De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000
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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Château Léoville-las-Cases barrels from the Saint Julien commune.

Added by Paquette on 11-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of YvesB
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fux
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally drinking my whitiest whale ever. Thank you very much Alex for bringing this one to our Tasting to Sink All Sea Shepherds. This was open with a 2006 Stille Nacht, the Reserva '10 and both 1st and 20th anniversary beers from de Dolle, for comparison sake.
A: Pours dark, cloudy orange with red and purple glints. No head to speak of. It looks a bit old but it's still an good condition.
S: Smell is awesome, probably the best part of it. It showcases dried fruits, soaked fruits, spices, lemon zests, orange peels. Some residual sweetness with cherry pie and vanilla. No trace of oxydation, only a mellowed Stille Nacht pie! So complex and intoxicating. Fantastic!
T: Taste shows the age of the beer with distinctive notes of oxydation and maderization, but it's still very drinkable and doesn't hide the intrinsic qualities of the beer. It starts quite sour with fruits coming upfront, ripped fruits, stone fruits and cherries. It becomes a little bit sweeter after that, with flavors of vanilla, marzipan, some spiciness with cloves and orange peels, then it finishes with a thirst-quenching bitterness. Still an awesome beer despite the age. Compared to regular SN from'06, it appeared to be more on the gourmet side, richer but less alcoholic, it was also less vinous than '10 SNR, thus a higher drinkability. I would dare to say, it was the best of the reserva qeries..
M: Medium bodied. Alcohol does not show. It's actually a sipper and a thirst quenching beer at the same time.
O: I had huge expectations for this one and I've not been disappointed. I now understand why people kept saying it used to be the best beer in the world. Despite it's age, it's still among the best brew I've ever sampled. I'm really thankful to Alex for sharing this.

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Photo of halo3one
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stum-pub
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Broken cork. Pours without a head. A few bubbles. Murky amber body.

Smell - Oxidized. Smells kinda cardboardy. Oak. Vinous notes. Lots of caramel malt.

Taste - Not as oxidized. Wine and oak are stronger. Very fruity. Extremely sweet, but it really helps keep the flavor bright. It is oxidized in the back end, but it works pretty well with the oak flavor.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Doesn't hinder much, but it's a sluggish heavy beer.

Overall - I did my best to be objective here. It doesn't smell promising, but the taste is still very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of woosterbill
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, enjoyed back-to-back with SNR 2010. Gigantic thanks to Tony for sharing these incredible gems.

A: Hazy orange-amber body with some frothy off-white foam. Good retention, no lace to speak of. Just ok.

S: Sherry, vanilla, cherry, and oak. Old and extremely nice.

T: Sweet, fruity, oaky, vinous, and great. Some nice malt sweetness. Delicious.

M: Frothy medium body. Nice and lively - I always breathe a sigh of relief when a beer that's over a decade old retains its carbonation.

O: This was excellent, but hardly life-changing. It's certainly held up FAR better than the Speciaal Brouwsel 20 that I had last year, but it's nowhere near as amazing as the SNR 2010 that just came out.


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Photo of Dennoman
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

75 cl bottle shared by two beer friends two whom I feel dearly indebted. Poured into an Oerbier tasting glass.

Right, I've done away with the technicalities. Now, allow me to describe to you why this beer humbles me as "that guy knows something about beer". To my friends, I'm a walking beer encyclopedia of Sheldon Cooper-like proportions, but having tasted something like this, I now know that I simply know nothing at all. Both Aristoteles and Confucius proclaimed it mankind's greatest wisdom, and I've come to realize why.

The divine ambrosia known to us mere mortals as Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 pours a dark amber. Slightly murky, but surprisingly clear and vibrant for a beer its age. The creamy, white, fluffy crown atop its brow sits elegantly throughout consumption, fading into a half-finger ring with some lacing on the glass. Every movement of the beer is slow and sensual, as if the goddess Aphrodite hath come to Earth in beer form.

Upon gently pressing our nose on the rim of the glass, a true cornucopia of aromas unfolds. Strong vinous grapes, port, sherry, wood, candy sugar, freshly cut grass, vanilla, banana, pineapple, onions, and malted grains to remind you it's "just beer". When people ask me how to describe "old beer flavor", I tell them to drink a Stille Nacht, preferrably as old as possible. This ramps that sensation up to heights nearly beyond human comprehension.

By now, you should feel more than priviledged to be drinking this, and the flavor delivers in a big way. Port, grapes, sherry, deep woodiness, candy sugar, vanilla, peaches, a strong malt backbone. The alcohol sits in the background. Tempting. Seducing. Like a Siren of old, luring sailors into certain death with their enchanting songs and beauty. Well, that goes to say, if you drink this too fast, you'll be drunk as a sailor.

Like an elixir of youth, it slides down you and envigorates every fibre of your being. It warms, it feeds, it heals, it kisses your boo-boos and tells you everything will be okay.

Forgive me my overuse of Ancient Greek metaphores, they really are my only vice except for all the drinking. But do let this over-the-top thespian indulge in his mad ramblings. This beer has left me stumped for actual words. In fact, this brew deserves a little show to be put up for it, simply for having the courtesy of being this good. The choice of giving this beer a solid 5/5 hasn't been an easy one as I technically don't believe in perfection.

Is this beer absolutely perfect? Most likely not. However, in my knowledge of beer, which I've have since come to accept as being as limited as it is, I simply cannot fault it. In fact, it would only be pretentious of me. Not only is it the most technically accomplished and outright gorgeous beverage I've ever had, sharing it with two close friends has only made it better.

As this was the last beer I had in my life as a university student:

"Waardin, nu nog een glas gezwind
Voor 't sterven
Voor 't sterven"

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike B for this one. 4oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Beer is a pale orange with .25 white head that sticks around. Spotty and sparse lace with no cling and thin legs. Not great given a style I usually associate with big head and big lace.

Nose is oak, peat, pale green fruit, cane sugar, and caramel and toffee. Delicious!

Big fruit notes present themselves immediately. Green grape, cane sugar, caramel, toffee. Very sweet overall. Some woodiness towards the end. Sweet green grape in the aftertaste. Nice. The barrels really serve to smooth this one out.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and silky in the mouth with some booziness going down. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

I'm not a huge fan of this style but this is a very well crafted beer. Age has smoothed the flavors out immensely even though this is starting to get a bit oxidized. The 12% is very well hidden and the complex flavors here are very well integrated.

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Photo of BelgBeerGeek
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to a good friend and shared with him
Some specific details about this beer that will affect my rating points on this
This beer was held in a colling room at constant temperature for the past 12 years, i’m mearly stating this because i was sceptic about keeping beer chilled all those years and i thought it would kill some of the flavours.
This beer has proved me wrong, as most raters tend to say the beer had gone sour i can’t do anything but saying this beer wasn’t sour at all and has held up superbly !!!

Head: bottle fizzed ( not gushing just making a sound ) and carbonation was still pretty damn good, white but very thin had that gets out of the way after a couple of minutes
Colour: totally clear , golden/amberish
Smell: sweet malts, touch of honey, ever so slight booze that blends perfectly with the other scents, touch of dairy
Taste: texture is thick and sweet just like a fine high quality Sauternes !!, superb flavours that are impossible to describe, i don’t know what the beer tsted like fresh, but it’s probabbly pretty close but mellowed to what it actually was, i have never ever had a aged beer that was so balanced, smooth, lively and perfect after 12 ( and even less ) years of aging !.
I never give beers a 5-star rating because i think the perfect beer doesn’t exist, but i’ve been proven wrong , this beer is perfect in my eyes, and if i would be able to trade my cellar for this beer i would do it without a doubt !!!

Loud hooray for De Dolle, the best brewery of Belgium !!

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mirky orange/brown color, light white head, wisps, thin collar. Dark fruit, smooth booze, oak, promenant oxidization, carmel. Flavor is a bit better then the nose, with more sweetness and booze and less oxidization. Oak, plums, caramel, brown sugar. Medium body, light carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

This one is past its prime, but still, I did enjoy it. The dark fruit sweetness and smooth booze kept me interested and I think the oxidization actually played well with this beer. Good, not great.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a few stray bubbles. Lightly hazed apricot body, with plenty of slow-moving bubble streams visible.

S - This particular bottle shows fairly present oxidation flavors, with a mixture of cardboard and mineral flavors that distract from the oak, honey, and fruity malts.

T - Taste is thankfully an improvement, with more fruity esters, earthy and toasted grains, and some mildly vinous oak in the finish. Still some obvious oxidation, but nowhere near as much as in the aroma. Thankfully there's no trace of the 12% ABV after 12 years.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, with a dry, tannic, and oaky texture. Medium-full body, with some alcohol warmth.

D - I was really looking forward to this beer, especially based on the recent reviews, but unfortunately this bottle was well past its prime. It does get easier to drink as it warms up, as some of the sweet malt flavors start to overtake the oxidation. Pretty easy to drink for 12%, and significantly better than the 2005 vintage, but ultimately underwhelming.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Review #2000

Thanks to Javier for opening this long time want. Snifter.

A: Yellow orange and slightly hazy with a mountainous white head.

S: Exceptional ester profile. Apple blends with pear, cantaloupe, plum, date, and grape. Smells fantastic. Whisper of banana. Faint sherry-like oxidation with a little vanilla. Rich sugary bread with lightly spicy phenolics and a touch of leather. Oak is light.

T: Rich bready malt with sugar and a little alcohol. Expressive fruit esters remind me of apple, pear, plum, and grape. Sugary sweet with a whisper of oxidation. Faint oak.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. Lots of warming.

Overall: I've never had this fresh but this is in fantastic shape. Amazing stuff at 12 years old.

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Photo of jedwards
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of fewa
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

opened this one to celebrate my new job.
Look: light brown with a small head
nose: honey, malts, sweet ripe dark fruits, caramel, red fruits
taste: similar to the nose with wooden notes,grapes,brown sugar with a light bitterness in the aftertaste
mouthfeel: full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: i had this beer for the last time in 2008. Amazing how much better this one got! In 2008 i thought this was good,now it is extremely good. Not the slightest hint of oxidation, amazing!

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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