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

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Avg:
4.12
pDev:
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Photo of robbyc1
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4 inch head, huge, look is cloudy, color like a pumpkin.

Smells like a apple ale, huge fruit like nose, great.

Taste has apples, plums, very fruity, with deep malt behind, but not too sweet, just perfect. Complex as any beer I've had.

Soft and fluffy mouthfeel, unlike any other beer. Wow! Easy drinker for the abv, one of my favorites all time!!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage served at 53 degrees in my New Belgium Globe glass. Gusher off the cap pop (this is really getting old). Poured the color of apple cider. Hazy clarity with lots of yeast floaties in solution and vigorous effervescence from the nucleation point in the bowl of the glass. Four inch frothy, off-white head slowly dissipated leaving behind thick strands of lacing (at least the head retention was good), before settling into a solid cap. Nose suggests apples and a metallic character. Taste consistent with nose, but also picked up a fairly complex spice profile, a little peppery, and a little alcohol heat, but not at all boozy. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent. Not my favorite from De Dolle, but a decent amount of complexity and nice overall character.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage
Poured from a 11.6 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a murky, golden orange with little clarity to speak of. Produced a solid white, fluffy head that laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Smelled like a glass of apple juice. Mixed in was a nice combination of spices and various other fruits that added a nice layer to the aroma. Just wished it was a little more potent.

T- Much like the taste. Very surprised as to how delicious this actually was. Had a deep fruit flavor of aged grapes and apples with cloves and other spices. Finishes with a slight burn that is more than welcomed.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This beer was pretty delicious. Alcohol would be virtually undetectable if it weren't for the slight burn. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Overall, this was one solid beer. I will definitely have to compare this with a fresh one to note the differences. Highly recommend aging this one.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz. with a bottle date 2008. Visible floaties in the bottle. Out of the fridge and warming for about 15 minutes, then opened - not a gush with the cap off but it's mildly happy to see me. I pour it off a bit into the Ommegang chalice, let it breathe and pour an additional amount.

Well, it has a classic eggshell-colored head...pouring carefully I get a full finger and then some. It's so thick it's almost doughy and can see it jiggle like my beer gut when I type. There are a fair amount of floaties in the honey-copper body - as I was rather careful with this one it's slightly aesthetically unpleasant. This is viscous. Looks like spent peanut oil in a deep fryer, it's so thick.

The yeast is this is nice and electric with a slight...actually a moderate, sour tinge of citrus and mildly peppery spice. The grain profile is bright - not stewy or husky at all. No sense of burn - a little bit of saltiness, carbonation and mild coriander. LOTS of zest - both orange and lemon.

There's a little bit of metallic barnyard taste here - maybe not hay and horseblanket but maybe a rusty nail that the horse brushed up against - hopefully he or she didn't get hurt. That light grain huskiness shows up here though and adds to the orange zest quotient and the huge yeastiness. Maybe not the most pristine Belgian I've come across but it's fairly complex. So thick the residual sweetness is from a light dose of maybe candi sugar and a bit of booziness. Carbonation lightens it up a little to keep it clean. Gets more velvety with warmth.

All this needs is a few minutes and it mellows out a bit to be fairly clean, quite husky and even a little on the heavy side. It blankets the palate and the back of the throat to be rather soothing - the booze burns but it's wrapped in thick viscous liquid and slight residual sugar to keep it tolerable.

Hey, it ends up being a little on the heavy side but the complexity acquits itself nicely. Maybe something I won't reach for every day but a well-done effort nonetheless. Good change-up.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a nice orange -gold, a bit hazy, with a big white fluffy head. Just a bit of particulate matter floating around in there.

Nose is apricot and tropical fruits, some yeast, floral.

Taste starts off with a big dose of tropical fruit and apricots, with a bit of candy sugar in there also, but balanced by a nice combination of dry, spicy yeast, and a floral hop presence underneath.

Mouthfeel is a big, sharp, dry carbonation, almost exploding in your mouth - dryness is welcome, but the carbonation is just a bit aggressive for me.

Definitely a sipper, but one I would buy again without hesitation. I have never been disappointed with a de Dolle beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.6 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Bottled in 2008 printed on cap:

Foamed up as soon as I opened the cap. Pours almost all head initially, though it does settle, and a subsequent pour (yes, of this little one - needed it) has less foaming. It pours a deep golden, caramelish-colour. Floaties, some of which are a bit big, swirl around. The head is "gusher"- like, though does descend to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks, at first.

The smell is yeasty, bready with some candy sugar and a hint of anise. Grassy/herbal spicing more noticeable at first, though some plumb/raisin comes through on the subsequent pour.

The taste is of spicy fruitcake, with obvious alcohol - sweet fruity jam with some spicing, and some sour notes. After alcohol settles (a bit) more maltiness shows. It has a plum wine character to it as it progresses. A cinnamon-like spiciness lingers. It has a hot, dry fruit finish.

Slow swishing over the tongue produces more head. I let it sit even more (reaching room temp. for sure) and it gains more of a body, but still too fizzy. I like that nice effervescence in a Belgian, but this pushes it.

A slow-sipper - Didn't have on Christmas... but, it was a nice warmer on a cold day in very early March after a heavy snowstorm.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark golden with much murkiness, no transparency whatsoever. Thick thick head hangs around through with minimal lacing.

S - Heavy malt aromas, caramel and tofee mixed with grapefruit and oranges with a bready smell as well. The smells exceptional.

T - Very fruity, apples, raisins, pears and citrus. Alcohol taste is present but does not overwhelm. Very small hints of bitterness here and there with a very fine sweet finish.

M - As is expected, it has a very high cabonation level, full body and with some creaminess. Leaves the pallet tingling and begging for more.

D - At 12% I dare say this is a once in a while beer, I could not drink more than one of these every once in a while, but it is so so good.

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

I poured this one from a skinny 11.2oz brown bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy gold/amber color with a lot of carbonation release and some chunky sediment in suspension. The white head poured HUGE, easily 3" tall and dropped slowly to a thin cap. Some lace on the glass.

S= I was slightly disappointed by the aroma of this beer. It was fairly muted for the style, with the yeast and the alcohol taking center stage. The malty sweetness, hops, and the ester notes were there but fainter that I would have liked.

T= What this beer lacked in aroma it made up for in flavor. I found it to be malty rich on the front end, with esters and caramel dancing around together. There was also an earthy/grassy note leading into the huge chalky yeast presence. Funkadelic for sure. Finish was dry and crisp.

MF= Medium body with a beautiful effervescent carbonation level.

D= This was another good ale from DeDolle, but IMO its not one of their best. Both Oerbier and the Mad Bitch are better. Still its worth a try for all fans of the brewery and/or the style.

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Photo of JBogan
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very slow and easy pour created a huge foamy white cap which remained throughout and left good lacing. Vigorous bubbles continuously cycle the chunks of sediment around in the glass.

Smells of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is exactly as the aroma. Quite a bitter aftertaste in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very prickly and smooth, with a medium to thick body.

This beer is most definitely a sipper. The alcohol makes for a great winter warmer, but after one bottle that was enough.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $4.75. This was a mild gusher, so beware when you open this baby. It poured with an amber body, white head, and small floaties a la Brasserie des Rocs. This beer strikes me as a touch plain for all the ingredients that have gone into it. At first, the carbonation is too sharp to taste anything, but once it settles there's a delicate mix of acidic citrus and orange peel with earthy hops and sweet sugar-topped bread. Fairly drinkable once the carbonation dies down. But for the strength (and price) I'd expect more character.

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

2008 Vintage - Bought a case to drink and a case for cellaring.

The bottle ran over slightly before pouring. Large head dissipates slowly. The beer is deep amber, almost orange, in color. Heavy carbonation though it is visually gone after drinking two-thirds of the glass. It is very clear with no visible yeast.

The smell is quite strong and is of malt, apples and alcohol. Also smells faintly of yeast and hops.

The full scent leads to a big taste. There is a considerable amount of malt with a great deal of fruit replacing the flavor of hops. There is some residual sugar though not too sweet. Sour towards the finish but not in an objectionable way. The alcohol can be felt more than tasted.

I appreciate the high carbonation in a lighter colored winter beer like this and miss it when the beer warms up and the carbonation has run its course. The sourness leaves a nice impression.

This is a beer to be savored but that does not mean that I will not savor several of them in a single, very long and happy sitting.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. cap printed with "bottled 2008"

gusher, poured into tulip.

golden orange color with amber tint. lots of yeast floaties. plenty of head (not surprising, with the gusher) that barely fades. some lacing, but some also easily slides down or fades away.

spicy, herbal aroma of coriander and clove. pear and white grape fruitiness. light caramel and toasted malt. trace of orangy citrus peel. faintly parsley or grassy in the back, with gentle phenols.

flavor is also fruity and spicy upfront, with orange peel, cloves, and anise. underlying malt is sweet, bready and toasty. parsley and grassy hop again, with moderate bitterness and slight resins. spices and esters get a bit overemphasized by the strong phenolic kick in the finish.

medium body, with lightly resinous finish, but the carbonation is slightly overactive.

a bit too phenolic for me to give any higher scores, especially for overall drinkability.

and why can't they do something about the gushers?!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/26/2007 (Bottle @ 't Brugs Beertje, bottled 2005):

Pours a golden fizzy, dark yellow color. Humungeous head, lasting, white. Hoppy grapey bitter aroma, fresh-lots of grape. Coriander, fresh biting taste, sour, wine-ish. Can taste some of the alcohol, warming. Warming up, a more fruity aroma, fruit punch. Also more fruit punchy taste.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a La Choulette glass. 2007 vintage. I was waiting for a cold night to crack this one.

A- DD Stille Nacht pours a beautiful dark golden color with hints of light brown. A nice frothy 2 inch white head came through and stayed for a while leaving nice lace streaks. This is my 2nd De Dolle brew which was not a gusher in the past month, so i guess the beer gods are looking out for me.

S- Stille Nacht has the signature De Dolle fruit basket scent with focus on banana, pear and plums. Also getting some green apple. Also a nice spice character including pepper and some spicy yeast. The malt is also in the nose. More flavors come with warming.

T- A lot of malt density in the beginning leading in to the fruits with the apple and banana taking the forefront. The pear and plum is also noticable but just about the same as in smell. A lot of Belgian candi sugar as well yeast takes up the middle while strong alcohol is in the taste warming me up. Also getting some clove and nutmeg with warming.

M- DDSN is very full bodied with a great carbonation level. The flavors stick around for a while the alcohol on the tounge is present perhaps a bit to much, but expected with the 12%. Also getting a very slight sour twang on the roof of the mouth but hardly at all. SN is very thick and boozy creating a warming effect throughout my body.

D- At 12% and with the thickness it has SN is a bit of a chore to drink (although it's delicious) so I took my time with it, over an hour. The flavors evolve over time making this an excellent sipper. I would love to see this in 500ml offerings as I think that would be an ideal size for this brew.

Another winner from one of my favorite Belgium brewers.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 1.20.09 at Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains NY.

Had a great amber orange color. good head with tiny small bubbles. good malty carbonated smell. a little bit of spice in there as well.

taste was quite nice. medium body beer that had a really nice balance. predominantly malts dancing around - brown sugar, carmelized malts. decent amount of carbonation but not so much that is was negative.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2003 at Dilly Deli.

Poured reddish brown color with a huge fizzy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer

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

blown away. super complex. not for the beginner. less peppery and boozy as it warmed up. caramel, toffee, fruit, esters, herbs, pepper, and on and on and on... too much to even get into. well balanced for such a monster. a must for the big huge belgian beer fan.

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

Enjoyed a bottle of the 2005 edition in early Jan 2009 at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours a dark burnt orange copper with a nice tan head. Fruity, malty, and spicy smell. This baby is full of comlex spicy, dark, winter, candy, and light fruity flavor that comes together beautifully. What a nice, complex beer that packs a nice punch for winter with equally nice balance and flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange with only a faint white head, which leaves only a thing layer with almost no lacing. A slow pour reveals generous yeast sediment in the bottle that is almost impossible to contain.

Aroma of tart apple, sweet candy-like sugar, almost like butterscotch, and hints of spice accompany the smell of pure fermentation.

I was actually taken back by the sweet, but deep flavors of candy and fruit, but slightly more citrus than tart in the taste. There is also some vanilla in the deep aftertaste as well as up front spiciness and alcohol bite.

Great dry mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation, a little on the fuller side, and a nice warming sensation.

This is a crowd pleaser for me. The complex palate, cloudy yeast body, and overall aggressiveness are very impressive.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky and dark burnt orange color with a huge frothy 2 finger white head.

S: Huge spiciness and fruity aroma.

T: Some applesauce and cinnamon/brown sugar hints are detected. Nice spicy hops with sweet xmas spicing. There is some dry, sour orange peel and cola nut hints as well rounding out the flavor.

M: A warming alcohol presence perfect per style is detected in the back of the throat. tingly carbonation, creamy with a medium fullness.

D: Nicely balanced with the spicing complimenting the warming nature of the beer instead of drowning it out like other xmas beers.

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

This is what I expect in a Belgian strong ale!!! Pours a cloudy orange with a big carbonated white head. Head hangs in there for a while despite the 12%. No lacing.

Strong smell, pepper, Belgian candi sugar, fruits..raisins, pears and caramel malt.

Taste is the same. A nice, strong Belgian with balanced flavors. This beer features a number of flavors and high alcohol, but everything is in balance and the alcohol is never burning or overpowering. A very nice sipper with a rich mouthfeel, smoothness despite the high abv, and strong flavor.

Drinkability is good. This is a two-and-out beer, but I would be looking forward to the second one. A nice Christmas beer/winter warmer. I would put this on in my winter roster!!!

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : dark amber color, with tan foamed head.
Smell : sweet with fruity aroamas and alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with fruity flavours and spicy notes. The alcohol makes its presence.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orangey copper in the glass topped with a frothy khaki head. Rich fruity malt, sour apples and pears, hint of plum. Spicy and sweet.

This ale packs a wallop. Huge pale malt flavors, big fruitiness with the spiced apple and pear again. Incredibly sweet, the candy sugar is very apparent. Sweet buttery caramel and hints of vanilla and toffee. All of this is permeated by a distinct booziness that warms and kicks. It's not harsh but you know it's there. Very sweet finish but the alcohol helps to dry that out a bit. Fantastic flavors but very, very strong and rough around the edges.

I've got another bottle. Maybe I'll crack it open for the 25 Beers of Christmas '09...or '10.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly good beer, especially given the 12% abv. Pours from the bottle to a hazy, orange-rust color, with foamy tan head that lingers thru most of the glass and leaves very good lacing. Nose is a mix of hoppy fruit (apples?), maltydark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full, dry and tingly. The flavor picks up the fruity hops from the nose, but also adds in a touch of malty sweetness and just a perfect amount of alcohol to fuse the hops and malts. Finish was surprisingly dry, yet sweeet, and the alcohol created just the right warming effect.

One of the better beers I've had in a while, and most likely the best I have ever had with 12% abv or higher.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/25/08. Bottle. Initially pours a clear orange/amber, but once the yeast is poured in (it doesn't cake at the bottom), the beer becomes quite cloudy. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor of these same fruits, spices, plus a strong alcohol presence. I liked the light fruit notes in this beer...but they didn't go very well with the 12% abv. Side by side with the Boskeun, I'd say that I like the flavor of Still Nacht better, but overall, the beer was less balanced and too alcoholic at times. 7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

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