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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 94
Gots: 106 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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 rallison
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a bit under cellar temp into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Bought from Vin de Pays in Long Beach.

A: Hazy amber brown with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S: Smells at first sort of like cider, then some alcohol and banana-like sweetness.

T: Whoa! Intense flavor. Belgian candi sugar, banana, a touch of licorice, dates. Some tartness in the background too. Brandy-like notes. Each sip and more flavors reveal themselves. Quite an enjoyable beer! Alcohol is definitely evident, however it provides a nice warming for this beer.

M: Nice and rich. Very full body, with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Could one easily session this? No. And it is not meant to. I give decent drinkability ratings for the fact that this beer is delicious and a bottle goes too quickly.

Very enjoyable! Can't say I've had much like it. Recommended!

Photo of rkowalick
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This poured a tranlucent amber with abolutely no head and very little lacing. I think I got a bad bottle. The smell is outrageous. Classic beglian yeast esters, brown sugar, tangerines, and a hint of pluminess. It tastes like something I feel compelled to sip on. Very sweet and cloying, but the flavors accumulate quickly. Lots of spicey notes, with a background of fruity belgian esters and an ever present dark sweetness that leads into a warming alcohol finished filled with spices and a slightly cloying malty sweetness. It definately needs carbonation to hold the sweetness at bay.

Overall,. this was reasonable enjoyable to sip on, but I wish I had gotten a well carbonated bottle. The intensity of the flavors kept the drinkibility to a minimun. As I look at other reviews that state a "big pillowy head," I feel like I have been cheated out of the true essence of this very unique brew.

Photo of calinative68
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in an Ommagang challis.
A - Golden and decent head
S - Apples
T- Sweet, slightly tart with pepper. Good belgian flavor
M - Warm, boozy
D - Good sipper on cold evenings in front of the fireplace.

I really enjoyed this ale. At first smell, you think your getting yourself into an cider, but at frist drink you aren't let down. I
will need to buy some more before the air outside gets warmer.
Highly recommended!

Photo of janubio
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What have they done to this wonderful beer? It used to be a brown-reddish one and now I watched amazed while poring a golden apricot beer. It still pus a good head that lingers for a while, but aroma and taste has many differences.
I'll rate the 2004 vintage. I find a like champagne smell, with orange and vanilla, where I used to find chocolate, dark fruits, dates, prunes and honey.
In the mouth, I notice sherry wine, oranges, coriander, hints of something like clove or maybe cardamom, caramel, peachs and vanilla. I used to notice ind the dark versions raisins, chocolate, honey, and it was so think that reminded me of a cake.
It's a great and complex beer yet, and probably will be better with age, but... please, brink back the old Stille Nacht, one of the beers I would have rated a complete 5.

Photo of paleoplant
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smelled wonderful and it may have been the most wonderful part. The appearance of the beer looked like hard cider and it also had a cider taste mixed with a Belgian strong dark. There was hint of orange peel and spice. The carbonation seemed strong but the flavor and mouthfeel were complex. Overall, the beer was enjoyable and I would drink it again, but this definitely a unique beer.

Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a huge head. It is about the color of murky water. The smell is alcohol and bannannas. The taste is fruity and sweet. Mouthfeel isstrong. This beer is a sipper. Many fruity flavers are hidden and the alcohol is clawing to escape. This beer attacks your tastebuds.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2006, drank early 2007.

Small 33ml brown bottle, this is the 12% version, so may not follow others reviews, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru large tulip glass.

Impressive slightly off white, huge head, which hung around for some time. The head sat on a almost hazy yellow body of liquid. Although this is classed as a dark ale, it is fairly light in appearance, even if you allow the sediment to get into your glass.

Aroma of sour yeast, citrus fruits, strong and heavy, with vanilla and bannanas in the mix somewhere too.

Taste is both bitter and sour, tart with a fizzy yeasty flavour which gives the beer an overall pleasing, refreshing feel to it.

The flavours stay in the mouth for a while, giving this beer a good strong mouthfeel, the yeast flavour stays the longest, leaving a bitter, truely yeasty taste in your mouth, at 12% you would expect it to hang around in the mouth though, wouldn't you?

Very good beer, couldn't drink it all night (without falling over), but a fine example of what Belgium can produce.

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

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is an opaque golden-orange hue topped by a good inch of creamy off-white head that retains very well and leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma is herby, with some holiday spice, lightly sweet malt, and more than a little alcohol. The herby character is dominant on the palate, especially up front. Sweet malt emerges to balance it out, with spicy notes of tropical fruit and a touch of treacle coming through right before the swallow. Body is rich, silky, and creamy, very enjoyable. Highly drinkable for a strong dark ale. Wish I had purchased more than one bottle this holiday season.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a silky one finger off white head over a deep copper-amber body. Head drops fairly quickly to a ring that leaves moderate lace. Aromas of green apple man-handle the nose, but a bit of straw and caramel malt also get through. The flavor is, well, wow! There are waves upon waves of complexity that my feeble words can only seek to approximate. Caramel leads the charge and remains present throughout. In the middle we find a light peppery spiciness combining with a mixture of oak, biscuits and Belgian yeast. Berry flavors pick up the finish and linger afterward. A marshmallow sweetness is lingers throughout, some might consider it a tad slick, but there is enough of a background hop bitterness that restrains the sugars to precisely the right amount; a Moderate fine natural carbonation helps in the effort too. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel.

Praise be St. Arnold! This is beer at its finest. That little snowman on the label has been rightly crowned as this is truly a regal concoction. The complexity of this ale is the closest I’ve come to witnessing divine inspiration (fine, madness).

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange, purple, amber mix depending on the lighting it seems. Good foaming head in the mini-snifter, chunky.
Smells of soft fruit and yeast. Banana and persimmon seem to take the first whiffs. Then on to tangerine and peach. Yeast gives it an extra richness.
Tastes well of the soft fruits and yeast. Sweet malt compliments well the fruits. Sort of glides through the mouth and swallows itself. Little effort enjoying this one.

Photo of BeerHonky
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, served in a medium sized wine glass. About three quarters full and a nice fluffy white head about two fingers tall filled the rest of the glass. Beautiful golden-orange color that is slightly cloudy. Darker at the center with yellow highlights on the fringes. Smells AWESOME with lots of fruity esters. I can pick out a lot of different citrus fruits, even some apricot, with some banana mixed in there as well. Spells JUICY. And sure enough, it is indeed juicy. Up first is a blast of delicious fruit esters that are very well balanced. Juicy pear, some citrus notes and a little gumball/banana as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Once past the fruit I got a nice, light malt sweetness that was mixed with a nice bit of dry spice flavor. Alcohol is well hidden in this brew which makes it a little easier to drink.
This is perhaps my favorite belgian ale to this day. Frickin' delicious.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

White capped, 12% ABV, bottled in 2006. I tried the Still Nacht 2002 on tap at Delaney's in New Haven recently and it was honestly one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

Sediment/yeast heavy burnt-orange bottom. Hazy. Full, thick, creamy white crown that settles slowly. Leaves nice sticky lacing.

Phenol laden aroma. Traces of alcohol. Funky belgian yeast. Some sweet notes as it warms; butterscotch and caramel. Hints of fruit, apple and pear. White grape. Pleasant.

Phenolic-heavy flavor with a noticeable booze presence. Sweet malts, slightly burnt caramel. I remember reading a review from one of the brothers that described a flavor as booze-soaked raisins; I think that's well apt in this brew. More apples in the flavor. Nice, but a bit phenolic and booze heavy for my tastes. White grape finish that I find typical in many Belgians, but this one is much sweeter overall. Creamy and full-bodied.

Nice sipping brew, but nowhere near as good as that 2002 on tap. If you're anywhere near Delaney's in New Haven then you have to try it. This one is decent.

Photo of shbobdb
2.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


Well, first off, I would have called this beer a Belgian Pale Strong Ale, but I guess that cutoff is fairly subjective.

Anyway, it pours a light, opaque amber with a huge head that it can't sustain for more than a few seconds.

It reeks of phenols, really quite one-dimensional and medicinal

It tastes the same.

The mouthfeel, however, is quite full. I liked that.

Drinkability? I'm lucky it comes in a small bottle, but even this is a challenge to finish.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 5 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: light golden-orange under a wispy white foam head.

Nose: light fruit and brown sugar, golden raisins and a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste: all golden raisins and brown sugar...lots of sugar. This is a sweet f-ing beer. Apple skins and booze in finish.

Feel: slick, a little flat on carb.

Drinkability/Overall: interesting for sure. Just soooo sweet that it's hard to get over. Not necessarily cloying, but too sweet to drink more than one. Glad to be splitting the bottle with Steve. Hmmmm.

Photo of Umbra
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The white capped version from 2006 with the heftier 12% abv, enjoyed XMas eve while opening some late night early presents.
Pours a hazy orangey peach with a quickly dissapearing head. Nice lacing throughout.
Got a bunch of vanilla and apples in the nose.
Big mix of flavors, coming off both sweet and tart at times. Apples, raisins and vanilla on the front end. Got some spiciness on the end with some oaky stuff coming through. Was slightly different during each drag from the tulip.
Mouthfeel was fast and delicious. Came off as quite drinkable with a ninja-like, hidden ABV.

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

Pours a very hazy amber with a good head and lacing. Aroma is sour and smells slightly of grape must and pommace with banana and sweeter smells emerging on the finish. Taste is of juicy fruit, cherries, cinammon, tangy malt, and some late astringency. Nice balanced mouthfeel and interesting enough for very good drinkability.

Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2005 version with the white cap marked SPEC BREW 2005. It is the regular Stille Nacht bumped up to 12% abv(from 8%) not to be confused with the Special Reserva 2005, which is the barrel aged version with a yellow cap and background colors.
Appears a hazy, dense orange with a creamy white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Hearty particles are suspended throughout.
Smell is of oak, vanilla, light funk, golden raisins, tart apples, brown sugar, mild peach...very addictive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in a slightly sweet/tart mix that makes me want to run out and buy this up whenever I see it.
Mouthfeel is of sweetness up front but superbly balanced all in a medium, funkadelic mix.
Don't be shy, friends. Do this brew. Embrace it. Life is good and De Dolle Stille Nacht is a suppliment for the long, joyous journey.

2006 version tasted 11/21/08:
Appears a hazy, dark, orange toned amber with an off white head that quickly fades. Lots of yeast chunks, despite careful decanting.
Smell is of intense cookie dough,with huge notes of brandy, port, and sherry come to mind with vanilla, and brown sugar thrown in the mix. There is a very, very slight hint of oxidation which makes me think this should be enjoyed sooner than later. Seriously, I don't think it will be peaking past 2009.
Taste - wow...not tart like the 2005 but not overly sweet either. This is truly the sherry of the beer world.
Mouthfeel is hot, smooth, and full bodied. I'm impressed that they were able to get a beer to taste like this! More, please!

Photo of phishgator
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a wide mouthed goblet. The color is a hazy golden/orange. The head is big, but it dissipates quickly to leave nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is of honey, figs, a little citrus, and candi sugar. The taste is malty, sugary, honey sweet. The honey dominates the flavor. The mouth is coated by the slicky sweet nectar. A nice winter seasonal that is a good find for anyone.

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy golden color with hints of orange; the yeast seems to float around. Very little head, I initially thought it was flat. Has a cider/champagne smell, very candy like, dark fruit. The sweetness hits right away, it's a bit overpowering. Slight caramel malt taste, you can taste the alcohol going down. It has a creamy mouthfeel to it, light carbonation. A very sweet beer, something to sip. I would only drink one, can't imagine drinking 2 of these in a row. Overall a good ale but I need to go brush my teeth now.

Photo of tcfishler
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy dull toffee-like amber. No real head developed, but some sticky lacing is present.

Glorious baking spice nose, with plenty of vanilla to round things out.

Frankly sweet on the attack, with a heavy, sticky palate presence. Carbonation is low. Perfumey in the nasopharynx, with lots of vanilla and a candylike sensation. Finishes slightly bitter but still sweet. Some fruity tanginess is there, struggling to balance out the sweetness. A bit of herbaceous and grapefruity hops on the finish.

A very sweet beer, for dessert only. I can't get into this style personally, though.

Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.6 oz bottle, purchased 11/23/05 and kept refrigerated. Pours a hazy golden amber with lots of yeast floaties especially at the bottom of the bottle. The head is small, off-white, and fizzy. It quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty yeast, sharp cidery apples, oak and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet and sugary malts with fruits and alcohol and a decent bitter finish that helps balance things out. The mouthfeel is full and velvety.

Overall, a fine Belgian. Normally I don't care for sugary sweetness and alcohol, but it is well blended and balanced here.

Photo of nortmand
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is brown amber and slightly cloudy with virtually no head. The little head that is there fizzles away quickly, like soda. I expect more insanity from a Belgian beer.

The most prominent smell is sweet candied plum. There is also the edge of a funky acetic character hidden beneath the caramelized fruit aromas.

Spicy sweet up front, turns into a sweet pickle relish flavor by midtongue. Sweetness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Leave a burnt coriander aftertaste. Some fairly prominent alcohol presence as well.

Big and chewy, my understanding is that this is at least a partially wild beer. I detect some wildness in the aroma, but I suspect that this is a bit underattenuated by the nearly cloying sweetness. Definitely drinkable, but could be a bit drier. I suspect this beer becomes something mighty special after 5-10 years of aging.

Photo of dotlikeimpact
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is unseasonably warm in Chicago tonight, but here we go with a great winter beer.

11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass to counteract the notorious De Dolle head.

Pour: Not as much head as expected, murky golden color body, the head does stick around though.

Smell: Belgian funk, wonderful yeasty and bready scents, great fruit and cake smell.

Taste: Great sharp yeast bite with wonderful sugars dancing on the front of the tongue. Fruity in an apricot and starfruit kind of way. Finish is light but persistant, with a golden apple flavor taking over.

Great beer, complex, intersting new flavors everytime you sip. Holloah!

Photo of Nesued
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 11.6oz bottle. No freshness date.
The neck was "emblazoned" with a "redemption value" label.
5c for LA, OR, VT, FL, NY, ME.
10c for CT, MA, DE, MI

Appearance - Amber hazy pour. The yeast sediment I'm sure contibuting to this. I poured this cold and the head was present for only a short period of time. Not much left after the initial pour. Swirling it disturbed the sediment but did not reform the head.

Smell - Fruity phenol aroma with an added alcohol presence. Taking a bit "sniff" gives a slight burn due to the high alcohol content (I'm guessing). Not much more that the intial fruit aroma.

Taste - The first thing that hit me was the alcohol presence that didn't seem to hide behind much. Very malty which balances the alcohol. I did taste a sugar presence as well that made me focus on something beyond the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Hardly a noticed carbonation to transport the flavors. Even though this only is at 8%, it tastes and feels alot "bigger" than that. A good sipping beer.

Drinkability - I was given one as a present and I can't say I'm eager to get more. This beer was sweet and loaded with an alcohol presence that seemed to make it not much more than a sweet sipping beer from Belgium. I'm a big lover of Belgian's and this is a nice beer, but I've had better/more balanced beers.

Photo of CWiggins
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having enjoyed this brewery's Dulle Teve I decided to investigate their other offerings. Sam's in Durham seems to have all their products, so it was just a matter of choosing which to try. Since this one seems to be their winter release, it seemed appropriate to choose it.

It pours a cloudy, dark gold into my Duvel glass. Some bubbles formed a minor head on the surface, but it didn't last long and left only a thin lacing during the time spent sipping it. After a long whiff I was hooked: nice amount of alcohol combined with pear/apple and candy aromas made for a great nose.

The flavor is intense. it begins with a sugary sweetness and then explodes with honey and sweet bread. Alcohol is always present–I love the warm sensation created by this throughout the taste. The aftertaste is mainly of medium-dark malts, some candy sweetness, and a very slight bitterness. I would like a little less carbonation–it seems to tingle a little much, distracting from the taste–but the mouthfeel is fine. It's medium-bodied with a bit of stickiness that doesn't last very long.

Belgian Strong Dark Ales are fast becoming my favorite style because of their complexity. Every new brewer and bottle is a surprise!

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