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:
#2,546
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
1,081
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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128
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161
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Photo of MercInc
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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..

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Photo of SXM
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of frank20a
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Red Rose pub in Bruges, Belgium bottled 2016.
Very strong yeast smell. Had strong but drinkable body and the high ABV was totally noticeable.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +13.6%
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 Mtn
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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