De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille NachtDe Dolle Stille Nacht
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
Ratings:
1,053
Reviews:
515
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
150
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy colour with foamy white head, boozy and yeasty aroma. Taste of fruity yeast and spices and eggy kiche.Sweet nutmeg and pepper and cinammon. Noticeable carbonation, fine, refreshing above average Belgian. Medium mouthfeel.Easy to drink if you like Belgians.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 inch off-white head that lasts. Very tiny and thin lace strands on the glass on the drink down. Smells of tropical fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is of malt, candied fruits, spices, and yeast. Extreme level of carbonation here. It seems like this is more carbonated than a soda would be even. Very prickly and fizzy on the throat. I am not sure if it is meant to be this carbonated, but I do not care for this. A bit of alcohol burn on the drink down. Overall, this a good beer but the carbonation is not what I expected from this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy white head on this one with a nice golden colored body. The smell of this beer has some good Belgian yeast aromas with some bread and some spicy notes also. The taste of the beer is nice with a good amount of grainy flavors with some soft banana flavors in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with some light carbonation in there. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I would like to try it again someday.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high white head that died down very slowly but left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate, brown sugar and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is quite malty for the style and is very chocolaty; these flavors become even more apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The mad brewers at De Dolle have reprieved themselves- they must cheer with delight after ushering this beer to market- because there's absolutely nothing to be mad about. This is a superb strong Belgian golden ale that spans the gamut of who's who in Belgian beer flavor; and does so with finesse, balance, and quality.

The Christmas ale pours with a stern honey amber color that trends burnish bronze in the body, but coppery about the thinner edges. The strong ale builds a mousse-textured ivory head that laces with the classic essence of Belgian lace. Its unfiltered appearance yields a yeasty haze that get the beer to glow like a dim nightlight.

Resting just behind the honey-sweet aromas are the tangy tartness of vinous fruit- white grape, wine rot, sugar cookie, sourdough, and orange blossom all play into the stunning and varying aromas. A heightened floral note of honeysuckle and clover decorate the stronger malt and ester notes with a sense of finesse and refinement. Spicy cloves and white pepper tickle the nose... and we haven't even discussed the taste yet!

And it with a honey sweetened upstart with a pep of savory kettle caramelization that the early palate favors a supple sugary introduction. Yet the beer quickly draws in an earthy display of hops that contribute elements of spicy wood and grass notes in balance. Still, an estery complex that's comprised of a plethora of fruits span the taste of pear, apple, peach and apricot. Candied versions of fruit emit with the emulation of lemon drop, "Pez,", and cotton candy. Finishing with the vinous Chardonnay taste of white grape, pepper, alcohol, and racy acidity- the beer covers all the bases and does so with impeccable balance.

Reluctantly full in body, the zesty carbonation of sparkling with rushes across the palate and lifts the bready-rich textures of malt from the mouth. This ushers in a malty-dry middle palate that favors fruity dryness heading into finish. Late dryness seems mostly from high alcohol warmth, but is aided by moderate acidity, wine-like tannin, and receding grain sweetness.

As the beer closes, I don't feel that I have fully explored all of the beers slight nuances or it's powerful complexities. I simply hope that this review has given you a glimpse into the shallow impressions that I gained from this session. Still, a heightened sense of dryness, even at the determent of 10% abv. just might improve it's character.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with a very modest head that quickly drops to a ringlet (this may because my bottle has been aging for a few years); despite the lack of a head, the beer leaves gobs of sticky foam on the side of the chalice

Smell: If you smell this long enough, there is a whole cornucopia of fruit; sweet, mead-like honey aromas dominate, but underneath there is apricot, passion fruit, rum-soaked golden raisins, caramel apples, licorice and a real boozy element to boot

Taste: Opens with a yeasty, mead-like flavor that yields to the fruit (Juicy Fruit gum, caramel apples and licorice predominating); after the swallow, the yeast returns and adds a funky, phenolic element; the finish is packed with residual candi sugar

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with very low carbonation; lots of warmth from the high ABV

Drinkability: More like a BSPA than a BSDA but mis-classified beers seem to be the lot around here, lately; in any event, a complex sipper but I woouldn't want another bottle in succession

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 bottle drank in 2004 at Kulminator in Antwerp. Poured a hazy medium brown beer with a super huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is perfect with bubbles still present 10 minutes after the beer was poured, which is a bit surprising considering the age of this beer. Aroma is a quite strong mix of plums, sugars and roasted malts. The taste of this beer is one of the most wonderful things I had the chance to drink in my lifetime and consisted of a mix of roasted and sweet malt, plums and a sweet bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden and didn’t break the overall perfect balance of this beer. I know must find more of this since it is so incredible.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber with copious amounts of foam. Not especially impressive looking.

Smell: The nose is strong and sweet. It definitely has a wintry character to it; it reminds me of fruitcake, pumpkin pie, and other heavily spiced desserts.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with a long, buttery brown sugar aftertaste. It's like drinking a caramel apple. This is a sipping beer, not only due to the high ABV (which is very well hidden), but also due to the intensely strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated with a thick, syrupy texture. It has a warming quality to it that is perfect for cold winter nights.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing an 11 oz bottle, but it's too strong to make me want to go back for seconds.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2010. Gusher bottle upon opening, but I didn’t lose anything. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, pear, orange peel, raisin, grape, honey, caramel, banana, clove, floral, herbal, pepper, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big apple, pear, grape, raisin, fig, caramel, honey, banana, clove, candi sugar, herbal, floral, pepper, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, honey, banana, clove, candi sugar, floral, herbal, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes; with a very balanced malt backbone and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Big complexity and balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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