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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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872 Ratings
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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 asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.6 ounce brown bottle into my Corsendonk tulip. 2005 is the batch as it says on the cap.

Appearance: An apricot color, and the body is hazy from some yeast that got into the glass. Head doesn't bubble up as much as I expected, but it's still nice and there's a lot of good lacing.

Smell: Tons of sweet ripe fruit (cherry, banana, orange), phenols, Belgian yeast, malt, and a good touch of hops too. A wealth of complexity going on here for sure. Balanced and effervescent.

Taste: Whoa, the first sip is indeed an asskicker. So complex and rich and sweet that it's a shocker. At first I thought it was overly sweet, but as I keep drinking I'm glad that my palate has gotten some practice over the years; this is not a beer for rookies I would say. Tons of fruit, a pretty high phenolic presence, sweet malt and good quelling hops round out the flavors. The complexity is insane; there's a crazy amount of things going on. But especially the fruit and phenolic complexities intermingling make it worth savoring every sip. Finishes sweet, then turns dry, with hops lingering on the tongue in addition to some dark fruit. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, with a good amount of carbonation to make it seem syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A rich and complex brew, one that should ultimately be savored and consumed slowly. Also a great example of the style. I'll surely be having this again. And if you don't think you can handle a whole bottle, I could see this being a great 6 ounces a piece for a couple of folks.

Photo of ryanms3030
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this by saying that I am reviewing a 3 yr aged bottle in particular. In general, I've always regarded Stille Nacht as a good example of a Belgian beer but never one of my favorites. This weekend my friend broke out a bottle that he had aged in his cellar for 3 yrs. It did get much better with age. It was noticeably sweeter then usual. I'm not usualy a fan of beer that is too sweet but with the probable increase in alcohol this had a nice mellow blend. I recomend it for aging , if that's your thing

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

Presentation: 11.6oz bottle. A simple cartoon looking design with a snowma holding a goblet of beer.

Appearance: Very cloudy tan body. There are some yeast chunks floating around. A light tan and massive rocky head forms when poured into the bottle. It only takes a few moments before it slowly dissapates and leaving tons of lace behind.

Smell: A load of alcohol, phenols, honey, and dark fruits. A very strong and thick aroma. Has the caramely malty smell of a barley wine. Very interesting.

Taste: Wow, really strong taste. Malt sweetness, powerful phenols, and strong alcohol hits you with a ton of bricks with the first sip. A thick rich and sweet malt sweetness begins the taste. Then it gives way to the rich dark fruity and lightly toasty body. I think that some Special B they used. Then in a very quick transition, the body lightens as the 8% abv carries on the finish. A very strong and potent belgian phenols throughout the taste. A lightly toasty and phenol aftertaste lingers as a moderate bitterness washes over the palate. You can feel the strength after a few sips.

Notes: This beer is like a barrage of different flavors, one coming right after another, and very quickly. It is quite a potent beer in terms of the Belgian taste and the alcohol. Its not quite as restrained and balanced as other Belgian strong dark ales. Though the alcohol taste is strong, its never hot or solventy. The carbonation is very strong, which makes it a slow sipper. Overall, this is one of those beers that gets you thinking on how they made something like this, and yearn for more.

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this during a Belgian tasting, in the later part of the evening.

A: Clear brown.

S: Sweet malt, with a Belgian, dark fruityness.

T: Balanced slightly to the sweet side, with grape and prune flavours.

M: Light to moderate body is slightly creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: Good.

Thanks Kevin!

Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really unique brewery I've been discovering, though I've only had a few of their beers. Pours a light but rusty looking straw color, nice clarity, with a big ol fluffy head. Don't know if I'd call this a strong dark all, because it's not exactly that dark. More like a triple or a strong pale or something. Smell is of sweet malts and maybe even some candied sugar, along with a nice peppery spicy hop profile. The taste is even sweeter, almost too sweet. Tastes like liquid frosting almost, yet with enough herbal, spicy hops and other spices to balance it out a little. Really smooth, soft mouthfeel. The only thing that keeps this beer from being just that much better and more drinkable is that it's so sweet. It's a nice quiality at first, but it's almost cloying at times. Easy enough to get past though because this beer has so much else going on. Definately worth a shot.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, as promised (to myself), here is my review of a bottle that I have set down and aged since last winter.

The appearance is about the same- peach/apricot/honey color, very viscous, with virtually no head. A separate "yeast shot" did generate some head, but not much to speak of.

Aroma is rich in fruits and honey. Peaches, apricots, oh my.

Flavor is just incredible. I can't think of a better winter warmer. Fruits, honey, vanilla. I described it to my fiancee as " vanilla ice cream with honey on top" and a few minutes later as "sponge cake with brandied fruit and honey"- both are right. Spiciness (mostly black pepper) that was very strong in a (relatively) fresh bottle is much faded; it's still present and adds to complexity, but it does not overpower.

Mouthfeel is rich and full and yummy. Alcohol is no where to be seen. I love this beer. Drinkability is as good as can be for this type of beer.

Photo of Prufrock
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a pilsner.

hazy gold with tons of floating sediment and an inch of pure white head.

sticky sweet, fruity and honey smell with a touch of barny belgian yeast.

taste is heavily sweet, but in a way that's not cloying or syrupy. finishes fairly clean and dry despite the flavor. slick, clean mouthfeel.

sweetness wears out its welcome near the bottom of the glass. can't imagine having more than one, but it's a very well put together belgian brew.

Photo of PatYoda
2.42/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of every other de Dolle beer I've tried, but this - Ack! Way too damn sweet.

Starts off good - nice hazy gold with a beautiful white head that stays around until I pour it down the drain 45 painful minutes later. Smell is very nice - medicinal qualities stand by a cotton candy and bubble gum like sweetness. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

The mecinal qualities are there in the taste as well (in fact sometimes it tastes like pepto bismol) but are completely obliterated by the most horribly cloying sweetness you can possibly imagine. Besides the nice apricot flavors, this tastes like Bubble Yum coated with pure sugar. There are some caramel notes in the finish but absolutely nothing there to balance the sweetness which lingers on an on. The only time this beer was enjoyable was on the first sip before the lingering sweetness. I'll give it a 2.0 - bonus points for complexity, but even that seems generous. Mouthfeel is nice and thick and well carbonated, but a little sticky seeming. I was only able to finish a quarter of this in almost an hour.

Photo of taez555
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured an tan/orange body with white head that died almost immediately.

Nose was pungent mix of alcohol, phenols, white grape wine like touches, and even cork(though there is no cork in this beer) Sticky sweet fruit or even jam sort of fruit smells. Lots of very fermented fruit smells. Almost smells like it's already been aged a decade.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Very rich and very pungent. Really quite a taste. Sour but a rich rich rich caramel and ripe fruit mix. Raisins, phenols, HUGE ALCOHOL, plums, prunes, apricots, peaches, orange marmalade, even touches of butter. Very hot from the alcohol but not distracting because there's an amazing mix of classic ripe fruit and caramel flavors. The complete lack of a head is deceiving because there's a huge level of carbonation in this beer. Bitterness sits just right in the mix and never really brings itself forward.

Wow, what a beer. I was lucky enough to have a bottle of 1982 when I was at the Kulminator in Belgium, but this is a more recent example and is simply amazing as well. Very deceiving in that it looks and almost tastes like it might have gone bad, but the complexity of the fruit flavors and malts are breathtaking. A sipping beer that ranks right up there with the finest port wine.

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

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. After-dinner treat the day after Christmas, 2005.

Appearance- Hazy, thick apricot color with chunky, brown flaky particles in suspension. About an inch of persistent, white foam that is constantly replenished by a steady stream of bubbles from beneath.

Smell- Frozen orange juice concentrate, marmalade, bread, and Del Monte fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. I have spoken.

Taste- Notes of orange zest mingling nicely with honey and syrupy fruit... just a hint of the alcohol's warmth lingers within.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wonderfully viscous, the texture accentuates the bold fruity elements of the beer perfectly. This might be saved for an after-dinner dessert beer, as this could pair beautifully with vanilla ice cream or even custard. Very nice.

Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden colored...big ass pillowy head....nose is spicy...corriander, nutmeg..taste is very sweet and syruppy...a lot of fruits and honey...some peach juice syrup from canned peaches, plums, pinneaples, a hint of vanilla...a splash of alcohol on the finish..

I like the flavor of this...it is intensley sweet...kind of an anti-west coast DIPA..the sweetness begings to gnaw at me a little more as I sip on this....

Overall a nice winter warmer but one a night would be it for me...a nice once a year treat..

Photo of Shaw
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this beer to go from my local pub, the Cock & Bull.

It pours a hazy amber in color with lots of sediment, even after I was careful about leaving the worst in the bottle. There's a slight bubbly head. It looks more like a triple to me than a strong dark ale and I've rated it accordingly.

It smells of coriander, alcohol and other spices. Nice, but again it seems more like a triple.

The taste is quite good. It is heavy on sweetness, but I don't find it as sweet as other reviewers have. The coriander and spices are prominent and the higher ABV makes a nice warming sensation as I swallow. This is a well-made brew.

The body is nice and slick, thanks to the ABV. It just glides around in my mouth.

This is another great Belgian beer, brewed as only the Belgians can do it.

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

This beer is just too sweet. Not much head, goes away fast. Initially, tastes a lot like some other Belgian ales, but the sweetness (and thickness) start to dominate. Not bad, but I couldn't have had another one. Still (no pun intended!), nice to find a DeDolle local. On to the Oerbier!

Re-review 1/28/09

Always interesting to read the old reviews. I clearly needed time to adjust to bigger beers. This has become one of my favorite Belgians, and I usually grab it when I see it (which isn't that often). One of the creamiest beers I've ever had, great body. Full, lasting foamy head (maybe the sample I first reviewed was a bad one?). It is sweet, but not overly so. Interesting spices, nice warming effect. ABV well disguised. One of the best of the style.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden with a deep orange hue with a thinner than expected head that left no lace behind,nice aromas of tart green apple and spicey,clovey yeast and Belgian candied suger.Big and in your face flavors very fruity orange zest and that green apple elemant with a spicey somewhat alcoholic finish.Glad it is only 11.6 ozes here quite heavy but packed with rich flavors,a sipper for sure.

Photo of NClifestyle
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

unlike the oerbier, i just can't get into the stille nacht, a silent night indeed.
pours a dark yellow, slightly hazy, weak head, that nearly disappears.
smell is not bad, lemon/yeast/wheat with some spice.
taste is where it went wrong for me. too much like a sweet white wine, all syrup fruit, alcohol and tang.
medium mouthfeel, not bad, but nothing out of this world.
might drink this again, if i'm not paying for it. otherwise, too many other belgians out there to try.

cheers...

Photo of NEhophead
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy off white head that pulls to the glass' sides after a moment, leaving a semi-intact sheet. Patches of thin, lattice-like lace throughout. Deep oak in color with shades of burgundy. Chunks of sediment throughout the goblet.

Bright tartness and citric aromatics: green apple, pear, cherry. Touches of light chocolates overtones.

Big sour fruit flavors: apple, cherry, orange, lemon zest. Just when your tastebuds start screaming from the tartness, a smooth almost chocolate and toffee-like flavor kicks in and really mellows out the sour quality. Very complex alcohol dynamic intermingled with the fruit and chocolate. Stunning!

A bit heavier than medium bodied. The balance of the flavors and mellowness on the palate is great...probably the most impressive characteristic of this ale.

A complex offering worthy of much praise. One I will be going back to again and again.

Photo of numenor1
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden hazy, floaties all around, absolute minimal head. Smells of oranges apples, cotton candy, bubble gum and very very sweet. Tastes very very sweet. Cloying fruits and honey some yeasty bite with sharp alcohols all over the finish, and thank god for it cause it's the only way i can handle this sweetness at all. Very full mouthfeel with very little carbonation, terrible drinkability due to its syrupy sweet nature. Dry this out some, lighten the body and a touch more carbonation and this would be a fantastic triple. As is...just way too sweet. The only reason i keep sipping is because the finish with the alcohol kick and warming is fairly nice. This will not be a repeat purchase.

Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of golden apricots, this beer pours with a generously fluffy white head that quickly settles into a nice ring, leaving some patchy lace as it goes.

Aroma is huge, showing big juicey apple and crisp pear, melon, lemon, tangerine, and cotton candy notes. It has the trademark De Dolle yeasty spice mingled with sweet ginger and cardamon. There's definately a nip of alcohol in there too.

Flavor is juicey and sweeter than expected, but not cloying. Lots of appley goodness and crispy delicate pear. There's a good deal of citrus and tropical fruit in here as well. It has a lightly drying hop finish that could be just a tad bigger. I definately feel the warm tingle of alcohol in here as it goes down. A tad too sweet to drink a lot of, but a 12 oz bottle is perfect. Good to age???

Body is a beefy medium with a slick, sugary, and coating mouthfeel with a slippery texture. Drinkability suffers a bit due the booze and the sweetness. Goes great with the jerk pinapple tilapia I had for dinner.

Photo of tjthresh
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a cool name. The nose is full of sugar and spice and everything nice. It pours a murky orange with a foamy white cap. Leaves some nice lacing. Very sweet with loads of sugar. Fruit cake. Very full bodied for a Belgian. Alcohol abounds. Whatch out for this one.

Photo of DogFood11
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again the label sucked me in. I couldnt read the label so I bought it. It did not dissapoint.

Big alcohol smell, which doesnt bother me. lots of apricot/peach type aromas. Tasted similair. Great nightcapper material. I may be biased since this is my favorite style but I try to keep an open mind.

Serve this in a tulip or chalice. Also serve this with naked waitresses as a bonus....

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

2002:
Hazy amber/peach topped by a dense, bright white head that shows some lacing and good retention. Pear (with a bit of apple) and malt combine nicely with a bit of alcohol, producing a mellow aroma. Malt and fruit kick things off, followed by a large dose of sweetness. Alcohol flavour is a little pronounced with plenty of warmth at the finish. Quite viscous, smooth and creamy at times, and a bit sticky from the residual sugar. Lightish body and generous carbonation. This is one that would likely gain a lot from prolonged time in the cellar, but still an experience as is.

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

Drank this on a hot August evening but this was Xmas in the Summer. Showed dark orange/ red/ brown with a misty haze. The nose was all old and orange peels drowned in vats of fino sherry. I tasted a lot of huge complexity mixed with care and attention to the little beer details. No rough edges and no taste holes to drive the truck of disapointment through. A beer that really took my breath away and replaced with brewers cobwebs and grain mice.

Photo of sacfly
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour yields a minimal head with small bubbles. Color is a hazy pale golden brown. Head is now gone as I type this. Typical Belgian aroma. Light fruit. Taste is very intense… not what I expected from the light aroma and color. Bold overripe fruit… apricots. Sweet. A bit of yeast in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Carbonation is detected in the mouth feel, but almost zero head… interesting. Taste permeates every square inch of my mouth. Strangely, I perceive a great deal of flavor in the upper back of my mouth... Intense. Not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a bold, flavorful Belgian with a full body then this is it. Seems like a great choice if you are going to have one beer. One of these will leave you satisfied. I will definitely revisit this beer when I find it again. Even though I really enjoyed this, I could be happy splitting the 11.6oz bottle. It is almost too much. Maybe there is a purpose for the anchor old foghorn 7 oz. bottles!

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

Dried-blood orange with a small but pretty head. Great lacing in the tulip glass and a swirl on the beer's top that looks eerily like a baby chick (and no I haven't been drinking already).

The smell is almost overpowering. Strong esters of ripe fruit and alcohol with just a bit of caramel. Lots of odors but it's really hard to pick any out.

Incredibly sweet flavor. Holy hell! This is going to take a few sips to get used to... ... ...

Caramel and meed up front, very sweet, moving in to what can only rightfully be described as a cotton candy-like middle, incredibly smooth, finishing on a dry note of coffee. Complex and very, very strong.

Another very nice entry from the best Belgian brewery no one's ever heard of. I'm glad I bought three bottless...the other two will be a lot better a year from now.

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

One of best beers brewed on earth and also one of the toughest to acquire. This belgian beauty has dark, creamy coloring rich with chocolate tones. The taste is dense with sweet, bitter truffles and spicy apple. A tad tart to the palate but the sweetness quickly overtakes your senses. If you can find it, grab it, this one is true brewing perfection.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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