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

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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: 81 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Aaron for bringing this over to Matt's backyard on Saturday afternoon. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin ring and leaves a few specks of lace. Not bad for a 12% brew. The body is a hazy golden apricot color with lots of obvious sediment.

S - This is still pretty boozy. Alcohol, medicinal flavors (Flintstone's vitamins!), tannic oak, and some honey malt sweetness. Between the oak and the fusel alcohol this is quite harsh.

T - The taste is better, with more of the honey and malt character mingling with some sherry-like oxidation. Flavor is slightly muted, with some tart apple and tannic oakiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, with low carbonation, some heat, and a lightly tannic finish with some residual stickiness. Pretty nice for the style.

D - As Overlord has said about other beers, this is "at the ass-end of the drinkable spectrum." I wouldn't cellar these any longer. If you want to enjoy this beer, buy the upcoming release. Between that and the harsh booze I found my 4oz or so to be quite sufficient.

I debated not posting this review, but since I doubt I'll ever encounter this again I figured it was best to post my thoughts. This will also help people who are seeking to trade for this beer decide whether it is worth the effort.

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Photo of beertooth
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle shared by Matt. It was poured into two Duvel tulips.

This beer is a deep honey color with a layer of pocked white head. Carbonation was pretty decent for an older beer.

The nose was a little oxidized. Figs, honey, hay, sweet malts, and spicy Belgian yeast.

The taste follows the nose with even more sweet and slightly oxidized malts. Floral wildflower honey, dried fruits and more figs. The Belgian yeast notes are really strong, and there's something funky and tart in it that I can't put my finger on. It finishes dry and makes me thirsty for water.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation that gives me the slightest bubble bite.

I think this one was past it's prime. A tasty beer for sure, but I don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright yellow capped 11.6 ounce bottle purchased a few years ago at Oak Tree in NJ for around $7 or $8. Uncapped and poured into my Selin's Grove wine glass. The pour appears a cloudy particle filled honey amber color with about a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Aromas and flavors consist of white grapes, raisins, prunes, spicy yeast, apple cider, slightly sour, caramel, a hint of dark molasses, wine, oak, sherry. Complex to say the least. Carbonation is rather lively with a medium to full body and a smooth mildly boozy finish. A great Belgian Dark. If I had a few more of these, I'd drink them within a year or so.

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Photo of baggio
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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S: Yeast, Caramel, Citric notes, Oak.

A: Hazy yellow with a generous, white, head.

T: Caramel, Dough, Bread, Berries, Ripe fruit, Citric notes.

M: Supersmooth with plenty of carbonation. Very balanced but sweetnes shines through just a bit.

This was a rare treat at the Kulminator that the owner said was "among the top 3 in the world" and i can certainly understand why. I tend to agree with him...almost. Superb.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this '05 vintage with me and Rhinos00.

Pours a golden yellos. Finger width of head. Leaves a thin film on top. Virtually no lacing and slightly cloudy.

Smell- reminds me of a combo of must and sour apples. hint of citrus. Very nice.

Taste is very hard to describe. Sour yet sweetness up front, and heat at the end. A little bit of funk and kind of spicy. I really enjoy this, even though I have trouble describing it.

Well carbonated and tingly.

Good drinkability. A little bit of alcohol burn, but this is a really good beer.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for hooking me up with this bottle. Split into wine glasses.

A- Hazy, golden straw color with consistent white head. Some minor lacing as the head recedes. When settled the head has some vacancies, but isn't going anywhere. Several beads of carbonation race to the top. As its consumed, the beer manages to string vertical lacing up the sides of the glass, like streamers.

S- Oak, vanilla, floral hops and belgian esters billow from the glass. Getting up close and personal with the surface reveals some sourness that was unexpected, but that I'm looking forward to.

T- Sweet cognac with a burst of carbonation. When the carbonation subsides, oaky wine and sourness, followed by some floral hop character. Finishes with an alcoholic karate-chop to the adam's apple. Duvel and Orval had babies and gave birth to Stille Nacht Reserva 2005.

M- Huge amounts of carbonation. Fizzy and dry: the secret to belgian drinkability.

D- Too hot to drink very much, but damn tasty and dry enough to have no trouble finishing one.

I wasn't completely wowed by any one aspect of this beer, but as a whole it really is fantastic.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fortunate to have pecorasc share this one with me. Poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a golden, hazy color. While it had some visibility, still cloudy. Produced two fingers width of white head. Decent head retention with mild lacing.

S- Bingo! Absolutely loved this...great blend of sweet and sour. The only way I can describe this is as a musty, vinegar aroma with green table grapes and some green apple.

T- Upfront, a white grape, fruit flavor comes forth. Provides a subtle tartness that sits in on the palate. As you swallow, a sweetness appears and grows and grows until the finish. Little bit of funk in there as well. Surprisingly, a good amount of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Perfect amount of viscosity for this beer.

D- Other than the slight alcohol burn in the chest, this was pretty drinkable. My only regret is that I wish I had a bigger serving.

Overall, like the other vintage De Dolle beers, this was simply phenomenal. Really liked the balance between sweetness and tartness. First class all the way!

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Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Crosling for the chance to try this one.

Pours a golden orange with a silky beige head.

Nose has sweet malts, oak, white wine, honey and and citrus.

Taste is nice, but the wine and oak flavors seem to get in the way of an already amazing beer.

Medium body is well carbonated with a nice dry finish. Really superb stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to the kind BA who sent me this bottle to cross a hard to get one off my wants list. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color, light golden hue coming though with a light cloudiness to it. Some nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. A huge head of white coming up and over the top and settling down into a thing film that never did get any lower, really very solid look here.

The aroma was loaded with hints of raisins, light fruit, oak and subtle sourness. As I lean in for the first sip a warm rush of alcohol takes over and warms from the inside out. Nice touches of herby notes, lots of sour and oak touches. Nice soft fruits, apricot and raisin mostly. Subtle carbonation and a nearly flawless body on this one. As I sat and sipped through the bottle I was impressed by the complexity of the flavor. The sourness really was nicely balanced here. A solid beer that I am glad I was able to finally get ahold of. If you are holding on to this one, I would go for it. It is drinking perfect.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mac300 for this beer...extra from a trade we completed almost 2 years ago.

Pours a golden orange color with a ton of sediment floating throughout. Little specs, big chunks, all sizes in this one. There was about a half inch of head, which was off-white, that quickly faded into oblivion.

The aroma is of raisins, dates, port wine, yeast, and some wet wood. I am really digging how this one smells.

The flavors of those scents all come out, as does a boozy alcohol. There is also a nice spiciness...pepper mainly. This only gets better as it warms.

Medium to full body with a nice twang from the alcohol. I am really enjoying this one. Not sure if I should have drank it sooner or not, but it is really tasty right now. Thanks, Bill!

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Photo of Douglas88
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to hopdog. Pours a bright orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very strong; loads of woody and sweet notes. Some sour wood, sweet and rich malts, and lots of yeast. The flavor is very nice; initially a very sweet mix of malts, candies, and some fruit. Later the more sour barrel-aged nature stands out. Lots of yeast throughout. Some spices and apples too. Very mellow for the ABV. Vinous and fairly dry. Very nice. A full carbonated and fizzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of FoneFan: Poured a dirty beige yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some liquor also noticeable from the barrel-aging. Taste is a mixture between some sweet malt with some notes of brandy or some other sweet liquor. Full body with limited filtration and loads of lees with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is quite a feat at 13%. While I thought it was an interesting beer I must admit I was a bit let down and was expecting more.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a creamy white head that laces throughout. Smells like fig, spice, dried fruit and a little brown sugar. Taste is buscuit, sweet, a mild tartness and a very smooth finish. Medium in the mouth. ABV is non existant. This doesnt blow you away with flavor but isnt supposed to. A tasty Belgian indeed.

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Photo of genog
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow light brown color with white head that is fizzy and somewhat creamy. Excellent lacing on this one that lasts for a long time. Smell is of molasses and caramel with a lot of apple, cherry and wine grape aroma. The taste on this one is initially sweet and acidic with finishes in the same way with light fruits and mildly tart as well. Medium mouthfeeling that is light on the carbonation for a very nice beer.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber orange. I poured it carefully as to not disturb any yeast. This did not work however and there is sediment floating throughout the beer.

Aroma: Green apples, pears, honey, bananas, brown sugar, pepper, and yeast.

Flavor: A nice sugary sweet base with lots of fruit flavors. Mild peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A little sticky. Low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very good. I will definitely have to pick up a couple more bottles of this, while they are around.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the cloudy dark golden brew. Not very dark for a Belgian Dark, fwiw. Bubbly head is has excellent staying power, with thick layers of lacing. Aroma is sweet and tart, light spicing. Taste is sweet pale malt sweetness upfront, with plenty of spice. Tartness comes on in the middle and tries to balance that which begins to cloy. Closes with plenty of warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is a bit hard due to beign oversweet at times.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours peach to gold in color, hazy, with a good sized fluffy white head that slowly recedes. Aroma is some lemon tartness and apple vinegar, a bit of spice and yeastiness, and a soft honey sweetness that balances it all. Taste is the soft honey sweetness up front, some sips it is long and in others it is followed quickly with a strong tartness. Hints of grape in the sweetness and a bit of fresh broken saplings in the tartness. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a decent tingle of effervescent carbonation and a long drying finish. Some qualities of the taste and mouthfeel are very much like champagne. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, making it very dangerous. Complex and tasty beer, I'd like to age a few but am not sure if it will improve from here.

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Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange with a light head that dissapates to a thin covering.
Smell is of a hint of banana and figs, a very interesting and nice smell. Also a slight hint of alcohol.
Taste is milder than the smell but still complex. about the same hint of alcohol. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation and medium bodied.
Drinkability is very good.
A very good Belgian that I would recommend to anyone liking them.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Capone’s in Norristown for $10 a bottle.

De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 enjoyed May 2007.

Appearance: Pours a partly translucent gold with a white creamy head and little lacing.

Smell: A fruit sour aroma with a cider like attribute touch of honey, and oak woodiness grace the nose.

Taste: The acidity is present but not intense. The sweetness is magnificently balanced with fruity dates grapes and apples, with honey and then a sour apple flavor with a splash of citrus and vanilla. It has an exceptional long lingering sour woody aftertaste smooth and easy.

Mouthfeel: A little alcohol warmth with the spices and sourness make this full bodied beer feel smooth and silky across the tongue.

Drinkability: Incredibly dangerously easy to drink for a 12% ABV. Wow.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Crosling
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty orange color, with a monstrous head. Phenomenal nose with sweet wild fruits, oak and bordeaux wine. Flavor is absolutely breathtakingly unique, with the oak and the beer pairing so well. On the palate resides a vast array of fruits, an amazing oak character, perfect tartness and complexity. Cheers to the Mad Brewer, Kris Herteleer. What a talented dude.

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Photo of John_M
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably as close as I've ever come to drinking a "perfect" beer. I think it helped that the beer was not served too cold, as previously "overly chilled" versions of this beer have not been as excellent.

The apperance of this beer is impressive. It pours a brilliant gold color with a persistent foam head. Excellent lacing, which one would expect from a beer of this quality and abv. The aroma is intoxicating and immediately put me in mind of a well aged, late disgorged, vintage champagne. There were huge aromas of apple, biscuit, toast and yeast... on the palate the beer is almost viscous, and it has that exploding, mouthfilling, mouth coating experience one normally associates with a fine (and I mean very fine) vintage champagne. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with fabulous flavors of apple, cherry, sweet citrus and toast. The beer has nuances of sweetness, but (unlike the non-reserve version) really there is only a hint of it and the beer is not the least bit cloying. This beer has a long lingering finish, with no heaviness whatsoever. Considering the abv., the beer is amazingly drinkable, though with an abv. of 12%. it goes without saying that one should take one's time.

An absolute beauty. One of the finest beers I have ever tasted.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2007
Very well carbonated, which holds up a fluffy, yet large bubbled, lightly tanned head that is quite long lasting, especially for a beer of this strength. In fact this beer has a picturesque head that forms a rockied, canyoned surface as it slowly settles down. The beer is a hazy, amber color and has mad carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my tulip. The aroma has a nice green fruitiness to it that reminds me of pears, tart plums and apple. There is a light funky character here that has a touch of tartness to it and a earthy musty note. I was hoping for a bit more of a dynamic character in the aroma, but it is still quite solid.

The taste has a nice tartness to it up front and is very well carbonated. It tends to vaporize at it hits the tongue, creating a very light feeling to this otherwise rich beer. Definitely still quite sweet, though not nearly as much as the non-soured version of this beer. Notes of tamarind, malt vinegar, apples, prunes, and raisins form the backbone of a bright character that leads the flavor profile of this beer. Behind these bright flavors is a slight musty note of damp earth as well as a light oak character. The thing I like about the oak here is that it is not too overpowering. It is nice a light and just forms a background character for the brighter flavors. The restrained oak is much better done than in the Oerbier Reserva.

The oak notes lend flavors of butter, vanillin, tannins and a lightly sharp spicy oak note in the finish. I really like the palate and mouthfeel of this beer, it is not too heavy; the carbonation and acidity serve to mitigate the sticky syrupy character of the regular non-sour brew. The flavors of this beer are just so well integrated, no one flavor really jumps out at you and dominated; in fact no one grouping of flavors does. The tartness is nice, as is the fruity malt character and the light wood character. In fact that is perhaps what is wrong with it as well, it is not quite vibrant enough to be absolutely, spectacularly world class. Notice all those adjectives there. This beer is quite good, it is just not mind blowingly good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right out of the bottle, a strong pineapple and brandy combo wafts into the air. Tropical fruit and heady brandy are the focus of the aroma, it's really intense and vivid.

In the Oerbier glass, some lace builds up the sides, but not excessive. Strong ABV keeps the foam from rising too much, but a gentle swirl always brings it back. The body is opaque and tawny orange in tone.

First sip puts your head back, the strength asserts itself, then the flavors flood across the palate. The intense fruit and liqueur-level strength envelop the palate and integrate perfectly. Pear, pineapple at first...brandy soaked plums, some light malt, dryness from the Bordeaux barrel. Whiskey woodiness also makes an appearance.

The small bottle is gone too soon, but it took a good half-hour to savor it. Some age would likely be good for the drinkability of this vintage.

Alongside the Oerbier Reserva, Export Stout, & Dulle Teve, De Dolle is making some of the most unique experimental beers in Belgium...

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this newly released winner in a side by side tasting of '05 vs. '00...
Appears a smi-transparent gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, honey, doughy yeast, vanilla, caramelized apple cobbler. Hot alcohol presence with banana esters buried in there.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a more phenolic, hot alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, chewy, hot abv noticeable with fruity apple cider mixed in with a bit of a grain alcohol warmness.
Not too shabby but it needs time to mellow out. If it ripens like the 2000 version, it'll be outstanding.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is golden honey kissed by sunshine. It's plenty cloudy, with yeast floaties abounding and a nice dense half inch of head.

Nose leaps at you like a lion with the cage door thrown open. Honestly it smells more like a saison than it does a Belgian dark ale ... very funky ... tart pine apple and oranges and sourishness that is melded with a straight razor of fierce alcohol.

It's a kaleidoscope of flavors. Tangerines, buttery maple, vanilla, and a huge dry finish that brings to mind those syrupy canned pears. There's some funky sourness in the finish and me, I usually do not like sourness at all but here it fits nicely. I don't know if it's my tastes maturing or simply the sourness is done at such an unobtrusive level that I don't mind it. Either way it tastes pretty damned good.

I would probably buy this again in spite of the price tag of nearly $10. It's very unique and extremely tasty.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.17 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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