De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle Stille NachtDe Dolle Stille Nacht
BA SCORE
4.18/5
1,056 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,281
Reviews:
517
Ratings:
1,056
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
150
Trade:
7
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Photo of Jonada
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of YogiBeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woosterbill
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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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from the local good liquor store. Poured into a Tree House tulip.

Appearance: hazy gold with white foam. Some sediment chunks are visible.

Smell: what is this I don't even... ? Green sour apple Jolly Rancher. Wasn't expecting this, among my favorite beer smells. Maybe a little bit of sticky malts and booze, but that apple is just epic.

Taste: Unfortunately, fruity malts are crushed by alcohol. Too bad, very heavily dominated by a boozy bite.

Mouthfeel: astringent and sticky from the booze. Not enough carbonation for my taste.

Overall: That nose writes a check the rest of the beer can't cash. Wouldn't buy again, but would buy a candle smelling like it anytime.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of maxk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MikeEhrmantraut
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into an Ithaca Excelsior! tulip. 2010 bottle. Consumed on January 8, 2013. My first review with the new .25 intervals. Finally, we have some consistency in significant figures! Anyway...

Appearance - I knew I'd need two glasses for this bottle, but foolishly, I was not prepared. Half the glass is a cream head with a variety of bubbles sizes. It settles to a full finger of foam on top of a dark golden body. Chunks flow into the beer about halfway through the bottle. The floaties suspend themselves toward the bottom of the glass, like a freeze frame of shrapnel coming from an explosion in the stem of the tulip.

Smell - Fruits all over the place. Every type of light fruit. Bananas, apples, apricots, pears. Deep malt presence gives it a nice warm smell, if that makes sense. Inviting like a cognac. Definite alcohol presence, like a cognac, as well.

Taste - Ouch, that alcohol comes through with a vengeance here. Esters, fruits, and yeast. Complex flavor, as some of the paler malts make an appearance here, too. Strong alcohol bite is oppressive in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Boozy and astringent. Not an easy beer to drink. I forgive a little bit as it comes with the territory. As it warms, the alcohol eases up and the malts come through for a much more refined finish.

Overall - Kinda like they tried to make an imperial tripel. Harsh finish along with all sorts of yeasty biproducts. It does make for an interesting drink, though.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.6 pz bottle into CCB snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold to flat brown, and white foam settles on top rather then head. Small amount of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity and funky...apple, pear, cider spices, banana, sweet malts, caramelized brown sugar. Lots of fruity esters, and a bit of booze.

T: The elements of the taste follow the nose, but all seem flat, and a bit tinny. The fruitiness fades from what I expected with the aroma. And man, this is hot. The booze overwhelms almost everything else.

M: Medium body, the alcohol is obvious. Lots of good carbonation.

O: Big fat meh for me here. I was very underwhelmed by this one. Not objectionable flavors perhaps, but the alcohol was too much. I've got another bottle to sit on, likely for another year. Will update if it's significantly different.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Radome
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 33 cl bottle bought in Spain.

A - Beautiful deep golden color building to copper in the depths of the glass. Perfectly clear. Pure white head is restrained during the pour but lingers as thin skin and lacing with large bubbles. Bottle conditioned with a tiny layer of sediment that becomes floating specks when poured into glass.

S – Fresh clean scent is all about malt and yeast. No hops are evident. Very sweet-smelling; fresh bread, cotton candy and bubble gum. A spice note in the background that could be overt spicing (coriander?) or could be yeast influence. Light aroma of sweet alcohol.

T – The tastes follow the nose. Light sweetbread like the Italian loafs eaten at Easter; green raisins; cotton candy; some fresh, restrained spiciness. Alcohol sweetness like a sweet liquor. Amazing depths of flavor.

M – Medium body. Moderate hops bitterness without significant flavor contribution. Light tickle of carbonation. Strong punch of alcohol.

O – A very pleasing, intense and complex beer. Has many of the same characteristics as Bush Blond, but seems to be more smooth and complex overall. It does not hide its alcohol at all, but allows it to remain blatant and blend with the overall sweetness.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings
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