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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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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 stumac
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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a gift from the Belgian beer tour in California. I have had it before but never reviewed. Thanks guys!

Pours a honey amberish color with a huge foamy head that over flowed out the glass. Too much head.

Smells of tart apples and Belgian yeast. Some caramel malt notes as well.

Tastes almost as it smells with the apple tartness in the finish. Nice maltiness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. High carb which is great for the style.

Overall a tasty brew. I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark brown with really big foamy head, crazy foam off the pour, extremely cloudy and murky with tons of stuff floating around inside,

Smell- Apples for sure jumping out, lots of yeast, very sweet molasses sugary smell,

Taste- Starts off sugary up front and then finishes off with a bitterness thats very unique, slight chocolate is very prevalent in this but its a bittersweet, has the unique scotch flavor to it

Mouthfeel- light and crisp yet very full bodied, light and slighty creamy mouth feel

Drinkability- The alcohol is definitely very well hidden, not something I could see my self having often and maybe not again, but it was an interesting and experience and very unique, the 12 percent will knock you on your butt and you wont even see it coming, nothing that really dazzled me though, had better.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -3.1%
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 +4.8%
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 -7.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -13.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -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 -4.8%
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 -12.7%
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 -7.9%
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 -17.7%
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 0%
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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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings
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