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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall, Borough Market, S. London last X'mas. Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, the cap specifies "SPEC BREW 2005" and the front label says "Brouwsel 2005". Served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass, on 24/12/2006.

A: pours a dirty and cloudy, rusty reddish-amber colour; the off-white beer head comes rather creamy, gradually settling to a rimmed foam on top of conastant and gentle carbonation.
S: richly malty, sour-sweet fruity and yeasty... like a bowl of sticky melted crystal sugar, infused with peach flavouring, passion fruits, figs, citrus-peels, coriander seeds, and semi-sharp yeastiness as of Yakult~~ All in one, very dense and rich, but never to the point of being overpowering, as the alc. is held back skilfully.
T: sour-sweet fruitiness like citrus and passion-fruit upfront, hand in hand with a flow of milder pale malts... tart-sweet dried prunes and sultanas quickly lace the mildly bitter and intensifyingly dry and richly spicy (very mixed entry of spices) mid-palate... leaving lots of powdery yeasts lying low on the tastebuds, almost like the aftertaste of herbal tea infused with Chinese tea-smoked prunes. Dry, almost rusty and zesty-tannic finish, with but a soothing stream of alc. felt down the throat--ever-so-soft landing for a heavy bomber!!
M&D: silky smooth on the texture with soothingly spritzy carbonation... The body is much lighter than I'd imagine?! "Surely 12%abv. is wrongly put on the label?", ask my taste-buds... The mildly dryish, chewy aftertaste complementing the creamy, fruity body renders this beer beautifully crafted and surprisingly balanced... not overly rich in maltiness, nor thin-ish sour like some other more yeasty strong Belgian pale ales, with a firm imprint of hops in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a fantastic beer to kick off my X'mas beer-tasting season this winter~~

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

330ml slim brown bottle with the usual wacky De Dolle labeling. Dated "Spec Brew 2005" on the cap. Sampled November 10th 2006.

Pours yeast-laden golden brown with no head and thin sticky lacing (not that you'd expect tons of head in a twelve percent beer). Smells something like a Belgian barley wine might. Heady and sweet oak-edged alcohol precedes caramel-dipped citrus and cherries. Flavor is sweet and sugary. Full of caramel and butterscotch, yet balanced with spicy alcohol. Leaves behind an enveloping liquor-like warmth. Smooth and creamy body with gentle tingling carbonation. Very nice assuming you don't have a big aversion to diacetyl.

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Photo of bucketpuss
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really good at this beer geek talk but..

I just had this and thought it was pretty damn good. Very belgian in aroma, a bit thin in mouthfeel but the finish was distinctive and quite enjoyable. My experience with this brewery has been lots o' hops but not so with this one. Malty, fruity and too quick down the gullet.

12%?? If I didn't just walk into a door, I would have never known!


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