De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
1,019
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
17.23%
 
 
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Photo of captaincoffee
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +3.2%
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 -11.9%
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 +17%
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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Photo of Flickerdart
2.77/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer smells and tastes like dirty gym socks. The head is huge and lacing is good, but that doesn't forgive the smell (socks) and taste (malty socks).

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Photo of pants678
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 year old 2006 vintage.

Amberish gold with white foam.

Bread, biscuit, yeast.

Sugary, as you expect with a Belgian Pale. Surprisingly sweet for the age. No wood or barrel, or signs of sour but very, very midly. Something more refined than Pranqster.

Felt right.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2014 bottle from my favorite "to-go" place, Beermiscuous! Poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Excellent head and retention. Great nose! Smells like boozy cotton candy or banana bubble gum.

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Photo of amano_h
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage, 37.5cl bottle at Cafe Kulminator (Antwerpen, Belgium)

First impression on the nose is cotton candy. A further inquiry reveals some sour apple, estery Belgian yeast goodness and you guessed it, candi sugar.

Dark fruit flavors headline the sweetness overflow, followed by raisins and a ton of mild caramel. Every sip simply screams "sweet" but there's just enough balance to prevent the average drinker from regurgitating it from disgust; if you try really really hard you can still get a hint of bitterness from what hops used to be present.

Thick, syrupy oily consistency, almost as if I'm drinking a bourbon barrel-aged stout. The booziness is well-hidden and there is no booze afterburn to speak of, but any time a drink taste this sweet, you just know it's hiding a massive amount of alcohol. Carbonation is almost non-existent at this point but I am still picking up some tingling on the tongue.

A divinely balanced cotton candy beer would be my one-line description for this beer. Sweet, complex, 12% ABV cotton candy.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on bottle at Cafe DeRat in Utrecht, NL.

A - Pours yellowy gold with a huge white head; pour carefully!
S - Foral hops, citrus, fresh bread and honey
T - Honey, bread, caramel, burned malts and finishing slightly bitter and spiced
M - Very very smooth, good amount of carbonation
O - Very very nice winter beer tending more towards golden honey and bread flavours than the darker caramel flavours of many others.

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Peach, pear, and green apple esters emerge in aroma. There's a hint of earthy hops.

Flavor is very sweet, candy-like, with pear carrying through into a lightly bready backbone. Alcohol is substantial, and both tasted and felt. Green apple and apricot tartness prevent it from becoming cloying. Could use some age to kill the heat.

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Photo of pat61
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a hazy copper gold with a persistent very creamy and stiff, fluffy and lumpy 1 ½” foam collar that mounds up over the top of the glass.
S: Yeasty, fruit, over ripe fruit, bread, spice.
T: Big fruit flavors suggesting a blend of apricot, peach, citrus and something tropical sweetened with light caramel. There are big hops in the background but every thing else is big so it balances.
M: Highly carbonated, luxuriously creamy, satiating, medium full body.
O: An extravagant beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have a beer friend, whom i have not known for an extraordinarily long time, but who's opinion i respect very much. he regards de dolle as the best brewery in the world, and the stille nacht their best beer. thats high praise from anyone, especially him, so at long last, i finally get to drink one of these. on tap at the bull and bush, a real treat once the server got it right. hazy and quite pale in the glass. not sure why i expected it to be darker, but its cloudy but bright, not thick at all, almost delicate looking, and not that abv ever has a look, but this looks too light for 12% abv. head is thick as shaving cream but not as white, it stands tall like beaten eggs ready to be folded into a cake batter. it smells unexpected as well, hoppy, but only really as far as the belgians ever take it in that regard, less bitter, more leafy grassy, and fully yeasty. it smells tart like good lemonade, but still with that estery belgian yeast fruitiness and complexity. there is a hair in me that thinks this has some wild in it, not pitched bacteria, but some wild strain that got worked in one way or another. very complex, and unique to my nose. the taste is the same, new but enticing, taunting almost. the hype around this one, which is more internal in my circle than external i think, maybe not, had this one highly anticipated, and first sip shows why. that tartness is there in the finish, with even a moderate acidity. usually the strong belgians, especially the tripel types, the pale ones, have tons of sugars added for extra fermentables, or such a high original gravity as to never quite get dried out enough for my tastes. not this one, and that is its immediate success for me. its dry, but its huge, but its delicate and rich, its a bunch of caucophanous juxtapositions that resolve in beautiful synchronicity. splendid. lemon is there, straw, hay, clover, plantain, white pepper, mild brett, even decaying forest floor. this is wonderful beer, not fully understood but entirely appreciated. is it the best beer i have ever had, i dont think so no, but it is something to be revered and treasured, and there is nothing else like it.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma offers Belgian quality up front with spice, sweet and honeyed breadiness.

The flavor follows with that same Belgian spicy note, surrounded by tiny bubbled carbonation. Then onto caramel sweetness and a bready note.

A touch sweet, but the alcohol is quite well hidden. (2009 vintage).

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Photo of Takahiro
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: opaque, tan/brown, with thin but lasting foam
Smell: Belgian yeast (yogurty), caramel, clovy phenol
Taste: strawberry and tropical fruit punch up front. caramel sweetness. slight bitterness from hops towards middle/finish.
Feel: bit cloying, but not too much
Overall: it's a belgian beer, with lots of fruitiness.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

De Dolle Stille Nacht has a very active, overflowing white head, a murky, gold-gray-yellow, bubbly appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of light fruits, candy, white bread, and cream cheese cake frosting. Taste is similar, with low bitterness and noticeable bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and De Dolle Stille Nacht finishes semi-dry and boozy.

RJT

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Photo of interzen
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Cloudy yellow with a white head with incredible amounts of staying power. Significant amount of yeast and other floaty bits too. Then again, it's unfiltered, unpasteurised and un-justabout everything else.

Smell: Slightly sour with hints of fruit and spice - quite hard to pin down anything in particular, though. Let it sit for a while and you'll get faint whiffs of alcohol too. It smells strange, but by no means unpleasant.

Taste: It might smell slightly sour, but it certainly doesn't taste sour. Quite sugary-tasting, with malts and yeast to the fore. Slightly bitter and boozy aftertaste. Again, it's quite difficult to pin down any one dominant flavour although I suspect I might have served it a bit too cold.

Feel: As others have noted, this is definitely a sippin' beer - the sweetness gives it a fairly heavy feel and there's not a massive amount of carbonation either. It certainly doesn't drink like something on a par, ABV-wise, with wine ...

Overall: I'm glad this is a winter beer, since if it were available all year round I'd be drinking rather a lot of it and end up pickling myself in the process. It is, I suspect, rather an acquired taste - a sweet tooth certainly helps as it's quite sugary and heavy. That said, it's well worth tracking down and trying if the chance presents itself. Definitely worth taking your time over (especially at 12% ABV!)

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Photo of dcmchew
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden, really cloudy, with a small lasting white head.
Surprisingly weird smelling for a Winter beer, with some big sour notes, not entirely reminding of lambics, but of fermenting white grape, apple and apricot, or more like a rustic-made white wine. Some candi sugar, licorice, clove, orange and lemon lozenges, faint gingerbread, funky yeasts and some warm alcohol.
Monstrously huge sweet (sugary!) malts, somewhat escalating from the front to the aftertaste. So does the alcohol. Hard to discern anything else under the heaviness of the sugary malt and alcohol combo. Some faint apricot, fresh orange peel and apple lingering, dense Belgian yeasts, gingerbread spices (peppercorn shines). Finishes mouth-numbing, somewhat bitter and syrupy.
Thick body, low to medium carbonation. Must sip! Aftertaste has alcohol, candi sugar, some clearer fruitiness manages to settle. In time the semi-dry white wine feel from the smell becomes more apparent in the (after)taste, but there's still so much sugar!
Didn't expect such a BIG beer (tho, 12%). Tasty, but a sweet-tooth is imperative, strong, so take some time with it. Hard to rate.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma has classic belgian esters but also some zestiness. Taste leans towards sweet with the belgian yeasty character and warming alcohol. Body is not as carbonated as other belgian strong ales but it doesn't help the drinkability too much. The strong alcohol presence is enough to make it a slow sipper.

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Photo of aleigator
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Bottle from Marlou Genk , bottled 2012. Has a deep, hazy yellow appearance with a yellowish head, which vanishes fast.

Aroma is of strong alcohol, differents spices, including clove and cinnamon, and yeast.

Taste of this brew is complex, alcohol is present from the very beginning and lingers till the end. Very yeasty, lots of spices on my tongue, cinnamon, clove, pepper, burned malt, sugar, honey and a little bitterness at the end, which enhances the sweetness of the sugar. Long aftertaste of mostly sugar and alcohol. In my opinion they push it too far, the beer appears unbalanced to me, sugar and alcohol are too present, they dominate all the other ingredients and interrupt the possible complexity.

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Photo of SassieCassie
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark golden brown/ hazy color little head retention which was concerning at first...
Nose: The nose displays a nice burnt caramel/ malt flavor with a subtle hint of ethanol and that Belgium flare
Taste: Appropriate carbonation. Thick, creamy, and slightly sweet (like a thicker version of a hardy brown ale) with subtle earthy hops at the end that play with the sweetness. I was expecting more of an ethanol flavor because of the high ABV, but was surprised to find it balanced and hidden.

What a beautiful Belgium beer!

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Photo of Samp01
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy brown amber with a large long lasting white head on the pour. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruit notes along with some citrus orange fruity esters. There is some brown sugar and sweet alcohol flavors with mild bitterness. A medium body, a smooth and mild sticky sweet caramel orange bitterness on the palate. Finish is sweet full flavored. Overall a very well made and tasty ale.

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Photo of MarioM
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a SN tulip.

Bottled 2010

A: High carbonation and almost gushed when opened. Head is composed of medium to large bubbles and very off white. Beer is crisp and clear yet has some large particles floating, perhaps yeast but who knows. Interesting non the less.

S: Sweet and lots of brown sugar, malt and caramel. Very extremely malty. Alcohol is there as well, which is no surprise considering its 12% abv tag. A smooth and creamy malt character with this beer.

T: Very sweet and obviously a touch alcoholic. Nice and malty with lots of Belgian yeast character. Foam is surprisingly bitter. Bottle was foaming out of the neck and decided not to waste the foam.

M: Does not feel as carbonated as it may be but sweetness and Belgian yeast spiciness lingers along with a nice warming alcohol bike and nice bitterness.

O: A really good and very strong and flavorful Belgian strong pale ale. I would definitely buy more of this if I came across it again. Its sweet, warming, bitter and interesting.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(last bottle of this in the cooler at Bottle Bar East - poured into a balloon)

A: fairly clear orange liquid, mild sediment haze... not much head wanted to form on the pour - about a 1/2" - falls quick... island of various sized bubbles formed on one edge of the glass

S: light (colored) caramel... taffy, almost like an Airhead... neutral, waxy outer citrus peel... jelly bean innards... any off-putting phenolics or harsh alcohol is non-existent - a bit of perfumy booze creeps in real late

T: bold, mildly-nutty malts and quiet storm booze... mellow, sort of a dense, oily peanut butter energy bar nuance (yeast?) detected right off with a smooth, not quite clove phenolic thread... reduction of candied orange on the edges and through the teeth... alcohol well-hidden - could pass for 2-3% abv lower?... has a core flavor of rich, demarara simple syrup

M: oily-fullish up front... mild cordial-esque syrupy flow enveloped in feathery suds... somewhat bone dry finish, flattens out... for a beer of this strength, love the initial simple syrup like bulky roundness followed by quiet, smooth, humble tidal-wave/afterburner of booze

O: not a ton of the classic De Dolle funk found at the forefront here, but it's a stellar creeper beer... one of the most satisfying simple, malty, strong Belgian beers you'll find... could very well be the Zeus of malt liquors

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Photo of NCalement
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2011, poured into a Sexual Chocolate Teku.

A- A lot of sludge on the bottom. A slow pour ensures no sediment. Copper color, thin, fast head that hold. A little bubbles. Transparent a pretty.

S- Raisin, booze, sweet malts, molasses, vanilla, honey and slight hint of spice. Kinda burns on the nose, but it's a sweet burn. I like it. Not too potent.

T- Sweet malt, booze, dark fruit, honey, maple, vanilla, spice, and raisin. Very good

M- Active carbonation. Boozy burn that's fast on the palate. Very drinkable but this one has 3 years on it nd could use a few more IMO.

O- What an amazing beer. I recommend aging one for a long time and enjoy!! Has a lot to offer, very complex.

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Photo of HellSludge
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great brew from De Dolle Brouwers. I was blown away at the beers consistency and lack of boredom. Every sip was so interesting. I would have liked to drink this slower, but my taste buds would not let me. This got a beautiful 5/5 from me. Go get one!

A - Beautiful

S - Gorgeous

T - So GOOD! Perfect

M - Smooth, consistent, full

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