De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Stille NachtDe Dolle Stille Nacht

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Todd on 03-25-2001

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Photo of bpk59
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +9.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MikeEhrmantraut
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -2.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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, 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 +9.2%

Photo of Radome
4.82/5  rDev +17%
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 +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken last night. 2011 vintage.

A- Poured into a tulip with a fairly cloudy yeast haze. A creamy, whipped looking head forms nicely atop the beer with very fine bubbles and a one finger size. Good retention and nice sheets of lace seem to form webs all around the glass.

S- A nice strong Belgian yeast profile up front. The beer yields a mix of lemon zest, raisin, fig, clove, banana esters and some caramel malt hints. Also some candi sugar sweets, floral and herbal hints.

T- A complex, strong and flavorful taste. Yeast spice is great and lends notes of figs, dark fruit, raisin, banana, cloves and fresh bread. Apple, grape, plum, lemon and orange fruit flavors. Caramel malts, candi sugar, floral and herbal hop hints balance the flavor.

MF- The body is moderately thick and dried out nicely by the yeast. Creamy and silky with high end carbonation, which supports the flavors nicely. Slight spicy bitterness.

Really awesome beer. Glad I finally drank this bottle at the time that I did. Should really stock up on this one next time I see it. Complexity is brilliant here.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, 2011
A rusty-golden ale topped with a bubbly white head, tons of carbonation with some yeasty particles suspended within. Foamy lacing is washed away and then reappears with each sip. Aromas are bready yeast, floral, fruity, grape juice, apple juice, booze is non-existent. Flavors do not disappoint: very sweet with honey, apple, white grape juice, pear, peach, bready malt, Belgian yeast, slight spiciness, floral notes as well, buttery, again booze is non-existent other than being warming. Mouth-feel is creamy & rich with plenty of carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and very clean. Only making its second appearance as a Christmas Eve beer for me, but I'll make it a ritual and have it again each year hopefully for many years to come.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle cap dated 2011.

A - Pours out a nice cloudy pale orange color with lingering head. Poured out lightly and left a little dredge at the bottom though I can see a little bits floating around in there. A little yeasty goodness never hurt anybody.

S - Smells slightly floral, yeasty, clovey, and a tad bit spicey.

T - Taste is very complex and quite strong! Got some sweetness and warmth from the alcohol, but also some fruity esters and grassy hops.

M - Mouthfeel is actually much heavier, fuller than expected for such a pale looking beer.

O - Overall a delicious yet somewhat overwhelming beer for me. Been a while since I've had a strong Belgian Pale so my palate is still piecing it all together. Not sure what makes this their Christmas Holiday beer although I detect some spicyness but could simply be from the yeast. I do know it has a nice winter warming effect from the alcohol on a 25 degree day.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,047 ratings.
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