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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 96
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 898 | Reviews: 502
Photo of CWiggins
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of yinzer
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cap says 2005

appearance: Basic strong Belgium Ale look. Orange/Yellow with thin head.

smell: Very complex. Belgium yeast, fruity. Told me that I was in for a treat

taste: Some sweetness which I love but it's not over powering. Alcohol is there but this beer has great balance. Great malt backbone. Sometimes I think I get a hint of Brett at the end.

mouthfeel: Full but smooth.

drinkability: Very much so. Each sip brings out different flavors.

This beer is a must try. Will be over the top for some but it might be your next favorite.

Photo of antzman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle. This beer pours a hazy orange/yellow with a thin white head. There seems to be plenty of carbonation in this one. There also seems to be quite a bit of sediment floating in there too! The sediment never settles, it just hangs around, floating in the beer. The aroma is initially sweet, but a tinge of alcohol comes through. Sweet breads, a touch of caramel. The flavor is full of malt sweetness, some bready yeast flavors, nice spices, and a little caramel. The mouthfeel is medium, clings to your palate well, but does not overpower. Excellent beer.

Photo of trep
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Golden honey body with a dissipating head. Leaves some nice lacing on the St. Bernardus glass.

Nice yeasty aroma, some light fruits and white grapes. A bit of sourness also.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Light-Medium body. Caramel, nutty malts with some good fruit in there too. Somewhat sweet, perhaps some brown sugar or maple syrup.

Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. This one goes down like milk. Mouthfeel is similar to that of Guinness Draught. Pretty easy drinking. I would say this is middle of the road for strength (8%) but it never really shows. A solidly drinkable beer.

Photo of dherling
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive honey orange beer capped by an off white foamy head. This is an aromatic beer, it fills the air as its poured. This smells like Belgium, yeasty, spicy, with orange, bread, with some sweet fruity malt. The beer takes you totally by surprise when you drink it though. This is pretty big, lots and lots of malt and alcohol, but smooth. Warm, but not on fire. You start off with the yeast and the malt, then it get sweeter, and finishes with spice and clove, although not really clean, and just short of cloying. If it had just a little more compexity to it, with a cleaner finish, this would be an amazing beer, but it falls short on a few notes. On the whole, an interesting beer with a bit of an indentity problem.

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

Color is dependent upon how much of the yeast you allow. If you pour 90% of the bottle then it looks almost as clear as a pils. From thereafter it goes from belgian wit to german weiss to dark yellow cider. You choose.

Head was minimal on my beer. Just a thin white line. Nose is somewhat faint but sweet.

Palate is an explosion of candied flavors with peaches 'n pears. Very tangy, somewhat tart. I like it.

Finish is tart and mouth puckering. Quite appetizing for the next sip and hence very drinkable to me.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottling.

The smell is strongly malty but with the DeDolle house yeast character too. It's got the same "funk" as their their other beers (a good thing.) Very fruity malt aroma, I get orange peel and pears and some apple. I also get a strong sherry nose (oxidation?) but it's not unpleasant, it's incredibly complex.

Deep orange and clear (poured very carefully, there's lots of sediment in the bottle) with a smallish but persistant head. Leaves a little bit of lacing in the glass.

Very sweet flavor. Lots of brown sugar and honey and tons of base malt. I get more of the citrus character but now it's like orange slices candy. The orange flavor is there but it's sweetened. There is a slight hop bitterness but hops are definitely not the focus here. I get other fruit fermentation character of apples and peaches. Man, this is one complex set of flavors if a little sweet for my taste. I'd give it a 4.8 if possible but 4.5 seems too low.

Full bodied with pretty light carbonation level. it drinks bigger than it really is (8%)

Drinkability is kind of not right. It's an amazingly complex beer with lots of flavors but a full glass is a lot to take. It's a sipper, not a drinker.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Not as dark as I expected. Very cloudy with lots of sediment. body is a saffron color, head is a bit off white. Not an abudantly big head, but there is a nice ring around the glass.

S: Smells sweet, rock candi, apricots, caramel and honey.

T: Reminds me of marmalade jam. Begins very sweet with a strong honey profile. Loads of floral characteristics balanced with strong fruit tones (marmalade, apricots, figs and raisins). Not a lick of bitterness anywhere in this brew, this is pure malt and sugar. Finishes with more strong honey flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a syrupy consistency.

D: Bit too sweet for me. This was over the top sweet. Probably could use a couple of years to round out.

Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow amber color with a small white head lots of little bubbles rising. Falls to ringed bubbles that leaves some light lace.

Aroma is malty a touch of honey, lightly fruity with a good supply of spice and yeasts.

Taste is big on malt light alcohol and fruit flavors. Some good spicenutmeg, cloves light pepper. Overall like a double Triple then a Belgian Dark. Overall good beer little too much alcohol but just a tad and not a big deal.

Mouthfeel is good a solid brew medium approaching full medium carbonation.

Drinkability is ok not bad to start the longer you sip the more the alcohol seems to grow in intensity. Thanks to babydoc and BCG BIF for this bottle.

Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a 355 mL bottle of Stille Nacht served at les Mannequin Pis in Olney, MD.

Appearance: The ale has an amber to orange color with quite a bit of sediment. There is a bit of head, but nothing great.

Smell: The malts dominate the ale, providing a strong sweet nose that is not that great.

Taste: The ale's malts really dominate. There is a clear amount of sugars that imparts a significant sweetness that overpowers the mouth. I found myself unable to finish.

Mouthfeel: Cloyingly sweet.

Drinkability: It is not drinkable, the sweetness and abv overwhelm.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy colour with foamy white head, boozy and yeasty aroma. Taste of fruity yeast and spices and eggy kiche.Sweet nutmeg and pepper and cinammon. Noticeable carbonation, fine, refreshing above average Belgian. Medium mouthfeel.Easy to drink if you like Belgians.

Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com... 2005 date....

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour with light coppery hints... Foamed crazily out of the bottle and poured with huge foamy, meringue like, slightly off white, head into Oerbier glass. Head lasted until about 3 quarters of the way through... Lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sugary sweetness, honey, spicy hops, grassy, fruity (grapefruits, pears, lemons), typical Belgian yeastiness, sea saltiness, biscuity malts, light toastiness..

Taste – Spicy / grassy notes, nice light warming alcohol, syrupy / honey sweetness, floral notes, clove hints, juicy and spicy fruits (apples, definite grapefruits, lemons), biscuity malts, yeasty / bready...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body. Surprisingly drinkable considering the strength although you probably couldn't handle more than one per sitting...

Overall - An excellent beer... Highly recommended... I have another of these which i'll cellar for a couple of years to see what difference it makes...

Photo of haz77
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange with some floaties and a small head which quickly drops to a very thin layer. The head is easily refreshed.

S - Phenols, light fruits, some alcohol, yeast, a little bit of solvent.

T - Starts very sweet with some background fruit notes. About halfway through it becomes buttery and coats the mouth massively. Finishes dry. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M - Very smooth, creamy and coating. Full bodied

D - A very interesting beer from a brilliant brewery. It took a few sips to get into because of the initial sweetness, but was well worth it.

Photo of Lupin
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My BAC? Probably 0.11. About 30 minutes after finishing a bottle of DH World Wide Stout.

12 bottle.

Pours a murky plasma, just barely showing hints of orange in the wider sections of a curved 17oz. pilsner. Little head to speak of, with some bubbles slowly making their way to the surface through bits and bites of suspended yeast. I needed to clean my palate, so I washed the yeast residue once with cold water and again with hot and sampled the result. Very friendly.

Smell is pretty neutral. You can tell that it's strong. Spices and brewing sugars are evident, but nothing really lets itself be known until the first sip.

Flavor, overwhelmingly sweet, but balanced when cold. Malt sugars really start to appear as it warms. There is a lot to explore here. Reminds me a lot of much, much darker brews. Earthy, but with a lot of citrus, as well. Thick, but not in a bad way. If someone told me that raisins or grapes were used, I would not be surprised.

Unfortunately, this beer is better than its rating reflects. I will gladly start my night off in any season with this brew, despite the silly snowman on the label.

Photo of kaimcm
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle 2005 poured into a Duvel goblet. gunsmoke and aroma escape as soon as the cap is popped.

A: body is a beautiful hazy honey with shades of a darker orange. head is almost non existant though. this beer throws a ton of sediment so a very careful pour is essential so little head generated there, and agitation really doesnt bring much to speak of back.

S: the nose is like an open air fruit market. apricots, pinneapples, oranges, some tropical notes. a bit of rum in the candied sugar, rich malt bill. theres even some hints of sensous herbs like lavender.

T/M: medium viscosity carries tons of flavor and complexity. body is honeyed in both flavor and feel but not overly heavy. much of the fruit in the nose comes through, tropical, apples, some bannana. a yeast quality arrises not as noticed in the nose. plenty of sugar that is balanced by the light yeast spice on the finish. alcohol is felt but not tasted. leaves the mouth coated and lightly sweetened like a piece of hard candy.

D: awesome. i wish this was year round and i could get it more easily. as it is ill be very sad when the last bottle sells of my shelf which will be very very soon. great great beer from a great great brewery. rock.

Photo of ggaughan
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep cloudy amber color with absolutely no head to speak of. The aroma I first get is very earthy and a bit sweet, maybe plumy. The taste is very interesting. I get an initial shot of tartness and after it lingers....some sweetness...almost port like. Again I get some plum notes like in the aroma. Very nice. I compare the taste somewhat to the taste I recently got in an 88 bottle of JW Lees Harvest ale. Overall an intersting beer that was worth the try.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been on something of a Belgian Strong Dark kick, and had this recommended to me by a friend. So I crakced this sucker and poured it into my snifter. Golden copper body, foamy white head which fizzed and died quickly, but left excellent lacing. The body seemed slightly carbonated and unfiltered, mild sediment.
The small was more wheat than strong dark; citrus, penols, ripe banana, honey, spice, alcohol. It was very complex, and my palate isnt nearly educated enough to discern some of the milder hints. The taste was a alcohol and citrus up front, followed by honey and wheat. This flavor ended up becoming more sour, until finally smoothing into a vanilla-ish sweet/sour balance.
Now comes the part that really suprised me. This had one of the most interesting mouthfeels of any beer I've ever tasted. It was all over the spectrum; started biting, bitter and kind of sour. Lots of alcohol. At this point I was waititn for the peak of sour/bitterness that always accompanies these things, but it never came. Right before this "peak", and I hate to use that word but I can't think of anything else to call it, the feel levels off into a smoothness, despite still being sour. I know thats obtuse, but I can't describe it any other way.
Drinkability was decent, but holy hell was this a strong beer. I'd say this was a definite sipping beer, but even this doesn't warrant several in an evening. You enjoy one or two of these tops. Overall, a very complex and interesting beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mahogany brown with zero head and very little carbonation. Smell is fairly complex, rather like a barleywine... fruit rinds, molasses, and anise are some of the things that come to mind when I smell this. The taste is big and fruity at first, then medicinal, and then hugely sweet (again, like a barleywine). This beer is very thick on the palate and not too drinkable, unless you really want to feel it in the morning.

Overall, this is one sweet, sweet beer. There's some complexity there, but in the end it's just too much sweetness and syrupiness in one place.

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

from the bottle, poured a cloudy honey with alot of floaties and with a small white head that left a thin layer of lacing. aroma strong hops followed by lemon and and malts with a nice sugar sweetness and a sweet navel orange. flavor the sweetness was like cotton candy, than the hops and malts came out nicely followed by just a touch of alcohol along with some spices. nice smooth mouthfeel enjoyed drinking this. good beer.

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

Appearance was nice, with lots of carbonation and very nice stable head, some yeast particles floating around.
Smell was mild alcoholic, fruity with citrus and ripe apple notes. Quite complex.
Taste was alcoholic, citrus fruity like orange or lemon and herbal, could this be the combination of the hop and the yeast? Wonderfull stuff, also very nice fermented, so not too sweet or sticky.Probably a lot of sugars have been used. The heavy carbonation is sizzling(?) on the tongue. Also a nice warming feel in in my throat. Not very bitter or hoppy.

This beer is a little too alcoholic for me, after this bottle I had a little buzz in my head. But for it's strength it is very balanced, excellent!

Photo of dgallina
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6oz bottle dated 2005.

Poured transparent gold with some floating yeast and light carbonation. No head and little lace. Smells of syrupy caramel, strong whiskey-like alcohol. Caramel flavors up front, building rounded and slightly smoky sweet oak in the center before finishing with very fruity stinging alcoholic warmth. Somewhat more carbonated on the tongue than expected; syrupy and creamy on the palate.

A strong sipping beer. Flavor profile is unusual and very deftly handled.

Photo of aleyeast
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a 11.6 oz bottle

no head to speak of, lace on a light apricot but deep color

orange, citrus, spice maybe coriander

deep flavor tart up front followed by a big dose of sweetness, candied oranges, remember more hops, but I think they are mostly balancing this beer from becoming cloying

definitely a sipping beer, but very enjoyable, after last years fiasco, I was a bit scared to pick this bottle up.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this is my celebration beer for the seattle seahawks winning the nfc championship game. pours a hazy caramel colored brown with an off-white eighth inch head in a chalice. head drops to a ring around the glass quickly. aroma is fruity, wine-like and a touch yeasty. some medicinal aromas as well. first taste is bursting with flavors. corriander, and a little pepper, grapes, apricots, some apples and significant alcohol warming. very vinous, spicy and yeasty bitterness in the dry finish. mouthfeel is a medium body with a creamy roll over your tongue. swallows smoothly. this is a slow sipper. every swallow reminds you of just how much alcohol is in this brew. don't get me wrong, the burn is nice, but don't expect this to disappear in a matter of minutes. overall, this is a tasty belgian with nice fruity and spicy characteristics to help bring in the holidays.

Photo of phisig137
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy 24 karat gold color, with considerable amounts of chunkiness floating in it, despite a very slow pour. Protein flakes everywhere in the beer, makes this truly disgusting to look at. No head and no lacing to speak of.

The smell is one step up from the appearance, showing wheat, a lot of belgian yeast esters, sour apples, a hint of citrus hops, and caramel.

Again, one step up from the aroma is the flavor, which is heavily spicy, espceically corainder and black pepper. It is also very sweet. Some light fruits show through, pears, granny smith apples, even a bit of underripe strawberry. Mouthfeel is probably the heaviest I've ever tasted. No other way to describe it but thick. It almost feels like you're drinking gravy.

All in all, one of the most dynamic beers I've ever tasted. I've never had something taste, look, and smell almost completely diferrent. Aside from looking pretty bad, this beer is great I think, as are most of De Dolle's offerings. Think white beer, on steroids. I think that's pretty close.

Photo of ypsifly
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 11.6oz into a tulip.

Hazed apple juice with some floaties despite a careful pour. Small head of white that shows decent retention yet leaves lots of lace.

The nose is fruity with some sweets and musty yeast. Spicy cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Very nice.

Tastes very fruity with melons, red grapes and beries coted with sugar. A bit of lemon zest pops up in the middle followed by a sugary malt sweetness, some bitter hops and pepper from the alcohol. The sweetness would be cloying if not for the bitterness and pepper flavors.

The mouth is a little too slick for my likeing. The wonderful nose and complex flavors make me like this beer. Yes, I'll have another.

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