De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.18/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,397
Reviews:
523
Ratings:
1,072
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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Ratings: 1,072 |  Reviews: 523
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition

A lofty, off white head, long lasting and threatening to overflow, tops an extremely yeast-floatie beer of cloudy copper color.

Smell is full of luscious sweet fruit syrup aromas, peach, nectarine, plum join nice spicy and alcohol sweet for a perfume delicious.

Taste is all of the fruits and spice of the nose, plus some really nice vinous components, and the sweet isn't syrupy in the mouth, As it nears room temperature it really starts to shine some herbal and malty complexity, with just a righteous amount of tasty bitter entering into it. Delicious.

Mouthfeel should be cloying and overdone by the sweet fruit flavors, but isn't. Despite look the carb. is med./perfect, the cling is clean, and the finish is just juicy/spicy enough.

Fantastic beer, just superb, really hides the alc., I guessed it at 8%. It's just right in all the ways it tries to be, and they all play well together. Highest recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep hazy, golden orange. Poured half a finger of an off white head. Gigantic alcohol legs. A thin film of bubbles stays on top. Big lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, nutmeg, breadiness, raisins, a baked or sugary aroma.

Taste: Bright yeasty fruitiness. Hard to describe but banana and orange and spices comes to mind. Spices come out more in the middle. Definitely getting clove. Lemon mixes in with the fruit. The breadiness doesn't feel heavy and the high ABV is completely hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full but not too chewy, with just enough carbonation.

Overall: An awesome Belgian strong pale ale. Very well balanced between fruit and spice with no booziness.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a rusty golden color, with less than a finger of white head. Hazy with quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Sweet ripe fruits, pear, apple, clove with a spicy powdery Belgian yeast character. No hop presence at all.

Taste: Very sweet from start to finish. Other than that the taste follows the aroma. Lots of juicy apple and pear flavors. Additional notes of white grape, honey, vanilla, clove and spice. The alcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lower end of full. Medium levels of carbonation.

Overall: This is a really interesting beer. You'd think this would be a sipper given the high sweetness and ABV, but it's surprisingly drinkable. I would definitely have this again, and would really like to try the Reserva version.

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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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4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double review here, averaging the scores of a back-to-back tasting of 2010 and 1984 vintages. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for the fresher of the two, and beerpirates for the older - a birthyear beer for me!

2010
A: Clear orange-amber body and a finger of persistant off-white froth that leaves nice lace. Excellent. 4.5

S: Rich, intense candi sugar. Toasty, caramelized almonds and tangerine. Really nice. 4.5

T: Ripe fruit, caramelized sugar, and smooth alcohol. Simple and delicious. 4.5

M: Medium body, lightly sticky with lively carbonation. Good. 4.0

O: Yet another excellent De Dolle offering - distinctive, flavorful, and delectable. 4.5

1984
A: Clear, dark red-brown body with a cap of frothy tan foam. Great carbonation for an ancient brew! Unbelievable. 5.0

S: Ancient indeed. Basement mustiness, sherry, and dark fruit. Crazy old, crazy good. 4.5

T: Follows the nose with the addition of terrific lactic and cherry tartness. Smooth, rich, complex, and wonderful. 5.0

M: Smooth, slick, lightly but creamily carbonated. Couldn't be better. 5.0

O: Wow. This was one of the most spectacularly good cellared beers I've ever tasted, and particularly meaningful since it's as old as I am. 5.0

Cheers!

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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