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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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872 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 94
Gots: 106 | FT: 6
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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 dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $4.99, this beer pours a HUGE, frothy, foamy, and immense head with incredible staying power... smell is replete with caramel, malts, sweet sugar, and yeast... taste is equally malty and rich, very thick and full with deep caramel notes... I've heard that this is Belgian beer has the highest gravity... and its thickness and richness is certainly detectable in its overhwelming flavor that sticks to the pallate and doesn't let go... 12% ABV is certainly noticeable, with a strong flavor permeading throughout... Very, very, sweet and ultra-thick and rich to the point of almost being overbearing... this beer won't stop attacking your taste buds... such a strong and flavorful taste that you got to sit back, relax and truly sip this one over a long period of time... an eccentric brew to say the least... a sipper that you got to take your time and enjoy... good stuff...

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a thin head that disappeared rather quickly.
Nose was a bit tart loaded with fruit (figs, prunes, raisins, apricots, perhaps slightly fermented apples) and caramel brown sugar sweetness.

Malty sweet taste with loads of fruit and the caramel sweetness and a crisp and bitter finish. There is a slightly herbal quality to the taste as well

Alcohol is masked dangerously well, this one can really rock you in no time at all.

I would jump at the chance to have this again.

Photo of baggio
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage!

A: Orange with a small head. Bits of yeast floating around.

S: Pepper, yeast, green apples, candy sugar.

T: Apples, Prunes, alcohol, syrup, vanilla, wine(!)

M: Rich and complex with lots of acidity and sparkling-wine like qualities. Lots of carbonation but tiny bubbles makes for an easy drink.

This is just dangeoursly drinkable. So very intense and filled with different tastes it's almost overwhelming. Perfect for sipping on during a couple of hours. De Dolle Brouwers, you have my uttermost respect! Recommended!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My waitress poured this really fast so all the sediment is in here.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. slight sour fruit smell on the nose with some belgian yeast and baked goods. Taste is slightly sour up front but that fades fast into dark fruit and belgian sugar and yeast with slight sour cherry. Smooth silky mouthfeel is a touch thin for my taste. Sugary residue remains on lips. Fairly drinkable and a good selection, would be great with a little age.

Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy and murky, frantically floatied honey golden yellow. Two fingers of sculpted off-white head linger long. Lacing swings and swirls along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a deep malt sweetness is plum and raisin fruity. Candy sugar and earthy esters carry mild clove and crisp ripe apple. Alcohol is muted but present.

Upon sipping, the malt is sugary and lip-smacking sweet, with a basic brown sugar and molasses earthiness. Dark cherry and dried sloe meld with crisp esters boasting clove, coriander, and green apple. The alcohol is considerably warmer here. Residual malt sweetness is heavy and only slightly dried by a very mild but distinctly crisp finish. It's a bit see-saw with its balance, but it's also very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, it's stick and slick all at once, with a creamy and crisp presence.

I'd say two nights before Christmas is a fine time to drink this, and it's a nice touch this time of year. The flavor has a sweet bias, but it's a manageable slant. The ABV is bulky, but it's worked into the big picture nicely and well. Silent night on a silent night, not a bad bit of harmony.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml picked up at the Boise Coop for about $5.50.. enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip while working on work stuff for tomorrow.

Big head lite tan head that drops quickly to form a solid collar .. atop a hazy peach/lite orange brew... not dark at all... Despite a careful pour, there is ALOT of yeast left in the bottle, so I am dumping close to an inch and a half down the drain... I just don't feel like that much yeastiness tonight..

Aroma is big candy sugar and Belgian pale malts... spicy and fruity... thick white peaches served in a simple sugar syrup with light fresh grated nutmeg.

Flavor is the same as aroma but more so ... more complex fruits... green apples and melon ... big viscous body with a bursting carbonation... lingering spicy apricot finish... yummy.

A great beer that I am suprised I've never reviewed.... I've had it probably a dozen time over the years and like it so much, a few friends received a bottle as a Christmas gift this year.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber brown with some head. Nose is like rotten apple skins, but not in a rancid way. Flavor is extremely sweet with almost a brown sugar flavor to it. Strong and pungent. Definitely a winter beer. I just want to light a log and throw it on the fire and sip this thing for the next hour....or two. Mouthfeel is a little thinner off less carbonation than I like, and also syrupy due to it’s style, but the drinkability is very high even though it is a "sipper". I could go for these all night...especially on Christmas Eve as I stare at presents under the tree with someone very attractive next to my side. Hey, baby. What’s shakin’.

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

Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured cloudy appricot with a few yeast chunks floating in it. Nice thin white head Aromas of appricot, belguim yeast and some alcohol nice medium to thick mouth feel, flavors of sweet fruit honey spices with a light touch of hops, the alcohol is well hidden in this one of 12% this is a wonderful winter sipper.

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NutBrown for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a murky golden amber color, some carbonation, little little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some oil slicks, and some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, sweet, with some figs, prunes, raisins, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome really love this one, malty, very nice sweetness to it, dark fruits, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Full body. Very drinkable, love this brew, highly recommended.

Photo of Xadoor
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this beer during a recent trip to Belgium. One of the locals that I got to talking with in the 't Brugs Beertje bar in Bruges insisted that I needed to try it. The bartender informed us that they had multiple years of it as well, so we ended up doing a vertical tasting of the '05, '06 and '07. Its definitely a beer that ages well, with the flavours and aroma mellowing nicely. Aroma and flavour are both sweet and fruity, with a bit of spiciness in the finish. A delightful warming affect as expected, but at a respectable 12% ABV, this is beer to enjoy slowly, perhaps as an evening-ender.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stille Nacht

11.2 oz bottle from Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ

A- Hazy cloudy orange with a, too, thick white head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Strong sweet grapes. Like a Chardonny or Zinfidel whichever is the sweeter 1.
T- Sweet wine grapes. Not much else.
M- sweet and fruity throughout. Slight booziness in the end.

Overall- Nah, not a fan! Too much like wine.

Photo of sinistermadman
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color while emanating a decent sized head. Wonderful bouquet of fruit, sugar and spicy alcohol aroma. Quite a complex flavor profile. I get ripened nectarine, peach, peppery alcohol notes and many other flavors which my uneducated palate struggles to identify. Medium-full mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish - ends with a definite warming sensation from the alcohol. Very satisfying presence on the palate as a prickly bath of carbonation floats the taste over the taste buds. Considering the 12% abv this one is a knockout. Makes a great dessert beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber with copious amounts of foam. Not especially impressive looking.

Smell: The nose is strong and sweet. It definitely has a wintry character to it; it reminds me of fruitcake, pumpkin pie, and other heavily spiced desserts.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with a long, buttery brown sugar aftertaste. It's like drinking a caramel apple. This is a sipping beer, not only due to the high ABV (which is very well hidden), but also due to the intensely strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated with a thick, syrupy texture. It has a warming quality to it that is perfect for cold winter nights.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing an 11 oz bottle, but it's too strong to make me want to go back for seconds.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I am a bit disappointed with this one. I have heard much about it and have been looking for it off and on for some time now. I finally located it and now that I've had it, it seems that it simply doesn't hold up to the hype surrounding it. It is a good beer at best, not great or fantastic, simply good. The appearance isn't very dark at all, and in fact looks more like a glass of murky, muddy, river water than anything else. Smell is rather pleasing with loads of yeasty notes and a bit of spice. Taste, too is okay with many profiles common with Belgians. Something I must admit with this one, is the 12% is very, very well concealed, and while an abundance of CO2 lead me to score this simply average on mouthfeel, the well hidden 12%abv makes this dangerously drinkable, all things considered. Overall, not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting, I suppose. I may buy it again in the future, but I certainly won't be rushing out to get more.

Photo of hero27
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.6 oz bottle.

Glowing apricot...some flakes of sediment floating about.
Fizzy head that actually holds up really well.
Very spicy aroma as soon as I pop the cap...cloves, coriander, orange peel, tangerine, and a touch of alcohol. Intriguing..
Sweet & fruity up-front..sticky mouthfeel. Fresh fruit nectar, lingering floral hops, and a sugary, candied syrup mixture. The spices are very bold yet somehow remain tolerable. Fantastic.
I let this warm to room temp and it gets even more smooth & the flavors just seem to jump out with every sip. Complex, rich, and endlessly drinkable...no way this is 12%...wow, i'd guess MAYBE 8-9 at the high end. The drinkability is superb if this is indeed 12%.

There seem to be kind of mixed reviews of this beer, but personally I think this stuff is incredible. Don't hesitate to try it.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A repost of a previous review for the wrong beer. The label is damn near exactly like that of the 2000 Special Reserva.

Now that I look like an asshole – sorry Matt, my bad – here it is.

A: Pours a murky goldish orange. Pure white head of 3/8" that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a nice ring around the peak of the glass.

S: If I could leave the smell description at one word, it would be – Damn. Peachy and sweet, with a wild grain back drop. I hope it tastes even half as good as it smells.

T: Oh God, this beer is good. Vibrant fruity sweetness with the perfect balance of acid. Bitterness is apparent in touches of spice, not hops, but this shares a small second stage with the alcohol. Pretty much the same grainy aspects that Bos Keun is built on, but amped up with residual fruit and spice notes.

M: Perfect again. Lively and active bubbles carry the flavor across without stealing the stage.

D: For a 12% beer, this is amazingly drinkable. It's a good thing I only bought one. But, when I clear the store of every last one of these beers, it'll be harder to hold on to them. Without question, one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 11.6oz bottle, the cap said 'bottled 2006 12%'. Poured into a tumbler, Stille Nacht is a hazy burnt gold with a medium sized, thick off-white head that is slow to recede and leaves thick foamy lace.

The smell is strong, sweet grain, citrus and spice.

The taste is pretty robust as well, sweet and boozy, with lots of banana and honey, with a sharp, dry finish. I'm not sure why this is listed as a BSDA, looks and tastes like a BSPA to me, or maybe a tripel. Enjoyable, but a bit heavy on the fusels.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but lightened by a creamy, huge carbonation.

Pretty tasty, but too rich and strong to be very drinkable beyond sipping one, at least right now. I've got a bunch of this in the cellar, can't wait to see how it developes!

Photo of TripelMajor
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delicious, absolutely delicious! 2006 vintage. It's had a year to morph.

An interesting color, lighter than I would have expected for a winter ale, especially one of this color, a deep pale. Picture perfect head. With the typically large bubbles of a De Dolle brew.

Nose is like a barley wine. An aggressive burst of malt and hops. Smells like a beer cologne. The tastes differ from the nose, which is more herbal and choc full of alcohol aromas.

Tastes... like warm apple pie. It really does. Warm alcohol with spice and apple notes. Fall flavors, a little off for a "winter beer" but absolutely delicious none the less. Couldn't put this one down. I usually don't like sweet/fruity beers, but this one had enough body, alcohol and hop bite to make it worth my time and money.

Thick and hearty, but a bit to astringent in the mouth. It coats the mouth like other De Dolles, but not as much as other beers with such a high ABV (and 12 is about as high as it gets!)

Entirely drinkable for a beer of this strength, but it is one that demands sipping. I defy any one to drink this in under 20 minutes. In fact I took almost a half hour, and I'm sure the spelling and punctuation mistakes are evident in this review....

Photo of doubleipa
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost no head. Clear, but with some yeaties floating around despite a careful pour. Good aroma of grass, heavy yeast, raisin, pepper, and alcohol. Kind of syrupy with a light carbonation. Long finish. Maybe a little bit too sweet for me, however. Ok, but I don't think I'll pick up any more.

Photo of far333
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
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 jim102864
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this Belgian stong dark at a beer bar in Decatur, GA if you can believe it. Stop by the Brick Store Pub. You won't be dissapointed.

Served in a 11.2 oz bottle, this hefty little strong dark poured a tannish yellow with a bubbly honey comb, white head and was served in a short tulip glas. The lace hugs the glass to the finish.

Aroma is wheaty, with hints of honey and somewhat sweet, but with moderate alcohol in the background.

Taste offers candied sugar which is more in the background than in the forefront; bananas, but only a hint, and yeast. Mildly carbonated.

The mouthfeel is light and balanced. Any flavors slide over the palatte quickly. Not an exciting experience but not bad either.

If if were on the beer menu and nothing else caught my eye, I'd drink it again. Otherwise, not a Belgian I would ernestly seek out.

Photo of BobThomas
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.3 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.

No sound upon opening the bottle. Poured an amber color with no head, hardly any lacing, and very few struggling bubbles trying to make their way to the top. I'm starting to wonder how old this bottle is.

Well, I was sort of expecting a lot of oxidation here do to the appearance, but no I was wrong and extremely surprised. What a nose! Smells like an entire fresh bowl of fruit salad and some cookies baking in the oven. I think I can smell this beer all day. Never even came close to another beer like it. I'm very surprised.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell, and now I'm really not sure I want a fruit salad in my beer anymore. It's almost to the point of being sickening. I mean, it tastes good, not a lot of heat for a beer this strong, but my god it's sweet. To be honest, I had about five sips, and gave it away.

Well, I really can never imagine drinking a whole bottle of one of these. I'm glad I tried it though, cause it's a most interesting beer.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, three fingers of cream colored head. Huge lace like a panoramic Rorschach test.

Smells of nuts and dough, like pecan pie, with apple, peach, butter, coriander, clove, wet river rocks, solvent and alcohol. Hints of cumin and cinnamon. Rich.

Tastes like a sledgehammer blow, then numbing. Very sweet, with loads of cookie doughy malt, apple, alcohol and solvent. Some roasted nuts, spice, licorice, minerality. Not really balanced, but tasty after the initial shock, in small sips. Long finish of sweet, minty booze.

Mouthfeel does turn a bit watery, but the the huge sweetness, solvent and alcohol make the mouthfeel (and everything else in my environment) difficult to notice. There is a mild astringency like nut skins.

Drinkability? Nay. A sipper, to be sure.

This beer pushes an almost stomach-churning envelope, but manages to be enjoyable in a slightly masochistic way. Drinking this might be compared to getting pushed down some stairs by a stocky old lady.

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy long lasting 3" head. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big yeast aromas, citrus, and general spiciness with coriander being the most prominent.

Taste: yeast, coriander, clove, sweet pears, green apples, and a mild bitterness are wrapped in a warming alcohol tone. The spices are not overpowering at all here and are well balanced in the beer's framework.

Mouthfeel: very crisp from start to finish. Long yeast, citrus, and spice filled aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: another hgh alcohol beer that can be dangerous. Drinking more than 2-3 in a night session would oversaturate the tastebuds. Great beer in a single bottle session.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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