De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille NachtDe Dolle Stille Nacht

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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.

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Photo of Samp01
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy brown amber with a large long lasting white head on the pour. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruit notes along with some citrus orange fruity esters. There is some brown sugar and sweet alcohol flavors with mild bitterness. A medium body, a smooth and mild sticky sweet caramel orange bitterness on the palate. Finish is sweet full flavored. Overall a very well made and tasty ale.

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Photo of MarioM
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a SN tulip.

Bottled 2010

A: High carbonation and almost gushed when opened. Head is composed of medium to large bubbles and very off white. Beer is crisp and clear yet has some large particles floating, perhaps yeast but who knows. Interesting non the less.

S: Sweet and lots of brown sugar, malt and caramel. Very extremely malty. Alcohol is there as well, which is no surprise considering its 12% abv tag. A smooth and creamy malt character with this beer.

T: Very sweet and obviously a touch alcoholic. Nice and malty with lots of Belgian yeast character. Foam is surprisingly bitter. Bottle was foaming out of the neck and decided not to waste the foam.

M: Does not feel as carbonated as it may be but sweetness and Belgian yeast spiciness lingers along with a nice warming alcohol bike and nice bitterness.

O: A really good and very strong and flavorful Belgian strong pale ale. I would definitely buy more of this if I came across it again. Its sweet, warming, bitter and interesting.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(last bottle of this in the cooler at Bottle Bar East - poured into a balloon)

A: fairly clear orange liquid, mild sediment haze... not much head wanted to form on the pour - about a 1/2" - falls quick... island of various sized bubbles formed on one edge of the glass

S: light (colored) caramel... taffy, almost like an Airhead... neutral, waxy outer citrus peel... jelly bean innards... any off-putting phenolics or harsh alcohol is non-existent - a bit of perfumy booze creeps in real late

T: bold, mildly-nutty malts and quiet storm booze... mellow, sort of a dense, oily peanut butter energy bar nuance (yeast?) detected right off with a smooth, not quite clove phenolic thread... reduction of candied orange on the edges and through the teeth... alcohol well-hidden - could pass for 2-3% abv lower?... has a core flavor of rich, demarara simple syrup

M: oily-fullish up front... mild cordial-esque syrupy flow enveloped in feathery suds... somewhat bone dry finish, flattens out... for a beer of this strength, love the initial simple syrup like bulky roundness followed by quiet, smooth, humble tidal-wave/afterburner of booze

O: not a ton of the classic De Dolle funk found at the forefront here, but it's a stellar creeper beer... one of the most satisfying simple, malty, strong Belgian beers you'll find... could very well be the Zeus of malt liquors

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Photo of NCalement
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2011, poured into a Sexual Chocolate Teku.

A- A lot of sludge on the bottom. A slow pour ensures no sediment. Copper color, thin, fast head that hold. A little bubbles. Transparent a pretty.

S- Raisin, booze, sweet malts, molasses, vanilla, honey and slight hint of spice. Kinda burns on the nose, but it's a sweet burn. I like it. Not too potent.

T- Sweet malt, booze, dark fruit, honey, maple, vanilla, spice, and raisin. Very good

M- Active carbonation. Boozy burn that's fast on the palate. Very drinkable but this one has 3 years on it nd could use a few more IMO.

O- What an amazing beer. I recommend aging one for a long time and enjoy!! Has a lot to offer, very complex.

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Photo of HellSludge
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great brew from De Dolle Brouwers. I was blown away at the beers consistency and lack of boredom. Every sip was so interesting. I would have liked to drink this slower, but my taste buds would not let me. This got a beautiful 5/5 from me. Go get one!

A - Beautiful

S - Gorgeous

T - So GOOD! Perfect

M - Smooth, consistent, full

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Photo of Lothore
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gushes out of the bottle and pours a deep, dark orangey hue with a massive, off white head that leaves quite a bit of head.

S- Plum, cherry, apricot, grape. Amazing to just stick your nose in.

T- Grape, cherry, strong alcohol burn, light hop notes.

M- Medium bodied and effervescent.

D- Amazing beer to sip on. Just when I thought I hadn't had a belgian beer in some time that really blew my socks off ...

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fizzy, frothy light tan head. Head fades out slowly with no lacing, although quite good retention instead.

S: Lots of cloves and yeasty bread. Light citrus. Quite a bit of sweet honey. Yum.

T: Oh yeah, honey for sure. Light apples, pears and spicy cloves. Yeasty, bready malt. More honey in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly earthy but mostly spicy. Loads and loads of cloves here with mild black pepper. The honey flavor helps balance it a little. Lingering spices and apples/pears between sips. Kind of a mouth numbing spiciness that I can't quite place, it lingers forever. Did someone put Novocaine in this? No real sign of alcohol, but maybe that's the source of the numbness?

M: Medium-heavy for 12%. Higher carbonation helps lighten it up. Fairly dry too which also helps drinkability.

O: Really nice BSPA. Super high ABV for one in fact, but it doesn't detract much. Doesn't get too syrupy, too heavy or too overpowering. No way would I assume 12% for that matter. I'd say 8-10% tops. Love the honey flavor in this one, even though I'm pretty sure there's no actual honey in it. I really enjoyed this one, one of my all time favorite BSPAs right off the bat.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*11.6 Bottle Christmas 2013*
Ok, I was at Max's and seen this in the beer fridge. I was stoked! This has been on my radar since my first tasting of Cuvee Van De Keiser Rood (early 2008). Well, I've already bored you with my life's story, now for the "meat and potatoes". I poured this brew in my Chimay Chalice, how classy. Ok I poured this very slowly, so there was not an extravagant sized head. This poured medium amber with heavy sediment parading around my Chalice, the head was a half finger solid bubbly white. Some might say this beer is ugly, I say for the style it's pretty fantastic. I looked around and went in for a whiff. This smells like Belgian Heaven. Huge notes of tart apples and sweet pears. Hints of earthy hops and hints of citric sourness. Hell Yes! I am now dying to sip this MOFO. It is what I expected! First flavors were of tart apple and candied sugar. Sweet pear follows with a faint metallic note. There is hints of honey and crackers. There is a nice dose of Yeasty Funk that I enjoy the most which leads to some spice and berries. There is a nice semi dry bitter finish with a lingering citric sourness (not offensive in any manner, I find it adds depth) The feel on this nectar is Medium to Full body and soft, very soft carbonation that tickles the taste buds and aches for another sip.

Overall: I had to look at the bottle again, there is now way this is 12 percent ABV! This drinks like it is at least 7%. Notice I didn't say there was any booze in the taste. This is very delicious, despite the appearance. Some don't like chunks in their beer but that was not a problem with this guy! I feel this could be a nice dessert beer or paired with a nice Fruit Salad. This refreshed my Love for Belgian Strong Ales. This is my New Favorite BSPA. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Sweet caramel, slight belgian yeasty funk.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber, nice one finger off white head, some yeast chunks floating because of bottle conditioning.

Flavor: Sweet tart apple, light raisin in middle, with slight funk on finish. As it warms a brown sugar taste starts to come through and the tart apple fades.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, drying crisp finish, alcohol warming as i drink. Feels too heavy and thick at first but then quickly balances out with the fresh crisp tartness kicks in.

Overall: Very very good, excellent balance of sweet malt and light tartness, with a hint of funky yeast on the finish. This is one of my new favorites. $6.99 for 11.5floz

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very clear and has a lovely coppery-gold color (rather dark for the style). It sports a nice white head of fine foam. Decent retention for such a strong beer. On the nose I get some fruit notes, primarily apples and pears, as well as a little bit of clove.

Medium-full bodied with a nice, creamy feel and a fruity, complex flavor. Up front are loads of rich malty notes, fresh apples, pears, and bananas. At mid-palate I get allspice, ginger, and clove. It doesn't overpower the fruitiness, it just complements it. In the back of the palate is a hint of pepper and a pleasant alcohol warmth, both of which linger nicely.

Oh wow - this is one terrific beer! Rich malt, fresh fruit, baking spices, and warming alcohol all come together perfectly. Anyone who thinks Belgian Strong Pale Ales have to taste like Duvel is in for a shocker if they try this. If I come across another bottle of it, there's not way I'm passing it up. Highly recommended.

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

Pours a hazy reddish orange with fast fading dense white head; streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: pear, buttered toast, caramel, mild spiciness and floral note, dried apricot. Taste: soft pear, white grape, red delicious apple, spice cake and caramel, spicy with sugary pale backing. Fullish bodied, creamy into pillowy carb. Tasty.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has minimal retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which appears as golden, pale amber in the light. Some lacing at the moment. Lacing, overall, is minimal.

Nose- Starts off with a bit of sourness that is almost astringent but turns into raisins and cherries. Some brown bread, brown sugar- this is mostly from the bottle. Some cloves or a vague ashiness from the glass? Small note of peach and banana. Swirling shows a rounded banana with other, general fruit esters.

Taste- Starts off very fruity- mostly raisins. Some brown bread in the background. Bananas as well. Some candied fruit. And a lot of alcohol. Brown sugar. But also, a lot of alcohol. Reminds me a lot of a quad. It only seems to be a pale in color. I can already tell you that this is a beer that needs to be aged as it's rather messy. Some burnt caramel, a little bit of ashiness, some cloves. Some woody bitterness on the finish. Complex with a good amount of presence but it really lacks balance and integration. Some notes of cherries. Both the brash flavors and alcohol start to mellow out but that may only be because the alcohol is numbing my tongue. Lots of promise but I just don't think it's quite there yet. Good beer that seems as if it could be a really good beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a lot of syrup and juiciness to the texture. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- Very noticeable heat. Not bad heat, but it won't let you forget. A little messy. 6-7 bucks seems okay for a beer that probably develops well. Fresh, not so much.

Overall- Good beer but very messy. Definitely worth a try but I think you might I agree (if you get it fresh) that it needs some aging. This is the only reason I would buy it again.

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Photo of PJ60
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch not dated. It clings nicely to the side of the glass. Almost translucent going into the glass. Aroma is deceivingly faint but very pleasant. Slightly sweet, deliciously malty with subtle yeast back that doesn't linger. Silky smooth going down. Fantastic holiday beverage!

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Photo of rangerred
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet. 2008 vintage.

Pours a brilliantly clear medium brown, at least until I got down to the bottom of the bottle and all the chunks came out, with a one finger white head. Really great head retention.

The aroma is loaded with dark fruits and has a really nice sherried quality. There is some spicy yeastiness along with a touch of vanilla and cherrywood. Very fruity all around.

The flavor is nearly all cherry up front but the other flavors follow quickly behind. More dark fruit supports the cherry along with a slight bit of oxidation. Vanilla and wood undertones along with ever-present alcohol letting you know that you are drinking a very hefty brew. Bitterness is very low with really no hop character to speak of. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with some light warming after the finish.

Overall, I really love this beer. I wish I had a fresh one to compare but I imagine that age has done wonders on this as it is so smooth. The greatest think is it was already five years old when I bought it for $5. Truly a steal.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with just a film of silk-like foam resting on top. No real retention, nothing to retain. No lace either. Visible yeast/sediment. Nice. Decent light penetration.
Smell is rich, boozy, malty, yeast, spices (clove, pepper & ginger) ,banana and a hint of sour. Great balance and really complex, my nose is on overdrive here.
Taste is malty, sweet, banana, spices, yeast. Sweetness is a little too pronounced but otherwise very good.
Rich, smooth, warming. Light effervescence, nearly full bodied. A solid coating of the upper palate develops quickly. Cloying is the word I want. Only real knock against it.

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Photo of cdmillard
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review is for 2006 vintage, poured into a tulip

Amber colored, with a substantial amount of yeast floating about. Poured with a nice head, which surprised me, which quickly dissipated. The aroma was heavily caramel, which I absolutely fell in love with.

Taste...I think someone else mentioned full and rich. This is dead-on. Wonderful caramel flavors, and prominent alcohol (yeah...she's pretty boozy!) but very smooth after 7 years in the bottle

This is a full bodied sipper. Had this in a restaurant, and had no issue with stretching this one out as long as they would let me sit there.

This may be my favorite beer ever, which is saying a lot. I had a 2008 a few nights ago, which was wonderful, so I had to try the 06 for comparison. It just keeps getting better with age. Highly recommend a try, if you can find it! I was lucky enough to find 4 bottles of 2010 on the way home (a little something for later!).

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Photo of thebigredone
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jason for bringing a 2009, 2011, and 2010 Reserva all to the same tasting.

Pours an effervescent clear gold. Beautiful. Smell and taste are amazingly cider-like. Bright apple, some Belgian yeast, a little acidic zing. Great beer, very bright tasting, something I could easily session. The listed rating is for the 2011.

Pours a significantly darker amber-brown. Smells like apple pie, and tastes like it too. No cinnamon, but the apples and buttery crust are both there. Not nearly as tasty as the fresher version, but interesting in it's own right. I'd drop the rating on the 2009 down to about a 3.9.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy copper color with very active carbonation. Three fingers of foam forms, which settles to a half finger. Great retention, good lacing.

S: Dried apricots mixed with lemon peel and spicy phenolics. The spice mixes well with the sweetness of the beer to produce a very nice bouquet.

T: Dried fruit is also in the forefront of the flavor. Dried apricots and prunes produce a sweetness that is well balanced by spices and citrus. The age has integrated these flavors well.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with strong but smooth carbonation.

O: This beer ages with the best if them. I've had older bottles, which I like even better than these. Either way, age integrates the flavors really well here. The sharpness I get with this beer when fresh is almost completely gone.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle (2012 dated) to Unibroue tulip. Bright murky reddish orange pour with a big frothy head. Aromas of sour tropical fruit, dry oak, very slight vinegar, plums, white grapes, cherries. Flavor is a blast of bittersweet white grape and mango, alcohol heat going down, dryish finish. This is good. The alcohol is present and warm on the finish, but still goes down pretty easy. High carbonation with a medium slick mouthfeel. Very thick and strupy toward the end as it warmed. Unique flavor and somewhere between sour and dark Belgian quad. Really liking this! Would love to try the Reserva, but not gonna do that level of whale hunting.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a creamy head. Its aroma is very strong, and I immediately picked up the unmistakable scent of caramel. This was echoed by others at the table. I didn't pick up much beyond that, with the exception of some alcoholic notes.. obviously.. it's 12%.

Hugely sweet Belgian yeast flavors. Full and rich, with more sweet caramel. The booze is subtle, even for a beer as strong as this. I don't taste much in the way of fruit, but it could be there somewhere. Finishes with a wheat bread maltiness. Feels slick, with minimal carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, a great beer that can stand up to some pretty strong flavors during a meal. Full-bodied, but very good drinkability for a beer of its strength.

Had it at a restaurant, and bought it again when I was lucky enough to find it in a store.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle

I forgot how fierce this beer was - the label implies a playful holiday ale, but it's far from that. A huge, potent masterpiece - something of a liquid fruitcake - layered and complex and densely packed. Yeasty, banana, clove, honey, booze, herbal and earthy, spiced bread. Lots of sediment. A classic - nice to try this one again

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full-bodied, complex Belgian ale - really enjoyed it the first time, but now just find it too sweet and boozy. Better with age, which dulls the sweetness.

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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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Photo of Bisho
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy crap batman!
This is like a souped up version of Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood. It is everything that beer wanted to be and more!
All I can say is pineapple, pineapple, pineapple!!!
If you love pineapple you are going to love this. The wife loved it because the high ABV sweetness masks the piney hop bitterness. I didn't even notice it was 12% (I was on the floor after a couple of these!)
Glorious bier and De Dolle's best.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a relatively clear (speckled by some yeast) amber topped by a fluffy white head with modest lacing and a residual thin blanketing/halo. The nose is sweet and alcoholic, with yeast, honey, and a sun-dried fruitiness to it. The taste is also relatively sweet, slight caramel toastiness, grain, honey, raisin, booze, and a touch of bitter hops in the finish. It's approaching full-bodied, boozy, potently flavorful, gain-sweetness forward, and a bit too boozy to suck down quickly. I'd say this embodies the Belgian strong pale ale with its tremendous sweetness, yeast fruit, potent ethanol, and mild bitterness. This is probably not a repeat bottle for the price.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,043 ratings.
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