De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

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
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
66
For Trade:
11
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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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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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