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

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: 42 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
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 MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -29.8%
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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Photo of Dennoman
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 -12.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of avylover
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just sat down with this one. A look at the bottle reveals a ton of yeast in the bottom. I had to let this one set for awhile - huge chunks were floating around at first glance. Poured into a goblet, a foamy head takes over the entire glass. It's like some out of control bubble bath!! Attractive orange/golden hazy color. Smell is very apples & very mild alcohol. This beer tastes great. More complex than most belgian ales. It's fruity at first with a nice dry aftertaste. Seems like this beer tastes different at every stage of your sip. Can't put my finger on much, but this is a good brew... and warm going down. One of the best belgians i've tried

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Photo of Jredner
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fruit and vinous notes. Pear and apple pop out. Hazy amber in color with a still and lifeless head. Fore is a huge and tasty moutfhull of fruit with apple standing out. Strong hints of wood and wine some mild candy sugar notes with a stiff kick of alcohol in the finish. Nice flavor progression and the apple fruitiness is nice with the woody notes. Great beer, but almost feel like it could have benefited from yet another year of aging.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle-conditioned, obtained thanks to my newest great buddy sprinkle (the holy grail! Finally!): cloudy dark orangey amber. Minimal lacing on disappearing head. Woah that nose! This has to be one of the best smells ever. Extremely vinous and potent. The Bordeaux wood really comes through, basking its glory into an already capable beer. I’ll sound like I’m just enumerating, but this is an equilibrium, trust me, everything at the right place and everything does include a lot of things! Sharp cookie dough flavours, cinnamon powder, vanilla, maple, barley sugar, bananas, oranges, pancakes, nutmeg, pears, nuts.. lots and lots of flavours. Complexity layer over complexity layer. It somehow manages to remain diplomatic, begs to be sipped while forcing you to take your time through pure transcendence and force. WOAH! Yeast overload in mouth, this is more than doughy, it’s a pure French toast. Vinous dates, sweet desserty liquor, a big liquid cake. I’ve no idea how so many flavours can be balanced, no idea. It’s almost a case of name as many flavours as you can and have fun finding them in here. Magnetic sheer polar extremes. Velvet mouthfeel, silky full body, soft carbonation, venerable in that aspect. Evolving flavors, complex, elegant, what more do you want? Decadent stuff.

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Photo of weeare138
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Humongous thanks to egajdzis for plucking this dusky jewel...Hello!
2000 - 750 mL
Appears a transparent light gold with a small, soapy head that fades to a hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hearty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, biscuits, vanilla, definite traces of wine, Belgain yeast, along with sugary bread. Small amounts of apples & cinnamon smothered in honey come through with a swirl and an inhale.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sugary, honey infused, beauty of a brew bolstering huge complexitites.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet up front, warming, with spices and sugary goodness complimenting each other into an exceptional bliss. Very lip smacking and enticing.

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Photo of jedwards
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jcalabre
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Pizza Port's Belgian Beer frest on 8 march 2003. Clear copper colored w/ a nose like port. It has syruppy, brandylike flavors. This one will warm you. A great beer to sip. My notes sort of got a bit hard to read at this point. The strength of the beers was catching up to me

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Photo of Stum-pub
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of aracauna
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the few beers that I've seeked out that delivered more than I was expecting. The odd thing is that my reason for not expecitng more from this beer was that I had had the regular Stille Nacht and wasn't impressed. This, on the other hand, is AMAZING. The color is a nice apple cider and amber with good clarity. Likely the age fo the beer had allowed the yeast to really stick to the bottom because it never got cloudy even toward the end. Nice glow. Aroma: Some spice, cotton candy, cider vinegar, alcohol. I know I mention the vinegar, but it doesn't show up in the flavor and is only a small part at the very end of the aroma. It actually adds to the quality of the aroma instead of detracting. The flavor is nicely malty, toffee and caramel. Very fruity like cherries and apples. Underneath you can actually taste the wood of the cask. Slightly winey. I'd put it easily in my top five. The guy I split the bottle with agreed. If I could find cases of this, I'd buy them. Wow.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopdog
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to egajdzis for sharing not only this but also the 2005 version side by side! Do you want to take my 1st born - seriously, I can use the sleep!

Pourd a medium amber color with a small sized off white head.

Quite a vinous and complex aroma. Red wine giving way to grapes, light yeast, vanilla, wood, plums, and raisins. I could smell this one all night.

Tastes of red wine, grape skins, brown sugar, vanilla, light wood, dark fruits, and I was getting a light cookie doughiness. Vinous all the way around.

Alcohol content well hidden. As good as this was, it continued to grow on me as I drank and smelled it leaving me wanting more.

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Photo of waltonc
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to Beachwood BBQ tonight and met a guy named Brian at the bar who brought in a bottle of this. He generously shared a glass of it with me. One of the best beers I've ever had. Poured a slightly hazy honey color with white head. Smells and tastes of honey, muscat, oak, toffee, lots of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium with a light astringency I associate with muscat. Just chuggable (though I savored my glass). Wish I had a bottle of this, and am grateful for the random chance encounter with a person kind enough to share a glass with me.

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Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of SCW
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 year-old sample graciously shared with me by Jimmy Bonomo (aka goodbyeohio) at the Belgian Beer Fest 06.

Outstanding vinous aroma. Crazy wicked butterscotch temptation. Is it diacytel?

No! Sweet barrel-aged graciousness provides vanilla and malty elixir of the gods. Not a single trace of alcohol present despite the 12% abv.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, all hops have faded and evolved into the remnants of once-fusel alchohols. What has remained is an oustanding spectrum of malt flavors and distinctive tannin lovely oak contribution, combined with the wonders of proper aging.

One of the most drinkable 12.0% beers I've ever had. A marvel of nature.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just keeps getting better everytime I try it. The first time I had a large sample of it was June '03 at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Before and since I have only had a small sample. I will take what ever I can get of this nectar.

Gorgeous orange. Small head. Very complex nose. Oak, fruit, nutty.
It has all those tastes in the body plus a nice funkiness. A slight lactic bite. Then a nice alcohol warming.

A friend described it to me like this. It is like a flower blooming. As time passes it opens up into something new. I agree.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
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 spycow
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerguy101
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, honey and orange. Malty and somewhat thick. Texture is thick and somewhat oily. It very reminiscent of Grand Marnier. Very smooth. Very sweet and orangish. Great sipping beer. The 12% alcohol is evident with it oiliness and it tummy warming, but it not harsh at all. VERY nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the highlight of one epic De Dolle tasting. 750ml bottle served in Oerbier stemware. Pours the color of a caramel apple with a thin swirl of foam and a bubbly froth around the edges. Nose expresses caramel, candied pit fruit and a trace of ethanol. Taste reveals caramel and ethanol on a pleasant toasted malt backbone. There's also some nutty notes, a suggestion of oak and a faded earthy hops character towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a slightly oily texture and a light, even carbonation. I haven't had a beer that has impressed me this much in quite some time. The only negative thing about this beer is my general inability to obtain anymore.

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