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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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886 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 96
Gots: 109 | 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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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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz bottle, vintage 2004, poured into a snifter. Pours a muddy coppery orange, a finger of off white head, moderate amount of lacing. Nose is sweet and alcoholic, some slight phenols, sweet unripe dark fruit, some yeast, and a slight spiciness. Taste is more of the same, a very sweet alcohol infused malt, molasses, dark fruits like raisins, plums, figs, overripe citrus--very sweet, a little cloying after a while. There's also a decent amount of spicy yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy. Overall, this is a decent belgian dark ale that is overly sweet and not one that I could drink a lot of.

Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +19.9%
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 -8.9%
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 -5.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
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
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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..

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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