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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

810 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 92
Gots: 97 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-25-2001)
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Ratings: 810 | Reviews: 490 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy colour with foamy white head, boozy and yeasty aroma. Taste of fruity yeast and spices and eggy kiche.Sweet nutmeg and pepper and cinammon. Noticeable carbonation, fine, refreshing above average Belgian. Medium mouthfeel.Easy to drink if you like Belgians.

Sammy, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 inch off-white head that lasts. Very tiny and thin lace strands on the glass on the drink down. Smells of tropical fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is of malt, candied fruits, spices, and yeast. Extreme level of carbonation here. It seems like this is more carbonated than a soda would be even. Very prickly and fizzy on the throat. I am not sure if it is meant to be this carbonated, but I do not care for this. A bit of alcohol burn on the drink down. Overall, this a good beer but the carbonation is not what I expected from this style.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Reviewed from notes.

Ppours dark brown with an off white head with a bit of lacing. The nose fits the style quite well with good notes of dark fruits, caramel, and a bit of booze. The taste and mouthfeel combine together quite well. There is a nice creamy character that accentuates the dark fruit and caramel flavors. Overall, a well done beer that I think would be quite a bit better with some age on it.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

acurtis, May 10, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high white head that died down very slowly but left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate, brown sugar and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is quite malty for the style and is very chocolaty; these flavors become even more apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

metter98, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with a very modest head that quickly drops to a ringlet (this may because my bottle has been aging for a few years); despite the lack of a head, the beer leaves gobs of sticky foam on the side of the chalice

Smell: If you smell this long enough, there is a whole cornucopia of fruit; sweet, mead-like honey aromas dominate, but underneath there is apricot, passion fruit, rum-soaked golden raisins, caramel apples, licorice and a real boozy element to boot

Taste: Opens with a yeasty, mead-like flavor that yields to the fruit (Juicy Fruit gum, caramel apples and licorice predominating); after the swallow, the yeast returns and adds a funky, phenolic element; the finish is packed with residual candi sugar

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with very low carbonation; lots of warmth from the high ABV

Drinkability: More like a BSPA than a BSDA but mis-classified beers seem to be the lot around here, lately; in any event, a complex sipper but I woouldn't want another bottle in succession

brentk56, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer looked fairly clear on the pour, but I poured a fraction too long and the nasty stuff at the bottom of the bottle entered the glass. Turbid tawny with a multitude of suspended dark bits. The cap is yellowish beige in color, two fingers in thickness and lightly pitting. A slurred, extended collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose is sweet and spicy, like a handful of dried, golden fruits macerated in apricot brandy. Complex and wonderful. Since it doesn't look as if the dark chunks will settle to the bottom of the glass in my lifetime, I'll be forced to ingest them. Here goes...

The flavor is the aroma in liquid form. Sweet, sour, spicy and syrupy, all at the same time. This is a bewitching, multi-layered brew. Fermented apples, peaches and apricots dipped in candi sugar syrup lead the way with a barely noticed contribution from well-integrated alcohol. The body/mouthfeel is smooth, slick and viscous with a small burst of carbonation when beer hits mouth. The bubbles then step aside politely and allow the beer to melt like liquid taffy.

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a fine winter warmer of a BSDA with a full flavored, sweet fruitiness that is reminiscent of a Christmas fruitcake aged in brandy. I've been impressed by De Dolle even though I've only had a few of their offerings. The near cloying nature of this beer demands that it be drunk slowly, but it's a journey well worth taking.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The mad brewers at De Dolle have reprieved themselves- they must cheer with delight after ushering this beer to market- because there's absolutely nothing to be mad about. This is a superb strong Belgian golden ale that spans the gamut of who's who in Belgian beer flavor; and does so with finesse, balance, and quality.

The Christmas ale pours with a stern honey amber color that trends burnish bronze in the body, but coppery about the thinner edges. The strong ale builds a mousse-textured ivory head that laces with the classic essence of Belgian lace. Its unfiltered appearance yields a yeasty haze that get the beer to glow like a dim nightlight.

Resting just behind the honey-sweet aromas are the tangy tartness of vinous fruit- white grape, wine rot, sugar cookie, sourdough, and orange blossom all play into the stunning and varying aromas. A heightened floral note of honeysuckle and clover decorate the stronger malt and ester notes with a sense of finesse and refinement. Spicy cloves and white pepper tickle the nose... and we haven't even discussed the taste yet!

And it with a honey sweetened upstart with a pep of savory kettle caramelization that the early palate favors a supple sugary introduction. Yet the beer quickly draws in an earthy display of hops that contribute elements of spicy wood and grass notes in balance. Still, an estery complex that's comprised of a plethora of fruits span the taste of pear, apple, peach and apricot. Candied versions of fruit emit with the emulation of lemon drop, "Pez,", and cotton candy. Finishing with the vinous Chardonnay taste of white grape, pepper, alcohol, and racy acidity- the beer covers all the bases and does so with impeccable balance.

Reluctantly full in body, the zesty carbonation of sparkling with rushes across the palate and lifts the bready-rich textures of malt from the mouth. This ushers in a malty-dry middle palate that favors fruity dryness heading into finish. Late dryness seems mostly from high alcohol warmth, but is aided by moderate acidity, wine-like tannin, and receding grain sweetness.

As the beer closes, I don't feel that I have fully explored all of the beers slight nuances or it's powerful complexities. I simply hope that this review has given you a glimpse into the shallow impressions that I gained from this session. Still, a heightened sense of dryness, even at the determent of 10% abv. just might improve it's character.

BEERchitect, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 bottle drank in 2004 at Kulminator in Antwerp. Poured a hazy medium brown beer with a super huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is perfect with bubbles still present 10 minutes after the beer was poured, which is a bit surprising considering the age of this beer. Aroma is a quite strong mix of plums, sugars and roasted malts. The taste of this beer is one of the most wonderful things I had the chance to drink in my lifetime and consisted of a mix of roasted and sweet malt, plums and a sweet bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden and didn’t break the overall perfect balance of this beer. I know must find more of this since it is so incredible.

Phyl21ca, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%

GRG1313, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my all time favorite beers, i cannot even count the number of bottles i have drank of this. review is from notes and was a vintage 2008 bottle.

pours out a nice murky color and a light head that is almost non existent, but still manages to produce a light bit of lacing. but the aroma starts to come up with nice touches of banana, apple, pears, light fruits mixed with hearty spices. nicely done. but as soon as you take that first sip it is over. just a wonderful mix of flavors that simply devour the palate. apples, currants, peaches, banana, clove, its all over the map but blended soo well. really just a wonderful beer. smooth finish with a light dryness. what more can you ask for.

overall always one of the best, nice to be able to get it when i want now.

mikesgroove, May 30, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.65/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, there was not date sticker on this one, so I'm not sure of the vintage. In any case...

A: The pour is an opaque dark orange color with a dense white head. Fairly good head retention, too.

S: A fairly enticing nose. Lots of sweet, amber candi sugar, pears, bananas, and figs. Some warming spice notes and a mild yeast character. A hint or too of alcohol as well.

T: The initial few sips are nice, and follow the nose well. Candi sugar, and some dark fruit notes up front, but the finish is just alcohol. Very, very hot and ethanol forward after the initial flavor of the beer.

M: The body is nice. A medium body with a very fine carbonation that fills the mouth. Unfortunately, the alcohol sort of ruins this too.

D: It's too bad that this beer was so alcohol forward. I'll look to revisit this beer in the future (possibly with an aged bottle), hoping this was an aberration.

womencantsail, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy white head on this one with a nice golden colored body. The smell of this beer has some good Belgian yeast aromas with some bread and some spicy notes also. The taste of the beer is nice with a good amount of grainy flavors with some soft banana flavors in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with some light carbonation in there. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I would like to try it again someday.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark amber body with a somewhat small-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, boldly fruity nose with a notes of sugary dessert toppings, earthy spices, and fruit-flavored cordials.

Taste: Starts with a dense, sugary sweetness with hints of well-caramelized sugars and heady honey. Slightly toasty. A melange of fruit flavors passes by: apricot, grape skins, raisins. Scant bitterness is briefly felt, as are some spicy accents akin to cinnamon and nutmegs. Fairly yeasty throughout. A couple drops of orange liqueur. Finishes dry and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, notably smooth. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. With the intensity of a strong, sweet brew, it's definitely a slow-sipper for me and the small, singular bottle is more than plenty.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

oberon, Nov 13, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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