De Dolle Brouwers Stille Nacht Reserva

Stille Nacht Reserva


De Dolle Brouwers in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium 🇧🇪

Belgian Style - Strong Ale Regular
ABV: 12.0% IBU: - Ticks: 124
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Sampled @ Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2021. A slightly hazy golden beer. Aroma of sweet strong pale malt, some brett. Taste of Brett, tart apples, apricot, sweet malt.

Tried on 14 Nov 2021 at 12:19


Tried from Bottle on 05 Sep 2021 at 21:24


THT. Big thanks to Dennis! Unclear golden. Sweet malts, virgin oak, grape most, sweet and crunchy. Strong alcohol underneath but not in a bothering sense. In fact it’s a perfect ingredient in the construction of the aroma. Very delicious.

Tried from Bottle at Brouwerij Kwartje HQ on 13 Aug 2021 at 23:20

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

So far the most recent one in this legendary series, pioneering barrel ageing (in the modern ‘craft’ sense) at its starting point back in 2000, certainly in Belgium. This version is aged on Bordeaux red wine barrels but each 75 cl bottle, sold only at the brewery and there and there online on the second hand market, is a single barrel beer, with different barrels being involved. Huge thanks to Erwin for sharing this one. Snow white, moussy, medium thick, shred-lacing head on a misty deep warm amber-tinged orange blonde beer. Enticing bouquet of dried lime peel, biscuit, calvados, lots of vanilla-scenting wet oak wood, white peaches, apple peel, bitter garden weeds or even spring onions somewhere, almond, cooked pear. Sweet onset, port-soaked dried fig, ripe white peach, cooked pear, white grape – with a light tart edge from the wine barrel treatment, stretching throughout the beer, but far less obviously so than in e.g. the Dulle Teve Special Riserva we had right before this one. Soft carb, full and vinous body; lovely biscuity and caramelly maltiness dried by pronounced oakiness including a whole lot of that retronasal ‘vanilla’. The wine effects blends with the beer’s natural esters to create a fruit basket of ripe yellow plums, peaches and sweet white grapes, while that subtle gooseberry-ish tartness keeps things lighter than they really are, bringing a lot of elegance and finesse as well. Ends nevertheless sweet, warming but not overly boozy (port-like) and very long and rich, as is always the case in these Stille Nacht Special Reservas (and I know – I had every previous version). Complex, perhaps a tad young still, but with certain green-herbal characteristics in the nose that do set it apart a bit; this will only change colours in the course of the coming years so I should definitely try to find one to age.

Tried from Bottle on 16 Jun 2021 at 14:11


2018 version

Tried from Bottle on 01 Apr 2021 at 18:42


Feel like a troglodyte giving this low rating

Tried from Bottle on 28 Jan 2021 at 17:10

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 8.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

Ultra yeasty, lots of booze, vinous, doughy, pear drops, full on stuff
Lovely stuff but scary

Tried from Bottle on 28 Aug 2020 at 13:41

Tried from Bottle on 24 Dec 2019 at 22:38


Barrel flavours come through nicely

Tried from Bottle at Beerlovers Bar on 25 Nov 2019 at 17:48