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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010
BEER INFO

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:
De Dolle Stille Nacht aged in Bourdeaux wooden barrels for 25 months.

Added by MasterSki on 12-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
197
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.86%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sherry, port, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dark fruit, caramel, and dessert wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice wine barrel aged presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Its incredible what two years in Bordeaux barrels will do to an already world class ale! As it takes on the flavor of the barrel, it begins to leave behind the more beer-like attributes in order to build complexity, strength, and dryness.

Stille Nacht Reserva '10 starts with a medium amber body that carries the expected vail of haze. Ivory-white in its foam character, its fine and creamy texture casts a tranlucent sheet of foam to cap the beer. As it retains well, it laces spottily and gives a better foam stance than is expected.

Sultry and sharp aromas span the gamut: cider, chardonnay, port wine and sherry, balsamic and honey, merlot, oak and cork all alight to give the scent complete roundness and earthen complexity.

Its sourness of dried limes, white cider vinegar, and sour grapes start the show, but is balanced with the sweetness of honey, ripe red grape, port and sherry. Its savory and sour middle is lightly candy-like except for peppery undertones, meaty savory taste, and rich ripe tobacco. Morphing into leather in the finish, the taste is sour, peppery pleasantly champagne-like.

Incredibly, the sourness only commands the mouthfeel late in the taste, meanwhile leaves the early palate to be acidic and sweet. With its fuller honey sweetness and sour balance, the lack of carbonation leaves the beer a little weak in the texture department. Finishing decidedly wine-like, its the acidity and alcohol dryness that takes hold and outlasts the sweetness by a hair.

Its a warm beer, but it hides its strength in complexity very well. Its odd to see such savory sweetness and sour intrigue exist in the same beer- kinda like the few Faro that I have tasted. It has got to pair seamlessly with Pad Thai.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with some malt notes also discernable. Taste is an incredibly well balance mix of flavours including some vinous notes with some oak, tart, malt with some residual candi sugar notes and some dark fruits notes. Body is full with excellent carbonation. I had concerned the bottle might have been a bit too old but I should not have worried.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with a small off-white head on top. Streaky and random lacing forms down the sides.

S: A good bit of the wine barrel shows through on the aroma. There is some wood/oak, some grapes, and bruised apples. A little bit of cinnamon as well.

T: More apple and stone fruit in the initial flavor blast, then comes some oak and the wine flavors imparted from the barrel. Slightly tannic and some red grape flavor.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this beer. At the price point, I probably wouldn't jump to get it again, but was very glad to have been able to try it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the standard Stille Nacht 2010.

The beer is orange with a thin white head. Aromas of wine, barrels, musty basement, well water, mineral. Beautiful flavor. So smooth and graceful. Lovely wine character. Alcohol is disguised so elegantly, one could drink this too quickly. Lovely.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and capped offering into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a clear copper huge with a pillow of head that is a bit excessive with white patchy lace.

The initial aroma opens up with a strong smell of malty sweetness that gives way to slight notes of something like acetone mingles with wine barrel vinous tanginess. Some oak and vanilla mix with sulfur and funk towards the back.

The tastes is tart with wine and sulfur with bretty and earthen funk/must. Lots of red wine tanginess with raw barrel - oak and more wine that somewhat imparts a feel of acetone but not quite to the point of being offensive. The belgian yeastiness is felt indicative of the base beer and it's own fruity alcohol driven layers of complexity but significantly bumped and tweaked by the barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent and elevated more than what is necessary carbonation. Plenty of alcohol but really masked to the point of being dangerously drinkable. This beer starts off a little awkward around the edges than really evolves and grows on you to the point where the bottle is empty and you want more. By all regards, this beer is very much alive and is completely different from the first time I had it. Based on other reviews of thickness and flatness, that was most certainly NOT the case with my bottle. I really want to revisit this again but based on variation and hints of acetone being present, I dont want to pay the price of admission to this one again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Vigorous pour gives a few bubbles atop a light amber body, but not much else.

Smell - Wine barrel. Slight acetic aroma. Alcohol. Some sweet caramel malt comes through.

Taste - Sweet up front. Apple fruitiness. Acidic wine notes behind it. Fruity esters all over and wine flavors linger in the finish with a dry oakiness.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy, but less intense than I remember the regular version. Acidic components and sweetness balance very well. Low carbonation.

Overall - Complex and fascinating. Quite different from the original.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to Photekut for sharing.

Pours a pretty amber color, not much of a head but still attractive.

Smells crazy sugar sweet like butterscotch or rum soaked candy, wow, not at all what I was expecting. I smell no dryness or brett or anything. Nose is just amazing.

Taste has the same sweet candy thing but subdued, and also has a dry and slightly tart bretty wine character. Hints of ketchup. Soft and subtle, definitely more sweet than dry/tart.

Mouthfeel is very soft and nice, no alcohol heat at all, could use a bit more carb but that's what you get for two years in a barrel.

I expected this to be way more dry and vinous, it really surprised me, but it's damn good. I can imagine it will be even better after a few years in the bottle.

9.1/10

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy amber body.

S - Huge jammy red wine flavors mingle with vinous oak, fruity esters, and caramel malts. There's a bit of toffee and dough to round out the malt bill as well, and not a trace of alcohol. I don't get the massive brett character that I noticed in the 2008.

T - The taste is again a nice mixture of vinous oak barrel, fruity yeast, bready malts, berries, stone fruits, and caramel. Super smooth considering the 12% ABV, and delightfully well-integrated. Smell and aroma are more of a 4.25, so I split the difference.

M - Medium-full body, light wine tannins and oak in the texture, lower carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Goes down really smooth and easy.

D - I think I liked the wild '08 a bit more than this, but the '10 vintage is still quite excellent and gives some hints as to what the '00 might have tasted like way back in the day. Should age gracefully for a number of years, but ready to drink right out of the gate.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Toby. Murky brown pour, initial beige head fades. Immediate fruity nose, plums, prunes, raisins, yeasty, wooden notes. Taste is more of the same, some quad, some dubbel, with more of the wine and barrel notes in evidence. nice lingering flavor and gentle warmth.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cL bottle, shared by Starr. Thanks!

Pours a clear copper with a wispy off white head that fades to a thin collar. Aroma of red grape, oak, Belgian yeast, plum and brown sugar. Much more balanced and subdued than regular version, but still a little heat in the finish. Flavor is mildly tart and Bordeaux forward with stone fruit, light brett and oak. Very good.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

01/25/2013

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark orange with two inches of bubbly white froth. Just a little lacing.

S: A complex marriage of bready and caramel malts with Belgian esters that are redolent of grape and plum. Pronounced woody notes blend with lactic and tart characteristics. There's a bit of floral character with apricot flesh and pit. Leather and almonds are evident.

T: Tart and very vinous with notes of raisin, unripe grape skins, and unripe plum. Very woody and tannic with a bit of buttery oak and leather. Bread blends with Belgian yeast, a firm lactic presence, and a light sweetness. There's a little vinegar in there as well. The finish is tannic, woody, dry, and lightly tart with some astringency and lots of unripe dark fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, tannic, sticky, and smooth with some warming.

Overall: A big and complex Belgiuming that's nice now, but will most likely benefit from extended aging (very rare for a beer). Recommended, but I wouldn't overextend yourself more than you already have in the name of advocacy to try it.

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Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, burnt golden orange color with a small bubbly head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.  Looks a bit under carbonated.  

Strong tannins in the aroma with lots of oak and vinous fruit but the barrel character is nicely integrated into the base beer.  Prominent dry, toasted oak but it doesn't smell burnt or have much of a toothpick presence.  Vinous with strong juicy red wine notes.  Barrel character is really nice but doesn't overpower the notes of the base beer.  There's still some sweet malt, peppery spice, booze and dark fruit esters.  

Medium body with slight oxidization but it doesn't interfere or hinder the flavors.  Tight carbonation along with zesty, peppery spices and a really strong barrel presence.  Oak and wine dominate flavor but they are still decently integrated into the flavors of the regular version.  Really nice dry oak flavor but not charred, overly dry or acrid.  Strong vinous red wine flavor that lingers throughout with lots of vinous grape, fig, cherry juice and currant.  There's also some peppery spice and luscious dark fruit from belgian yeast.  I'm also picking up some pale malt, bread, cherry, plum and some faint honey.  The red wine/barrel notes add great flavor but slightly overpowers what I enjoy about the base beer.  The high ABV is excellently masked with subtle heat in the finish but I never would have guessed it was 12%.  Really nice, especially if you like Bordeaux/dry reds but this beer isn't very similar to regular SNR.  

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly special beer. Shared last night with Brian.

A light ruby red with a small head with decent retention, this beer looks great. The nose is just exceptionally layered and structured. There's dark fruit by way of cherries, a little bit of date, a wonderful red wine character, fruity, mildly earthy, soft and full, a brilliant funk, an earthy and mildly spicy note and finally, a wonderful malt complexity with layers of chocolate, dark caramel and buckwheat honey. The oak and the wine are seamlessly integrated here. The palate opens bright and fruity, vinous and earthy, rich and complex. Flavors of cherry cordial, chocolate, buckwheat honey, a light mushroom funk, earth, and a brilliantly integrated red wine character are present. The Bordeaux character is singular, reminding me of the Bush des Nuits in it's complexity and structure. The funk is mild and mellow. With s long, soft finish with lingering chocolate, cherry and red wine, this beer is exceptional.

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Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, shared amongst a few people. Served in a snifter.

Appearance is brown-orange with a small white head. The nose on this hits with oak right away, dark fruit, toffee; pleasing so far. For the taste, it contains belgian yeast, sugar, red wine, more of that oak, some caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, more sugar in the finish. And although there is quite a bit of sweetness, it is fairly well rounded with the other characteristics of this beer. Such as the alcohol, which also is nicely balanced with the other components. I was glad to have the opportunity to try this beer, very nice overall.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle into taster - thanks rob

Bright reddish pour with cherry hues and a thin layering of off-white head. Dissipates into some spotty lacing on the glass with wispy film.

The nose is a swirling mix of spicy Belgian yeast, dark fruits, oak and red wine. Earthy vinous notes with alcohol warmth, slight tartness and cherry.

A spike of sour and sweet up front, followed by a plethora of dark fruits. Extremely complex red wine notes from the Bordeaux with soft leather, oak, vanilla and ripe fruit. Soft notes of cherry and spicy yeast with a continuing tartness. Balanced, nuanced and fascinating, finishing with soft warmth.

Medium body and carbonation, soft and dry on the tongue. This is truly one of those rare beers that's so difficult to describe, thanks to the multitude of flavors and scents that radiate from the glass while drinking. I'd like to get another bottle and sit with it for 2 hours+ to really immerse myself in what De Dolle created with this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pour is hazed ruby red with orange edges and a foamy off white head. Nose is a mixed malt, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and light musk, some tart green apple, hint of wood and faint touch of red wine. Taste still has a touch of that burnt caramel, a touch papery, green apples provide a pleasant taste mid palate, yeast bill behind, faint oak and maybe a touch of juicy red wine and a hint of tartness. Body is heavy, soft carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of CTJman
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer wow'd me. The barrel comes through nicely and great wine notes throughout. Very little carbonation but that doesnt take away from this beer. Nothing like its base - World Class beer

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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy blonde. The pour results in only a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

Great smell on this one. Lots of oak, red grape and juicy fruit and wine. Smells slightly tart. Also some yeast there as well.

Flavour contains red wine, berries and red fruits. Lots of oak. Bready malts and yeast. A bit tart. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Some alcohol heat, but not a lot given how strong the beer is. A bit astringent. Nice feel.

Overall, great stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this alongside SNR 2000, as well as regular Stille Nachts from 2010 and 1984 (the last of which came to me courtesy of beerpirates). Incredible tasting.

A: Clear copper body with a 1/2" of frothy off-white head. Good retention and great lace. Excellent.

S: Lactic tartness, dry oak, cherry skin, vanilla, and apricot pit. Rich, deep, and perfectly balanced. Enchanting.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. Rich, complex, vinous, tart, fruity, oaky, and generally awesome. Clean, tannic finish. A touch of booze on the aftertaste is the only flaw, but it's to be expected at 12%. Delicious.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. Perfect carbonation.

O: What a beer. It's not quite like anything I've had before, and that just makes me wish that there were more beers like this out there for me to drink. Definitely one of the most complex beers I'v ever had, and yet so well balanced as to seem effortless. If only it weren't so rare and expensive, I'd want to drink it all the time.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1748th Review on BA
Bottle to Cervoise
25.4 oz bottle

@Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL
Shared with BeerBob26 or Bnak26 on instagram

App- Out of the bottle this was a very interesting color. It was a bit copper with oranges, yellows and gold. A little tinge of red was intermixed into the glass. This was more like a wine with the bordeaux color coming out and creating a creamy off bubbly pour. The head was there and gone without an cling or lace.

Smell- The wine on this takes over for days. The aroma is of the oak intermixed with the grapes and then if you add a little bit of vanilla and some sangria and even more of a tannic aroma from the skins. Quite lovely. A bit dry and lactic and tart to round it all out.

Taste- Im a little taken a back by how good this was. I really wasnt expecting to love this as much as I did. When this first opens up it has a bit of apricot flavors with a little bit of pit behind it. Then it moves into a little bit of oak and tannic flavors. The wine then takes over and give a little bit of a grape juice flavor with some skin flavor. A balance beer for sure. The flavor lends itself to a little bit more of than what it is with the Belgian flavors. Old ale? Brett? Pale Ale? A great mix for sure.

Mouth- A bit lacking in the feel department. The beer itself is a medium body with a bit of a still medium carbonation behind it. The residual flavors are that of oak, booze, caramel, wine and grape skins.

Drink- One of the few beers I havent minded paying the price for. What a great beer. I was sad to see this one finish in my glass. I would love to trade for another one. Dont see that happening anytime soon.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from the brewery back in January. I've had quite a few bottles/samples since then, but finally getting around to reviewing a bottle I drank alone while on vacation in France.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Aged in Bordeaux barrels for 25 months
Wet cork on this one

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a full foam cap. Clear amber orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, tart lemon aromas, some green apples, red wine and some deifnite oak on the nose. Bold and interesting for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts with some green apples, red wine and lots of tart lemon at the swallow. Bold finish of oak, red wine, tart lemon and some malty sweetness as a base. The green apples and red wine give this flavors of champagne for sure. Some alcohol lingers on the palate as well. Interesting for sure, and you can definitely detect the regular Stille Nacht under all the fun.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly dry. Could be a little smoother. Oddly enough, I left ¼ of the bottle in the fridge over night and it smoothened out really nicely.

OVERALL: After going though a few of these, there is definitely some bottle variation. Some of them are champagne-like, such as this one, while others are more tart and fruity. I'm not sure how to tell which bottle is which without opening them, but all the bottles I've had with wet corks have been more champagne-like. Anyways, they've all been enjoyable in their own way, and I hope to continue to enjoy this beer into the future. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sharing this with me, JealousChalice!

Clear copper in color with a thin very light brown head. Looks like melted, carbonated, clean pennies. Moderate level of visible carbonation, though the head is fairly persistent, and eventually leaves messy ribbons of stick down the glass. Very pretty, especially considering that this sat in a barrel for over 2 years.

A lovely aroma. This is something that you sit and appreciate, with no care for the outside world, the time of day, or who's staring. Layers of sticky caramel candies create the base aroma, which was a shock to me. Then, a delicate, complementary, interesting Brett and peat characteristic, definitely wine and lots of oak, and sun-dried cherry. Very nice, and very unique.

The flavor is similar, and again, not at all something I was expecting. Very simply, I'd describe this as a Belgian/Brett barrel-aged old ale, with some wine flavors peaking out around the edges, and perhaps the best example of well-integrated (high) ABV of any beer I've had, at least recently. In reality, the layers of caramel, toffees, and rich fruit cake are the base beer's defining flavors, but surrounding that are layers of wine, oak, butterscotch, and an earthy, mild, integrated Brett character. Stunning.

Medium to near full in body with moderate carbonation. Decadent and rich, yet drinkable. Perfect. I would love to take down a bottle of this. It would be effortless.

One of those beers that makes you sit up straight in your chair, look around the room, and see if anyone else is reacting like you are. An early contender for beer of the year for me (2013), though I know the year is only 2 weeks old. Incredibly delightful stuff.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 55 degrees into some over-sized crystal stemware
bordeaux barrels x25 months...then 5 or 6 years in a cellar
Opened the cap and found some juicy funk between the cap & cork. Cork was a moderately difficult to extract. Once the cork was removed, carbonation crept towards the top, but there was no gush. The beer poured a clear, light amber with a good amount of fluffy off-white head that laces and stays a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose is alcohol & acetone, wine barrel, bread, caramel, and pennies (which disappeared quickly). The taste was yeasty and sweet and a hint of apples. However, the beer's rounded, yeasty, lactose-like sweetness quickly transitions into tannic bitterness and a puckering dryness. It's well carbonated, but still sits heavy on the palate - the beer tastes old, APPLE CIDER, don't know what else you want me to say. I'm pleased with how well the beer's held up, despite initial dissatisfaction. The beer's held onto its big, bready Belgian base and played nicely with the bordeaux oak and oxygen in the bottle.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy caramel color, thin white head.

S- Fruity aroma, cherry, grape skin, along with a bready caramel and toffee malt.

T- More fruity flavors, dry pear and some yeastiness, grape skin and wine, some oak, bread, caramel and toffee.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a really nice dry, tannic, vinous feel.

O- A very tasty, interesting beer, the flavors are very nice and unlike anything else I've had from de Dolle.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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