Stille Nacht
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,469
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 11.37%
Reviews:
533
Ratings:
1,104
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
 
Belgium
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  162
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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 puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wish I had bought some more of this on my trip to Dallas to help my sister move!

A favorite style and my only complaint is it is a bit sweet, but after all it is a Christmas beer!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Murky golden yellow color with with excellent head and lacing. Sweet, warm spices smell and taste. Honey, pears and sweet apples. Brilliance of the Belgians!

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Photo of robotic_being
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 2008 Reserva on January 4th, 2020. Mind blown! Amazing dark fruits, boozy, spicy yeast, malty, well masked ABV, amazingly delicious. 12 year old beer. My oldest collared beer to date.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- fruity and peppery Belgian yeast gives aromas of apple juice, orange marmalade, ripe pears, maraschino cherries, booze soaked raisins and figs. Undertones of banana, clove and doughy malt. There's a lot of champagne like aromas overall

T- plenty of fruity elements up front with a big note of sweet apple leading the way, followed by orange preserves, ripe pear, banana and fig preserves. Mid-palate brings out some peppery yeast that adds a hint of clove. The finish gives more apple, as well as cherry and pear before a sweet fruity linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly foamy and warming finish

O- sweet and fruity with a deep complexity makes this a slow sipper, simply outstanding

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Photo of ajm5108
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A gusher. Tart, gueuze-like nose. Palate is heavier, some coarse phenol notes up top, overripe citrus and some earthy yeast underneath, complex but disjointed

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of candied sugar, orange marmalade, figs, spices and pears.
Flavor with notes of orange marmalade, lots of spices, pears, cloves, pineapple, Belgian yeast and Poperinge hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation.
Not so much of a “Silent night”! Initially I had the impression this was a bit overly sweet (I guess it is what they target for Xmas beers), but then I felt the bold spices and local hopiness trying to offset the sweet malt body.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for this beer. Been too long since I've had a shot at this.

From a 2017 bottle.

Without the dregs,a beautiful golden body shines. With dregs, and my preferred method for the style, an unfiltered apple juice yellow orange color is muddled, yet still so damn inviting. A thin surface coverage of creamy looking splotches, like bacteria under a microscope.

Grape an apple juices battle it out over subtle beet sugar, fig, and clove. Spicy, earthy, fruity all converge into what I can't help but think of congressional church wine, except good.

Wow. I forgot how delicious this is. Belgian Candi sugar goodness to the fullest. Plum and fig and grape and cherry and apple, all dusted in some nutmeg and clove, baked into a sweet gooey mush. Caramelized sugars with the lightest hand of spices thrown in on the end.

A wonderful texture both champagne bubbly but full and rich. Sweet with a hint of spice, and a smooth approach to the elevated 12% advertisement. A sipper, but it doesn't have to be. Scary.

Damn this is a gem of a beer. Not sure when the sweet spot is for this, but all I can say is that this one-and-a-half to two year old bottle is simply wonderful. A lip smacking of honey like sweetness here and there keeps the frequency of sips barred fortunately, otherwise, this glass would be gone in a flash.

Cheers.

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Photo of MercInc
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Full of flavor. High ABV of 12.2. a bit cloudy. 2018 vintage. 33cl bottles, 4.50 euros not counting shipping. I'm going to let 4 of these age for a year in my bear ceiler. We'll tasted them for Christmas.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 years old bottle (bottled in 2016)
It pours an hazy pale body with a two fingers head
A lot of ester in this one which brings a big fruitiness. A strong but drinkable brew.
Might be better a bit younger

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at a bar in Brugge, Belgium

clear, dark golden in color, thick white head. aroma is a touch boozy, but the taste is not - the abv is well hidden. typical pale Belgian flavors - pale malt, herbal yeast flavor - but not overly spicey - more restrained in this beer. well balanced, not too sweet.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured from a 11.6 oz. bottle that I purchased at a local craft beer store. The beer poured a bright copper color with a foamy white champagne white head. There was ample lacing present.

The aroma was sweet like candy. (Reminded me of Delerium Tremens... the beer not the condition.) slightly hoppy with brown sugar, a touch of cinamon, and some orange zest.

The initial taste was as sweet as I expected. It was sugary sweet, at first, but in the middle there was some subtle happiness and a bit of cinamon and nutmeg. The finish is exceptional. The beer becomes sweet again as it warms on the tongue and there’s seems to be a hint of cherry.

The mouthfeel was excellent - crisp and smooth at the same time.

This was a great example of a Christmas Ale. Instantly one of my favorites. Complex flavors all blended nicely.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
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 teromous
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
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 SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Barnoloid
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Beersnake1
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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 kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
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 BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of CoreyC
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
A -Huge out of control carbonation.
S - Floral fruity aroma. When the head/carbonation was strong it had a champagne-like aroma.
T - Sweet fruit flavors with more richness than typical for a lighter golden Belgian.
M - Interesting with nice stickiness cut by the heavy carbonation.
O - I liked it a lot, but could do with less carbonation. I plan to age my other three for up to 20 years.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage, as stamped on the cap.

Deep gold color, bordering on light amber, and hazy with small yeast particles floating around. A massive white head climbs above the rim of the glass with good retention.

The aroma is both strong and unique. A potent mix of apple cider, overripe banana, butterscotch, alcohol,and clove. It's more complex than I'm giving it credit for but it's thought to describe.

Fruity and spicy flavor with prominent alcohol. The beer has a warming feel to it yet it's not overly difficult to drink. In fact, it finishes slightly on the dry side.

I was really excited to find a bottle of this after having an excellent Arabier on draft a couple of months ago. However, it didn't meet my high expectations. The notes on this beer say it has increased from 8% to 12% ABV over time and I actually think it would be more successful as an 8% beer. The alcohol heat gets in the way a little too much for me. Not a bad beer though. Almost like a spiked spiced apple cider.

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Photo of thebeers
3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 stamped on the cap.

Hazed dark gold color, with churning effervescence, and an annoyingly massive and long-lasting white foam head, even with a careful pour. A few small floaters, too. Sloppy, uneven lacing.

Apple cider stands out most in the aroma. Maybe a little pear, doughy malt and yeast in there as well.

Excessively sweet, fruity taste, with some allspice and some nice Belgian yeast. A kiss of alcohol and some slight pepperiness on the backend. Definitely pretty Christmas-like, like an apple pastry, but not all that artfully done to my taste.

Thick, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel with decent carbonation that gives it a little prickliness.

I had high expectations, and from the over-carbonation on, I was pretty disappointed. If you want a convenience store apple pie in a glass, this one's for you.

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Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (Vintage 2015 stamped on the crown) into a Charente glass.

A - De Dolle beers are known to explode with a massive head and a VERY gentle pour (and leaving most of the dregs behind) yielded a massive 3-finger, eggshell white head that continued to grow!. The beer itself was a hazy golden-orange colour. (4.25)

S - Crazy aromatics on this one. Vanilla, Brandied Fruitcake, Flowers, Honey, fruity esters of Apricot, Rum-soaked Orange and peach all combine with the bready character that is signature of De Dolle's house yeast strain. (4.75)

T - The flavor is a combination of those sweet aromatics and fruity esters dominate the flavor with each sip bringing a different experience. The alcohol is definitely present, but no surprise for being 12%. (4.75)

M - Relatively full mouthfeel with very lively carbonation helping to keeps the alcohol rather subdued but a warming sensation occurs in the chest after each sip. (4.75)

O - Both big and bold beers, Stille Nacht and Dulle Teve are quite similar to my palate, but give the nod to the former. Although I would really enjoy sampling this (as well as Dulle Teve) fresh, Stille Nacht holds up quite well for ~1 year and assume it will develop in the coming years with that "Rummy" profile taking center stage. I enjoy what it currently offers so I will err on the side of consuming now, rather than aging. Price and availability are what make this beer such an infrequent treat. (4.5)

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber gold with a touch of haze. Big head that leaves some lace. Nose is typical Belgian strong pale with both malt and yeast notes along with some booze. Not as big as I expected. Flavor is certainly big. High ABV not hidden and comes with lots of fruity malts. Residual sugars and a creamy mouthfeel, although the carb as so high it foamed in the mouth which hurt mouthfeel scores. Overall, a very good beer, but I'm not scoring it quite as high as many others do here.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Whole Foods Market, Giffnock (£4.36):
This one was an excellent beer from De Dolle & came through with almost everything that I've come to expect from big, bold Belgian beers. There was a lot of flavour packed into this one & some good spice as well with a combination of yeast & citrus flavours opening things up & rich fruits following them up. It was a very well-balanced & easy to drink beer despite its strength & it's definitely up there with some of the best the country brews; great stuff.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 Vintage poured into tulip glass

Appearance - murky golden body with fluffy white head, lots of sediment floating around

Smell - pear, booze, orange, honey

Taste - pear, peach, orange, booze

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium plus carbonation, citrus upfront followed by heavy flavor of booze, solvent like finish

Overall - decent beer here that doesnt do a good job of masking the ABV

Price Point - $5.99/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

This one pours a hazy golden orange, with a small head, and just a bit of lacing.

Smells like honey, orange, peach, apricot, candy sugar, and caramelized sugar.

This has completely redefined my idea of this style- a style that's nearly never excited me before now. It's nearly flawless, and suprisingly dry/balanced for being a whopping 12% ABV. The alcohol does not show itself, really at all. It's got a great fruit flavor, without any fruit added, a sort of peach creamsicle thing, some apricot, soft sugar coated pear, earthy and not so sweet honey. There's a bit of sweet caramel, and some slight grassy hoppiness. This is so complex, and so astonishingly good. It made my night that much better.

This has light feel to it, the perfect level of carbonation, light, but present, and propping everything up- keeping this from being syrupy.

This is hands down one of the best beers I've ever had. It's unbelievable.

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Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1104 ratings