De Dolle Stille Nacht | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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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#1,389
Reviews:
522
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1,072
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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Ratings: 1,072 |  Reviews: 522
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter

A: Pours a orange-brown body with semi-opaqueness under a two-finger white head with mild retention. minimal lacing

S: Smells strongly of fruity esters, alcohol, yeast. Very strong smell, got a whiff as I cracked the top off.

T: wow! I raised my eyebrows as this touched the tip of my tongue. Tons of fruitiness (apples, apricots) lots of alcohol swimming though which pushes the flavors even more. The yeast flavor isn't very strong as is masked partially by strong fruity alcohol. The finish as aftertaste are very sweet. This is a very bold Belgian. I love it.

M&D: Mouthfeel is very thick, I believe this beer is 27plato, which is huge for the style, but I love it. there's also a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is fairly low in terms of quanitiy, since the flavor is so intense it would be hard to drink two. Drinkability on a single bottle is great though...very enjoyable.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

Pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with abundant dense white foam head. Great head retention and solid lacing all the way down the glass. This is listed as a strong dark Belgian so I was surprised to see that it isn't all that dark in color.

Aromas are malty, sweet, with lots of dark fruit present. Very complex.

Flavors of caramel are up front with that Belgian yeasty taste. Lots of complex dark fruit combines well with a heavy mouth feel and tight abundant carbonation. The finish is long and sweet with lots of warmth from the relatively high alcohol. Overall a very nice experience.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark oramngish-brown with a thick dirty white head. Head is very thick and very slow to fade. Clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Very malt forward with hints of fresh baked dark bread. Light fruitiness with some peach and grape. Hints of alcohol and a litle earthiness hiding underneath.

T - Fresh apricot up front with a pie spice taste sneaking in. Excellent bready backing but the apricot really carries the show. Alcohol is well masked but begins to come through more late in the drink. Fresh baked apricot pie really comes to mind on this one.

M/D - Very lively feel with excellent carbonation. Easy drinking given how big the alcohol and flavors are.

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

Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle dated 2008 and into my Westvleteren challice. A lot lighter in color than I expected. Orange-amberish in color. Huge head at first with creamy-frothy white head. Head dissapears pretty quick but remains at the surface and a solid ring. Smells very sweet with a hint of spiciness. Aroma has booze and grapefruit.
Taste is exceptional right away, carbonated, sweet and spicy leaving way to a very sweet and fruit aftertaste. Great beer...can't wait to age this more!

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Photo of bruachan
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice head--tigh foam that fades only slowly. decent light amber color with some floaties!

slightly acetic nose teases a fruity lambic. a touch of zesty hop completes the (nasal) picture

heat and a hoppy finish provide the more tactile tasting experience. hop contributions are assertive: very bitter, very hoppy flavor. where is the acidity i smelled? i was looking forward to it. the malt character is fun--nutty finish

spritzy (and i had no idea it was so strong)

smells like a lambic but is not

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Photo of richago1
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle dated 2008 on the cap into a Chimay chalice.Very carbonated foamed out of the bottle as soon as the cap was off.

Poured an amber color with a thick white head that I had to let die down before I could pour more than half of the bottle. Smells sweet malty,fruity with some alcohol. Tastes of sweet fruit/malt with some bitterness cutting the sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and very carbonated almost as much as Duvel. Drinkability is good for a 12% beer, I may have to put it on my list of holiday beers.

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Photo of fropones
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought bottle, dated 2006. Pours an amber brown with half a finger of crème head. Smell is of a sweet wine. Alcohol is apparent. Brandy soaked plums. A little bit of spice. Taste is malty and caramely and somewhat sweet. A lot of fruit. Some diacetyl. More brandy soaked plums. Maybe pear? Alcohol in the back, going down nice and warm. Mouthfeel is creamy with a good amount of bubbles. Very drinkable for 12%.

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Photo of adamette
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio last week for $5.99 into my Orval Chalice. Stamp directly on top of the white, generic cap announces: BOTTL 2008*

A Dark caramel body with a significant amount of sediment floating around that were actually dark in appearance. Topping all of that is a nice, creamy white head that sticks around for several minutes. Very cool look. 5.0

S Not much smell to me. I do get some distant Belgian yeast, sweet malt but it is a muted smell. 3.5

T Sweet malt, belgian yeast taste but also a kind of unwelcome citrus tartness that is just slightly too much. After repeated sips that sensation decreased and this beer proved to be quite interesting indeed, the tartness decreased (possibly with increased temperature...I enjoyed this beer over a period of 20 minutes). 4.0

M Feel is interesting. When the beer is in your mouth there is a certain carbonation and tartness to it as the bubbles dance on available surfaces. Later the feel smooths out significantly, leaving a nice layer of syrupy goodness. The feel cannot be improved. 5.0

D Fair to good. The initial tartness drove the drinkability down and this beer is certainly a sipper to me but it is so interesting that I would never leave a drop in the glass. 3.5

Notes: My first from De Dolle. This beer is certainly interesting enough to seek more out from De Dolle and I will be doing that at The Beer Engine in the near future.

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Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle at De Dolle Brouwers, poured by Kris himself.

A - Deep reddish-copper color with a large off-white head.

S - Aroma is caramel malt, holiday spices, and candied apples.

T - Lots of caramel and fruity esters, banana, apple, and plum, along with candi sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, and mild citrusy hops. Very complex and very good.

M - Palate fairly full with somewhat high carbonation.

D - It's a sipper and not quite as easy to down as an Arabier or Lichtervelds Blond, but with how tasty it is, it keeps you wanting another sip. They don't all have to be chuggable.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, at de Kulminator, 08.13.09.

Nose is fruity - grape-like - with some tutti fruitti and bubblegum and a floral bouquet over sweet-smelling malt. Smells pretty good.

Pours fairly clear medium straw tangerine with moderate head. Looks good.

Amazing carbonation. Grape, apricot fruits follow the nose. Soft malt - kind of nutty and biscuit. No bright esters as in nose. Minor alcohol notes. Zesty spicy. Mild kiss of malt in finish. Minor chocolate. Nice fruit. Bright spicy carbonation. Tastes good. Feels very good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this bottle up in January so about 9 months age on it, Poured chilled into my Duvel tulip from the 11.6oz bottle.

A - A hazy apricot shade w/ 2 fingers of ecru that has a rocky appearance and settles to a creamy 1/2 inch of foam. The cap is comprised of tight bead and the clarity improves as it warms. There is plenty of rapidly rising carbonation visible and flecks of yeast settle to the bottom of the glass.

S - Robust apricot and kumquat w/ white pepper and cinnamon notes. notes of pineapple fill the nose w/ a light cherry and mango accent the accent of tobacco is there with sweet earthy qualities. There is an herbal tinge w/ aromatic hops in the background and a high amount of alcohol odors.

M - Acidic w/ spiced textures and mild bitter notes w/ warmth of alcohol and spicy dry finish. The texture is light for the strength with moderately high amount of carbonation and medium high sweetness level.

T - Green and golden apples w/ a tangerine tanginess upfront w/ pineapple and spices galore. The pepper, pine hops and nutmeg astringent qualtiy compliment the fruit elements well. A hint of quince perhaps as the bitterness of the hops and alcohol emerge. A very full fruit taste continues w/ dark plum, and light golden raisins w/ a hint of creamy and vinous notes. the hops are present until the finish with alcohol following into the strong and earthy flavored finish with hints of cinnamon and dried cherries.

D - A great tasting ale, very easy to quaff until you realize how potent this tasty beer is! An easy to drink 12% is a like few others. I can't help but think the 9 months have given this bottle a smoother drinkability but considering the fullness of flavor it could be cellared for several years without problem. An excellent Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I don't know if it's the beer talking, but it is fantastic!

I may be a bit bias. Every time I see a beer by this brewery I think it's going to be good. This time I found this beer in a bargain bin for 2 bucks!

I think when a beer gets to be around 12% it almost needs to be drunk like a wine. I started off this beer at around refrigeration temp and the more it warmed up the better it tasted, until at about room temp (I drank it slowwlllly..) amd that was approximately optimal temperature. The ingredients really stood out at that point. It seemed very floral and spiced on the nose and sweet on the tongue. This was only after it warmed up a bit. At colder temps the alcohol seemed to overpower the ingredients. Almost an apricot look and a little bit of a bubblegum smell. Spicy sweet taste with peppery alcohol. More of a creamy head than foamy.

A+ one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottle top has a stamp that says Bottle 2008.

A: It was a little bit of a gusher so I had to pour it more quickly than I otherwise would have. So there ended up being a lot of floaties in the beer. It is a orange-brownish color with a very tiny bubble white head with very good retention. It has decent lacing.

S: The aroma is a very appealing mix of fruit and spicing.

T: The few De Dolle beers I have had so far are so flavorful, I can not really put my finger on the components. This one follows suite. A very nice fruity flavor that is nice and sweet like Belgians should be. I really like the flavor until the finish. There is something that is just a bit off for me. However, it does not last long and the flavor is very tasty while in the mouth.

M: It seems a bit thin for me considering the style. There is nice carbonation, but it doesn't seem to make the beer feel smooth or creamy as I would have hoped.

D: It is a bit of a sipper since its such a high ABV and has quite a warming effect.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured an amber color with offwhite head that faded somewhat slowly and left plenty of good lacing. Also had quite a bit of sediment in it. Smelled of dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol (almost brandy-like). Tasted sugary, yeasty, and fruity (dark fruits). Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but otherwise smooth. The alcohol stung a little bit, bet this one would age nicely.

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Photo of damienblack
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big, bubbly light amber, like a cider. Big puffy head that still has a good 1/4 inch on it an hour later. An absolute ton of yeast floaties, it appears like 50/50 beer and floaties. Really don't taste them, though. Also some appear as black flecks in the head. Aroma is strongly spicy and floral, with a big boozey sense. A lot like it tastes, except it works a lot better on the nose. First of all, this is a slick, floral beer. It also tastes soapy, like you sometimes get in very hoppy beers. This isn't hoppy, but still soapy. Also, it tastes acetic to me. Like vinegar, but I don't get any oxidization, so I don't think it is that. Third, it is spicy. Like crazy spicing, even more than you get normally from Christmas beers. Fourth, it is boozey. A definite sipper, but even then, it is still an adventure. Some burn going down the throat. These flavors tend to dominate. Some pluminess, and a bit of sweetness, but overall these two are subdued by the rest. If this was what the brewers were going for, it is very well made. If not, maybe I have a bad bottle, I don't know. But this is a struggle to get through. It is bubbly and big and carbonated, but all of those other aspects just aren't melding well for me.

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Photo of VegasBeerFreak
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a 11.6 bottle purchased from 2003. Cellared in my beer fridge since, undisturbed. No date or alc % printed.
Popped off cap with no fizzy surprises. Poured in a british style mug (the widest glass I have, since I'm moving soon all my belgian glasses are packed)

First off I think this beer is past it's prime. Not bad but it does have that syrupy back or finish to it that alot of over-aged malty beers seem to get. Approaching the soy sauce flavor!

Still very complex, fruity, spicy, and floral. Like said before, it's a sipping beer, although the alcohol is not too apparent. The mouthfeel still has a good amount of carbonation and not too dry nor too slick.

It's got HUGE floatie-chunks.
Nothing else really different than the other reviews. I would think this beer is best aged for no more than 4-5 years.

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Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with tons of light tan head. It smelled like lots of lemons and wild Belgian yeast, with some orange and coriander and earthy caramel malt, and a bit of brown sugar and alcohol. It tasted like zesty lemon and orange hops with wild Belgian yeast and earthy brown sugar, with lots of spices and a bit of alcohol. It was watery with lots of smooth carbonation, and a spicy aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty complex beer with a nice clean taste and great bottle conditioned body. Not quite as dark or malty as I hoped. Alcohol was noticeable, and with such complexity, this is definitely a sipping beer. It took a long time to pour before drinking due to the massive head, and I've heard that this is better aged. So this beer takes a long time to fully enjoy! But it could be worth the wait.

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Photo of grayburn
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, my words will do this beer no justice. The beer pours a surprisingly light coppery color...with a freaking massive head. Freaking massive I tell you. Wow, it fades to a strong ring that laces like a hockey skate.

The smell is amazing, but a bit subdued when playing with such an amazing flavor. A touch of sourness plays well with a caramelly sweetness and some light and dark fruits. Wow.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as can be. excellent drinkability. One of the best beers I have had the luxury of experiencing, thanks guys.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours hazy bronze with a large, foamy tan head.

S - Sweet, reminiscent of bubble gum, fruity.

T - Dark, rich, brown Belgian sugars, dark fruits, rubber, with a warm alcohol finish that lingers for a while.

M - Creamy, velvety, smooth, good carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.6 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage as stated on botttlecap. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color (with some floaties) and has about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, lacing is decent. It smells like nutmeg, yeast, honey, pears, plums, and a bit of pepper. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes fruity and spicy, like plums, pepper, yeast, apricots, orange peel and nutmeg. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick but has a little bit too much carbonation for me. But with that being said, it was still easy to drink as it's quite smooth. The carbonation is soft so it doesn't hurt the drinkability too much. The 12% ABV isn't too noticable at all. I enjoyed this beer a lot, I'd buy this again in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This bottle was treated very carefully and exploded upon opening. It was all I could do to not lose the whole thing to foam. Hazy copper with fair sized near white head, leaves to ring. Tight small bubbled thin lace.

S - Juicy Fruit gum all the way.

T - Fruity, esters, Belgian yeast qualities.

M - Creamy, coating, not as carbed at the initial friggin opening. Dense. Good balance.

D - A bit too strong and heavy, plus you lose a good % to foam.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated on 12-05-2010.
330 ml, bottled Nov.2009, aged for a year, into 180 ml Chimay chalice.
Pours effervescent, viscous, hazy, copperish peachy-amber body with tiny floaties, topped by medium, creamy ivory head with good retention that gradualy sets to a thick cloth. Firm laces on the walls.
As the layers of this utterly complex brew are peeled off more and more aromas are revealed with each sniff : white wine, fruity esters of orange, apple, pear, sultanas, candy sugar, peppery phenolics, toasted bread, minute touch of grassy hops and alcohol.
Soft pale malt embraced flavors of white wine, juicy fruitiness of oranges, apple tartness, pear, sultanas, prominent suggary sweetness, peppery spiciness, hoppy bitterness counteracting the sweet tones and warming alcoholic finish.
The medium bodied beer tends to be airy on the palate yet remains creamy thanks to the high viscosity that bridles the apparently moderate to high carbonation.

In short: A viscous, boozy brew with bittersweet fruity tartness reminiscent of a candied citrus peel .

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Photo of bskrtz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, served cold - 40 degrees.

A) Golden copper like a two year old penny topped with white 1/2 inch head. Cloudy and bright with floaties a-plenty

S) Sweet malt, caramel, figs & sour dough

T) Delicious, full bodied strong Belgian ale. Smooth, dark fruits and sweet breads

M) Well balanced with ample fine carbonation.

D) This is wonderful stuff but beware -- packs a serious punch.

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Photo of mhatters
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from an 11.6oz bottle at my house, this is a 2007 vintage bottle.

Pours an apricotcopper orange, very hazy from the sediment. A strong lacy head.

Fruit and spiced alcohol come through the nose very strongly.

Incredibly delicious, light fruit flavor, with clove and coriander. The finish is strong, hot, and smooth.

The body is just right, mild carbonation that pops in your mouth at each sip.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky apricot color with an immaculate white head. great lacing. the nose is light fruits, slight funk, subtle sourness. the taste is light fruits again, nice sweet citrus, very apparent citrus and floral hops, slight alcohol warmth, heavy carbo in the finish yet very smooth carbo, full bodied, sweet finish. I dig it

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