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 | 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%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
67
For Trade:
12
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 197
Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends at Lost Nation. Nice redish hue. Tart. Sweet. Lots of wine flavors coming through. Oak. A dryness that one likened to walnuts. Almost barleywine-esqe due to some oxidation. Really nice complexity. The alcohol is there but it was not hot at all. Some loved it (me being one). some liked it but did not love it, and another did not like it at all due to what he said was a prune like taste. Overall, would bang again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally popped open one of my bottles. Pours a murky, reddish-orange color with a hefty amount of off-white bubbles. Heavy amount of bubbles to somewhat make a head...but not a very impressive head. Scent is WOW...absolutely amazing. SO MUCH oak and wood-like aromas with a ton of red wine aromas. A lot of caramel and tart, green apple aromas. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Sweet fruits with champagne and wine aromas. Very interesting. Taste is tart up front with some dry champagne flavors. Green apples and a whole lot of oak up front. Lingering tartness that remains vinous. Red and white wine flavors while maintaining its dryness. These wine-like characteristics mellow out the sweetness of the base beer quite impressively. Also makes the booziness a little subdued. The original version of this beer is much more sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation...as it is very wine-like. However, it does not taste like a still beer. The carbonation is very soft, but work extremely well with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and has a slight alcohol burn. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is magnificent! Better than I was expecting. Glad I have another bottle!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: A clear, burnt orange with a finger and a half of sticky, off white head. Leaves some sticky lacing. Definite alcohol coating on the glass.

Smell: Lots of port characteristics. Some deep red wine grape, a hint of cherry, and some booze. Oak is very strong and round everything out. Some hints of red wine vinegar, but in a good way.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, followed by lots of earthy red wine grape tannins. A light red grape must and a hint of cherry. Lots of oak and port. Palate finishes with a very distinct licorice and some more red grapes.

Mouthfeel: Relatively boozy, but quite drinkable. Warming. Really coats the palate all the way through.

Overall: A really interesting beer. I definitely have not had a beer like this, and it was quite enjoyable. I would agree with others that this is young. I would love to have it again in ~2 years.

EDIT: Had again in April 2013. More tartness, and less boozy this time. Great funk presence. Really exciting to see that this beer has already started to evolve. Mouthfeel bumped to 4.25

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Sean shared this one, thanks! 750 ml corked and capped bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark apricot color with a thin white head forming on the pour.

S: The Bordeaux barrel really came through in the nose. Lots of oak, red wine, red grape skin with some malty sweetness. There is a restrained funk in the background.

T: The Bordeaux barrel again is beautiful upfront. Lots of oak, some red grape tartness, bitter grape skins and a little vanilla sweetness. The Belgian yeast really comes out in the taste, especially as it warms. Fruity and phenolic, stone fruit comes to mind.

M: Light bodied with a nice, soft carbonation level. Slightly dry, but refreshing finish.

O: Quite the interesting beer. The base held up well to the long term aging and the barrel didn't completely overwhelm the base which tends to happen with a lot of red wine barrel aged beers in my opinion. Would love to try again in a few years and see what time did to it.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange copper, no head to speak of.
S: fermenting fruit and vinous. Loads of must and grape notes. Decent wood quality. Fruit notes are barrel forward not yeasty. Smells a bit hot.
T: similar to nose, quite musty Less barrel here. There is a grape sweetness in the middle and the same to the end coupled with some ethanol, but fairly well hidden on palate for 12%. Hints of sherry notes.
M: nice chewy body, though nearly flat.
O: though a fine beer, not worth the hype, though it could be flatter and altered with age.

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Photo of Jonada
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep golden burnt orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head with good retention and lacing. Fairly clear in the glass with insane amount of visible carbonation throughout.

Smell: Red wine grape, oak, lactic tartness, green apple, tart cherries, dried dark fruits. The wine barrel characteristics intensify in the aroma as it warms.

Taste: Sweet and tart upfront with lots of vinous notes. Red grape, oak, stone fruits, caramel, pear, apricot, very light spicy yeast character. There's a lactic character throughout, but without the strong tartness/sourness that tends to accompany it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with medium soft carbonation. Nice alcohol warming sensation in the chest, but it goes down surprisingly easy.

Overall: One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. I'm not even sure what style I would classify this as. Nonetheless, this is a world class beer, that I highly recommend trying.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass

beautiful cloudy reddisch/orange/amber colored beer with no head leaving some nice lacing

Aromas of red wine , musty cobwebbs ( like an old cellar ) , oak , sour apple ,
pear ( poire williams ?? ) apricot.

Flavour : fallows the nose : spices, sweet ( vanilla / caramel ) , oak , apple , vinous , red grapes/red wine ( cabarnet sauvignon ) , pear ( poure williams ) , butter ( butter candy's , in Belgium we call them moeder babelutte , butterscotch )

Aftertaste : vinous and red grapes ( cabarnet sauvignon ) ? Butter candy's

Mouthfeel : Low to no carbo, very creamy mouthfeel, full body and a light oily texture.

Overall :Wow what a beer , even with the lack of carbonation this is a real world class beer , that realy dosn't ask for a high level of carbonation , but then offcorse you can't expect to have a nice foamy head .
each sip again you get the full complexity of this beautifull beer , over and over again , only the best of the best can do that !!

This realy live's up the hype !!
Top class !!

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Photo of claaark13
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle poured at cellar temp into a FFF Teku, a couple ounces at a time. Thanks to the man that hooked me up on this, as he knew I'd be pumped to open one up ASAP. Bottle was imported to the USA. Cork is soaked, comes out with a slight hiss. Not a gusher...so apparently barrels are the solution to that problem. I'm going to do my best to not homerize this review. Time for a sole mission....

A - Pours a deep orange with a hint of red, white thin head becomes a nice lacing. It really looks fantastic. The lacing maintains its shape so well.

S - I opened this and let it breathe for about 10 minutes. Tartness is evident, lots of brett with the trademark Stille Nacht nose. Oak is present with some fruity hints, some lighter fruits coming through. Slight vinegar.

T - Sweet malts start it off with bretted stone fruits coming through, stronger on the lighter fruits. The licorice evident in fresher bottles of Stille Nacht is found throughout the backbone. Oak tannins and notes of wine lead the finish. There is a hint of vinegar, like in the nose.

M - Medium body, much like regular Stille Nacht.

O - Quite fantastic, but that's probably a little biased. It's ready to drink now and I'm very curious about how it will age. I suspect that there may be some bottle variations based on the other reviews I've seen, before mine and on ratebeer. I got a lot of brett. Then again, I've noticed some difference in flavor as the bottle goes down. If it makes any difference, this bottle was distributed to Indiana. Gold cap.

EDIT - 2/2/13 - I just opened a bottle that came directly from the brewery. The beer is essentially flat, and there is no evident tartness. There is some brett that takes a seat in the background, as the wine influence dominates. There is acetone evident. This is not at all like the first bottle that I opened. I would rate this one 3.5/4/4/4.5/4. I greatly prefer the carbonated version I had. Silver cap, cork in great condition.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a wine glass.
2010 vintage

Review number 350.
A massive thanks to Futura and Brabander for sending me bottles of this.

Appearance: Stille Nacht Reserva pours a lightly hazed amber orange, with a few larger particles in suspension. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that lasts reasonably well for the Abv. and leaves some good lacing. A swirl results in light alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: Wow, this smells very different from what I had expected. The nose is reminiscent of a sour blended with a BSPA notes. I really have no idea where to start with the nose so I think it will be best if I simply list the aromas I noted over the course of the bottle: Overripe apple, citrus (orange), white grapes, oak, a little red wine, lactic sourness, some flanders notes a little caramel, golden raisins and a little alcohol.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is very interesting offering sweet honey upfront, but quickly fading in strong sour/Belgian notes including overripe red apples, white grapes, citrus, stone fruits, bready malts, a little oak, flanders notes and a light lactic tartness. As the beer warms a little red wine becomes apparent along with a little booze.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel here is very Belgian, it has a high level of expansive carbonation and a medium-full body with a touch of stickiness.

Overall: Stille Nacht Reserva is a very interesting beer and while I enjoyed it, I felt that there was something that didn't quite work in the combination of sweet and tart. I am however very interested to see how my second bottle will age.

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Photo of spicelab
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Big thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes

Pours a burnished amber, largely clear with a very persistent just off-white head.

Intoxicating (ahem) marriage of Flanders Red and Belgian Strong. Sour cherry, marzipan, figs, woody tannins and mild hints of ethyl acetate.

Body is light and accommodating for the ABV. Jazzy carbonation leads it to a mellow mildly tart conclusion.

Just a fantastic beer and as good as I remember it from 15 months ago. Everything in near-perfect harmony.

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Photo of nas5755
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours light red with golden hues, lite head. Nose is acetic, but lacking the harsh tones I would expect. Taste is amazing, clean, Belgian flavors of spice and fruit, mixed with wine tannins and wine sweetness. Almost port like. Feel is nice, so smooth and clean; could have more carbonation but very nice. Overall, very amazing with a great mix of aged stille nacht and wine. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I had this last night and did not take notes but the experience was memorable enough I feel confident reviewing it today. Thanks to lurkaholic I had this alongside 2010 and 2012 bottles of "regular" Nacht.

The base beer is like nothing I'd experienced really - a unique combination of red and dark fruits with Belgian yeasts. The fruitiness really opened up on the older bottle, it was a full half-mark better. A gentle tartness added to the impressive complexity.

Then enter the Reserva with bold notes of oak and wine on top of all that. Sweet, port like wine texture and flavour. Just awesome!

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