De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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856 Ratings
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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 90
Gots: 100 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Hophead101
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 1.20.09 at Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains NY.

Had a great amber orange color. good head with tiny small bubbles. good malty carbonated smell. a little bit of spice in there as well.

taste was quite nice. medium body beer that had a really nice balance. predominantly malts dancing around - brown sugar, carmelized malts. decent amount of carbonation but not so much that is was negative.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2003 at Dilly Deli.

Poured reddish brown color with a huge fizzy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer

Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blown away. super complex. not for the beginner. less peppery and boozy as it warmed up. caramel, toffee, fruit, esters, herbs, pepper, and on and on and on... too much to even get into. well balanced for such a monster. a must for the big huge belgian beer fan.

Photo of tconboy
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle of the 2005 edition in early Jan 2009 at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours a dark burnt orange copper with a nice tan head. Fruity, malty, and spicy smell. This baby is full of comlex spicy, dark, winter, candy, and light fruity flavor that comes together beautifully. What a nice, complex beer that packs a nice punch for winter with equally nice balance and flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange with only a faint white head, which leaves only a thing layer with almost no lacing. A slow pour reveals generous yeast sediment in the bottle that is almost impossible to contain.

Aroma of tart apple, sweet candy-like sugar, almost like butterscotch, and hints of spice accompany the smell of pure fermentation.

I was actually taken back by the sweet, but deep flavors of candy and fruit, but slightly more citrus than tart in the taste. There is also some vanilla in the deep aftertaste as well as up front spiciness and alcohol bite.

Great dry mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation, a little on the fuller side, and a nice warming sensation.

This is a crowd pleaser for me. The complex palate, cloudy yeast body, and overall aggressiveness are very impressive.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky and dark burnt orange color with a huge frothy 2 finger white head.

S: Huge spiciness and fruity aroma.

T: Some applesauce and cinnamon/brown sugar hints are detected. Nice spicy hops with sweet xmas spicing. There is some dry, sour orange peel and cola nut hints as well rounding out the flavor.

M: A warming alcohol presence perfect per style is detected in the back of the throat. tingly carbonation, creamy with a medium fullness.

D: Nicely balanced with the spicing complimenting the warming nature of the beer instead of drowning it out like other xmas beers.

Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is what I expect in a Belgian strong ale!!! Pours a cloudy orange with a big carbonated white head. Head hangs in there for a while despite the 12%. No lacing.

Strong smell, pepper, Belgian candi sugar, fruits..raisins, pears and caramel malt.

Taste is the same. A nice, strong Belgian with balanced flavors. This beer features a number of flavors and high alcohol, but everything is in balance and the alcohol is never burning or overpowering. A very nice sipper with a rich mouthfeel, smoothness despite the high abv, and strong flavor.

Drinkability is good. This is a two-and-out beer, but I would be looking forward to the second one. A nice Christmas beer/winter warmer. I would put this on in my winter roster!!!

Photo of thierrynantes
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : dark amber color, with tan foamed head.
Smell : sweet with fruity aroamas and alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with fruity flavours and spicy notes. The alcohol makes its presence.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orangey copper in the glass topped with a frothy khaki head. Rich fruity malt, sour apples and pears, hint of plum. Spicy and sweet.

This ale packs a wallop. Huge pale malt flavors, big fruitiness with the spiced apple and pear again. Incredibly sweet, the candy sugar is very apparent. Sweet buttery caramel and hints of vanilla and toffee. All of this is permeated by a distinct booziness that warms and kicks. It's not harsh but you know it's there. Very sweet finish but the alcohol helps to dry that out a bit. Fantastic flavors but very, very strong and rough around the edges.

I've got another bottle. Maybe I'll crack it open for the 25 Beers of Christmas '09...or '10.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly good beer, especially given the 12% abv. Pours from the bottle to a hazy, orange-rust color, with foamy tan head that lingers thru most of the glass and leaves very good lacing. Nose is a mix of hoppy fruit (apples?), maltydark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full, dry and tingly. The flavor picks up the fruity hops from the nose, but also adds in a touch of malty sweetness and just a perfect amount of alcohol to fuse the hops and malts. Finish was surprisingly dry, yet sweeet, and the alcohol created just the right warming effect.

One of the better beers I've had in a while, and most likely the best I have ever had with 12% abv or higher.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/25/08. Bottle. Initially pours a clear orange/amber, but once the yeast is poured in (it doesn't cake at the bottom), the beer becomes quite cloudy. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor of these same fruits, spices, plus a strong alcohol presence. I liked the light fruit notes in this beer...but they didn't go very well with the 12% abv. Side by side with the Boskeun, I'd say that I like the flavor of Still Nacht better, but overall, the beer was less balanced and too alcoholic at times. 7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

Photo of paco1029384756
2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a small bubbly head and similar lacing.

Scent of sugars, fruits, some yeast, bubble gum, caramel and a hint of alcohol. Strange, almost smells more like juice than beer, but it is pretty good.

Taste is very sweet with caramel, sugars, butter, maple syrup and bubble gum. This is just overly sweet, almost sickeningly sweet. The finish is what saves it somewhat, it's a little dry with some graham cracker and light sugars.

Mouthfeel is full, but it's a little syrupy.

Photo of Flup
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with 2007 indicated on the sticker.

Had the beer in my Golden Carolus Chalice.

A. Golden orange colour, good and persistant foam and lacing.

S. Strong fruity and malty smell

T. Very fruity, with some sweet butter caramel/

M. Malty and weet

D. Excellent beer, a great winter beer!

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 drumrboy22
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this one when a local store was cleaning out their back cooler. Managed to find 6 bottles. No idea on the age. I bought it a year ago and it's probably at least two years old by now. Served at cellar temperature.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a De Dolle chalice. Beer is a clear, orange color with an off-white, silky, creamy head. Big carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma was tart apples, grapes and mild funk.

Taste was complex, mixing notes of tart apples, raisins and apricots with bread and grains. Very sweet and slightly tart.

This is really an amazing beer. By far, my favorite xmas seasonal. This is a tough one for me to track down in Colorado, so I'm decided to homebrew a clone this year. I can only hope it comes out half as good as the real thing.

The Mad Brewers don't make a bad beer, but this is probably their best.

Photo of jettjon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.6 oz bottle with no freshness date into my cervoise, even a careful pour yields a towering head of meringue foam easily four fingers high. Very slow fade... serious head on this baby! Color is hazy honey with lots of suspended yeasties toward the bottom of the pour. Citrus on the nose and strong hints of spices like cloves and orange peel. Sweet malt laden with boozy alcohol. A touch of fresh bread and some peppery spice in there, too. In the mouth, it's sharp and crisp with a definite alcohol burn right up front, in the middle, and warming at the back. Crisp citrus faint hop flavor balances nicely against a solid malt backbone, fading to a dry, bitter finish. Sweet and malty through and through, but with peppery spice and a solid jolt of alcoholic warmth to let you know this beer means business. Despite the extreme head, mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, not massively bubbly as I had feared. Finishes up smooth and silky, sliding down the throat with a final alcoholic oomph. Drinkability is very good; this is a great, easy sipping beer meant to be enjoyed slowly and with great respect.

This is one that needs to sit a bit before drinking, both to tame the incredible head and to allow it to warm and open up a bit. After that, however, this is a stellar brew. I'm sorry I bought only one. I'll definitely be looking for more of these. A truly remarkable brew.

Photo of requiem960
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sitting here drinking this beer right now as I type! My first impression was not very good. But, as this beer warms up in my snifter, I'm a lot more impressed.

Pouring rather on the amber side, this beer definitely should not be poured aggressively. The head sits about 3/4" high and is rather foamy. As the beer settles, it still holds about a quarter inch head.

This a really complex beer, I can't really make out what I'm tasting in there. There is definitely some citrus and hops, but I can't put my tongue on exactly what it is.

The mouthfeel improves as this beer sits. At first, the head is abundant and the carbonation gets the best of the beer. After a while, when some of the head subsides, this beer has a great flavorful mouth feel. The alcohol is not hot in this beer, but it definitely tastes like a beer over ten abv. Stille Nacht does not hide it's alcohol well at all!

This is definitely a beer I'd want to drink on a cold winter night. I'd also like to grab an extra bottle or two to put in the cellar to age for 3-5 years. I do enjoy it, but it's not a beer I'd drink on a regular basis. I'm glad I bought a bottle. I will probably buy one or two more to age, and see how well they hold up. However, Stille Nacht is not a beer I'm going to keep on my drink often list.

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a bit weird. i was expecting something a bit deeper in tone. very light colored. an amber with pine pulp murkiness that has a strange yellow tone to it. very strange indeed. thick billowing head that seems to breath through certain spaces of the foam. quite lacy at first. nose is boozy, not 12% boozy but boozy. citric, both hop and ester based, clove, herbal action. taste is strong citrius hop interaction with honey malt like tea with too much lemon. some lemon and pineapple. yeasty palate gives it earthy quality. citrius has peppery finish. the earthy note has a pear ester finish. quite a complex hoppy interaction as friut, hop and herb. this makes some really blends between yeast and malt. definately will have this one again. this is a fantastic beer. not particularly as wintery as expected but non the less. would have given it a higher rating if the first appearance didn't throw one off some much as a strong dark...

would recommend it sit for about 3 minutes before. the carbonation has that burning tongue feeling at first and boozy quality. but smoothes out fantastically after a bit.

highly reccommend to anyone that is a fan of citriusy american pale ales.

steak with a bleu cheese and anchovie garnish in the equation highly recommended.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Dolle Stille Nacht pours a hazy apricot color with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Sweet golden fruit dipped in brandy would describe the aroma. The flavor is similar, golden fruit (although not as sweet as the aroma it's stii pretty sweet), and a hint of alcohol. I definitely feel some warming from the alcohol. Very good.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Still Night pours an amber color with an aggressive foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some lacing remains as you drink it down. Interesting label, looks like a home brew label.

The smell is fruity and spicy. With the first sip you are hit with familiar Belgian yeasty-ness and a in your face spiciness. It is on the rather sweet side and is of brown sugar. The alcohol is really present but isn't burning. It is full bodied and encompassing. There is a tiny bit of hop bitter on the finish. Overall a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark.

Photo of jwinship83
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very light in color for a dark ale. almost like a hazy apple juice. very little head yet good lacing.

S- champagne and very fruity. pear, peach, apple and white grapes mostly.

T- very fruity. alsmot exactly like it smells. has a nice warming sensation as it goes down.

M- this one has a full mouth feel and is pretty syrupy. almost like a barleywine.

D- this was my first time trying something by de dolle and i think ill search out more from them. a little too strong to have more than one at a time, but it has a very unique and distinct taste that im sure ill find myself seeking out fairly often.

Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Dark goldenrod/grey poupon color with a sticky white head. Great lacing with ample legs. Completely hazy. Aromas of freshly baked bread, overripe apricot, raisins, and cinnamon. Flavor is very sweet, with banana and peach esters that melt into a brown sugar finish. Lots of yeast and spice, even a little hop bitterness towards the back of the palate. Full bodied, but even so there's just too much carbonation. A couple of modest sips result in an appreciable belch. Chewy, caky mouthfeel, no alcohol flavors. Drinkability takes a hit from all the CO2. Very good beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of sudsy white head, the body is hazy golden-brown.

S - Strong fruity/ spicy aroma of plums, raisins, almonds, bananas, cloves, black pepper, anise, and a moderate level of wet, mossy, earthy funk. Spectacularly complex aroma.

T - Bready banana flavor up front along with cloves, and nutmeg. Some raisins and caramel appear in the middle and are replaced by molasses and chocolate in the finish along with a lingering tobacco note.

M - Medium-thick body, with very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, an amazingly complex beer. There is a bit of a disconnect between the dark flavors in this beer and its relatively light color. The carbonation borders on being a bit too high and the alcohol is kind of hot, but these minor flaws are overshadowed by the complexity, especially of the aroma. Overall I am quite impressed with this beer and I can't wait to try some more of De Dolle's other offerings.

Photo of mcleod1455
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Orange/Copper blurred by yeast. Endless white lacing

Smell : Hints of orange and malt. Alcohol

Taste : Malty with hints of nuts, alcohol and long aftertaste bitterness

Mouthfeel : Creamy

Take care with 12% ABV... it's easy to get drunk....

Photo of philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice dark copper orange color with a white head that lasts for an eternity. Very nice lacing. Lots of sediment. Smells of apples, dates, lots of malt, and brown sugar with a bit of grape. Very strong nose. Taste is also very intense initially. Apples and dates again, along with oranges, strong malt, lots of brown sugar, and a slight earthiness. A nice bitter character at the end really serves to balance it. No real alcohol presence save for a warming sensation. Though it hides the ABV very well, the 12% does limit the drinkability. Definitely a sipper.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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