Stille Nacht
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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From:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,440
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
555
Ratings:
599
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 15, 2022
Added:
Mar 25, 2001
Wants:
  134
Gots:
  165
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers, brewed for Christmas. It has a very potent beer (12% alc/vol). It has been boiling for many hours, brewed with pale malt with white candy sugar in the kettle. The Nugget hops gives an extra bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness due to the density. The taste triangle is completed with some acidity of the fermentation. It is a very interesting beer to age. We have samples of every bottling we have done so far and aging hasn't decreased the quality of this beer. Keep some samples at 10°C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours opaque, dark gold in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is big apples, hay, candied sugar, and Belgian spice. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet. Wow is this great. Excellent combination of funk and sweet. So many layers of flavor. Happy I picked this up.
Oct 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by 911CROFT from England

May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2020 vintage

This is one of my last holdouts from my trip to OEC last month. I’ve been consistently impressed by the international beers they carry, really just one of the best places for imports. Ok, OEC praise aside, I’m pretty excited to try this one as it’s considered a classic but I haven’t had it yet

Pours an opaque dark gold with a finger of creamy white head that fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

Sometimes the spices overwhelm the style, but they’re well integrated here. I’m picking up on aromas of clove, bready malt, toffee, black pepper, overripe banana, apple skin, and orange zest

Oh man, the flavor here is really unique, dancing between sweet, sour, and spicy elegantly. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting white pepper, golden raisin, lemon zest, toffee, crackery malt, clove, and light apple. The swallow brings notes of white grape, crackery malt, white pepper, sweet caramel, golden raisin, grassy hops, pear, and overripe banana

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp yet sweet beer. Finishes mostly dry with a decent sweetness

I was really not expecting to like this beer as much as I did. It’s wholly unique and super delicious I need to get more
Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by tyjohnson55 from California

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by Jakepitbull from New York

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by oyecomova from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sweet syrupy. Sour on the backend. Spices are really apparent when smelling but the taste is more subtle. Just enough complexity for it to be interesting. Very strong.
Dec 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Westvleteren XII chalice. Quite carbonated, but things settle down rapidly, leaving some lacing. The nose is sour and fresh. Velvety mouthfeel (a bit of a surprise) and full of fruit and spices. One particular spice reminds of a specific vegetable, but I can't put my finger on what. Also some flowery, perfumy notes. This has everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it. Also very boozy, obviously. Nice, but not quite up my wheelhouse.
Jun 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Deep gold body, unfiltered with visible particulate, the head forming thick and white, with good retention of a couple minutes.
Aromas of lemon, orange and grapefruit rind, black, pepper, charred oak, touch musty.
Warm acidity coupled with alcohol heat gets the juices fired up, like it's firing up the your metabolism and heating your veins; mellow but prominent yeast fruitiness, of sweet apple, white grape, accompanied by soft spice yeast phenols; the feel is buttery, balanced by fine, frothy carbonation; mild bitterness in the finish, like a stone fruit pit, keeps things dry; so much of this is undefinable, but flavourful and engaging.

This is a winter delight, with a distinct heat, and complex yeast flavours, all of it in a lovely harmonious dance. Drink this solo on a cold day.
Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by TerryW from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Don't understand the high scores for this one. As Belgians go, it's pretty ordinary stuff without anything to distinguish it in anyway. High alcohol, but well disguised in a hetfy dose of sugar. No fruitiness or hoppiness or depth of flavour. One dimensional. Doesn't offend to drink, but does not excite either. Anonymous.
Mar 30, 2021
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 mL Bottle. ABV 12%.
Appearance: Tangerine, Fairly clear (cloudy on final pour), Half a finger of creamy and frothy head, Lacing present.
Aroma: Banana, White grape, Apple, Caramel, Floral, Spices (Clove), Bready, Candi sugar, Dark dried fruit (raisin, slight prune).
Mouthfeel:
Flavour: Huge white grape, Lots of apple.
Overall:

Review: 249
Mar 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle, from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. ABV is 12%. Deep golden colour, some floaties. Huge white head. Strong and complex aroma of spices, Belgian ale yeast, brown kandij sugar, caramel, oak and alcohol. Very sweet flavour, but still with a refreshing character. Strong and complex fruity and spicy notes, hints of oak, decent hops in the finish. Very enjoyable.
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Second time's a charm. No gush on opening, pour yields a flat, clear medium golden body. Sweet aroma, apples, yeast. Taste brings some tang, fruity, sweet. Smooth. Subdued. And this is what I expected...

Alas i think this bottle has gone bad. Was so looking forward to it. Golden pour with foamy white head. Tart aroma, apples. Even more tartness in the taste, very sour. Based on thecreviews, this bottle has turned. Drain pour....
Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a beautiful golden with white head. Good retention. Golden raisin on the nose. Apple, pear, caramel apple, deep sweetness from light brown sugar and honey character. Younger vintages will have more bitter hop character. Perhaps more fusel warming on the finish too. Older vintages will have a warming sensation without any harshness. A truly beautiful beer worthy of service for Christmas.
Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $5.95 CDN. 2020 Bottling.

Appearance - Lightly hazy dark gold color with half a finger of dense white head on top. Good staying power and not much lacing. Cuts an imposing figure.

Smell - Quite sweet, candi sugar, apples and peaches, with some bready and yeasty qualities backing things up. Smells light and excellent aromatics.

Taste - Quite sweet again. Candi sugar, apples, peaches and other stone fruit. Light bready backbone, powdery yeast. Booze is incredibly well blended and hidden. It's balanced, but I'm struggling to find what the sweetness is balanced against.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied, lively crisp carbonation, semi-dry finish, booze well hidden again, just some subtle heat going down the back of the throat. A sipper for sure.

Overall - Truly exceptional beer, deliciously fruity and tasty, very sweet, without going overboard and wonderfully crafted. I still can't believe this is 12% as it drinks more like a 8% BPA. Right up there with Duvel and LaChoffe as the highest of high class Strong Belgian Pale Ales. I probably give Duvel the slightest edge, but Stille Nacht maybe has a more whimsical "How did the brewers do this?" that is only matched by Cantillon, 3F (not that I've been able to try them), Orval, Westy and Rochefort. That in itself is an incredible feat.
Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 2.81 by stephenlee93 from England

Jan 22, 2021
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
330 mL bottle from the LCBO; "bottled 2020" as per the stamp on the crown. Served barely chilled.

Pours a muddy golden-orange colour, its complexion marred with countless tiny flecks of sediment. Situated atop is one finger of fluffy, foamy white head that collapses within a minute or two, leaving behind a frothy, generous collar and thin cap of film. Not much lacing at first, but you do get some as the level drops; looks fine to me. Yeasty on the nose - I'm getting notes of lemon zest, orange peel, clove, banana, bready malts and overripe orchard fruit including peach, apple, pear and grape. Smells a little sweet, with a modest ethanol presence (at least, for 12%) and a touch of acidity.

Now this right here? This is a fine night capper. Lightly caramelized malts, breadiness and candi sugar give way to a compelling array of fruity flavours that include apricot, apple, date and sugar-coated sultana raisin. Hints of banana, orange peel and white grape come through towards the back end, which is also rather spicy and yeasty - clove, white pepper, cinnamon, licorice and herbal hops, alongside some persistent candi sugar sweetness and a touch of ethanol warmth, both of which fade into the aftertaste. Full bodied, with slightly assertive carbonation that lends some much-needed liveliness to this brew's soft, slick, tongue-coating mouthfeel; very fulfilling texture. I can't believe how well-integrated that 12% is - I mean, you do notice some alcohol of course, but I've had beers in the 9-10% range that were much hotter/boozier than this.

Final Grade: 4.43, an outstanding A grade. Stille Nacht is one of the best Belgian beers I've had in quite some time - though it's definitely leaning towards the saccharine side of this style, so make sure your sweet tooth is prepared for the onslaught. This one'll cost a pretty penny (i.e. this small bottle was nearly $6 in Canuck funny money), but nonetheless a highly-recommended brew, not to mention a fantastic pick for my 2375th review. I will absolutely be picking up another bottle or two, as De Dolle claims it has excellent long term storage potential - and besides, who knows if I'll ever see this around here again?
Jan 22, 2021
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Reviewed by rawbraves from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2019 11.2 oz bottle poured into tall tulip glass. First thing I noticed was how much “movement” there was in the glass. Not just bubbles but tons of little floaters moving with the bubbles like a million little dancers in my glass. Very sticky on the tongue and a little heavy on the alcohol on the back of the mouth. I did enjoy and would buy again but would be curious to age this one a few years.
Jan 17, 2021
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Rated by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
15yo (2006) bottle: orange, vodka, candy sugar, umami, spice.
Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A 330ml bottle, bottled in October 2019. Poured into a De Struise tulip glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, candi sugar, honey, boozy, candied orange peel, Belgian spices, with slight notes of apple and banana.

Taste: Light to moderate sweetness, boozy, candi sugar, fig, apple, orange peel, pear, peppery spice, with notes of clove and banana.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It’s a sipper, but the combination of sweet and boozy, although not too extreme here, is still not my favourite.
Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Etre, bottled Oct 2019
Pours a lightly hazy light gold color with a good sized frothy bone white head that shows great retention. Aroma is filled with honey like maltiness light candy sugar and earthy spice. The flavor is intense caramelized honey like sweetness, confectionery sugar, with a bit of clove and peppery spice. Light to moderate warming alcohol. The last quarter of the bottle had to sit until the head from the initial pour settled down. When I poured it in it was considerably darker, sweeter and a bit more cloudy than the original pour. Reminded me of that darker chunk at the bottom of the Italian Ice package. Great brew and a wildly complex sipper, my first time and I guess I need to seek this out more often.
Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Samnem from Georgia

Jan 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed on Christmas Day. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Orval Chalice. It pours a cloudy, dirty golden color with a thin, foamy, milk-white head and lacing. Quite the smell! Sour apple, banana, caramel, and familiar Belgian spicing. The sweetness of the taste belies the rather sour nose. Much more candied apple, raisin, and banana, and sugar, along with caramel/toffee, clove, coriander and bitterness from the Nugget hops. It has a holiday dessert quality. It's surprisingly thick and syrupy with lively carbonation, and the 12% ABV is noticeable and warming. Overall, this is a big, flavorful, strong ale. Ideal for sipping at Christmas.
Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2020
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle. Pretty excited for this but it fell on a deaf palate for me. Exorbitantly sweet. It overpowers all other aspects of the beer. Too hot as well. Big, rich, sweet, boozy. Would be a great beer at maybe like 8%. Could definitely stand to sit down and age for quite a while.
Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by DvdP from Netherlands

Dec 08, 2020
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