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:
1,045
Reviews:
514
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
152
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Thanks to @andreizm for this one

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Photo of Pletser
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sstraus1983
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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)

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jFRIDAY4
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 cunning_stunt
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 KrissyKat6
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The "Mad Brewers" are taking their toll on me !
I've Had 7 of their 8 brews and the 8th very few also have Had.
So what is to be made of these mad ones.
First of all, it is a good and funny act. Are they mad? Of course not ! They are just having fun.
Second, they make very interesting beers, of which Stille Nacht is one.
Winter blondes... well, that is an unusual Look.
The Smell also is hard to describe, but clearly different.
Taste really has more of the same, but has more going on and is hard to unravel.
Feel improves as the high carbonation dissipates.
Overall, Stille Nacht is worth having again ... just so I know I've not gone mad.

MJ's "Guide" gave it only 3 of 4 stars a claret-colored Christmas brew with hints of apple."
Listed on the "1001", the review is interesting description of how yeast makes the Belgian and how to improve it. Stille Nacht deserves to be on the list for many reasons; but the primary one being that it is interesting without really being mad.

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Photo of OKFine
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,045 ratings.
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