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 GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber golden with a slight orage hue in the chalice, the head was yellow and rocky, lasting to coat the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a definate Belgian yeast character. Intense caramel aromas and spicines dominate. The aroma was very fruity.

The flavor was malty with a slight sweetness and malt complexity. Fruity flavors and high carbonation almost take your breath away. The alcohol was present in the flavor due to the high carbonation.

The finish was dry with Belgian yeast character and alcohol that leaves a warmth long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but the carbonation was fairly high and left a very light impression.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is no head. I can get a cream-colored film with vigorous pour. It leaves a couple of small spots of lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, dark, peachy-orange. The nose is pure, sweet, fruity ice cream. Quite strong smelling (almost hard sauce). The front comes in extremely sweet, with spice and overripe fruit. It smoothes a little into the middle, taking on a more creamy, fruity, syrupy character. Spicy fruit in the finish doesn't quite hide the big alcohol. It's too sugary and syrupy for me, but there are some nice fruit and spice flavors in there.

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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 beerinator
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coppery ruby. Virtually no head. Even a nice glass shaking gives out very little head.

Aroma: Smells grapey with assorted spices. Sour notes. Lambic-y sweet and sour aroma.

Taste: Sweet and sour. Fruity up front with cherry, apricot and plum flavors on your palate. Nice and thick mouthfeel. Finishes pretty sweet with tinges of sour. The lack of carbonation and sweetness leads to a bit of a syrupy feeling on the tongue. But it doesn't reach a cloying level.

Notes: 12 ounces is more than enough. You may want to share this bottle. And be sure to save it for the end of the night on a special occasion. The sweetness may be overpowering for some.

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Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a highly charged up golden amber colour. sediment and assorted other chunks of goodness floating in the glass. huge frothy head. a bit spicy and yeasty in the nose, some fruity notes too. a bit of sour apples. very sweet malt profile; spicy warm alcohol evident right off the bat with a nice hop bitterness to finish. fruity yeasty notes float in and out and meld quite nicely into the taste profile. this is a really nice beer. the prickly carbonation doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of the flavour, and it's really smooth and easily drinkable. make that dangerously drinkable. the peppery alcohol spice really comes out as it warms. yummy stuff.

i've been saving this since december, and i couldn't wait any longer. i should have waited until this coming december; as this fine belgian surely would keep nicely for awhile. i'll revisit this again!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

Poured a hazy, amber brown color with thin foam that settled flat. The smell was a very nice sweet caramel and dried fruit (figs, raisins) aroma with some malt. The taste was full of dried fruit flavors, with some caramel malt sweetness, some sugar, and a vinous grape flavor. Very nice. The mouthfeel was smooth and sweet with medium body and low carbonation. The sweet fruity flavors lingered on the tongue. This was a very enjoyable beer, great for sipping and savoring.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with hardly any head that settles to a white ring. Cloudy amber color. Virtually no carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins. Starts and finishes sweet almost a little too sweet. The high ABV is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of drewbage
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's prior to the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. This was a 6 year old keg that Dave had squirreled away somewhere in his pocket universe devoted to odd ball keg storage.

The beer was poured into a Duvel glass which allowed the aromas to collect, congregate and swirl.

Aroma is clean white sugar just turning to a very potent caramel that's been drizzled over peaches.

Flavor continues the spiced dried peach theme, but this time it adds bananas and pineapples to the mix of carameled fruits.

The finish follows with a flavor that reminds me of the sauce for banana's foster, alcohol, amaretto, buttery slick and caramelized brown sugar.

Astounding! This is dessert in a glass and not your run of the mill, honey let's buy a pie from the grocery store dessert. This is dining at the Ritz, tuxeoded waiters and dishes enflambe type of dessert. A sure rarity, but it points to the possibilities inherent in a well aged De Dolle product (assuming the beer's in the bottle is clean).

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. No dates.

Dark brassy orange colour, clear, topped by a thin but dense off white head.

A soft orangey Belgian nose, with warming hints of spice, & a slight whiff of gasoline.

Candy sugar, sweet oranges, apple, along with gentle touches of cinnamon & anise. Finishes warm, but cloyingly sweet. Round & soft of the pallet, medium bodied, gentle carbonation.

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Photo of Crosling
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Rustic Orange. Nice color. The head was barely achieved and mostly diminishing. Very little lacing.

The smell is very sweet from the white candy sugar. Very fruity with fresh oranges, tangerines and honey. The aroma is wonderful. It's in your face, very acidic and pungent.

This is one damn tasty beer. The mouthfeel is the first thing that I noticed. It's so damn soft and velvety and just seems to glide effortlessly across every taste bud, soak it and then leave. Numerous Fruits. Cherries and Raspberries first. Raisins next, then plums, now dried plums. Very sweet throughout. Cinnamon like spicyness after the fruits.

This beer has probably been brewed with the most candy sugar out of any beer I have every had. It is very very sweet and is very cloying on the finish.

I'm hoping to visit De Dolle Brouwers in July. Great Brewery.

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

Pours to a hazy copper color with a creamy white head. The aroma has a caramel maltiness with a bit of dark fruits and alcohol. It has a breadiness in the aroma as well as some brown sugar. The flavor starts out sweet, it then flows to the plumy, fig, dark fruit flavors. It finishes off with an alcohol kick. This is one delicious full-bodied brew. I definitely will get this one again.

Sampled 12/13/03

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Photo of merlin48
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rust head.
Immense aromas are impressive with sweetness. Bubblegum, bananas, peaches, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is clean, with low carbonation.
Taste is fruity sweet all the way through, but never becomes cloying. Overripe apricots, cotton candy, and peach nectar dominate the flavor profile. Floral lilac hops create an interesting background. Alcohol warming adds an additional note.
I like this one quite a bit, though many will find the sweetness cloying. I enjoyed the sweet, malty finish, and would happily have another.

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

Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy: This brew is a dark golden brown/orange color with a very thick off-white head. Thick and sticky lacing. Complex aroma of alcohol, sweet fruit, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied and borderline cloying at times, but with a satisfying array of flavors. The different fruits like plum and apple are at the forefront. There is also a nice malt, spice and alcohol presence. The finish is very sweet with a lot of yeast. Taking your time with this one is the way to go. A very nice beer.

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Photo of RootedFool
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

No freshness date.

Absolutely no head. Maybe an old bottle? Body is deep amber. Held to the light reveals an attractive haze.

Smell is big alcohol heat and a fiesty background of brown sugar and blackened fruit.

Whoa, the taste is overwhelmingly sweet right off the bat -- like a mouthful of cotton candy. That huge rush of sweetness levels out slightly to make way for some complexity -- those dark fruit flavors pinch through, and a small sweep of alcohol. Aftertaste reveals a little bit of bitterness, but the sugary sweetness dominates throughout.

Barely any carbonation, and a syrupy sticky mouthfeel.

Was on sale -- wanted to give it a go.

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Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a very spicey scent. There are a number of ingredients here, but I can't put my finger on a single one. It almost has a rootbeer smell to it; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It is really heavy and full of sweet malts and spices. I'm pretty sure corriander is used here along with ginger and some others. It warms on the way down. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. It drinks well. This is a good Belgian brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy and deep amber color with a frothy bright white head that piles high upon the body, as it desiccates the lace forms an encircling sheet upon the glass. Nice cotton candy sweet nose, caramel, ripe fruit dominate, fresh and crisp, a real treat for the senses, start is moderately sweet, perfectly malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is timidly acidic, the hops benign in their bite, sweet and sherry dry aftertaste, a fine beer and one I enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of ark57
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In one word: Wow! This cloudy, dark orange beer is a great treat. The fruity aroma smells of apple and plum. These are but a few of the tastes in found in this very complex brew. There isn't much carbonation (and for that matter a head), but it does not matter.It is spicy in the finish with some pepper notes and a burst of warming alcohol. A must have in the winter time.

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Photo of alexgash
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium copper body, slightly hazy, with a small, off-white head. Smells of tangy fruit that's been soaking in alcohol overnight. Slightly vinuous, and yeasty. Taste was a little surprising. Over the top sweetness laced with alcohol, or more accurately: cough syrup, Belgian cough syrup. Whew! The big candy sugar/alcohol wave crashes into some sharp bitterness, but the nyquil-ness lingers on. The combination of the cloying candy sweetness and the medicinal alcohol prove too much for me to enjoy this. I'm hoping this bottle was an off one, but I'm afraid I won't be ponying up another $5 to find out.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Ale maybe in taste, but not in color which is softly glowing and thickly clouded; dark pale yellow with a small brownish tone to its body. You can kinda see the yeasties a bit floating around in there. No head was produced during or after the pour but a very thin ring sits along the edge the whole glass through. No real lacing either, some thickly drippings leaving miniscule specks.

Aroma is warming and sweet with nice dark fruity esters and floral tones. Some notes touching on plum, darkly savoring juicy oranges, raisins, sweet toffee, dark fresh honey, and caramel swirl about with some soft spice and phenol hints.

Taste is immaculately displayed with great, easy, and very yummy flavors of sweetish dark fruits and heavy liquored candies. Yum! Oh my, this is nice. Exceptional thickness. Its got a great heavy creamyness and feel thats loaded with great dark caramel and toffee candy laced with intermingling sweetened and ripe dark fruits of yellow raisins, plum, dates, and dulled orange. Notes of honey dart across the finish along with slight floral herbalness and a lingering darkened sweetness resides as the thickness just keeps sticking within and coating every pore in the back of the throat. A late warmth sneaks up into the nose clearing the senses a bit. Incredible for 8%, usually that amount doesn't offer up so much warming attributes but this stands on its own. Absolutely yummy and thick with a nice added oommff of warmth. Ohh so nice... lovely brew. Recommended!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Pour was a dark cloudy amber, head which settled down nicely. Aroma was of caramel. I found the taste to be of candied caramel. Mouthfeel was rather full, but very smooth and sweet. Definitely a sipping beer, I thought it would make an excellent dessert beer. Good, but a little bit goes a long way.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1998 vintage sampled around Christmas 2003.
The beer is a burnished brass, served in an Orval chalice. Slight cloudiness. A gigantic froth of almond head attempts to break free of it's glass encased existence, standing about an inch out of the chalice. It loses it's battle quickly, but retains some spirit by maintaining a firm covering throught the course of the beer. Loads of sticky brussels lace let the glass know who's boss.
The aroma is gigantic, detectable from 2-3 feet away. Hugely malty and sweet, with copious amounts of candi sugar. Extremely fruity, with dates, pear, plum and some orange peel sweet & sourness. Some spicy tartness, with a sweet, liqueur-like alcohol presence. Faint herbal, floral hops, with a touch of clove like phenols.
The flavor starts with soft caramel-like maltiness, incredibly sweet and sugary, similar to white, refined sugar. The sweetness carries through the entire sip, supported somewhat with a bit of tartness in the finish, but miraculously not quite cloying. Candi sugar is apparent throughout. Monstrous estery sweetness comes through on the top of the tongue, bleeding into the finish like two colors of oil paint running together. The fruitiness hints at nectarine, plum, dates and some green raisin tartness, with just a siggestion of sweet orange peel. The alcohol is completely hidden under the sweetness. A pleasant yeasty tartness, with some spiciness, bolsters the finish. A bit of peppery flavor comes through. Some saaz hops, perhaps? Very full bodied, with huge amounts of unfermented sugar. Active carbonation provides a spritzy smoothness that carries the sweetness well.
This brew comes off more like juice than beer, with a stickiness clinging to the lips and a monstrous sweetness. This would be a terrific, albeit expensive beer to give to that girl you know that only likes fruity, neon colored mixed drinks, and claims that beer is gross. Not that it's unpalatable for a connoisseur, but it's an accessible flavor for the uninitiated. The $8 price tag on my glass will definitely prevent another round, but I don't think I could handle another anyways. The sweetness gets to be a bit much, and the last few sips become cumbersome.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep honey color with just a massive head. At least four fingers if not the full monty five finger pour. Head is slightly off-white and carbo bubbles are just huge and soap-like. Head leaves yards of lace on the glass. All kinds of yummy remnants on the bottom of the tulip despite a careful pour
Aroma is punctuated by raisins, oranges and sweet caramel malt. Touch of alcoholic kick and some peppery spice hiding in the background
Flavor is powerful almost like a fruit brand, peach or apricot comes to mind. Light, syrupt sweet malt taste with some caramel, toffee and maybe honey or molasses in the background. My taste are ringing with this beauty. Truly outstanding complexity in this beverage.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Really slides down the throat well. Faint pucker factor on the back end due to sweetness.
Drinakability is very high but can only imagine what a few of these would do my brain.

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Photo of silenius
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

The tiny bottle pours a coppery colored beer in to my tulip glass. No head at all. No carbonation is apparent to me in the slightest.

This beer smells floral and sweet like honeysuckle and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Very appealing.

The taste is overwhelming with floral sweetness, honey, cinnamon, and unidentified spices. The finish is sweet that is just on the good side of cloying. What a winter warmer!

Mouthfeel is slick and sweet and on the moderately heavy side.

This is a great one-at-a-time beer. Not quite so large at the Midas Touch, I think I actually prefer this one to that beer. Will order again.

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Photo of anders36
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice copper colour, but it's cloudy from the yeast. The head dissapears quickly, leaving a thin white hint of the head. The smell has a bit of citrus fruit and yeast but you also smell the alcohol of this strong beer. It has a sweet taste, almost to sweet for me. You can taste the yeast too. The alcohol leaves a warm feeling and it is a beer to enjoy on a silent night when it is cold outside.

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Photo of byrd
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice bright copper color with a suspension of particles hanging evenly dispersed throughout. No head whatsoever… only a slight thin bubbly lace on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass. Sweet malty aroma with some vinous notes. No real hops apparent on the nose. Very full and thick – even syrupy – mouthfeel. The palate is at once very sweet. Smooth malty start with very light carbonation that comes in towards the middle. Towards the end there’s a slight tartness that develops, but the sweetness never fades. The finish is quite warming. There are some ever so slight vinous notes that come through from time to time. This brew is a bit too sweet and somewhat cloying for my palate. Not that I would never drink it again, but it won’t worry me to not have it more then once a year. This is a sipper, not an overly drinkable brew. More like a heavily malted sweet barley wine then a typical Belgian ale.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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