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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 96
Gots: 108 | FT: 7
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I don't know if it's the beer talking, but it is fantastic!

I may be a bit bias. Every time I see a beer by this brewery I think it's going to be good. This time I found this beer in a bargain bin for 2 bucks!

I think when a beer gets to be around 12% it almost needs to be drunk like a wine. I started off this beer at around refrigeration temp and the more it warmed up the better it tasted, until at about room temp (I drank it slowwlllly..) amd that was approximately optimal temperature. The ingredients really stood out at that point. It seemed very floral and spiced on the nose and sweet on the tongue. This was only after it warmed up a bit. At colder temps the alcohol seemed to overpower the ingredients. Almost an apricot look and a little bit of a bubblegum smell. Spicy sweet taste with peppery alcohol. More of a creamy head than foamy.

A+ one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottle top has a stamp that says Bottle 2008.

A: It was a little bit of a gusher so I had to pour it more quickly than I otherwise would have. So there ended up being a lot of floaties in the beer. It is a orange-brownish color with a very tiny bubble white head with very good retention. It has decent lacing.

S: The aroma is a very appealing mix of fruit and spicing.

T: The few De Dolle beers I have had so far are so flavorful, I can not really put my finger on the components. This one follows suite. A very nice fruity flavor that is nice and sweet like Belgians should be. I really like the flavor until the finish. There is something that is just a bit off for me. However, it does not last long and the flavor is very tasty while in the mouth.

M: It seems a bit thin for me considering the style. There is nice carbonation, but it doesn't seem to make the beer feel smooth or creamy as I would have hoped.

D: It is a bit of a sipper since its such a high ABV and has quite a warming effect.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured an amber color with offwhite head that faded somewhat slowly and left plenty of good lacing. Also had quite a bit of sediment in it. Smelled of dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol (almost brandy-like). Tasted sugary, yeasty, and fruity (dark fruits). Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but otherwise smooth. The alcohol stung a little bit, bet this one would age nicely.

Photo of damienblack
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big, bubbly light amber, like a cider. Big puffy head that still has a good 1/4 inch on it an hour later. An absolute ton of yeast floaties, it appears like 50/50 beer and floaties. Really don't taste them, though. Also some appear as black flecks in the head. Aroma is strongly spicy and floral, with a big boozey sense. A lot like it tastes, except it works a lot better on the nose. First of all, this is a slick, floral beer. It also tastes soapy, like you sometimes get in very hoppy beers. This isn't hoppy, but still soapy. Also, it tastes acetic to me. Like vinegar, but I don't get any oxidization, so I don't think it is that. Third, it is spicy. Like crazy spicing, even more than you get normally from Christmas beers. Fourth, it is boozey. A definite sipper, but even then, it is still an adventure. Some burn going down the throat. These flavors tend to dominate. Some pluminess, and a bit of sweetness, but overall these two are subdued by the rest. If this was what the brewers were going for, it is very well made. If not, maybe I have a bad bottle, I don't know. But this is a struggle to get through. It is bubbly and big and carbonated, but all of those other aspects just aren't melding well for me.

Photo of VegasBeerFreak
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a 11.6 bottle purchased from 2003. Cellared in my beer fridge since, undisturbed. No date or alc % printed.
Popped off cap with no fizzy surprises. Poured in a british style mug (the widest glass I have, since I'm moving soon all my belgian glasses are packed)

First off I think this beer is past it's prime. Not bad but it does have that syrupy back or finish to it that alot of over-aged malty beers seem to get. Approaching the soy sauce flavor!

Still very complex, fruity, spicy, and floral. Like said before, it's a sipping beer, although the alcohol is not too apparent. The mouthfeel still has a good amount of carbonation and not too dry nor too slick.

It's got HUGE floatie-chunks.
Nothing else really different than the other reviews. I would think this beer is best aged for no more than 4-5 years.

Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with tons of light tan head. It smelled like lots of lemons and wild Belgian yeast, with some orange and coriander and earthy caramel malt, and a bit of brown sugar and alcohol. It tasted like zesty lemon and orange hops with wild Belgian yeast and earthy brown sugar, with lots of spices and a bit of alcohol. It was watery with lots of smooth carbonation, and a spicy aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty complex beer with a nice clean taste and great bottle conditioned body. Not quite as dark or malty as I hoped. Alcohol was noticeable, and with such complexity, this is definitely a sipping beer. It took a long time to pour before drinking due to the massive head, and I've heard that this is better aged. So this beer takes a long time to fully enjoy! But it could be worth the wait.

Photo of grayburn
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, my words will do this beer no justice. The beer pours a surprisingly light coppery color...with a freaking massive head. Freaking massive I tell you. Wow, it fades to a strong ring that laces like a hockey skate.

The smell is amazing, but a bit subdued when playing with such an amazing flavor. A touch of sourness plays well with a caramelly sweetness and some light and dark fruits. Wow.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as can be. excellent drinkability. One of the best beers I have had the luxury of experiencing, thanks guys.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours hazy bronze with a large, foamy tan head.

S - Sweet, reminiscent of bubble gum, fruity.

T - Dark, rich, brown Belgian sugars, dark fruits, rubber, with a warm alcohol finish that lingers for a while.

M - Creamy, velvety, smooth, good carbonation.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.6 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage as stated on botttlecap. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color (with some floaties) and has about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, lacing is decent. It smells like nutmeg, yeast, honey, pears, plums, and a bit of pepper. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes fruity and spicy, like plums, pepper, yeast, apricots, orange peel and nutmeg. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick but has a little bit too much carbonation for me. But with that being said, it was still easy to drink as it's quite smooth. The carbonation is soft so it doesn't hurt the drinkability too much. The 12% ABV isn't too noticable at all. I enjoyed this beer a lot, I'd buy this again in the future. Recommended.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This bottle was treated very carefully and exploded upon opening. It was all I could do to not lose the whole thing to foam. Hazy copper with fair sized near white head, leaves to ring. Tight small bubbled thin lace.

S - Juicy Fruit gum all the way.

T - Fruity, esters, Belgian yeast qualities.

M - Creamy, coating, not as carbed at the initial friggin opening. Dense. Good balance.

D - A bit too strong and heavy, plus you lose a good % to foam.

Photo of crnipeter
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated on 12-05-2010.
330 ml, bottled Nov.2009, aged for a year, into 180 ml Chimay chalice.
Pours effervescent, viscous, hazy, copperish peachy-amber body with tiny floaties, topped by medium, creamy ivory head with good retention that gradualy sets to a thick cloth. Firm laces on the walls.
As the layers of this utterly complex brew are peeled off more and more aromas are revealed with each sniff : white wine, fruity esters of orange, apple, pear, sultanas, candy sugar, peppery phenolics, toasted bread, minute touch of grassy hops and alcohol.
Soft pale malt embraced flavors of white wine, juicy fruitiness of oranges, apple tartness, pear, sultanas, prominent suggary sweetness, peppery spiciness, hoppy bitterness counteracting the sweet tones and warming alcoholic finish.
The medium bodied beer tends to be airy on the palate yet remains creamy thanks to the high viscosity that bridles the apparently moderate to high carbonation.

In short: A viscous, boozy brew with bittersweet fruity tartness reminiscent of a candied citrus peel .

Photo of bskrtz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, served cold - 40 degrees.

A) Golden copper like a two year old penny topped with white 1/2 inch head. Cloudy and bright with floaties a-plenty

S) Sweet malt, caramel, figs & sour dough

T) Delicious, full bodied strong Belgian ale. Smooth, dark fruits and sweet breads

M) Well balanced with ample fine carbonation.

D) This is wonderful stuff but beware -- packs a serious punch.

Photo of mhatters
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from an 11.6oz bottle at my house, this is a 2007 vintage bottle.

Pours an apricotcopper orange, very hazy from the sediment. A strong lacy head.

Fruit and spiced alcohol come through the nose very strongly.

Incredibly delicious, light fruit flavor, with clove and coriander. The finish is strong, hot, and smooth.

The body is just right, mild carbonation that pops in your mouth at each sip.

Photo of stumac
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky apricot color with an immaculate white head. great lacing. the nose is light fruits, slight funk, subtle sourness. the taste is light fruits again, nice sweet citrus, very apparent citrus and floral hops, slight alcohol warmth, heavy carbo in the finish yet very smooth carbo, full bodied, sweet finish. I dig it

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

Got this one as a gift from the Belgian beer tour in California. I have had it before but never reviewed. Thanks guys!

Pours a honey amberish color with a huge foamy head that over flowed out the glass. Too much head.

Smells of tart apples and Belgian yeast. Some caramel malt notes as well.

Tastes almost as it smells with the apple tartness in the finish. Nice maltiness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. High carb which is great for the style.

Overall a tasty brew. I would have it again for sure.

Photo of Stunner97
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark brown with really big foamy head, crazy foam off the pour, extremely cloudy and murky with tons of stuff floating around inside,

Smell- Apples for sure jumping out, lots of yeast, very sweet molasses sugary smell,

Taste- Starts off sugary up front and then finishes off with a bitterness thats very unique, slight chocolate is very prevalent in this but its a bittersweet, has the unique scotch flavor to it

Mouthfeel- light and crisp yet very full bodied, light and slighty creamy mouth feel

Drinkability- The alcohol is definitely very well hidden, not something I could see my self having often and maybe not again, but it was an interesting and experience and very unique, the 12 percent will knock you on your butt and you wont even see it coming, nothing that really dazzled me though, had better.

Photo of robbyc1
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4 inch head, huge, look is cloudy, color like a pumpkin.

Smells like a apple ale, huge fruit like nose, great.

Taste has apples, plums, very fruity, with deep malt behind, but not too sweet, just perfect. Complex as any beer I've had.

Soft and fluffy mouthfeel, unlike any other beer. Wow! Easy drinker for the abv, one of my favorites all time!!

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage served at 53 degrees in my New Belgium Globe glass. Gusher off the cap pop (this is really getting old). Poured the color of apple cider. Hazy clarity with lots of yeast floaties in solution and vigorous effervescence from the nucleation point in the bowl of the glass. Four inch frothy, off-white head slowly dissipated leaving behind thick strands of lacing (at least the head retention was good), before settling into a solid cap. Nose suggests apples and a metallic character. Taste consistent with nose, but also picked up a fairly complex spice profile, a little peppery, and a little alcohol heat, but not at all boozy. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent. Not my favorite from De Dolle, but a decent amount of complexity and nice overall character.

Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage
Poured from a 11.6 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a murky, golden orange with little clarity to speak of. Produced a solid white, fluffy head that laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Smelled like a glass of apple juice. Mixed in was a nice combination of spices and various other fruits that added a nice layer to the aroma. Just wished it was a little more potent.

T- Much like the taste. Very surprised as to how delicious this actually was. Had a deep fruit flavor of aged grapes and apples with cloves and other spices. Finishes with a slight burn that is more than welcomed.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This beer was pretty delicious. Alcohol would be virtually undetectable if it weren't for the slight burn. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Overall, this was one solid beer. I will definitely have to compare this with a fresh one to note the differences. Highly recommend aging this one.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz. with a bottle date 2008. Visible floaties in the bottle. Out of the fridge and warming for about 15 minutes, then opened - not a gush with the cap off but it's mildly happy to see me. I pour it off a bit into the Ommegang chalice, let it breathe and pour an additional amount.

Well, it has a classic eggshell-colored head...pouring carefully I get a full finger and then some. It's so thick it's almost doughy and can see it jiggle like my beer gut when I type. There are a fair amount of floaties in the honey-copper body - as I was rather careful with this one it's slightly aesthetically unpleasant. This is viscous. Looks like spent peanut oil in a deep fryer, it's so thick.

The yeast is this is nice and electric with a slight...actually a moderate, sour tinge of citrus and mildly peppery spice. The grain profile is bright - not stewy or husky at all. No sense of burn - a little bit of saltiness, carbonation and mild coriander. LOTS of zest - both orange and lemon.

There's a little bit of metallic barnyard taste here - maybe not hay and horseblanket but maybe a rusty nail that the horse brushed up against - hopefully he or she didn't get hurt. That light grain huskiness shows up here though and adds to the orange zest quotient and the huge yeastiness. Maybe not the most pristine Belgian I've come across but it's fairly complex. So thick the residual sweetness is from a light dose of maybe candi sugar and a bit of booziness. Carbonation lightens it up a little to keep it clean. Gets more velvety with warmth.

All this needs is a few minutes and it mellows out a bit to be fairly clean, quite husky and even a little on the heavy side. It blankets the palate and the back of the throat to be rather soothing - the booze burns but it's wrapped in thick viscous liquid and slight residual sugar to keep it tolerable.

Hey, it ends up being a little on the heavy side but the complexity acquits itself nicely. Maybe something I won't reach for every day but a well-done effort nonetheless. Good change-up.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a nice orange -gold, a bit hazy, with a big white fluffy head. Just a bit of particulate matter floating around in there.

Nose is apricot and tropical fruits, some yeast, floral.

Taste starts off with a big dose of tropical fruit and apricots, with a bit of candy sugar in there also, but balanced by a nice combination of dry, spicy yeast, and a floral hop presence underneath.

Mouthfeel is a big, sharp, dry carbonation, almost exploding in your mouth - dryness is welcome, but the carbonation is just a bit aggressive for me.

Definitely a sipper, but one I would buy again without hesitation. I have never been disappointed with a de Dolle beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.6 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Bottled in 2008 printed on cap:

Foamed up as soon as I opened the cap. Pours almost all head initially, though it does settle, and a subsequent pour (yes, of this little one - needed it) has less foaming. It pours a deep golden, caramelish-colour. Floaties, some of which are a bit big, swirl around. The head is "gusher"- like, though does descend to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks, at first.

The smell is yeasty, bready with some candy sugar and a hint of anise. Grassy/herbal spicing more noticeable at first, though some plumb/raisin comes through on the subsequent pour.

The taste is of spicy fruitcake, with obvious alcohol - sweet fruity jam with some spicing, and some sour notes. After alcohol settles (a bit) more maltiness shows. It has a plum wine character to it as it progresses. A cinnamon-like spiciness lingers. It has a hot, dry fruit finish.

Slow swishing over the tongue produces more head. I let it sit even more (reaching room temp. for sure) and it gains more of a body, but still too fizzy. I like that nice effervescence in a Belgian, but this pushes it.

A slow-sipper - Didn't have on Christmas... but, it was a nice warmer on a cold day in very early March after a heavy snowstorm.

Photo of surfer4life
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark golden with much murkiness, no transparency whatsoever. Thick thick head hangs around through with minimal lacing.

S - Heavy malt aromas, caramel and tofee mixed with grapefruit and oranges with a bready smell as well. The smells exceptional.

T - Very fruity, apples, raisins, pears and citrus. Alcohol taste is present but does not overwhelm. Very small hints of bitterness here and there with a very fine sweet finish.

M - As is expected, it has a very high cabonation level, full body and with some creaminess. Leaves the pallet tingling and begging for more.

D - At 12% I dare say this is a once in a while beer, I could not drink more than one of these every once in a while, but it is so so good.

Photo of spointon
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a skinny 11.2oz brown bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy gold/amber color with a lot of carbonation release and some chunky sediment in suspension. The white head poured HUGE, easily 3" tall and dropped slowly to a thin cap. Some lace on the glass.

S= I was slightly disappointed by the aroma of this beer. It was fairly muted for the style, with the yeast and the alcohol taking center stage. The malty sweetness, hops, and the ester notes were there but fainter that I would have liked.

T= What this beer lacked in aroma it made up for in flavor. I found it to be malty rich on the front end, with esters and caramel dancing around together. There was also an earthy/grassy note leading into the huge chalky yeast presence. Funkadelic for sure. Finish was dry and crisp.

MF= Medium body with a beautiful effervescent carbonation level.

D= This was another good ale from DeDolle, but IMO its not one of their best. Both Oerbier and the Mad Bitch are better. Still its worth a try for all fans of the brewery and/or the style.

Photo of JBogan
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very slow and easy pour created a huge foamy white cap which remained throughout and left good lacing. Vigorous bubbles continuously cycle the chunks of sediment around in the glass.

Smells of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is exactly as the aroma. Quite a bitter aftertaste in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very prickly and smooth, with a medium to thick body.

This beer is most definitely a sipper. The alcohol makes for a great winter warmer, but after one bottle that was enough.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.