Stille Nacht
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #3
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,589
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 11.37%
Reviews:
548
Ratings:
1,139
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SCORE
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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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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -28.9%
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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octortus from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Sigmund from Norway

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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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stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Sheppard from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +4%
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
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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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rawbraves from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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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kitch from Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
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
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep amber coloration with a tiny, wispy head that immediately fades to nothing and lots of fine sediment suspended in the glass. Smells of caramel malt and dark and estery fruit and spices, with notes of rasisin, plum, red apple and some candi sugar as well. Taste is a good balance of caramel malt, sticky toffee, candi sugar, dark fruit, with notes of raisin, fig and plum and estery fruit and spic, with notes of red apple, gooseberry, banana, orange rind, clove, cinnamon and black pepper. Finishes syrupy sweet, with some dark/estery fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation.

This certainly does have a certain christmas fruit cake feel to it, with its rich complexity of sweet, fruity and spicy nuances and while I realize that this is a much beloved beer that makes for a great, warming sipper by the fireplace when it's cold outside, it's just too sugary sweet and boozy for my personal taste. I can absolutely respect the deep character of this beer and the craftmanship that went into it, but it's just not for me personally at all to be honest. Mouthfeel is full, but with rather low carbonation.

Aug 26, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Mid amber I'd say, not so easy to conclude as it's poured pretty hazy making judging that harder. [Note also, there's quite a layer of sludge left in the bottle too]. The head was thin at about 3mm and that's receding. It'll be lacing only in a minute or two.
S- I was expecting 'this beast' to come over pretty savage but it's actually pretty subtle. Then again it's a pale ale rather than a spicy Tripel or Quadrupel etc.
T- Sip, sloosh around mouth for 3-4 seconds... ... open mouth and swallow ... >BOOM!!! Wow this has nakedly pungent ABV%, that licks over the palate like a pastry brush soaked in grain spirit. It has the 'BIG' presence of a solid Tripel or Quad, though the spices they usually have are absent (of course). 12% in one of those latter styles might be just too rich, perhaps that's where the higher hopping of a pale ale comes in as a balance.
F- It feels quite challenging with this one to simply separate the Taste from the Feel; at this near extreme of ABV% it's like they've begun to merge into one. I have had other beers this strong and more-so, but not enough and recently to recall if this level of ABV% seems to merge Taste+Feel.
O- Or maybe the carbonated 330ml of 12% has got me, same way I'm sure a soda can portion of champagne (similar ABV%) would. Hey at least I'm not drinking this through a straw, that really would be a Stille Nacht indeed :)
It's a lovely beer, one to slow-sip. Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle, ... I've just failed to find a BB: on the packaging... no wuckers eh. Quiet Night and good night all.

May 27, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wish I had bought some more of this on my trip to Dallas to help my sister move!

A favorite style and my only complaint is it is a bit sweet, but after all it is a Christmas beer!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Murky golden yellow color with with excellent head and lacing. Sweet, warm spices smell and taste. Honey, pears and sweet apples. Brilliance of the Belgians!

Jan 21, 2020
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robotic_being from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 2008 Reserva on January 4th, 2020. Mind blown! Amazing dark fruits, boozy, spicy yeast, malty, well masked ABV, amazingly delicious. 12 year old beer. My oldest collared beer to date.

Jan 05, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- fruity and peppery Belgian yeast gives aromas of apple juice, orange marmalade, ripe pears, maraschino cherries, booze soaked raisins and figs. Undertones of banana, clove and doughy malt. There's a lot of champagne like aromas overall

T- plenty of fruity elements up front with a big note of sweet apple leading the way, followed by orange preserves, ripe pear, banana and fig preserves. Mid-palate brings out some peppery yeast that adds a hint of clove. The finish gives more apple, as well as cherry and pear before a sweet fruity linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly foamy and warming finish

O- sweet and fruity with a deep complexity makes this a slow sipper, simply outstanding

Dec 25, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A gusher. Tart, gueuze-like nose. Palate is heavier, some coarse phenol notes up top, overripe citrus and some earthy yeast underneath, complex but disjointed

Dec 22, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of candied sugar, orange marmalade, figs, spices and pears.
Flavor with notes of orange marmalade, lots of spices, pears, cloves, pineapple, Belgian yeast and Poperinge hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation.
Not so much of a “Silent night”! Initially I had the impression this was a bit overly sweet (I guess it is what they target for Xmas beers), but then I felt the bold spices and local hopiness trying to offset the sweet malt body.

Oct 09, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for this beer. Been too long since I've had a shot at this.

From a 2017 bottle.

Without the dregs,a beautiful golden body shines. With dregs, and my preferred method for the style, an unfiltered apple juice yellow orange color is muddled, yet still so damn inviting. A thin surface coverage of creamy looking splotches, like bacteria under a microscope.

Grape an apple juices battle it out over subtle beet sugar, fig, and clove. Spicy, earthy, fruity all converge into what I can't help but think of congressional church wine, except good.

Wow. I forgot how delicious this is. Belgian Candi sugar goodness to the fullest. Plum and fig and grape and cherry and apple, all dusted in some nutmeg and clove, baked into a sweet gooey mush. Caramelized sugars with the lightest hand of spices thrown in on the end.

A wonderful texture both champagne bubbly but full and rich. Sweet with a hint of spice, and a smooth approach to the elevated 12% advertisement. A sipper, but it doesn't have to be. Scary.

Damn this is a gem of a beer. Not sure when the sweet spot is for this, but all I can say is that this one-and-a-half to two year old bottle is simply wonderful. A lip smacking of honey like sweetness here and there keeps the frequency of sips barred fortunately, otherwise, this glass would be gone in a flash.

Cheers.

Mar 30, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
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. I'm going to let 4 of these age for a year in my bear ceiler. We'll tasted them for Christmas.

Jan 09, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Dec 16, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Dec 14, 2018
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KonigObHops from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Dec 08, 2018
Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1139 ratings