De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.

Added by Todd on 03-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,449
Reviews:
523
Ratings:
1,072
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
156
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 1,072 |  Reviews: 523
Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cozmo
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, golden, amber with about a half-finger head and nice lacing.
S: Strong yeast notes that are not overwhelmed by ester production, spice, clove and banana, reminiscent of a hefeweizen in some ways.
T: Starts out with a very prominent (for the style) astringent/clean bitterness, that gives way to a sweet malt body and some spicy notes. As the beer opens some subtle pear, green apple and white grape notes come out, along with some general estery sweetness that is enjoyable if slightly nondescript. It can also be quite boozy though I find it enjoyable.
M: Very full bodied and surprisingly dry.
O: I really enjoyed this, though as some other reviewers noted it is something of an odd beer. I don't know that it is successful as a Christmas beer because the only thing it lends to that categorization is a certain heartiness. It almost feels like a Belgian attempt at a blond barleywine. I really like this beer, and I'd really like to recommend it, but I'm not sure who it would appeal to.

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

Beautiful very strong Christmas Beer. Malty and sweet and very strong. Excellent for sipping on cold winter nights.

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Photo of EdFed
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heymikew
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date but it looks like the bottlecap says: "SN2018" with a bunch of x's underneath

Appearance: The beer has a very turbid body that possesses a dark orange color. I would recommend pouring very carefully because this leaves a ton of sediment in the glass. the white head is short and creamy textured without any real retention but just a bit of lacing where it recedes.

Aroma: From the get-go the beer has a lot of yeast aroma. Even before smelling the beer it is obvious just from sitting near the beer. With a closer approach to the beer there is a bit of a more fruity and herbal hop aroma to the beer. There is also a bit of a musty old wood smell to the beer.

Taste: Up front there is a slightly spicy flavor that is a bit hard to identify. It tastes a bit like cinnamon but with a musty character. Towards the back-end there is a bit of what tastes like clove but not like fresh clove. The beer has a very strong spicy yeast flavor that is bold enough to make this beer a sipper. It is a very interesting tasting beer but it isn't very approachable.

Mouthfeel: It has a spicy character that lingers on the palate along with a light presence of alcohol and mild earthy bitterness. The beer is good but it is a slow drinker.

Overall: The label of this beer is loaded with imagery of Christmas and Winter giving it this Winter Warmer vibe. It works well in this capacity because it is a sipper with a lot of spicy character. It's a bit of an odd bird though because while it does have a lot of different flavors they never really match up. I don't think I would pick up this beer again but it's interesting enough that I can sit and enjoy it this once. I wouldn't really recommend it to the average person or the average Belgian beer drinker but I would recommend it to the Belgian beer enthusiast because it has a lot of spicy Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of Dazka
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Twal
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2016 vintage 11.6Ml bottle into the test glass.
A - Opaque, candy sugar color, gently carbonated offering has the slightest ring of a cap.
S - Caramel, clove, some peppery notes with a rise in temperature some banana, anise, and toffee add to the experience
T - Warm dark bread, light brown sugar, candied orange peer, a kiss of nutmeg, some sweet fruit estser's rise toward the finish
M - Slick, full palate coating of sweet malts act as the main component, the candied fruit is the next step, closing with a nice bit of spice. Paired with some Soppressata, the salts of the cured meat pairs quite well
O - A very fun holiday offering, The 12% is pretty well hidden, not to complex an offering but fits well with the need for a warmer on these cold nights

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Terrific strong ale. A soft light clove and peppery banana backend goes along with a boozy, brash exterior. Estery yet not overwhelmed as I often find with Belgian ales. Had it on draft and it was quite a treat. Looks phenomenal - huge creamy head sitting above a golden ale. Fantastic.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow with good head. Retention was good. Nose is orange peel, caramel, and some bread. Taste is sweet upfront - citrus based. A tad bitter - resembling citrus peel - comes in after the initial sweetness. Getting some esters in the form of pear and banana. To be honest, not my favorite for this style. I bit mixed in the balance, and the complexity isn't overly welcoming. Definitely interesting and different. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've reviewed this before, but haven't yet typed up my notes.

On-draught at the Bull & Bush:

Soft pear esters are prominent in the aroma.

Drinks sweet, bending towards syrupy. Soft in mouthfeel. Mellow fruit esters from the delicate Belgian yeast hide this brew's monstrous ABV. Pear is dominant. Pale malts lend this its bold backbone. Hopping is minimal in presence and floral in flavour, though I think some fruitiness is in there too blending in with the ale yeast esters.

I'm not convinced this is better for being higher in alcohol, but it's somehow fragile in flavour in spite of its ABV, and its softness cushions the booze.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of ThomasKoren
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Spicy yeast up front along with some earthiness and light fruity notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy yeast notes and slowly works its way into some fruitiness and light alcohol esters. Finishes with lingering spice and a touch of maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side

O: A solid winter BSPA with a higher abv. Remains quite drinkable but definitely a sipper

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