De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 99
Gots: 116 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-25-2001

Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.
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Ratings: 926 | Reviews: 507
Reviews by CwrwAmByth:
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Pours a lovely looking transluscent golden colour, with a huge and lively yet creamy head.

Smells yeasty, with almost a medicinal quality. Reminiscent of whiskey minus the strong alcohol smell.

Taste is purely marvellous, so very complex. I get a fruity hop taste, with added spices and a sort of faint menthol/herbal taste too. An alcohol warmth is there, as is a rich malty caramel taste on the finish. All through it there is a tartness I cannot quite put my finger on.

Overall a fantastic beer. Can't wait to age this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden with a deep orange hue with a thinner than expected head that left no lace behind,nice aromas of tart green apple and spicey,clovey yeast and Belgian candied suger.Big and in your face flavors very fruity orange zest and that green apple elemant with a spicey somewhat alcoholic finish.Glad it is only 11.6 ozes here quite heavy but packed with rich flavors,a sipper for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Big head that I controlled with a moderate pour. The body is classic, cloudy-orange Belgian.

Smell – There’s the BSPA aroma. The toasted malt scents mix with the fruity aroma of apricots, banana (my favorite), melons, cherries from the jar, and yellow watermelon.

Taste – Oh, this is nice. The fruits are out here in force. The malt backbone is present, but the fruits steal the show. You’ve got all the tastes from the nose then a big banana-cherry-melon fruit juice that tastes like concentrate. I mean, this stuff is strong!

You’ve also got some nice spicing to this one as well. Coriander makes the rounds here as well as cinnamon and a dash of salt.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated for the style. This is not a mouthful with each sip as one would think. Nice.

Drinkability – This is almost like an aperitif wine. It is very fruity, smooth, clean, sweet, and inviting.

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew, whose name means "Silent Night" is a Christmas beer which is rated at 12% ABV and the De Dolle website claims that it is "the highest density" of any Belgian Beer. Brewed with a seemingly unreasonable amount of malt and Belgian candy sugar, this brew is extremely strong, while remaining pretty drinkable, all things considered. There is such an enormous complexity to this beer that you should really try to take an hour or so to drink it, as it warms up, it changes so many times that you (almost) don't realize how hot it's getting you. There is fruit, booze, and all kinds of other sweet and tart flavors, with only the slightest hint of bitterness. Sure, my American mouth wants MORE HOPS but really, does it belong in a beer like this? This is one of those bottles that distracts me so much from everything around me that I have to restrain myself from buying it too often. Life is Beautiful, indeed.

Photo of kaimcm
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle 2005 poured into a Duvel goblet. gunsmoke and aroma escape as soon as the cap is popped.

A: body is a beautiful hazy honey with shades of a darker orange. head is almost non existant though. this beer throws a ton of sediment so a very careful pour is essential so little head generated there, and agitation really doesnt bring much to speak of back.

S: the nose is like an open air fruit market. apricots, pinneapples, oranges, some tropical notes. a bit of rum in the candied sugar, rich malt bill. theres even some hints of sensous herbs like lavender.

T/M: medium viscosity carries tons of flavor and complexity. body is honeyed in both flavor and feel but not overly heavy. much of the fruit in the nose comes through, tropical, apples, some bannana. a yeast quality arrises not as noticed in the nose. plenty of sugar that is balanced by the light yeast spice on the finish. alcohol is felt but not tasted. leaves the mouth coated and lightly sweetened like a piece of hard candy.

D: awesome. i wish this was year round and i could get it more easily. as it is ill be very sad when the last bottle sells of my shelf which will be very very soon. great great beer from a great great brewery. rock.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chemmie for this brew

A-Strange cloudy, orange with a decent 2 inch head which faded fairly quickly. Looked a little like muddy water
S-Very fruit forward on the nose-tart green apple, some grainy alcohol, spicy yeast
T-Tart green apple and other fruits at first, malt comes forward and provides almost caramel flavor that is reminiscent of a barleywine. Reminded him of a candy apple. Alcohol burn very noticable and takes the score down.
M-Medium full but not alot of carbonation
D-I may lay this down for a while as the alcohol burn was a little much to enjoy the flavors. Really didn't seem like a Belgian Dark.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

Pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with abundant dense white foam head. Great head retention and solid lacing all the way down the glass. This is listed as a strong dark Belgian so I was surprised to see that it isn't all that dark in color.

Aromas are malty, sweet, with lots of dark fruit present. Very complex.

Flavors of caramel are up front with that Belgian yeasty taste. Lots of complex dark fruit combines well with a heavy mouth feel and tight abundant carbonation. The finish is long and sweet with lots of warmth from the relatively high alcohol. Overall a very nice experience.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange pour with a good deal of suspended yeast, mainly since I did not pour very carefully. A half inch of white foam sits atop the brew as well. Aromas a melange of fruit flavors mixed with an earthy yeast tones and some warming spices as well. A hint of vanilla along with toffee, fresh caramels and floral honey. Complex.

First sip brings dense sweet malty goodness overflowing with fruit and spice flavors. Toffee and caramel intertwine along with lots of yeast phenols and some vanilla and honey as well. Slight floral note and earthy accents. Really tons going on here and it all combines together in one really tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is dense and rich with creamy carbonation. It maintains its drinkability without being overly heavy. A tasty winter brew that is worthy of a good celebration :) Well worth seeking out - love me some De Dolle.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 33cl bottle with bottled on 12/2006 stamped on the cap. Served in a tulip glass it was an orange color with a huge, thick, whipped cream head that slowly settled, leaving some great lacing. It had a sweet orange aroma, with a bit of spice. The taste was similar to the aroma, with that Belgian yeastiness apparent. This was a big, fulfilling beer. The alcohol was very well hidden, but I think one of these at a time would do quite nicely.

Photo of Todd
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz European style brown bottle. Batch info and best before date on the side. The label has this freaky-ass king snowman, wearing a crown, holding a star staff and a goblet of ale as he stairs with big googly eyes at a half-moon. The scarf around his neck says "met de beste wensen."

Appearance: A hazy dark peach/amber coloured brew with large and small carbonation bubbles. The head is a patchy, slightly off-white cream lace that sticks to the glass. A gentle rousing will bring the lace back at anytime.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, hints of caramel, alcohol notes, delicate sweet fruit esters and a far off herbal/peppery spice

Taste: Massive fruity flavours from the start, I'm thinking peach or apricot. Body is full, even and very rich. Mouthfeel is smooth with a butter-like coating (diacetyl), goes creamy on the tongue from the fine carbonation. There's a base malt flavour that is syrupy sweet with touches of background caramel, honey and toasted malts. Hop flavours are more or less non-existent (which they should be) and can only be detected by their lending a slight herbal quality to the brew. The butter-like flavour returns towards the end and slicks up the palate once again. Residual yeast flavours from the sediment in the bottle also linger with a very light yeast/bread flavour. Finishes a bit dry.

Notes: Well kick my ass! This has to be just about one of the best Belgian beers out there! So incredibly complex that I need to go and be by myself for a little while.

Purchased at t'Brugs Beertje back in April 2000 -- thanks Daisy.

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.6 oz bottle, purchased 11/23/05 and kept refrigerated. Pours a hazy golden amber with lots of yeast floaties especially at the bottom of the bottle. The head is small, off-white, and fizzy. It quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty yeast, sharp cidery apples, oak and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet and sugary malts with fruits and alcohol and a decent bitter finish that helps balance things out. The mouthfeel is full and velvety.

Overall, a fine Belgian. Normally I don't care for sugary sweetness and alcohol, but it is well blended and balanced here.

Photo of shapudding
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very big frothy bubbles that gave away almost immediately to a flat surface with no head , only a scant white ring and dime sized dollop of tiny white bubbles in the center. Dark, homemade iced tea scent. Light amber in color.
Man, absolutely filthy looking. Maybe because I am drinking this in August and this was a single bottle only that was sitting by it's lonesome at the DraftingRoom in the beercase? Possibly found somewhere and thrown upstairs to get rid of it because I go there alot and never saw this funky little label back behind the glass before we grabbed it. Wow is there a crapload of pepper-like chunks that fell into the bottom of the tulip, and some that just refuse to settle down. Almost disturbing looking, even though I know it is most likely nothing bad... lol!
The main scent reminds me of some shampoo I used alll throughout highschool but for the life of me I can't remember the name of. Very girly and very fresh scented- very springy.... still can't place it. Oranges and spices, vineous... Insanely high carbination, champagnelike. Bit too much carb for me, too much foaming up in the mouth. Thankfully the chunks that are shooting around in there are not something you can feel, just see! I really am surprised that this tastes as good as it does, after it's appearance. This is almost like a barleywine. Very good flavors that balance so well. Merlot, dark fruits, cherries, cherry brandy, soy sauce, biteyness. You taste tons of alcohol in it, almost burns your tongue. Nice. The carbination makes it almost creamy, yet keeps it bitey. Enjoyed the flavors alot but with the amount of carbination and intensity of flavor it may have a bit too much going on to be more than a sipper -I could not see myself having more than one bottle per night of this.

Photo of tjthresh
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a cool name. The nose is full of sugar and spice and everything nice. It pours a murky orange with a foamy white cap. Leaves some nice lacing. Very sweet with loads of sugar. Fruit cake. Very full bodied for a Belgian. Alcohol abounds. Whatch out for this one.

Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rust head.
Immense aromas are impressive with sweetness. Bubblegum, bananas, peaches, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is clean, with low carbonation.
Taste is fruity sweet all the way through, but never becomes cloying. Overripe apricots, cotton candy, and peach nectar dominate the flavor profile. Floral lilac hops create an interesting background. Alcohol warming adds an additional note.
I like this one quite a bit, though many will find the sweetness cloying. I enjoyed the sweet, malty finish, and would happily have another.

Photo of fdrich29
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this during a tasting at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston and promptly purchased a 12 ounce bottle to take home with me.

Deep, hazy caramel color with minimal head and lacing. Lots of floaties, I love that.

Smells of alcohol, sweet caramel and fruit, which are also the predominent tastes.

Each sip warms your body (and soul?) and this sweet Belgian beauty is dangerously drinkable.

This is a really special treat well worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to piginapen for trading me this bottle.

Pours a slightly murky brownish-yellow with a one finger white head, which stays around until the glass was empty. The aroma is Belgian yeast with bready malts and some unidentifiable fruit. The flavor is alcohol and strawberries. You also get some yeast, caramel malt and some sugary sweetness. The alcohol is very warming. I also got some slight banana notes as the beer warmed but they were faint. The beer gets fruitier as it warms. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

Photo of Swedes21
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - White head, orange/amber, no carbonation, cloudy, head disappears quickly, mim lacing

Smell - Appricots, sweetness, caramel, almost like a sweet wine, white grapes

Taste - What a punch, smooth then immediate bitter, grapes, vanilla, metallic, bitterness at the end, maybe more almost

Mouthfeel - Increased bitterness, lotsa taste, sweetness found in wines with a 3+ sugar level

Overall - Really enjoyed this beer, SpinRSX shared it with me and it was all it was met to me. Would seak out again for sure.

Photo of pat61
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a hazy copper gold with a persistent very creamy and stiff, fluffy and lumpy 1 ½” foam collar that mounds up over the top of the glass.
S: Yeasty, fruit, over ripe fruit, bread, spice.
T: Big fruit flavors suggesting a blend of apricot, peach, citrus and something tropical sweetened with light caramel. There are big hops in the background but every thing else is big so it balances.
M: Highly carbonated, luxuriously creamy, satiating, medium full body.
O: An extravagant beer that hides its alcohol well.

Photo of far333
2.87/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served a little below cellar temp in a tulip glass.

Sun-browned straw color with yeast floaties moving in and out and about. A white thin head rises up just barely from the pour and shrinks away nearly immediately. No lacing.

Faint aroma of floral hops, some sweet malt and bready yeast.

Flavor is initially sweet, just shy of cloying, tasting somewhat like a sweet white wine. Flavor evolves slowly to sweet malt and bready yeast, some cinnamon and sweet ripe fruits. (Have I used the word "sweet" enough?) An alcohol warmth rises up the cheeks and tingles the tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick, lightly carbonated.

Low drinkability, too sweet and not very balanced.

Photo of richago1
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle dated 2008 on the cap into a Chimay chalice.Very carbonated foamed out of the bottle as soon as the cap was off.

Poured an amber color with a thick white head that I had to let die down before I could pour more than half of the bottle. Smells sweet malty,fruity with some alcohol. Tastes of sweet fruit/malt with some bitterness cutting the sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and very carbonated almost as much as Duvel. Drinkability is good for a 12% beer, I may have to put it on my list of holiday beers.

Photo of ADR
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Very sedimented medium brown, dull and sort of muddy looking. Thickish head settles as brown grey skim of 1/8 of an inch. Not the most attractive of beers. Laces in wide loops. Candied fruit aroma, sweet, like the bread and candies of hot cross buns at Easter. Full mouthfeel and very low carbonation, would come off as lush if it wasn't for prickly cinnamon and alcohol tones. Lots of fruit flavors come through, tempered by yeasty flavors and an awful lot of residual sugars -- what hits me especially is mincemeat with a coal-like bittering as the brew rounds out. While not my favorite as a pie flavor, it works at least intellectually in the brewer's art, the flavor profile is to be respected here, in my opinion. Comes off as very alcoholic to my tastes. Smooths pleasantly as it warms up. But still, for me, gloppy and overly sweet...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is friggin' awesome with a huge fine bubbled off white head that pours like custard you can literally form sculptures with the head as you pour it into one of your nicest chalices. As it slowly dwindles and more body forms a hazy amber burgundy hue is noticeable, and as the yeast sediment goes into the glass it resembles a glass of unfiltered apple cider. Lacing is so fine and even textbook for the term Belgian style lacing, light layered and intricate all day. Aroma upfront tartness fresh cut green apple with mild funky leather and spice bursts, after a second pass citrus and tropical passion fruit comes to mind. Just bury your schnauze in a glass of this fine brew especially at $3.99 a bottle. Tart acidic cider notes shine with mellow creamy spice filled bliss just around the corner. Flavor is built around yeast characteristics, the tartness balances the sweetness and thick coating of spice added. Full alcohol burn with tart acidic fruits green raisin and apples with black licorice anise in the mix and other wild yeast funk blended with cultivated yeast strains that bring the complexity. Hard to describe yet you know it's world class beer after a sip or two. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a lacquer of spice oil texture, carbonation is fine yet definitely does tickle the back of the throat. This beer has the ability to absolutely coat the palate. Definitely warming with the alcohol putting the singe on the fine receptors of the beer drinker's palate. Drinkability is incredible as far as intriguing qualities would I like another, however in the department of can I actually drink that many it's of course week at 12%abv. Plus I think the amount of flavor available in this small bottle is unreal, what a value I'll be getting more.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a silky one finger off white head over a deep copper-amber body. Head drops fairly quickly to a ring that leaves moderate lace. Aromas of green apple man-handle the nose, but a bit of straw and caramel malt also get through. The flavor is, well, wow! There are waves upon waves of complexity that my feeble words can only seek to approximate. Caramel leads the charge and remains present throughout. In the middle we find a light peppery spiciness combining with a mixture of oak, biscuits and Belgian yeast. Berry flavors pick up the finish and linger afterward. A marshmallow sweetness is lingers throughout, some might consider it a tad slick, but there is enough of a background hop bitterness that restrains the sugars to precisely the right amount; a Moderate fine natural carbonation helps in the effort too. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel.

Praise be St. Arnold! This is beer at its finest. That little snowman on the label has been rightly crowned as this is truly a regal concoction. The complexity of this ale is the closest I’ve come to witnessing divine inspiration (fine, madness).

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

I opened this, saw the vapor rushing out of the bottle and quickly moved it over to the sink. I got the tulip under the glass in time so that not much was wasted. Poured slowly, but still yields a big 2.5-finger white head with a murky color somewhere between orange and brown. The head dissipates slowly into a pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Nice lacing. There's a bit of yeast on top of the head that eventually makes its way down with the rest of the floaties to the bottom of the glass.

Smells very good - somewhere between a dubbel and a trippel, but leaning more towards the trippel. Sweet Belgian sugars with pears, oranges, and others that I can't quite make out. There's a noticeable alcohol aroma in there, but it's not overpowering.

Tastes great. Very sweet up front and the fruit flavors come through nicely. They fade quickly and leave just a hint of the fruits on the palate, making me want another sip. This really tastes like perfect candied fruit, not too much candy and not too much fruit.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit too much carbonation up front, but it settles down nicely and is very smooth by the end.

Drinkability is good. Too good for a beer with this high of an ABV.

Overall I was in a good place after I finished this beer. One of the better darker Belgians that I've had in quite some time. Be sure to pick this one up and give it a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange beer definitely. Kind of sweet aroma and taste, but before passing judgment on this beer, you kind of have to stop and think. To me it was quite sweet and not overly impressive, but there is a time for it for sure, kind of a dessert wine character, and more impressive with every sip, acidic lemon flavour combines with a orangy marmalade flavour, interesting, unique.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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