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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

886 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 96
Gots: 108 | 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 Shaw
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.87/5  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
2.92/5  rDev -30%
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
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
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
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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
4.29/5  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
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Chadbrew
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.27/5  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
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +5.5%
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
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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