De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Hazy golden orange color, with microscopic floatules (what I'm calling them these days) buzzing around the edge of the glass, and a most impressive head that took up 3/4 of the Duvel glass the brew was poured into and then still wanted to bubble over: large and lasting, solid, but creamy.
I put my nose in this soft, enticing foam and was exulted: fresh, fruity, dazzling, sugary...I'm thinking "tripel" but I know that there's more in store...slightly spicy, light, elegant, ethereal, divine.
Taste has a zing and a zip and dazzles with intense fruit flavors (orange, peach), so rich, juicy, and tangible that I can nearly taste the pit and the seeds!
I'm put into heaven here...it's simply sublime...malt is huge with sweetness and fruit, perhaps too much so, and there's not a nod from Mr. Hops. A pity for that would have provided sufficient balance and given an extra dimension to this ale.
As it is, it's still amazing. Ah, there's nowhere to go from here...a perfect nightcap... a suffficient summation of goodness in a glass.
Thanks so much to JohnnyDuvel for this one!
07-15-2003 00:19:24 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
12 oz euro bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with a massive head that slowly receded. Aroma of malt and fruit. Taste is a complex blend of sweet, with some fruitiness, and a bitter finish. It is rather hard to describe. More like a barleywine in the complex flavors. This one is hard to place. Not bad but not something I'd have again soon.
07-11-2003 16:50:17 | More by Indybeer
4.13/5 rDev -1%
This was THE biggest head on a beer that I have witnessed since I started rating beers!! WOW!! The head was off-white with medium bubbles. The nose was that of clove, fruits and some sweetness. The carbonation was fizzy and the lacing was excellent with this beer. The taste was that of alcohol. This is definitely a beer to be sipped and enjoyed due to the presence of the alcohol. The body was murky and the hue was pale orange. The mouthfeel was a burning sensation in my throat as well as a warm sensation as it was digested. All in all, a good brew that I really enjoyed having the experience of drinking and rating.
07-09-2003 10:39:21 | More by hotstuff
3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
This is a very complex belgian. It improved as it warmed a little. Thick, dense head. But the taste and appearance of the beer proved it to be rather lighter than many belgians. The initial note is of a honey flavor coming forth followed by a spicyness that seemed a little too strong for my liking. A fruity sweetness came forth next to offset the spicyness. The beer finished with a yeasty dryness that left me wanting more. All in all a very good beer but probably not worth the price.
07-06-2003 04:44:58 | More by granger10
4.93/5 rDev +18.2%
The bottle has a small label on the neck that reads "Bottled in 1996". Carefully poured it's a slightly hazy orange-ish color. The addition of the yeast sediment leaves it cloudy and more copperish with a bit of a reddish cast. The initially foamy ivory colored head settles to a short creamy cap and remains throughout the entire goblet leaving some transient lace as it goes. The nose is astounding! It's intense and quite complex with notes of ripe fruit (raisin, prune, plum, mild citrus, orange peel), vanilla wafers, honey, sour candies, cookie dough and lightly toasted bread. It's silky smooth and quite creamy across the palate due to a medium body and very fine, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor starts with dripping, juicy fruit flavor. It's rich and sweet with raisins, plums, and even a bit of raspberry. It's almost enough to overwhelm the tastebuds! A touch of citrus follows, immediately coat-tailed by some background bitterness; both of which keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Some mustiness and low-level earthy hop flavor emerge in the finish along with some caramelish and bready malt and a very light, cinnamon/nutmeg-like spiciness. At times the long-lasting malty sweetness appears like a spiced fruit danish or jelly donut. And yet, it finishes surprisingly dry finish considering the amount of juicy and sugary fruit sweetness found upfront. Absolutely amazing! A complex, rich, sweet, and fruity beer that could easily replace a barleywine for sipping after-dinner. It would be equally at home on a cold winter's night as it would a cool summer evening. Most enjoyable!
I'm not sure if the vintage and aging have anything to do with it, but I'm certainly going to enjoy a few more of these!
07-02-2003 13:39:18 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
Remember kids, don't chill a beer, let it warm up and then open it, especially a highly carbonated Belgian like this. Large misshapen head is out of control. Peach, lemon zest, salty. Alcohol a little too noticeable and the sweetness is a bit cloying. Surprisingly bitter finish.
05-03-2003 01:40:21 | More by aracauna
3.23/5 rDev -22.5%
Pour created a monsterous white head that wouldn't quit, far too much for my liking (80% of the pour was head, and that was only 1/4 of the bottle).
Cloudy amber, lots of tiny bits floating about, and millions of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Aroma is big and fruity, apple and pear mostly, some alcohol showing, too. Flavor is super sweet, mostly apple, ends with the alcohol poking through. Medium body, alcohol becomes more and more prominent towards the middle and end of the bottle.
03-29-2003 10:04:34 | More by goz
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Notes: 2002 reserve 12% alcohol by volume. This beer pours a hazy orange/peach-ish colour with a hughe frothy head to it. It smells wonderfully of sugar, hops, malts, and fruits. The taste is all over the place but it is a bit too sweet an on the fruity side for my liking. The flavors that you can find in this beer are peaches, nectarines, tangerines, candi sugar, hops, malts, and a general sweetness. The mouthfeel on this beer is like peach syrup in a can and the drinkability is hurt because of this factor and because this beer is just a little too sweet. Maybe at a warmer temperature this would be an excellent brew. Never-the-less this is not a beer...it is an experience! Warmer this is about a 4. I've since learned that old Stille Nacht, that has been layed down for a while is quite a treat to behold. Lay some of this shit down for 5-10 years and than revisit its awesomeness!
1996 Vintage. At the Kulminator (where else?) Less sweet than the 2002 (obviously). This has really improved with age. Some lambic-like yeast funkiness, and some sour red/oud bruin characteristics are beginning to show through at this point. Fruity, without the fruit, and so balanced that it doesnt even matter. Not syrupy at all and very drinkable...excellent. I'd rate this at a 4.5 or better...
1982 Vintage (First Year). 10 euros at the Kulminator, and personally selected by Dirk and Leen as are "final beer in Belgium". A deep amber-ish colour with a frothy white head of foam. The aromas are excellent and consist of cotton candy, funky belgian yeast, sweet candied fruits, alcohol, red wine, and more. The taste is so freaking complex, that it is hard to describe. cherries, belgian lambic funk, sour red qualities, sugar, fruity, non-fruit sweetness, bubble gum, other various spices and fruits and more...The mouthfeel is perfect and the drinkability is excellent as well. I'd probably rate this vintage at a perfect 5!
03-20-2003 17:19:28 | More by francisweizen
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Vintage is unknown, but believed to be in the 2000-2001 area.
Pours a murky looking dirty amber color. Huge, bubbly, white head. Fizzy and efferfescent. Great retention. Aroma is sweet and fruity to say the least. Melons, mango, grape skin, apricot. Pretty nice though. The flavors of this definitely tip the scale on the sweet side. In a Harvest Ale sort of way though. Sweet passion fruit and dark cherry rise up. A hint of alcohol. Maybe some spicing like orange curacao, nutmeg, ginger or corriander. I do notice a slight bitterness on the aftertaste. All in all, pretty nice.
01-17-2003 20:49:14 | More by Bighuge
2.05/5 rDev -50.8%
I stand as a man divided in terms of this beer. Half of me wants to dump it down the drain, the other half keeps drinking it.
Beautiful golden-amber that isn't so much murky as it is obstructed by sizeable yeast chunks. Gigantic, undulating beige head. Very impressive looking.
First off. DO NOT drink this cold unless you want to find the very definition of cloying.
Nose of overripe apricots caked in cream cheese that has been left on the counter overnight. Throw in some tangerines too.
Taste is an exercise in fruity excess. The apricots and tangerines from the nose are flaunted mercilessly. Some juicy tart apples and sour grapes enter. Buttery toffee attempts to provide a base. Waves of nutrasweet and brown sugar overwhelm the tastebuds, and will prompt a morning call to the dentist. No hops to speak of. Alcohol pops up late, in a Kero syrup fashion. This rides out obnoxiously sweet, with a few hints of grain.
The mouthfeel is actually very solid. If I could just get this to dry a bit, it would be pretty good. Clinging, sickly sweetness hurts here too.
As it stands, this is more of an experience than a decent beer.
Update: I've had this twice more. And dumped it twice. Hugely sweet and much boozier that I recall. Thicker and hotter and stickier. Are recent vintages 12%? (as I believe I saw stated on the label.)
Whatever, I can't deal with this one.
01-15-2003 00:13:44 | More by cokes
2.93/5 rDev -29.7%
I could smell this brew even before I poured it. Cloudy deep amber with a beautiful head. Champagne like carbonation keeps the head alive long after the pour. I see some floaties hovering around inside the glass. Smells sweet like a wine. Hints of pineapple? My first sip sets me back. Pineapple and apricot flavors jump out at me followed by an alcohol warmth. No hoppiness to speak of, just sweet and fruity. Very creamy and thick on my tounge. I'm not sure what to make of this beer, I like the appearance and mouthfeel but it is just too sweet & tart for me.
01-02-2003 07:04:29 | More by cretemixer
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
This beer poured a copper amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left circular lace as it subsided. A heavy aroma of malt and fruit with almost wine like aspects to the aroma. The flavor was of malt and fruit and an interesting finish. I have trouble figuring this beer out because it seems to be trying to be an dessert wine more than a beer. I would consider this a night cap kind of beer.
12-22-2002 18:58:06 | More by Wildman
2.88/5 rDev -30.9%
Appearance: Underneath a foaming, pillowy head that would almost make Duvel jealous, sits a cloudy, orange-amber body. The liquid almost has a glow to it...one of the most visually exciting brews I've ever laid eyes on.
Smell: I pick up on wheat, fruit, and a complex spiciness. A touch of earthy character too. It's actually somewhat difficult to get a strong aroma through the massive head!
Taste: Wow...this is the sweetest brew I've ever encountered! Tons of fruit flavor: pear, apricot, apple, and orange. There's a bit of spiciness in there as well, but it gets trampled to death by the cloying sweetness. Plenty of caramel and toffee too. There's some alcohol on the tail end.
Mouthfeel: Very thick and syrupy, with an oily mouthfeel. Insanely carbonated...I've never heard such a loud 'pphhttt' when opening a bottle. It went on for almost two seconds! Great mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Scores high on appearance and mouthfeel, but falls way short in the most important area: taste. It's way too sweet, even for one bottle. If they dialed down the sweetness, and let the other flavors in there assert themselves a bit more, this brew would be a real winner.
This is first beer I've reviewed where the scores varied so much!
12-18-2002 13:19:10 | More by MJR
4/5 rDev -4.1%
This is my second review of a de dolle beer. The beer is a beautiful cloudy brown. In great similarity to the ara bier, Stille Nacht has a ton of head that seemingly never reduces into a rich, thick, white head. Lace is very nice all the way down to the bottom. The aroma is malty with hints of fruit. The taste is dominated by apricot but still manages to be just a little sweet, with a hint of bitterness. I get a very hittle hint of hops in the beer. This is a medium-bodied beer that finishes a little dry. Defiantly a warming feeling on the way down. I would recommend to anyone.
12-14-2002 00:34:12 | More by Amdahl
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
12 oz. slender brown bottle. Goofy snowman holding a beer on the label. I believe this is a Christmas beer.
Cloudy golden color. Despite my best efforts, a huge explosive head erupts from the bottle. Head is rocky and lasts forever, full bubbly and beige. Full of sweet citrus aroamas, grapefruit, slight orange peel and subtle spices. Taste is at first full of citrus, and rich yeasty taste. Very typical of a belgian pale ale. (Not a dark, but that's what it says.) As the subtle yeast flavors fade, an overwhelming sweet candied fruit taste slides by an finishes the beer. Complex flavor combinations confuse the taste buds, but the sweetness is striking and overbearing. Very slick but not syrupy. Super sweet finish lingers. Harder to handle as it warms. Turns into a slow sipping beer, and at 8 % it probably is meant to be a night cap. A very interesting, complex and tasty beer, just a bit to sweet to be really outstanding.
11-24-2002 17:45:38 | More by StevieW
2.93/5 rDev -29.7%
A unique brew that demands a lot. Attractive depth of color and powerful head retention, definite alcohol presence in the nose. Sweet as the dickens at first sip, rounded of slightly by some hops somewhere in the distant background and some muddled yeastiness. If the sweetness isn't enough to floor you, the alcoholic content kicks in on the follow-up. Lots of candy sugars are right there in the moderately full mouthfeel together with a good warmth, followed by a finish that either leaves you gasping for air or gasping for more. Although quite impressive, perhaps a bit too sweet for me, I'll have to give it another shot when my taste buds deteriorate. Not a beer for the weak-hearted.
10-10-2002 07:13:24 | More by jmatthew
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Still Night is the Mad Brewers Christmas Beer, and at 8% ABV, in an 11.6 fl.oz bottle it is no lightweight. Why do I think I have already been drinking when I look at the De Dolle Labels? Pours with an absolutely "Heewwwjjjj" head, that had incredulous anti-gravity powers and positively detested being in my Glass it raced for freedom and was intent on intercourse with my Carpet as I steadily poured, trying desperately to decant the beer from the yeasty sediment and avoid overflow. The head had real staying power, only reducing to a 1/2 after a good couple of minutes, or so. Amber-Golden colour (is it really a "Dark" Strong Ale???). Floaties merrily danced and laughed at me through the Glass - I had tried so hard prevent them and failed miserably!! A powerful smack of alcohol in the nose, with a pungent sweetness. Warming "throat-tickler" that had a good dose of sweetness in the mouthfeel, but the sheer alcoholic strength rounded this nicely for me. Has a fruity finish, and I detected some bitterness in the sweet attenuation at the end.
Perhaps a tad too sweet, if any complaints, in my humble opinion - this beer is probably left to age a year or two, to really develop character and loose the dominant sweetness. A kick-arse beer that gave me an unseen head-butt!!!!!.
Bloody Marvellous !
10-09-2002 21:02:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5 rDev -20.1%
Hazy copper hue, topped by a tremendously dense and persistent ivory white head. Doesn't look like a Dark Strong at all. Ripe fruit sweetness, citrus rind, sugary honey w/ a hint of buttery, sweet bready malt in aroma. Sugary, candy like sweetness hits the palate at first, then is ensued by musty yeast flavors, and assertive non descript spiciness. Ripe, perhaps overly ripe sweet fruit abounds and when coupled with initial sugary sweetness, the overall profile is very sweet, and just a hair of being cloying. Hop bitterness is virtually nonexistant. Moderately bodied. Finishes w/ lingering fructose - like sweetness lingering. Stille Nacht is a complex brew, but the residual sweetness is a bit offputting, and hurts the drinkability. It falls short of its aroma's promise. That being said, it's still worth a shot due to its uniqueness-- it's a stylistic bastard.
08-20-2002 19:29:54 | More by marc77
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
A strange beer definitely. Kind of sweet aroma and taste, but before passing judgment on this beer, you kind of have to stop and think. To me it was quite sweet and not overly impressive, but there is a time for it for sure, kind of a dessert wine character, and more impressive with every sip, acidic lemon flavour combines with a orangy marmalade flavour, interesting, unique.
07-14-2002 17:29:27 | More by rastaman
4.78/5 rDev +14.6%
Presentation: 12oz European style brown bottle. Batch info and best before date on the side. The label has this freaky-ass king snowman, wearing a crown, holding a star staff and a goblet of ale as he stairs with big googly eyes at a half-moon. The scarf around his neck says "met de beste wensen."
Appearance: A hazy dark peach/amber coloured brew with large and small carbonation bubbles. The head is a patchy, slightly off-white cream lace that sticks to the glass. A gentle rousing will bring the lace back at anytime.
Smell: Sweet malty aroma, hints of caramel, alcohol notes, delicate sweet fruit esters and a far off herbal/peppery spice
Taste: Massive fruity flavours from the start, I'm thinking peach or apricot. Body is full, even and very rich. Mouthfeel is smooth with a butter-like coating (diacetyl), goes creamy on the tongue from the fine carbonation. There's a base malt flavour that is syrupy sweet with touches of background caramel, honey and toasted malts. Hop flavours are more or less non-existent (which they should be) and can only be detected by their lending a slight herbal quality to the brew. The butter-like flavour returns towards the end and slicks up the palate once again. Residual yeast flavours from the sediment in the bottle also linger with a very light yeast/bread flavour. Finishes a bit dry.
Notes: Well kick my ass! This has to be just about one of the best Belgian beers out there! So incredibly complex that I need to go and be by myself for a little while.
Purchased at t'Brugs Beertje back in April 2000 -- thanks Daisy.
03-25-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.