others are more tart and fruity. I'm not sure how to tell which bottle is which without opening them, but all the bottles I've had with wet corks have been more champagne-like. Anyways, they've all been enjoyable in their own way, and I hope to continue to enjoy this beer into the future. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of powz87
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

powz87, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -7%

Auror, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pour is hazed ruby red with orange edges and a foamy off white head. Nose is a mixed malt, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and light musk, some tart green apple, hint of wood and faint touch of red wine. Taste still has a touch of that burnt caramel, a touch papery, green apples provide a pleasant taste mid palate, yeast bill behind, faint oak and maybe a touch of juicy red wine and a hint of tartness. Body is heavy, soft carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

cpetrone84, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ADTaber, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +16.3%

brez8791, Jun 15, 2013
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.