Ultra yeasty, lots of booze, vinous, doughy, pear drops, full on stuff
Lovely stuff but scary
Pours unclear amber, small white head. Smell is fleshy, tart, oak, bit of wine. Taste is full, tad tart, red wine. oak, very nice ! mild glue-features. usually , i like these beers way more with a few years of age on it, so I assume i'll like this one more in the future as well.
Thanks Tim! Beautiful. Great aroma, marzipan, Xmas fruit. Taste is great. Bit vinous, beautiful, light sourness, booze is great, pear, fruity, sweet and lovely.
sample @ Kulminator Antwerpen. Last rated beer after a very long day of travelling and beer tasting. Probably needs a re-rate sooner or later, because me and my tastebuds were extremely tired. Aroma of oak and alcohol. Sweet flavor with a rich maltiness, alcohol, oak and a hint of rapsberry. More balanced and more complexity as the "normal" 2005 Stille Nacht. (4.1 = 8 3 9 4 17) Re-rate, bottle from Hopscotch, tasted @ home. Orange color, cloudy, slight gusher. Oak, rosebuds, hint of cherry in the aroma. Oaky, alcoholic flavor. Hint of cherry juice, vanilla, raspberry, malt. Upcoming sourness. Banana. Good complexity in this overwhelming beer.
Corked bottle. Amber color, firm lasting head. Oak, peach and vanilla in the aroma. Nutmeg and bubblegum. Bubblegum, oak, vanilla and wine in the flavor. The barrel aging and vinous notes are quite obvious and help improve this beer considerably. Alcoholic but complex, a worthy #8888
The newest version in this fantastic series, the first one ever in Belgium to be aged on wooden barrels that previously contained another beverage; this time the regular Stille Nacht was aged for three years on red Bordeaux wine barrels and then matured in the bottle before being released to the public (in August 2019). I was lucky enough to have a sample of it straight from the barrel when it was still maturing, back in January 2018, and was eager to try it bottle-conditioned so I just had to get my hands on a few bottles. Pours with an irregularly edged, eggshell-white, mousy and frothy, 'interruptedly' lacing, slowly opening but generally stable head and warm pale amberish-tinged peach blonde robe with strong and attractive visual sparkling. Rich bouquet of champagne (weirdly perhaps, but strongly), orange peel, white grapes, old dusty wooden casks, mandarin-flavoured candy, apricot 'jenever', noticeable carbon dioxide, yellow plums, minerals, stewed pear, rosé wine, cookies, roses, cloves and a faint whiff of stronger, near-medicinal phenols, but not to the extent that it bothers me - at all. Sweet and fruity onset, peach, ripe pineapple, blue plum and some gooseberry tartness but gently so - with a very grape-like presence from the start lying over all this like a blanket; carbonation is unsurprisingly very lively but quite refined, as in cava, with a full yet very supple, remarkably lean (for this ABV) mouthfeel. Sweetbready and lightly caramelly maltiness, orange filling from Pim's or Jaffa Cake biscuits, very champagne-like aspect (as in sweet rosé champagne rather than 'brut') and dryish woody tannins, yet relatively gently so. Cookie- and rosé champagne-like flavours linger in the end, when a warming glow of soft, liqueurish alcohol accentuates the beer's sweetness rather than its bitterness (hops remain very much subdued). The spicy and lightly medicinal phenols that were detectable in the nose, return as well, but again not to the point where they bother me. As always in this series, and I had every version that was made so far, the barrel treatment has thoroughly altered Stille Nacht's general make-up and has turned it into a very different, much 'deeper' beer, in this case with a remarkable 'rosé champagne'-like effect - simply said, the wine barrel treatment has turned the hefty Stille Nacht into an elegant, slender apéritif beer. I was not expecting this outcome at all; seen its ABV, this beer feels remarkably light and gracile, very different from previous versions. This begs for cellaring - I have to know how this 'provisiebier par excellence' ages over time. Very exciting - and to think a barrel aged version of Dulle Teve is allegedly on its way, too...