De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.75/5 rDev +13.9%
Thanks to Bosse for this one - 2003 vintage and with spring on our heels this one was split amongst friends along with many other beers, outside.
A: Lighter in color than expected, a gentle pour leaves plenty of yeast in the bottle and comes out a nice murky dark golden brown. Carbonation still present, but mellow.
S: The smell is sweet and hard to describe initially, it's fruity and screams of Belgian sugars. The sugars remind me of butterscotch and brown sugar.
T: Layers and layers of sweetness @ 12%? What is there secret, it's immaculately hidden amongst the toffee, butterscotch, vinous qualities, brown sugar, yeast, raisins, and who knows what else my tongue is tasting. Amazing beer.
M: It's very big bodied, slight warming, and trace carbonation plays on the tongue nicely.
D: Both bottles are gone out this, but damn, a great beer with this much age on it.
03-24-2010 16:26:35 | More by MPLS
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
I shared a 330ml bottle with a friend after dinner, watching Champions. Not your usual football beer, but it's a favourite of ours and we couldn't wait. Bought at Ölbutikken. This is a 2003 bottle.
Pours deep, hazy amber. Not much foam, but lots of little rests on the glass. It feels rather viscous, a tiny like De Molen Bommen & Granaten but not nearly as much.
Smell is restrained. You can definitely hint what's coming up next but the taste is a real bomb! Very rich. On the sweet side, I can taste plums, raisins. I expect a jolt of sweetness but the aftertaste is mild and quite dry which balances it up a lot and gives it a great mouthfeel accompanied with lots of tiny, rather aggressive bubbles. Drinkability is excellent.
This beer has certainly become very elegant over the years and the 12% are well hidden. The 45 DKK (~4) we paid were money very well spent. This is truly a five star beer.
03-17-2010 12:14:56 | More by ohoh
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Found this bottle at Whole Foods in NYC. Bottled on date Oct 2009. Served in a Orval chalice.
Pours an interesting cloudy orange and amber with a lot of sediment floating about. Head is a perfect 2cm and lacing is excellent. Nose is very strong apricot with definitive notes of strong belgian sugar.
Taste is unbelievably dynamic, lots going on, almost too much. There is a definite malty base which is where this all begins. Apricot or subtle citrus fruit is the next phase of this, with pear. Tart brown sugar, and a hint of red wine, which is why my fiance loves this brew. Wow - I think this might have everything. Medium body with subtle alcohol bite, but hidden. Exceptionally drinkable, which is scary considering the high ABV.
Try this beer, a delight.
03-15-2010 23:45:07 | More by Jesstyr
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
Re-review based on an initially poor experience with an unknown dated bottle (not on cap or found otherwise). This, a 2009, is as I feel, a better representation of the beer.
Nice fresh carbonation, pouring a remarkable gleaming deep golden unfiltered gourmet honey color, almost cider, but more elegance, like brandy or sherry. Sizzle of head fades to a tiny collar, but little else.
Nose is juicy and round, yet slightly mild, with a dry light grainy scent enhanced by wispy alcohol, tart citrus, sour apple, and some faint hints of sweetness in the malt. A little raw pasta.
Taste is very pleasant, slightly delicate, yet somehow strong and full at the same time. Lightly tart and acetic, filled in with a light-malt middle and higher end herbal citrus notes. Deepens and rounds significantly with some rich fruits of date and pear, along with a touch of clover and caramel. A hint of sweetness enhances the overall balance. Somewhat vinous, but with a lot of grain and fruit and body to fill it out. More mild pasta breadiness finishes off with a balance of alcohol, sweetness, dough, and citric fruit.
Feel is smooth and medium full, a little slick and oily, with a nice stickiness and tingle of carbonation mixed with alcohol.
This, my second review, was considerably different than the first, which consisted of much more carbonation and sharper acetic and citric tones that were good but not nearly as representative of the delicate richness otherwise found in this beer. This is one of my favorite styles, and my first review didn't seem to suggest much of the same beer found in other reviews. I sense that the flavors and aromas described in this review are more consistent with it's usual character. A phenomenal beer with a lot of incredible balance and craft presenting in a blend that ages remarkably well (I've tasted it over 10 years old in the past).
03-15-2010 16:12:14 | More by lightindarkness
4.72/5 rDev +13.2%
A--A beautiful rust colored ale with tiny bubbles, a significant creamy head, and nearly no lacing.
S--I get apples, maybe some grapes, a little banana, and some spices. Very complex, very Belgian.
T--Holy cow! What a trip--layer after layer of fruit, spice, and yeast. I want to slam it, but am compelled to savor each sip. remarkable.
M--Creamy, creamy, creamy. A dazzling, lasting finish.
D--I can't remember the last time I drank something so compelling--wine and liquor included. A triumph. I'll be back.
03-14-2010 04:06:09 | More by Spiderhouse
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance: Poured into a Michael Jackson signature tulip glass (Thanks FTownThrownDown!). This beer pours a hazy, light copper, with much pronounced carbonation. A bit lighter shade than I had expected. Beige, creamy head sticks all over the glass. Incredibly appetizing.
Smell: Pronounced yeast smell lets you know that this is indeed Belgian, and therefore bottle-conditioned. A bit overwhelming, and not what I was expecting, but I'm diving in nonetheless.
Taste: I don't give many fives, but this one really deserves it. Caramel tasting malt dominates the flavor profile from the get-go. Chocolatey and reminiscent of dried fruit drenched in honey. Hop character makes an appearance near the end to balance it out from being too sweet. Notes of banana and nutmeg as well.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: So insanely creamy I can't believe it. This one coats the tongue, the inside of the mouth, and the throat. The head especially is smooth and creamy. You won't be able to put this down. In fact, you won't be able to NOT open another one afterwards.
Superb. Exquisite. Damn near perfect.
03-09-2010 02:27:24 | More by raoulduke37
4.13/5 rDev -1%
An 11.6 ounce bottle given to me as a bonus by one of the employees of Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley. The cap has no date, just a laser jetted "xxx", so I have no idea what vintage this is. I've had it for about 3 years so it is at least that old. Uncapped and poured into my tulip glass. The ale appears a hazed, muted golden amber color with about a finger of cream colored foam. The nose and flavors consist of candi sugar, caramel, honey (yeah, it's quite sweet), fruits such as orange, tangerine, plums, spicy prickly yeast, sweet biscuits, warming spices and a trace of alcohol heat. A notch or two better than medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Really nice. I would like to soak some french toast in this. Overall, the sweetness hurts the drinkability a bit. I had to break out some extra sharp aged cheddar to cut the sugar.
03-06-2010 04:46:13 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Rich amber-brown with a light froth at the top. Many tiny pieces of sediment floating in the glass, like dirt or bubbles trapped in hard amber.
S: Sweet tangerine and apricot of the dried and sugared variety. Deeper notes of toffee underneath. mm!
T: Sweet,but not overpoweringly so again with the candied apricot offset by lighter citrus. Deceptively faint alcohol taste for the ABV.
M: Mild carbonation, just enough to accent the flavor rather than mask it. Makes the mouth and throat tingle.
D: Delicious beer, and one I would love to have again. Probably too sweet and too potent to have more than a bottle of.
03-01-2010 22:58:33 | More by AnswerInQuestion
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Finally (after many years and vintages) getting around to reviewing another ale from perhaps my favorite brewery. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my beloved oerbier tulip. Bottled October, 2009 - so this is a fresh sample:
The body is somewhat cloudy and speckled throughout with tiny motes of yeast bestirred by a perpetual flight of microbubbles. A tangelo gradient glows warmly and supports a finger of pearl colored soft peaks. Amoeba-like lacing dots the shimmering pools of tears.
Sweet doughy yeast scent coupled with cognac syrup, fresh waffles and fruitcake. Slightly medicinal notes suggest a touch of wildflowers and herbs (hyssop?).
Behemoth flavors assert themselves without hesitation. A powerful surge of candi sugar, followed by a tsunami of estery alcohol spirits, completed by an undertow of faintly herbaceous bitterness. The finish is slightly peppery and brings to mind nutmeg with hints of other flavors tasting almost the way that myrrh smells when burned. On the sweet side but not excessively - an excellent after-dinner seasonal, though not so mind-blowing as I remember...
Smooth nearly creamy with a moderate effervesence - the alcohol is quite warming, and with these more recent vintages begins to overwhelm the complexity and reduce the drinkability somewhat.
Though superior to either, this shares some of the qualities of Scaldis and Scaldis Noel, which makes me think some cellar time is essential for these high ABV vintages. So, perhaps I'll be able to add a rating bump/re-review in a few years. Time will tell.
02-26-2010 03:27:20 | More by augustgarage
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
In anticipation of my 200th review (which this is), I had a mini-Beligian fest. Of all the Belgians I had over a several-day span, this one was perhaps my favorite.
G - Duvel tulip
A - Deep amber hue, with sediment, and a large white fluffy head that lasts, with foamy lace clinging to the glass.
S - The aroma is of mango, dried apricot, golden raisins, faint caramel apple and a honey-herbal aromatic. It smells exquisite.
T - The taste is very luxurious. It is fruity as hell, with impressions of everything from fig to apricot to mango to banana to cinnamon-rum-raisin, coupled with a Cognac-like alcohol bite, and ending slightly clove-peppery spicy. There is something of a slight bohemian pilsener malt awareness on the finish, and also a tad of sour apple. This beer is exceptionally rich and about as fully flavored as a brew can get; it is a stunning balance of decadence and complexity.
M - Well-carbonated and very smooth; perhaps smooth to the point of being slick. Anyway, the viscous body makes for a tremendously long staying power in terms of impact of flavor on the palate.
D - This will kick your ass, but I still have to rank anything this fabulous as very drinkable. Y.O.L.O. Live it up...
02-21-2010 16:03:00 | More by ktrillionaire
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
Vintage 2008, printed on the cap. A wisp of smoke is released upon opening, with a good amount of slow rising foam. Bottle poured into oversized tulip glass, leaving a finger of liquid behind that contained a large amount of sediment.
A- Pours a deep and glowing orange with a dense, fluffy, white, foam head. A good amount of haze, but the carbonation is visible as well as the beading caused by the etching in the center of the tulip. A few small pieces of sediment float around. Throws big globs of lacing al around the glass. This looks big, juicy, and just what I'm in the mood for right now.
S- Heavily yeast influenced aroma; almost smells like a freshly opened package of yeast. There is a slight funk that pairs up nicely with some spiciness and a very restrained european hop character. Additionally, a dark fruit aroma is underneath everything, which is confusing given the color of the beer.
T- Alcoholic heat, spicy yeast, and biscuit flavors all hit like a hammer right up front. Yeast, heat, yeast, heat, yeast... Like in the aroma, there is a very restrained hop character. Leaves a light candi sugar sweetness on the back end. This is a big hot beer with tons of character that could probably use another few years to mellow out.
M- Medium bodied, but finishes very dry and has an extremely high level of carbonation. Classically belgian mouthfeel that magically makes a high alcohol beer drinkable.
D- A hot 12%, leaving a pleasant burning sensation in the mouth, throat, and stomach. Moderate drinkability considering the level of alcohol, but more than one would be dangerous.
02-07-2010 00:04:59 | More by Pecorasc
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
02.02.10 at City Beer
A: why is it a hazy golden color? Don't remember it looking like that.
S: smells sweet and citrusy, and even a little boozy
T: like candied sugar, sweet in the best possible way; a nice, rounded boozy quality
M: rolls around nicely in the mouth, and finishes cleanly
D: too quaffable -- it's so smooth
02-04-2010 21:44:50 | More by Chambic
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
11.6 oz. bottle as they say, Christmas in late, late January, you still see the odd Christmas decoration about, I feel like playing Christmas carols, a bottle picked up from the Walnut Liquorette, I've had this before, but it's been a long, long time -
A: Nutso gusher at cellar temperature, pours a dark amber, weird since I thought it would be dark, nice white head, yeasties abound.
S: Fermented blood orange with notes of Christmas spice. That De Dolle house character is there in spades.
T: There's some really toasty malt in there, booze is evident with some heat on the back end. Heavy esters and yeast-filled flavours, kumquat and marmalade, dark bread.
M: Tad overcarbonated, nice long finish and aftertaste to keep you warm on an idealistic December night, nice full body.
D: A classic Christmas beer right here, another De Dolle classic, I wish I could try the already legendary 2000 vintage.
02-01-2010 04:40:57 | More by Halcyondays
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
330ml bottle into Leffe gobblet at about 50 degrees.
Boom - gusher out of the bottle... Large, sharp, effervescent head, over top of a deep copper body with the most active carbonation I've ever seen and a bunch of freaky floaties. 5 for entertainment.
Smell is relatively light for the ABV - ripe apricot, and a fair amount of spicy yeast.
Flavor & MF is Uuuge compared to the aroma. Thick with orange peel, barley, and pomegranite. Unique. Tough to categorize this as any style.
The 330ml is plenty - a sipper, no doubt, and worth the time to explore & enjoy.
01-30-2010 03:26:47 | More by BeerImmediately
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-27-2010 03:44:27 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev -1%
I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a De Dolle tulip.
The beer pours a rusty brown with a nice white head, lots of carbonation. The retnetion is good as well as the lacing.
The aroma is malty with spice, honey and star anise.
The taste is nice, doesn't have a ton of the spice but very complex.
Good feel and drinkability.
01-24-2010 20:40:43 | More by jrallen34
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Review #500. I've been coveting this beer for quite some time. San Francisco SOMA Whole Foods has an awesome beer buyer and they just started to stock this gem.
It pours a bright rust color with a fine, foamy white head. It's surprisingly transparent, but I was very careful with the pour as there is quite a mass of yeast sediment lurking in the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma is lovely, dark and deep with the promise of honey, spices and caramel malt. Spiced mead comes to mind. The spice aromas are entirely without the cliched gingerbread houses of lesser winter beers and tend toward good, fruity peppercorns. The malt packs more fruit than a farmer's market, as the beer chimes in with apricots, plums, grapes and bright, sweet lemons.
The malt flavor is fairly sweet, more rich than sugary, with big, dry Belgian yeast notes keeping things in check. There's a marvelous alcohol presence that would be best enjoyed seated by a smoldering hearth late at night.
Perhaps, the name and reputation made me sit and think about this beer more than most, but Stille Nacht has more complexity and soul than nearly any beer I've tried. It's rich and full, just perfect for a frosty night.
01-24-2010 06:46:55 | More by popery
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
330 ml bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. 2008 on white cap. Huge, huge off-white head sits for all of eternity above a murky, gold body. I note some strange flakes sitting in the foam, looks like cinnamon? I have no idea what it is, I'm not concerned. Aroma is pure funkiness, not in a bad way. Taste is a blend of sour, sweet and bitter. Some tart apples, some sweetness from the sugar and the age, slight alcohol taste, extremely minimal noting 12% abv. A delicious amalgam of many, many different flavors.
01-20-2010 09:03:16 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
Here's a winter classic from Belgium. 2008 Vintage from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:
Gusher alert! There's a lot of yeast in the bottle, so I am careful to pour the beer. Orange amber color that shines, not much of a head on this one. The body is on the clean side, though a little sediment floats. I like the aroma. It's not powerful, which I like....rather mellow for its size. Sugary fruits, candied fruit, and more sugar. Also a little touch of alcohol.
Dark sugar is the dominant flavor in this beer. There's also some fruit notes in there as well, though I'm having a tough time identifying what they are. Watermelon? Apples? Not a large presence of yeast notes. The alcohol is buried well in this beer, but you will feel it some. Bubbly in the mouth like a champagne. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with dark sugar, but mostly is dry.
Dry and pleasant. I like it. Good pick for the winter time.
01-20-2010 05:04:10 | More by DoubleJ
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.
WOW! That's what I've thought when I've felt the strong smell of strawberries and grapes in the moment I was pouring it.
A: Very nice hazy amber color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left
S: Fantastic. Peculiar. Black fruits and oak are VERY evident. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts
T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Sweet upfront (little bit chocolate). Dry aftertaste
M: Heavy body. High carbonation
D: Wonderful beer. Bring me a cask!
2008 Edition (2010.12.28)
0.33l bottle served in a chalice.
A: Very nice hazy orange color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left
S: Strong presence of fruits (plums and peaches) and oak. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts
T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Very dry aftertaste
M: Heavy body. High carbonation
D: Wonderful beer. This 2008 Edition reminded me a Strong Pale Ale compared with the 2007 version which is darker and smoother
2012 Edition (2012.12.03)
330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a nice orange hazy color. Lots of chucks floating around. Forms a huge bubbled white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left
S: Sweet and fruity. Notes of plums, peaches and grapes. Strong notes of oak. Quite winy. Bready Belgian yeasts. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV
T: Great taste. Very grainy and spicy. Sweet upfront with notes of candy sugar, dark fruits and bready Belgium yeasts. Strong notes of oak. Bittersweet Belgian style
M: Heavy molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet grains and hoppy bitter aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. Excellent beer
01-19-2010 21:25:31 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
8% to 12% due to "better yeast performance?" Well damn.
Poured into a Chimay glass. Thin but dense fluffy head, with quite good retention. Body is on the pale side of dark. Or the darker side of pale, take your pick.
Big strawberry preserves in the nose. Just a crapload of esters throwing off strawberry and banana.
Dense taste. Heavy wheat backbone, wheatwine-ish. Following the nose, some sweet strawberry-banana. There is a wave of fruity alcohol and light clove spiciness. The main story is this beer's fruity nature, though.
Thick, rich feel, something akin to a Belgian Barleywine, if there was such a recognized style.
For 12%, this doesn't hurt much at all. The moderate fruity sweetness masks a lot of alcohol, I think. One 12oz bottle isn't much of a problem.
01-17-2010 22:04:18 | More by Patrick999
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at The Trappist 01/13/10
Hazy pale amber in color, fairly light for a BSDA. Head is retained somewhat poorly relative to the style. Leaves some filmy lacing on the sides of the glass.
This is one potent bastard in the aroma department. From spiced apple cider to strawberries to dried apricots and back. Like a lethal blend of several types of Brandy distilled from different fruit.
Very clean on the palate but with spice and strawberries still out front. Nothing like strawberry candy though, more like fresh picked strawberries before they're completely ripe. The apricots from the nose are still a significant part of the flavor while the Belgian yeast character that was kind of crowded out on the aroma is more identifiable.
Body is inhabited my a modest population of very small bubbles. Not as highy carbonated as the bottled De Dolle beers I've tried but it works for this beer. The first small sips I could feel a slight alcohol burn in the mouth and throat but about halfway through I'm no longer getting that.
A delicious but intense brew. I was hoping to get in more reviews at this event but after this monster I have a feeling palate fatigue will set in soon so I'll stop here.
01-14-2010 20:56:16 | More by berkey
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
Draught at the source.
A: Cloudy golden with huge white head that lingered, then left excellent lacing.
S: Caramel malty aroma with light spice in the background.
T: Caramel taste with mixed spices, maybe nutmeg and cinnamon, and a chocolate finish. Well-balanced and highly complex.
M: Excellent body.
D: A winner.
01-09-2010 03:02:04 | More by Travlr
4.71/5 rDev +12.9%
11.6 fl.oz. bottle > goblet
A beautiful, slightly hazy golden color with some darker amber hues around the edges. a quick-to form, fizzy off-white head sticks around for a a short time, impressive while it lasts! there are some orange colored yeasty its floating in the middle of the head.
A wonderfully sweet light malt and a touch of honey, old belgian candy, dark and light fruits, tropical and earthy yeastie aroma's makes this puppy HELLA complex to the nose!
The semi-sweet belgian candy flavored malt ios simply awesome in this brew, gentle honey balanced out with zippy, zesty, and peppery yeastie notes. Earthy balance that is very righteous, complex as hell, you cannot beat an authentic belgian ale for complexity in the yeast department. Fresh tropical fruits ride in later along with sour wild fruit flavor's of small-wild strawberries and raspberries. A dry, earthy feel, zippy with a classic, smooth belgian medium body. The heat is mild for 12% and is very well hidden although warming in effect. A slightly dry,earthy bitterness with a mildly sweet malt finish. wow.
$5.67 for 11.6 oz. bottle Insanely complex for this style.
01-08-2010 00:11:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Beer is amber and hazy. The carbonation level is low and therefore the head is diffuse and broken, gravitates to the edges of the glass. Lacing on the other hand is high. As the beer is drank the lacing keeps getting better and better.
The aroma is a mixture of bitterness and esters. Nice fruity smelling esters matched with strong bitterness like orange peels. The yeasty smell is also there.
The beer is a little sour and has a strong taste that I associate with tripels. The mouthfeel is a little thin and the drinkability is high. There is almost like an apple character to this beer. Beer is quite interesting and it lingers in the back of the mouth for a moment.
01-05-2010 18:44:43 | More by drabmuh
De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.