De Dolle Stille Nacht

Notes added 09/12/21 (pictured)

It’s SO hard to pin this beer down for me.

An alcohol bomb, but so full of flavor; the color of a mid-point pale and dark; the unexpected pour when looking at the label (for some reason I associate the artwork with a stout – maybe the Export Stout has a hold on me).

It’s rich, it’s big, and it’s great. It’s a beer that hides nothing and comes across as being exactly what it is. On the downside that’s absolutely ‘no more’, but on the upside it’s ‘no less’. A classic, and that’s about all there is to say.


Original notes 08/20/06

11.6 oz bottle poured into the Val-Dieu Chalice.

Deep orange, dark honey colored pour. Decent head, but it fades to leave a little lacing and some spotty film. Hazed effect. Nowhere near dark enough to be a “dark” Belgian, but at the same time a little more color than a pale  A bit of a hybrid.

A lot of alcohol and yeast notes in the nose. After that it’s all sweet fruits with some tart tastes. Apple and pineapple are also present. Silky and smooth in the mouth. It’s pretty sweet though to the point of making it outside of some peoples range. Nice, but not my favorite Belgian by some distance.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Mine was bottled in 2020, and am cracking it today. I didn’t intend on an old bottle, but when it came to stocking up on De Dolle, all I could get was oerbier and this one. I really wanted to try Arabier.

    The nose is hints of apple, pear, candy, sweet alcohol, with a chewy doughiness to bind them all the aroma together.

    The taste is of warming booze, candied orange peel and sweet malt/ breakfast cereal (bordering on ovaltine) which holds it together. There some solvent notes mid to back palate which provide some structure to the body.

    Overall a lovely beer considering the age.

    Reply
    • Ding

      Nice, thanks for checking in, always good to hear other notes. Enjoy!

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

08/20/2006
Format:
bottle
ABV: 12.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 4
Total: 3.93
Series Name:
Year:

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Mine was bottled in 2020, and am cracking it today. I didn’t intend on an old bottle, but when it came to stocking up on De Dolle, all I could get was oerbier and this one. I really wanted to try Arabier.

    The nose is hints of apple, pear, candy, sweet alcohol, with a chewy doughiness to bind them all the aroma together.

    The taste is of warming booze, candied orange peel and sweet malt/ breakfast cereal (bordering on ovaltine) which holds it together. There some solvent notes mid to back palate which provide some structure to the body.

    Overall a lovely beer considering the age.

    Reply
    • Ding

      Nice, thanks for checking in, always good to hear other notes. Enjoy!

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *