Stille Nacht
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #3
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,564
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 11.37%
Reviews:
543
Ratings:
1,132
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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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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Still Night is the Mad Brewers Christmas Beer, and at 8% ABV, in an 11.6 fl.oz bottle it is no lightweight. Why do I think I have already been drinking when I look at the De Dolle Labels? Pours with an absolutely "Heewwwjjjj" head, that had incredulous anti-gravity powers and positively detested being in my Glass – it raced for freedom and was intent on intercourse with my Carpet as I steadily poured, trying desperately to decant the beer from the yeasty sediment and avoid overflow. The head had real staying power, only reducing to a 1/2” after a good couple of minutes, or so. Amber-Golden colour (is it really a "Dark" Strong Ale???). Floaties merrily danced and laughed at me through the Glass - I had tried so hard prevent them and failed miserably!! A powerful smack of alcohol in the nose, with a pungent sweetness. Warming "throat-tickler" that had a good dose of sweetness in the mouthfeel, but the sheer alcoholic strength rounded this nicely for me. Has a fruity finish, and I detected some bitterness in the sweet attenuation at the end.
Perhaps a tad too sweet, if any complaints, in my humble opinion - this beer is probably left to age a year or two, to really develop character and loose the dominant sweetness. A kick-arse beer that gave me an unseen head-butt!!!!!.
Bloody Marvellous !

Oct 09, 2002
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amano_h from Oregon

4.81/5  rDev +14%
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.

Feb 19, 2016
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threeviews from Florida

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)

Oct 23, 2016
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Magery from Kentucky

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

Sep 21, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Aug 01, 2014
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heysuz from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nov 16, 2014
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Andy_Luft from England

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 31, 2017
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dgallina from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6oz bottle dated 2005.

Poured transparent gold with some floating yeast and light carbonation. No head and little lace. Smells of syrupy caramel, strong whiskey-like alcohol. Caramel flavors up front, building rounded and slightly smoky sweet oak in the center before finishing with very fruity stinging alcoholic warmth. Somewhat more carbonated on the tongue than expected; syrupy and creamy on the palate.

A strong sipping beer. Flavor profile is unusual and very deftly handled.

Mar 16, 2006
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koopa from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Nov 05, 2012
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Caseyk1088 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 16, 2016
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stephenlee93 from England

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2021
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VashonGuy from Washington

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

Jan 11, 2020
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doubleipa from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost no head. Clear, but with some yeaties floating around despite a careful pour. Good aroma of grass, heavy yeast, raisin, pepper, and alcohol. Kind of syrupy with a light carbonation. Long finish. Maybe a little bit too sweet for me, however. Ok, but I don't think I'll pick up any more.

Jun 29, 2007
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brewdogmrb from New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew, whose name means "Silent Night" is a Christmas beer which is rated at 12% ABV and the De Dolle website claims that it is "the highest density" of any Belgian Beer. Brewed with a seemingly unreasonable amount of malt and Belgian candy sugar, this brew is extremely strong, while remaining pretty drinkable, all things considered. There is such an enormous complexity to this beer that you should really try to take an hour or so to drink it, as it warms up, it changes so many times that you (almost) don't realize how hot it's getting you. There is fruit, booze, and all kinds of other sweet and tart flavors, with only the slightest hint of bitterness. Sure, my American mouth wants MORE HOPS but really, does it belong in a beer like this? This is one of those bottles that distracts me so much from everything around me that I have to restrain myself from buying it too often. Life is Beautiful, indeed.

Jul 03, 2008
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2010.

Beer is caramel coloured, a nice golden brown. A huge, frothy white head on top even with a careful pour. This one gushed immediately from the opening. Head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing.

Smell is full of spice and light fruit - orange, banana, apricot, peach and more that I can't place. Belgian yeast is present as well as caramel. Really a great smell.

Taste is similar to the nose and is also lovely. Apricot, peach, orange mixed with a bunch of spice- nutmeg, pepper, clove. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter. Bready malt. Quite complex and all very well mixed together.

High carbonation - a little more than I like, but not too bad. Otherwise very nice. Has a buttery, creamy feel to it.

Overall, an excellent beer. A real pleasure to drink. A standout from a great brewery.

Jan 10, 2012
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Sep 16, 2017
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victory4me from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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nickd717 from California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle at De Dolle Brouwers, poured by Kris himself.

A - Deep reddish-copper color with a large off-white head.

S - Aroma is caramel malt, holiday spices, and candied apples.

T - Lots of caramel and fruity esters, banana, apple, and plum, along with candi sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, and mild citrusy hops. Very complex and very good.

M - Palate fairly full with somewhat high carbonation.

D - It's a sipper and not quite as easy to down as an Arabier or Lichtervelds Blond, but with how tasty it is, it keeps you wanting another sip. They don't all have to be chuggable.

Sep 18, 2009
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adkieffer from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mar 11, 2013
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corneliusfontaine from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Aug 18, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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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swamiswamu from Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- small head which quickly dissapates, some lacing. Color similar to apple cider
Smell- big yeastlike odor
Taste- somewhat cloying sweetness, I think they went a little overboard with the candy sugar, as it warms the flavor grows malty and round
Not too drinkable, a little too sweet
My least favorite Belgian thus far.

Jan 10, 2005
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UA8 from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark and murky copper color with a thin khaki colored with which fades into thick lacing and puddly foam.

S- boozy peach and apricot notes, prominent fruity and spicey yeast, sweet floral honey and caramel.

T- leads with huge juicy and sweet peach, apricot, and fleshy white grapes. Midpalate develops the complex fruity and spicey yeast notes. Finishes with candied fruit schnapps booziness.

M- sweet and syrupy medium body with a coarse moderate carbonation.

D- a big and complex bsda. Run a tad a on the sweet side but it is a holiday beer so compliments the season well with it big abv and spicy flavors. Think I'll buy a couple of these to age seems like the potential for even greater complexity is very good.

Mar 25, 2010
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jz989 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Feb 15, 2012
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