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The glory of old De Dolle bottles

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by JAXSON, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. JAXSON

    JAXSON Savant (905) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is anyone here old enough to remember the old De Dolle 75cl bottles from the early 2000's? I came upon a stash of "Mad Bitch" in green glass 75cl bottles around 2007, and they were pretty much the best beers I've ever had. I know they've put out a few iterations of Stille Nacht Reserva since the glorious 2000, but the newer ones have been just alright, probably even a step down from regular Stille Nacht. I've also seen a couple 75cl bottles of Oerbier Reserva, including a purple label (??).

    Anyone here get to try any of the old 75cl bottles before they became completely oxidized? More importantly, have they released any odd/one-off bottles in recent years that are worth going after? I haven't really kept up with things -- this is my first post in a couple years at least.
     
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  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,601) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Well if you take a look at my reviews they're all in the early 2000's with one bottle listed from '95 or something. A lot of the bottles were not marked with dates as I recall. Interestingly I was never really a De Dolle fan although my numbers wouldn't reflect that - they made great beers though, so they earned those. The one I drank the most of was the "Oerbier" but that was their most available beer at the time. I remember buying a case of that (in PA you had to buy a case) around '97 (?). Later, that was surpassed by the "Mad Bitch/Dulle Teve" but that's because it became the easiest to find. I passed by lots of "Stille Nacht" in my time because of the price, and some of the stout, which I should have bought because that was hard to find. Yeah, good times. I've never been to Belgium but maybe I should put them on my list of places to visit.

    Just out of curiosity, you're not the Jeep guy are you?
     
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  3. JAXSON

    JAXSON Savant (905) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Sorry, just saw your reply. I have a lot of nostalgia about those old De Dolle bottles. I’m not the Jeep guy...what’s that about?
     
  4. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (2,030) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    There was a great shop in Germany that I frequented last year - they had a 750 of Stille Nacht. Never purchased it, but it was definitely a few years old. De Dolle is amazing. Oerbier is awesome, although the Reserva wasn't as good to me.
     
  5. HopBelT

    HopBelT Meyvn (1,242) Mar 18, 2014 Belgium
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    Was it SN or SN Reserva ?
    BTW this year's Boskeun was released a couple of weeks ago. Also great stuff !
     
  6. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,785) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana