De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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
Ratings:
1,053
Reviews:
515
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
150
For Trade:
7
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Photo of jrenihan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2010.

Beer is caramel coloured, a nice golden brown. A huge, frothy white head on top even with a careful pour. This one gushed immediately from the opening. Head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing.

Smell is full of spice and light fruit - orange, banana, apricot, peach and more that I can't place. Belgian yeast is present as well as caramel. Really a great smell.

Taste is similar to the nose and is also lovely. Apricot, peach, orange mixed with a bunch of spice- nutmeg, pepper, clove. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter. Bready malt. Quite complex and all very well mixed together.

High carbonation - a little more than I like, but not too bad. Otherwise very nice. Has a buttery, creamy feel to it.

Overall, an excellent beer. A real pleasure to drink. A standout from a great brewery.

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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Jerreve
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange pour with a good deal of suspended yeast, mainly since I did not pour very carefully. A half inch of white foam sits atop the brew as well. Aromas a melange of fruit flavors mixed with an earthy yeast tones and some warming spices as well. A hint of vanilla along with toffee, fresh caramels and floral honey. Complex.

First sip brings dense sweet malty goodness overflowing with fruit and spice flavors. Toffee and caramel intertwine along with lots of yeast phenols and some vanilla and honey as well. Slight floral note and earthy accents. Really tons going on here and it all combines together in one really tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is dense and rich with creamy carbonation. It maintains its drinkability without being overly heavy. A tasty winter brew that is worthy of a good celebration :) Well worth seeking out - love me some De Dolle.

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Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of GallowsThief
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Brawley’s in Charlotte. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Hazy light orange brown. Looks like diluted orange juice. Massive bubbly white head. Sticky lacing.

S – Belgian funk, yeast. Pepper and light alcohol.

T – Like the smell it has a Belgian yeast taste that is familiar. Tad on the funky side. Massive fruit taste with grape, lemon and orange. Nice caramel sweetness. Finishes with a nice peppery spiciness and a warming alcohol chaser.

M – Light to medium bodied. This beer is alive on your palate. Tingly.

O – This is a damn fine beer. Complex taste that just comes alive in your mouth. I am amazed that the ABV is so high. It really does not taste like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

330ml bottle, bottling date on the cap is almost completely deleted, but i must assume this a 2011 bottling as i bought it just a few days ago

A- After a very gentle pour: dark orange colour (not hazy, as many reported), with lots of bubbles from the carbonation. One-finger, soapy white head that does not show much retention but leaves a very nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Strong, and i mean very strong, fruity notes among a sweet malt base.Orange and lemon on the citrus side, raisin and cherries on the dark fruits side. All of this is wonderfully mixed with notes of spiciness (black pepper?) from the alcohol esters and a hint of earthiness from the yeast to bring balance

T- Not exactly what the smell suggested, but still amazingly complex. A delicate, caramel malt base leaves room for an amazing load of fruit notes: dark fruits (fig, a hint of cherries) along with orange and lemon rind, expecially on the tongue, where spiciness kicks in. A distinct yeast presence brings a hint of earthiness and a herbal feel that brings more complexity and balance. A wonderful hint of lactic sourness stays there throughout the whole tasting experience. Nice, extremely persistent, spicy and slightly herbal aftertaste. This beer is always on the point of being cloyingly sweet but somehow never over the top. I don't really know how, but this amazing load of complex flavours feels perfectly balanced: congratulations De Dolle

M- Dense body. High but still extremely fine carbonation, never too strong or prickly. Great, persistent smoothness on both tongue and palate. Alcohol is definitely to be felt but it never feels too strong, it just brings a wonderful warming feel

O- This beer is almost overwhelmingly complex, and maybe this is what prevented me from giving it an even higher score. Still, it is greatly balanced and amazingly drinkable given its character and ABV. A top notch beer

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy brown straw with visible sediment. The head is thick and foamy, evidenced by the explosive nature of the brew right out of the bottle.

S - Banana, clove, biscuits, bread, cherries, kiwis, apple, gumdrops, melon, aspirin, grapes, sugar, malt

T - Aggressive sticky tart fruity malt explosion out front which lingers in the sweet and sour for some time but yields to an alcoholic dryness that is backed up by a spicy floral taste. Chewy and rich, incredibly complex and contemplative.

M - EXPLOSIVE! Man did this thing want to get out of the bottle. The foam was creeping up out of the bottle even after half had been poured. Sticky and coating with a pleasant tartness.

O - A beer to think about. Not for everyone, but its worth a shot, even at $6 for an 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brotherloco
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of IPA35
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange. Head is white but disappears quick. But that's because of the glass.

Smells sweet, Belgian yeast, fruits like peach, green apples and citrus. Very nice.

The taste is sweet but the sweetness is balanced by the malts, hops and alcohol. A pleasant balanced taste. Not overly fruity but still rather sweet. As I said, enough hops and grain too. Spice too, and alcohol. Slighly 'raisinish' aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin with plenty of carbonation. Not too easy to drink with this kind of ABV.

Overall a very nice beer.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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