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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Cap says Bottled OCT2009 12%ABV. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, orange, brown color with a 1 finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thing ring around the glass. Despite a slow, careful pour there is dark sediment throughout the beer.

Smells very sweet at first, sugary, sweet malts and a variety of fruit. A bit of alcohol on the end of the nose. The alcohol isn't all that strong but the overall aroma is huge.

Taste is also very sweet up front, almost sugary. Very fruity, some dark (cherries), some light (green apple). Some caramel at some points. I also get some brown sugar and cinnamon. Slight warming from the alcohol at the end. Really very complex with what seems like new tastes in each sip.

Lively carbonation feels a bit prickly in the mouth, but smooths out at the end. Medium to heavy body due to an almost syrup like quality.

A good beer to sit down with for an extended period to best take in all it has to offer. At 12% ABV it's going to be a sipper anyway. One and done, but really what isn't at an ABV that high?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2010.

It pours a cloudy dark orange with a 2 finger head of foam and brilliant lacing.

It smells lemon kind of hoppy, spicy, and mildly of Brett. Cloves peek out from time to time.

The taste is all sorts of varied. I taste orange peel, light to medium cloves, candi sugar, a very light Brett like funkiness that probably isn't *really* there but it seems to be. Lots and lots of alcohol warming. It's very tasty but very hot.

Full bodied with a fairly light amount of carbonation resulting in a smooth mouth feel.

Drinkability is hurt by the massive alcohol kick but the flavours are anything but uninteresting. Me likes a lot.

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

Bottled 2008.

Cellar temp and opened carefully but still mild gushing.

A: amber color with a lot of chunky bits in suspension - nice rocky head
S: very nice Belgium trippel nose, yeast, clean, effervescent from CO2
T: clean, crisp, a bit sweet but nice, reminded me of a trippel, well-made
M: nice and rounded, good velvety feel
D: drinkable but not too at the ABV level

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Photo of crossovert
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 12%abv.

It pours a deep reddish brow with a large rocky white head that leaves just a few spots of lacing.

The smell is sweet and seductive. Rich dark fruits dominate, it is reminiscent of a Belgian Quadrupel. It has the scent of red grapes, plums, dark cherries, and red delicious apple. There is a nice candied toffee scent and some spiciness as well.

This one is a sipper, whew. The first drink i quaffed a bit too much of it and it was overpowering. But all in all it is classic Quadrupel. It has layers of flavor starting with a nice bit of tart fruits, then going into a malty and dark bread middle, then it has a kick of fruitiness near the finish with some cherries, and it finishes with a waring alcoholic/sweet pungency. The flavor is soo rich. There is a big alcoholicness and sweetness, but the yeast provides a killer fruitiness that is just accented immensely by the alcohol and caramally sugar.

The mouthfeel is almost juicy, it is such a fruity beer that it reminds me of sparkling juice. It is a very nice mouthfeel actually.

This is an epic beer, I have seen it on the shelf for years now, I am glad I bought it finally.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even the most methodical pour could not avoid the plague of yeast particles: Welcome to Stille Nacht. 'Floaties', as they are affectionately known, pollute the beer to a supreme level of turbidity, a camouflage-like print that inlays the beer's lustrous and deep golden complexion. The glass is like one giant suspended blizzard with additional snowfall atop.

Its tart and terribly musty aroma has a sharp vinegar-y tang and exudes notes of rotten apples and pear. It deserves full marks for its strong character and distinctness, but whether it's actually appealing I've yet to be so sure of. The musk of dried citrus peel suggests it is while spicy alcohol vapors convey it as being more intimidating than anything.

By extension, its flavour is also both bold and distinct. White crackers macerated in plum brandy underlie a flavour reminiscent of an apple cider that has been heavily sweetened and mulled with spices. Fruits - or, rather, the essence of fruits - come and go by way of alcohol esters while its yeast remains steadily fixed in high gear throughout.

A beer this spicy, sweet and potent is difficult to drink in any way other than slow savoring; it's likely not many peoples' idea of an 'everyday occasion' kind of drink. That trifecta of spice-sugar-alcohol, while impressive, is a lot to take in altogether and I have to race with the 12% alcohol to try and get to the bottom of the glass before it get's to me.

Its vigorous quirks and steamroller strength are exactly what make the beer so deserving of its notoriety as a classic Christmas time tipple. Its savory spiciness and warming qualities are perfectly suited to the festivities of the holidays and stashing a few of these in the cellar for future Christmases is indeed a wonderful gift to give yourself.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass.

Price - $6.99

Appearance: Holy shit, popped the cap and a gusher flowed, wow!! Big head of foam with sediment everywhere. Lite copper color with a creamy head and sticky lacing which decorates the drinking vessel. Be careful pouring this one. I've had this in the fridge for about a week with no movement and still it erupted like Mount ST. Helens.

Smell: Candy sugar with apples, cinnamon spices and honey. A hint of yeast and booze. A strong steady nose through the end.

Tast: Yup, Belgian for sure. Candy sugar, caramel and hard apple cider. You would think from the aroma it would be cloying but the sweetness is cut off with a perfect balance of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a warm, dry, bitter finish. The carbonation is a bit much but does settle down.

Drinkability: Alone one maybe two is plenty, after all it is 12%. It's a beer I have in my Christmas line up each year and one I look forward to.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that has a unique label to it. I can't tell if it's a snowman king or or a snowman wizard type thing. It's a snowman smiling with a beer in one hand, wearing a crown and scarf and has a star wand in the other hand. Weird, but who am I to judge. Poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. The beer is a golden red color that is CLEARLY unfiltered. Huge chunks of yeast floating all about the liquid. There is a creamy orange colored type head that comes out and appears as it if would have good lacing because it started so big. The 2 finger head eventually goes away but each sip provides good glass retention and it SLOWLY trickles back down, it doesn't permanently stick to the glass but still looks pretty good.

Smells very good, sweet and winter spicy. Orange peel, cinnamon, dehydrated dark fruits, as well as some holiday liquor aromas that all blend together nicely. Not a strong hop presence, like most Belgian styles.

The taste is as perfect as it gets. Much like the smell, winter spicy with some sweetness, and a little sour/tart too. Cinnamon, with some citrus peels, dehydrated (dark) fruits, a little nutty, and some liquor flavors (maybe brandy?). There also may hae been some cranberries, I cant quite figure out the tart/sour flavor, but it all meshes together very well, extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. It's diverse, I'd say medium to full bodied. Even though it's unfiltered ti doesn't leave that yeasty feeling in your mouth that bad that many of this style do. This beer is technically a winter style but could really be used as a year round beverage in my opinion. I'm not a fan of this style, but I found this beer to be absolutely wonderful.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.4oz bottle into 8oz snifter: Bottled - October 2009.
A: A very slow pour, brings a nice and and frothy white head. The retention is held for the long haul. A deep orange body, a thick depth of haze and a steady carbonation stream. Lacing is left is circular
S: A strong oak presence, that has a good big of boozy notes as well. The undertones of malt thickness and floral hop character define quality Belgian products.
T/M: The full bodied mouthfeel meets you with a bright burst of flavors from malt on the front to a smooth note of citrus hops. A strong and prolonged warming to the body. A strong orange note on the finish, a very smooth well rounded brew.
D: Of the many different brews there is for the winter season, I like this one in the Belgian Strong Dark ale. For an all around everyday brew, this might be one I would get for a good goto strong ale.

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Photo of sitarist
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled Oct,2009.

Pours a cloudy honey color. The head is white and falls quick leaving a ring, and a few spots of lacing. A few tiny bubbles rise up slowly.

Strong aromas fill the air. I smell overripe fruits, toffee, caramel, and booze. It is sweet and very strong. Reminds me of a fruitcake.

Rumcake with pecans, and walnuts is what comes to mind when I first tasted this. Punch-like, or maybe like a punch to the face. Sweet, fruity, boozy, nutty, a slightly has a toffee aftertaste.

Full body with some carbonation somewhere in there. It is thick, but for something with such a huge body it dries fast.

Its a slow sipper, and one is enough. There is way too much going on to enjoy several.

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

Bottle cap has printed on it: bottled October 2009. 12% Alc. Stored in my cellar a year.

Pours a clear amber gold with a creamy tan head that lasts awhile, leaving some lacing.

Smells of malt, candi/brown sugar, and tropical fruit. A bit like a fruit punch.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt and tropical fruits, then a spicy mid-palate, ending with a drier, quite gingery finish. A highly ramped up golden ale/tripel style beer.

Body is medium and carbonation is mild. Has a soda-like spritziness but a somewhat flattish mouthfeel.

This is a big beer, the flavor is intense and spicy, and the alcohol is high. A beer to be reserved for special occasions.

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Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is foggy orange/brown, an off-white large head, good curtains, some lacing.

The smell is sweet, dextrose, sour cream, fruits, peaches, some yeast .

The taste is sweet, syrup, tropical fruits, a cream sherry.

High carbonation, very fizzy, a full body, oily and smooth.

A very nice and fulfilling beer, perfect after dinner, with the cheese. 2008 Vintage.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow the mad brewers do know how to make some great beers. The yeast is the star of the show as most Belgian beers are and it does not dissapoint. The 12% alcohol is well balanced in this beer, meaning you feel its presence but it is not in your face. Reallly excellent well crafted brew, Enjoy.

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Photo of jampics2
2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass  @ The Winking Lizard.  2009 vintage.    

I have a love/hate relationship with DeDolle beers.  I find many of them to be too unbalanced and hot, but a few have been great.  This takes the cake as hands-down the worst of the bunch, starting with the appearance. Good god this looks like mud in a glass.  I poured it carefully but still it came out like mud - super dirty.  The beer is brown with no head.  No lace.  A disappointing start.  

Stille Nacht smells like bubblegum and booze.  Some banana and cotton candy are also noted.  The beer is pretty expressive, but the booze just kills me.  There are some fruity notes like peach and apricot, and a touch of butter.  But, overall, this is like a shot of vodka poured into a nice Belgian.  

Holy smokes.  This is the heaviest, hottest beer ever.  Booze, booze, booze.  Cotton candy.  Booze and some sugary malt afterwards. A touch of caramel and sugar.  More booze and apricot jam.  God lord, how can anyone drink this shit?  I've had a 5 year bottle and it did calm down a bit, but it was still just way too boozy fresh.  Should these really be sold when they're this green? 

To make matters worse, the mouthfeel is characterized by a flat and syrupy thick liquid.  That's it.  Life is too short to drink bad beer like this and even shorter to write about them.  An utter abomination.  When I type Stille Nacht into google it asks me if I meant Still Nacho.  I wish I did.  Even stillborn nachos would be better than this.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Bottle

Poured into snifter. Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed burnt orange.

Aroma: Big yeast and dried fruit profile. Figs and plum stick out a lot. I also get some Belgian candi sugar. It does show some alcohol. A bit of bready malts and a touch of cereal grain.

Taste: Cereal grain up front. Some dark dried fruits follow. Plums, raisins, oats, and candi sugar. Some bready malts. A touch of booze near the end. Fairly sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a touch warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It had the right amount of booze showing. It had some solid sweet flavors, but still had a nice malt backbone to even things out. The cereal grain worked well with this beer. I dig it. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Cap says 2003, assume that is the year this was bottled. Pours a cloudy hazed apricot orange/brown color with very minimal head. What head there is collars around the glass in an off white color. Smells sweet with hints of apricot and pear. The taste is pretty sweet as well with an undertone of alcohol. Apricot flavors is all I have in my mind, in a god way, as this drinks very smooth. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. White grapes in the taste as well. Some lace left on the glass as I drink this down. This is very good, sweet, but good.

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

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and it had a two finger fluffy head. It tasted medium-bodied. This beer is highly drinkable. The aroma smells somewhat fruity. It is very smooth to the taste. I hope to visit the De Dolle brewery and look forward to trying more of their beers.

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

Serving notes - 2009 Vintage

A - Pours a hazy, dull amber hue, with minimal head, but leaves thick, creamy lacing. Plenty of visible yeast bits can be seen upon a closer look.

S - Phew! Smell is of a massive, syrupy thick caramel, molasses, and apricot sweetness. Brown sugar, spices and yeast are also present.

T - Plenty going on for sure - Big, massive malty sweetness all around. Thick, cookie-dough like malts with apple, apricot, vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors. Moderate spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden for a 12% beer. This stuff is like a decadent dessert in a a glass!

M - Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy-thick, and creamy. Carbonation is very mild.

D - Definitely a sipper, but the well hidden alcohol earns it some bonus points. As good as it is though, one is enough, two is plenty.

Overall - A truly decadent beer that makes for a great dessert or nightcap. This is among the better BSDA's I've had. Definitely worth hunting down or picking up if spotted!

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

I've had this beer probably 50 times in the last 5 years, there's so much to say about it. Some bottles have been near the best beers I've had, some have been pretty forgettable. This review is for a 2009 bottle aged one year, but the score will be upped a bit for the nostalgia and beauty that some vintages have.

Pours a glowing candy apple orange with a thin white film atop. Nose is really signature De Dolle yeast, apples, tropical fruit, maybe a touch of caramel. Flavor is a myriad of things. Some tripel elements but so much more, segues from an apple / tropical fruit into a lavish, lightly sour, almost winey finish. This bottle has a bit too much bitterness on the back palate. The best vintages are sweet and candy-like but finish dry and have a kind of sour funk to them. It's a magical beer, probably best to let it age for a couple years.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Reviewed from notes.

Ppours dark brown with an off white head with a bit of lacing. The nose fits the style quite well with good notes of dark fruits, caramel, and a bit of booze. The taste and mouthfeel combine together quite well. There is a nice creamy character that accentuates the dark fruit and caramel flavors. Overall, a well done beer that I think would be quite a bit better with some age on it.

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

11oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: copper orange with busty white head and patchy lacing

Aroma: apple, ginger, floral notes, vanilla and candied spice.

Flavor: sweet, apple, alcoholic, Belgian spice, caramel and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: delicious! reminiscent of alcoholic cider.

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

From cap: Bottled Oct2009.

Appearance -- Looks like old fashioned apple cider in the glass with one finger of creamy beige head. I'm keen on it.

Smell -- Pears and apples, caramel, gentle spice, faint alcohol present. Caramel apple cider?

Taste -- Pears and apples like the nose. apple cider, banana and bubblegum coming out of the yeast. Finish is a bit yeasty with apple, toffee, and moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, a bit slick, with plenty of fluffy carbonation. Pronounced warming of the throat by the second sip. Satisfying.

Drinkability -- Bought this on sale at my local bottle shop and it appears that soon I'll be back to purchase more. I can imagine this being quite boozy fresh, but after a year it's drinking rather well. After a few more years I bet this will drink like a champ. Phenomenal.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, there was not date sticker on this one, so I'm not sure of the vintage. In any case...

A: The pour is an opaque dark orange color with a dense white head. Fairly good head retention, too.

S: A fairly enticing nose. Lots of sweet, amber candi sugar, pears, bananas, and figs. Some warming spice notes and a mild yeast character. A hint or too of alcohol as well.

T: The initial few sips are nice, and follow the nose well. Candi sugar, and some dark fruit notes up front, but the finish is just alcohol. Very, very hot and ethanol forward after the initial flavor of the beer.

M: The body is nice. A medium body with a very fine carbonation that fills the mouth. Unfortunately, the alcohol sort of ruins this too.

D: It's too bad that this beer was so alcohol forward. I'll look to revisit this beer in the future (possibly with an aged bottle), hoping this was an aberration.

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

Here goes, my first review. Be advised, my lexicon of abstract descriptive beer lingo may be lacking, I will give this my best.

The nitty gritty:

The beer: 2003 vintage- De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers - .33 liters/11.16 oz. Purchased from a collector who bought it retail and stored it in a box in a consistently cool and dark closet. This was enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Translucent from disturbed sediment, beautiful light terracotta, pours thick and had approximately 250 small to medium size bubbles collectively between my friends glass and mine.

S: Complex nose dominated by enjoyable smooth prune, lighter notes of caramel. There is more there that I am unable to identify. Very pleasant, almost hard to stop smelling and get to the tasting.

T: Joyous. 7 years of lying in wait. Prunes and raisin dominate, vanilla, a warmth of alcohol. Complex, I wish I had the words to describe. Similar prune taste to an older Thomas Hardy but not as overbearing. Very smooth, absolutely delicious.

M: Due partially to the low carbonation I'm sure, this beer has a thin syrupy mouth-feel with minor nucleation happening on my tongue. Very smooth.

D: I shared this beer with a friend and was left wanting more. I could have easily had the whole thing. 2 may have been to much. This is a perfect sipping beer for a cool night or a night cap. Although, being a 2003 vintage, it's going to be a rare and special night. A must try if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with my wife in our NYC hotel. Very nice.

Review #300

I was surprised that the color of this beer was not dark at all, but rather a hazy golden sunset hue. The beer has a medium-small white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of Belgian yeast, alcohol, and delectable fruity esters. Stille Nacht has a very bold and brash flavor, with a heavy alcohol presence. I would really like to sample some older vintages, as I imagine this beer ages quite gracefully. Despite the deceptive appearance, this beer tastes remarkably like a quad. The feel is very good and the heat is even enjoyable. This spicy beer was a tasty treat. I look forward to stashing a few of these away in the cellar.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and some alcohol.

T: Tasted of peaches, Belgian yeast, malt, and caramel. Alcohol was present, but not obnoxiously so. A very complex flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,045 ratings.
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