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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 Chadbrew
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one for a while and I am happy to say that I am not disappointed. Acquired in a trade via Biglove - Thanks.
Appearance - Not a ton of head on here but great carbonation and a very clear apricot colored beer with bits of yeast floating about. Great, shimmering lacing!
Smell - Sweet and scotch-like with a big malt background.
Taste - Bitter-sweet and the alcohol slams my tastebuds. It's also very fruity up against a solid malt foundation, nice complexity.
Mouthfeel - Fairly thick body... maybe a little too syrupy.
Drinkability - Very warming but, I think one is perfect for an evening. Must find more!

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

05/25/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a tulip glass. ($7.50 during happy hour)

Appearance- A golden approaching orange color. About a 1/3 inch tight bright white ultra creamy head. Average lacing left.

Smell- Kind of a sweet and sour scent. An overload of scents, but none of them are standing out. Sweet for sure though.

Taste- Tons of stuff going on in this brew. My friends were floored when they took a sip. It's got sweet tropical fruit flavors. Almost the kinds you would find in a daquari or something. Maybe peach, nectarine, papaya, etc. It's also got a super sweet taste as you swallow like cotton candy. It has a tad, just a minute tad of bitterness from the few hops. You can sense the alcohol though, even though it's not even 9%.

Mouthfeel- Sticky sweet elixer with ultra low carbonation. Makes if feel like a 12%abv when it's not.

Drinkability- An excellent nightcap brew. Maybe even with a dessert with tropical fruits in it. Or maybe pair it with a chocolate dish. Either way it goes down smooth and really warms you up inside.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dollop of sandy head, the bubbles varying dramatically in size, sits atop burnt sienna liquid with tea-colored highlights and dries into thick arches of lace. Miniscule, silvery lines of carbonation run past dense blobs of suspended sediment. One swirl of the goblet and the whole room starts reeking of cinnamon graham crackers. Smells like... wow, malt malt malt. Caramel covered raisins or baked apples sprinkled with cocoa powder; molasses and sawdust with a cidery wassail finish. Taste is all huge enormous molasses and cinnamon... first savory and gingery, shifting to caramel apple before finishing like pear syrup and clove. Astonishing mouthfeel is literally cookieish, like gingerbread batter, with a floury dryness from the alcohol. Some drinkers might have a problem with the sweetness of this brew. But I'm having mine on a cold spring night just before bedtime, and under the circumstances, it's all candy wassail scrumptiousness and scrumptiousity. Yum.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely likes up to its name-- a STRONG ale. Pours an orange hazy brown with a little head. Smell is like a cider mixed with other dark fruits. The taste is really strong at first, but as the sips go on it gets more manageable. The initial is of strong cider like the smell. The middle is not as good at hiding the alcohol and tastes like that. The taste is a bitter mixture of alcohol and dark fruits. Overall it is a very flavorful beer that is not able to hide the high alcohol.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear bronze color with vibrant carbonation stoking a thick vanilla-hued head. Head displayed good resilience and left copious lace behind. Some chunky matter adrift despite a pretty gentle pour.
Aroma was really sweet, loaded with doughy malt and fruits. Also some mild vanilla, and oak notes. Hefty raw alcohol aroma was a detracting influence. Zero hops notes of any kind picked up.
The taste had a syrupy sweetness of sugar-laden fruits and a hint of butterscotch. Slightly nutty flavor mid-palate. Touch of vanilla again and a mild woodiness. Kick of alcohol as each taste reached the back of the tongue and headed for the stomach. Feel was medium-full in body, kind of slick and cloying.
Overall, not something I'm going to rush back to again soon. Appearance was fine but the overwhelming sugary character and alcohol punch didn't do anything for me.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been saving this for a while to try. It pours a dirty light orange color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is not what I was expecting. Its almost doughy, dank, musty. Not what I was hoping for. The flavor is much better than the nose would say. Some nice raisiney sweetness and slight bready notes. There is a slight spiceyness on the finish. Maybe a touch I'm happy I didn't let the nose get me down too far. The feel is full and thick, slightly syrupy. Overall, when you get away from the nose, this one really is a nice brew. The sweetness is slightly cloying, but I enjoy it.

Photo of horndecker
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a gorgeous deep orange to copper cast to it with a moderate head. The carbonation is coarse like soap detergent and very little lace settles on the sides of the glass. A bit later on the bubbles condense to a finer fizz.
The nose is all orange juice, turkish taffy, sweet malt, bubblegum and wet grass. Yikes. This is beer we're talking about.
The taste is a huge sweet hit of fruit and sweet malt. Oranges make an appearance, with a liquerish, very full-bodied and warming middle followed by a bitter herbal finish a la Fernet Branca.
This forest of flavors sits upon a foamy, frothy, yet syrupy mouthfeel. Somewhat reminiscent of an intense California orange muscat or a Beerenauslese.

Photo of yoko
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No freshness/bottling date on this bottle, just a cute label with far too many words.
A crowned snowman with his (not her) star wand in one hand and a chalice of Stille Nacht in the other greets you; between the crescent moon and the extraordinarily long scarf he’s smiling. Perhaps this is an omen.

What pours is a thick hazed apricot/amber with near no head and a light lace. Varying sized bubbles hug the side with a thin wisp top/center. Backlight yields a bright, opaque brew with strata that don’t appear to move. Some tiny dark speckles linger on the bottom third.

The nose collects a sweet malt and mashed fruit sour with light peach/apricot floral. The mouth is full and occupies one with slight syrup. The palate is touched by the low tones that rise up first (the sweet malts). But then a TWANG hits just past the tip of the tongue and reaches the high palate and remains clear into the next taste minutes away. It is this twang that I found took energy to drink and to thoroughly enjoy the Stille Nacht.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in a chalice

A-A deep coppery color with a thin pale white head that hangs on the edge of the glass but dissipates in the middle.

S- A toast aroma with hints of cherry and a bit of fig aswell. very fruity and crisp aroma.

T- Very strong pale malt taste with a little caramel notes and lots of sweetness that is enhanced by a hoppiness flavor but not at all bitter. a very bold alcohol warmth that hangs in your mouth. A delicious blend of sweetness, light roastiness and a hop flavor that flow very well together

M- Medium to full body with very little carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth and a hint of tartness at the end.

D- This is a lovely complex beer that has all the flavors blending together in a wonderful beer. It may be one of the few redeeming qualities of Christmas. From appearance to aroma to taste to mouthfeel this beer is treat to drink.

Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Very sedimented medium brown, dull and sort of muddy looking. Thickish head settles as brown grey skim of 1/8 of an inch. Not the most attractive of beers. Laces in wide loops. Candied fruit aroma, sweet, like the bread and candies of hot cross buns at Easter. Full mouthfeel and very low carbonation, would come off as lush if it wasn't for prickly cinnamon and alcohol tones. Lots of fruit flavors come through, tempered by yeasty flavors and an awful lot of residual sugars -- what hits me especially is mincemeat with a coal-like bittering as the brew rounds out. While not my favorite as a pie flavor, it works at least intellectually in the brewer's art, the flavor profile is to be respected here, in my opinion. Comes off as very alcoholic to my tastes. Smooths pleasantly as it warms up. But still, for me, gloppy and overly sweet...

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

went with the boss to the beer store, good call bret, this is an "excellent beer".
poured a mellow copper with an ivory head which fell into a thick lace.
the aroma is sweet, malty, spicy, yeasty and alochol
the flavor is malty, sweet, spicy, slightly bitter, carmel, citrus.
the mouthfeel is very heavy, coats your mouth, help the taste linger
this beer is very drinkable but i can see in moderation.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A weird day of warm then rain, then cold, then snow results me in thinking that this is a most appropriate beer for February 13.
Pours a much lighter color than I expected, a scarlet orange color with reverse cascades of bubbles heading to the topof the beer, which is capped by a huge amount of head (1 3/4"), even after a conservative pour.
Smells sweet, with hints of mint, pine, raisins, hops. Taste is freaking weird. Starts of insanely sweet, then rises up to meet the hops which fade to leave you with a sweet medicinal flavor. Very fruity, with many over the top flavors, with strong carmel and butter flavors. Slight medicinal quality throughout. Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Holy crap this beer will be the end of me. It is just too much with its high ABV, boisterous flavors, and eccentric belgian artwork.

Photo of fdrich29
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this during a tasting at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston and promptly purchased a 12 ounce bottle to take home with me.

Deep, hazy caramel color with minimal head and lacing. Lots of floaties, I love that.

Smells of alcohol, sweet caramel and fruit, which are also the predominent tastes.

Each sip warms your body (and soul?) and this sweet Belgian beauty is dangerously drinkable.

This is a really special treat well worth a try.

Photo of swamiswamu
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- small head which quickly dissapates, some lacing. Color similar to apple cider
Smell- big yeastlike odor
Taste- somewhat cloying sweetness, I think they went a little overboard with the candy sugar, as it warms the flavor grows malty and round
Not too drinkable, a little too sweet
My least favorite Belgian thus far.

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

53.9F Lovely aroma -- hangs itself in the air. Smells like middle of the season apple cider ( cider with a good mix of variety apples) steaming on the stove with a dash of orange juice.
Tastes of dried apples; dried, unsulphured peaches. Umm, peach jam with brandy. There’s an alcohol sting-ray flying ’bout with a clove-studded orange (what the hell is that called -- email me) tied to its tail, and whipping my mouth. Nice and oily on the glass, and palate. Color of pie pumpkin guts. I likee.
Man, it's been half an hour since I finished the 11.6 oz. and my review, and I'm still drunk. Don't expect to drink one of these and drive.

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

The beer looked fairly clear on the pour, but I poured a fraction too long and the nasty stuff at the bottom of the bottle entered the glass. Turbid tawny with a multitude of suspended dark bits. The cap is yellowish beige in color, two fingers in thickness and lightly pitting. A slurred, extended collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose is sweet and spicy, like a handful of dried, golden fruits macerated in apricot brandy. Complex and wonderful. Since it doesn't look as if the dark chunks will settle to the bottom of the glass in my lifetime, I'll be forced to ingest them. Here goes...

The flavor is the aroma in liquid form. Sweet, sour, spicy and syrupy, all at the same time. This is a bewitching, multi-layered brew. Fermented apples, peaches and apricots dipped in candi sugar syrup lead the way with a barely noticed contribution from well-integrated alcohol. The body/mouthfeel is smooth, slick and viscous with a small burst of carbonation when beer hits mouth. The bubbles then step aside politely and allow the beer to melt like liquid taffy.

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a fine winter warmer of a BSDA with a full flavored, sweet fruitiness that is reminiscent of a Christmas fruitcake aged in brandy. I've been impressed by De Dolle even though I've only had a few of their offerings. The near cloying nature of this beer demands that it be drunk slowly, but it's a journey well worth taking.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aged one year:

Poured with little carbonation but there was a nice slick ot white head on top of the beer. The smell was quite sweet; full of molassas, brown sugar, carmalized candi sugar, and very sweet belgian notes. The taste was a little too sweet getting close to cloying. There was too much sweet cherry flavored cough syrup and not enough balance. Even a little bit of alcohol would help. This was vertainly not my favorite beer ever.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a deep copper with golden hues and a light fluffy white head that leaves only a slight lace. Aromas make up a mix of yeasty esters along with white grapes and an appley tone. Initial flavors are super sweet up front due to what seems to be a heavy dosage of belgian candi sugars. Following there are hints ofapple and grape like tones but they are just simply overpowered by the sugary notes. The mouthfeel to this beer is slightly gritty and slightly effervesent due to the high carbonation. The finish is a sweet as the beginning which makes it quite hard to put down. Overall an interesting take on a strong belgian ale, but one that I can definetly do without.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The night started in Remington, Hampden’s redneck cousin of a neighborhood. You know, the one who got either kicked in the head as a child, or has been drinking questionable water for years? The idea was to have a few drinks, and then wander over to see the lights of 34th street sparkle.
A four-pack of Stille Nacht makes the trip. A silent night will be had by all, noise notwithstanding…
Small talk erupts and resides in the kitchen. You fiddle with the strange label. Yes, the snowman is interesting. He’s wearing a crown, Mr. King Snow, and makes you happy that there is no snow or ice outside. Official oldness settles in, only old people think that no snow is a good thing. There is no freshness or born on date, you’re not really sure when it was brought into this world. An important fact, since this beer ages, grows, and mellows with age. Do you have the tart young filly, or the malty older sibling? Unlike the photos you’ve seen on the web, your four-pack has a distinct American top label, one with prices for recycling. You continue to fiddle with the label, hoping to find a treasure underneath that will give the age hint.
Pouring the stubby bottle’s contents out, you receive cloudy reddish brown goodness, with a short-lived inch of off-white foam on top. Taking a deep whiff of the tulip glass, you are amazed at the aroma of rum soaked fruits and fudge. You smile, talk, and enjoy the smooth and creamy brew. It is the perfect holiday beer. There are traces of raisins, plums, and cloyingly good caramels and fruit stickiness. Cinnamon, ginger, and the holiday spices do not assault your taste buds.

On the walk over to Hampden, the warmth buoys you. The sticky sugar is gone and your mouth isn’t warmed, but your body is. Your face is red, your cheeks are rosy, and your body tingles with Belgian Xmas delight. What a refined old world treasure, which contrasts sharply to kitschy Christmas goodness. Good conversation, hub cap Xmas trees, creepy moving dolls, and my new favorite winter warmer.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 review:

12oz, 'spec brew 2005' on cap

iirc, this was the last beer before they switched their SN yeast to something funkier/sourer.. still, it's 4-5 years old and in need of some drinking

deep reddish-orange pour, careful to leave yeast behind it's almost semi-opaque. huge bready nose with candied orange peels and the slightest boozy grappa-like tinge. smooth and syrupy, the first taste brings to mind deeply charred creme caramel. with warmth, booze opens up as does some banana'y esters and an amazing yet not cloying depth of fruity sweetness. there is no way you could gulp this beer just like there is no way you could take a mouthful of foie gras. definitely a sipping beer for this cold (52F) portland night.

i had forgotten where this beer was capable of going, especially given its schizophrenia when young. enjoying this one of two last bottles feels like a special event in itself.

2004 review:


this might be the most complex beer i've ever tasted.

the aroma, at first, was turpentiney. this all changed for me after initial consumption.. as the flavors were brought out in the tasting, i could pick them up in the nose. what at first seemed very pungent became a bouquet of wonderful variety.

what scents, you ask? candy sugar, cloves, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, apricot, fruit, fruit, spice and more spice!!

color is a light amber, with a texture, mouthfeel and taste that fall somewhere between lambic and barleywine. sweet and very tart, without making me ill or sip slowly.

i'm not sure how old this bottle is (last year?) but it also carries an aged taste which reminds me of a whiskey barrel.

i can't say enough positive things about this beer.. i'll be scoring it as one of the higher ones i've reviewed (don't think of me as a '5' whore!) cheers to de dolle!!

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

It was only Sep. 10 of this year when I last drank this beer. I forgot already. Let me add to it by pointing out this second sample, obtained in a different state of the union, and at least a year younger, features a very dark, muddy orange color and a rather noisy, buttercream-colored foam on top. It is sweet, yet some lovely notes of roasted, fleshy herbs seem to balance it this time. Filled with gushy, juice-flavored fruits. This is the same surprise I experienced on the first taste of 120 Minute -- though otherwise the two beers don't resemble one another. Exhuberant, "progressive," natural-tasting, dense, chewy, pulpy and sweet. No need to change the ratings. This was my first attempt:

For some reason, I survey the ratings for this one before I smell it. I see frequent references to "apricot." It does smell of apricot -- ripe apricot and tobacco. Leather, brandy, chocolate and sweet spices appear.
On the palate it is cloying. The barest touch on one's tongue saturates the sense with pure, concentrated sugar notes. Cedar bark and smoky wood resins lend structure.
A blend of fruit cocktail and fine, old Pedro Ximenez. Plus ashphalt-flavored scars on the finish.

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

2001 vintage. Opened with a loud hiss and poured into the goblet a chunky golden amber with a volcano of light beige colored, rocky foam. Good, tattered lacing. Lots of particles in suspension. Yeasty, spicy aromas with a solid honey malt backbone. Light fruity esters. Way more fruity in the taste that the aroma. Very clover honey-like sweet, tropical fruitiness like starfruit, muskmelon and guava. Mild esters in the finish is the only let-up from its cloying sweetness. Overall, it's not bad, just a bit too sweet for my liking. I recommend trying older vintages over the fresh ones.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a murky amber with almost no head. It looks still. This makes the bridge between an english barley wine and a belgian christmas ale. Aroma is rather complex, very yeasty and sweet, but also full of fruity esters. The honeyish malt profile is extremely fruity (peaches, apples, vinous grapes, oranges, pears). Aroma is also quite spicy (mint, cloves) and alcoholic, a little less would have been appreciated actually as at times you feel almost like you're having a scotch. A faint bitterness fails from balancing the almost cloying ravaging sweetness. Palate is yeasty, extremely sweet and with more of those fruits dancing on the tongue, well supported by a medium body with low to medium carbonation. No doubt this is complex and full-flavoured, but the balance is just lacking when its so sweet and a bit too much alcoholic for its own good. I must say I feel a bit let down, not only cause I love De Dolle, but also because there are plenty of things going on in this beer, but they don’t seem so well blended while it has a fairly good reputation.

Photo of bensiff
1.75/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Unlike other reviews this poured with a thick creamy head with remarkable retention. It has a deep pumpkin pie color and despite my best efforts plenty of yeast came out of the bottle when poured. The aroma reminds me of soy sauce with a high level of sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but does not make up with the overly sweet taste as though the brewers were a little too happy with their belgium candy sugar. Overall having to take extra sips of this beer to review it was unpleasurable, the rest I suffered a great tragedy and went down my sink after friends rejected my offer of free beer.

Photo of ybnorml
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber very little head due to next almost no carbonation. The aroma is both sweet and sour at the same time with an interesting spicey peppery background. The alcohol grabs your tongue first and then there is a quick rush of a licorice taste with a slight spicey peppery hop finish. Because of the lack of carbonation it goes down easy. But I would not try to sit around and drink several of these.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.