De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 54
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Kulminator

Off white head. Clear copper color.

This is a very interesting beer. Honey, grapes, white wine, basement and dust flavors, wet oak, raisins, figs, brown sugar. Some sourness. Green apple skins. Very odd in general. Some caramel and bready malt flavors. Strong. Whiskey shows as it warms. Kind of tough to drink. Was not overly impressed with this one. Maybe past its prime.

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Photo of amano_h
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a De Dolle Balloon at Cafe Kulminator.

I'm not quite sure what was done to Stille Nacht to turn it into the Special Reserva and under what conditions the aging took place, but I'm pretty sure 99 out of 100 people that take a whiff of the beer in front of me right now will describe it first and foremost as "fresh baked bread." Slight hints of balsamic sourness follow, along with hints of fermented grape (cognac?). There's also hints of honey, wet wood, caramel and even more toast toward the end; hinting what kind of barrel / yeast might be in play within the brew.

Honey on toasted bread served on slate of varnished oak is probably the best way I can describe what I'm tasting right now. I'm picking up a hint of dark grapes on the tongue that wasn't as prevalent before on the nose; the caramel and candi sugar that is overwhelming in the regular Stille Nacht also manifest themselves as a kind after thought in the Reserva. Slight biscuit and toffee comprise the final afterthoughts on the palate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Medium-light bodied, gentle, flat soda-like carbonation. The creaminess that the regular Stille Nacht sports is lost with this one, but I guess that's what 11 years of aging does to a complex BSDA like Stille Nacht. The sweetness and the spice that usually accompanies Stille Nacht has definitely simmered down to a point where you probably couldn't classify this as a "Christmas Beer" anymore.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -10%

Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 - Bottle from Kulminator in Antwerp. Deep orange golden pour with small white head ring. Aroma of huge booze, wood, musty basement, cognac, phenols. Flavor is woody, musty, some fruits, drinks like an after dinner cognac or brandy. Pretty boozy but also very smooth on the tongue with delicate carbonation and a strangely light mouthfeel. Tastes like grandma's basement. Seriously this was a bit weird, and a bit like sipping on a super smooth aged scotch like lagavulin. But I have to say that overall this was a pretty huge disappointment. Maybe it was a bad bottle. Bound to happen when stored for 9+ years.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed bottle at Torst. The secret to its preservation is the honey, and that was big in the taste. Orange and golden bodied. Not boozy but its a big beer. With the honey is cloves, champagne yeast, other spice and a hint of vin tannin. Smooth, A little bitterness in the finish. Not as interesting or different as marketed and pricey, still a nice one.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of claaark13
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, originally from Kulminator. I've had about a 50/50 spilt on either wonderful or terrible of this one. Either moldy, wet wood or happiness. Cellar temp and poured into a HF tulip.

A - Deep orange with a good white head that give great retention.

S - Musty wood, tart red wine, cherries, faint caramel sweetness.

T - Musty wood, lots of tart oak with some great wine notes. The dry, fruity wine notes really come through in the middle and back favors, quite dominating. The dusty flavor in the front makes e feel that I'm actually drinking this in Kulminator's cellar.

M - Full medium feel. Just right.

O - I struggle with this one because it is so fantastic when it's on but can taste so very poorly if it is a bad bottle.

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Photo of aasher
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by claaark13. Thanks Sean!

This one pours a light bodied rich polished bronze with a one finger, soft white head with good retention around the glass. The nose is rustic. There is a good amount of old, musty oak with moderate earthy Cab notes. It smells the way I imagine the attic at Cantillon to smell. The flavors too are super earthy. It's dusty, super musty and dry with a moderate amount of slightly sweet red wine character. I can't stop thinking of cobwebs and a dry musty cave. It is REALLY good. I didn't know what to expect but this one is pretty spectacular. The old world Bordeaux barrels really showed well on this one. This was a very interesting beer and well worth your while.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 83 ratings