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
Belgium | website

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

11.6oz. bottle, 2000 reserve, served at room temperature. Snowman scarf read “met de beste wensen”. Served cold to room temp.

When first opened this bottle let out a crisp wisp sound. It poured a beautiful blonde/orange color that had some yeast sediment floating throughout and had a slight chill haze to it, and was well carbonated. Even after an easy pour, it created a SUPER SIZED foamy head in the glass and even in the bottle. It was white to off white in color with specks of nutmeg in it (yeast sediment), it was super sticky, fluffy, airy, and very thick like a cloud over 2 inches and it rose above the glass but never spilled over just sat there and created a skin on the surface that slowly subsided to about a half of an inch even to the last sip. Some lace was present but patchy. The unique thing I noticed was the head foam had a strong hop taste to it. As I let it settle down it kind of reminded me of champagne visually. The aromas that came from the glass were big – and seemed to be more pronounced as it warmed. It was served somewhat cold but by the time I could drink it was room temp. Lots of sweet sugars, fruits (plums, berries, apples and tons of apricots), at times on the tangy side, alcohol was noticeable as well as herbs and hops, some cinnamon bark, barrel aging, kind of reminded me of Alize Cognac. Amazing aromas. The tastes were just as good if not better, dark sweet malts, tons of sweet fruits soaked in alcohol and not (apricots, sweet plums, cherries, apples and some berries), spices (slight cinnamon), herbs, some hops, more fruits and alcohol, ageing wood barrel, cognac, ended sweet, well balanced and with hints of yeast on the tongue. The aftertaste was sweet and dry with a tad of hops and fruit left, but not over-powering. This was one of the smoothest beers I have ever had, like silk as it slid down my throat. Very rich, and the body was medium to heavy, but not over powering. I noticed a thick covering of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, but it has aged for how long, and she aged well. I touched the liquid just to see if it was as sticky as the foam and it was – amazing. Aging did this beer nice. A real good drink and excellent example of the style. I wish I would have bought more. Next time I will get a bigger tulip to drink from to contain all that foam.

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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 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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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 Sixpoint
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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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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Photo of matylight
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got this one from the infamous bearded squash of knoxville.
A: it pours a cloudy dark gold with a 1/4" head that leaves as quickly as it came.
S: at 12% the aromas have clearly come together over the past seven years. dark fruits are up front with the alcohol riding in the back seat. reminds me of sitting at the kulminator in antwerp...without the smell of a thousand cats running around.
T: well hellloo darlin'! the soft taste of dark fruit gets out to stretch its legs. the alcohol says adios and is replaced with caramel faintly reminescent of those little caramel cubes i got when i was a kid. it hangs on and on while at the finish a warming sensation falls down the back of the throat reminding me that the alcohol is still's just been hiding.
M: prickly but not spritzy like an overly chilled's just right.
D: it's an easy drinker for sure but after a few moments i'm reminded of that 12%. certainly not more than one in a night. however, this is the only one i have so i will relish the rest of it with no shame at all.
thanks again daniel.=)

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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