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Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers brewed for Christmas. It has the highest density of any Belgian beer (27įPl), has been boiling for 5 hours, brewed with pale malt with white candi sugar in the kettle. The Nugget hops and dry hopping gives an extra bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness due to the density. The taste triangle is completed with some acidity of the fermentation. It is a very interesting beer to age. We have samples of every bottling we have done so far and aging does not mean decreasing quality with this beer. Keep some samples at 10įC and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 8-21-2007: 1996 bottle, just bought today in NYC. This has likely been sitting in this unconditioned store for all 11 years. Bottle #1430. Pours a rather deep ruddy brown with a ton of yeast. There is a surprisingly large amount of carbonation and head still with this beer. Up front he nose is slightly sour, old, licorice. Licorice and tart sweetness really come through in the taste, lots of complex oxidized malts and pure fruit juices. Tartness is very nice, and evidence of Rodenbach from the yeast is slight but apparent. Remarkably complex, with elegent, balanced sweetness and acidity and a perfect body. This has aged BEAUTIFULLY. I do need to try a fresh one again though, as my original rating (below) was very early on in my beer rating, and I had never had a sweet beer.

8-17-2005: 6/3/6/3/3.1: Am I missing something here? I first thought this bottle was infected due to the enormous amount of floaties and the overbearing sweetness, except thatís all the same stuff other people say about this. Iím strongly considering pouring this and grabbing something else, except the $5 price tag is holding me back.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2005
Iím positve I had a pretty old bottle, barely any carbonation at all, no head at all, alcohol flavor totally gone, no particles, incredibly sweet, and easy drinking, tasted like a glass of riesling. Smoothest beer Iíve had, delicious! Bought at stuffed sandwich.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
waffleman (8) - USA - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
It was more than I could handle. I had a 2001 vintage. The alcohol level was very high, imo it killed the flavor of the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 7, 2005
cloudy hazelnut with a white tan head. grape, apricot, and graham cracker aroma. sweet doughy fig taste with sweet raisin and plums. lingering banana bread notes with an alcohol finish. a strong angry, beautiful beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle at the Capital Ale House (Innsbrook) in Richmond. Pours dark orange with a very small head and a lot of crap floating around in the glass. Aroma is Initially very buttery, but calming down to vanilla, malts, and sweet candi sugar. Very sweet flavor, quite winey. Finish is somewhat alcoholic, but doesnít give away the 12%. Good Belgian, if a little on the sweet side. Like a much better Delirium Nocturnum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle. Notes of fig, brown sugar, cookie dough. Very, very sweet like a barleywine. Really too sweet to really enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 (Bottled, 2005 vintage, sampled 09/2006) Very hazy orange color with a large, lacy head. Strong, grainy-malty, yeasty, salty-licoricey aroma with clear alcohol presence. Very sweet-syrupy, Dolle-yeasty, quite hoppy and salty flavor with evident, but not intrusive alcohol. Very full-bodied, syrupy, definitely warming - yet not burning palate, thanks to the high gravity and sweetness. An extreme beer, but a bit disappointing as the 6-year old vintage was not any better. On a long winterís night, this will, however, surely satisfy your appetite for a nightcap. (Bottled, 2004 vintage@Delirium Cafe, Brussels, was 8-4-8-5-17=4.2) Very hazy, dark orange color with a smallish but tight and lacy, lasting head. Earthy, oaky, tart, malty aroma with dried fruit. Flavor of dried fruit, syrup, rye-pudding, spices and hops. Very full-bodied, oily and port-wineous palate with little carbonation for a Dolle, and a warming alcoholic twist. A very delicious brew that seems ideal for long cellaring. Finally got to taste this one! (2000 vintage, 8% ABV, sampled 3/2006) Coriander-spicy aroma, Spicy, grainy-malty flavor. Sticky-syrupy palate. Itís hard to say whether I liked this or not. Not really that balanced, anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2005
33 cl Bottle. Dark amber colour, with a rocky head. Great aroma of some caramel and yeast. Unfiltrated. Very big mouthful with some nice malt taste and hints of hops, and is some winery, very tasty. Big body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
bottle - pours cloudy amber with a short foamy offwhite head. Aroma is of dough and a touch of orange. Flavor is grapes, orange, some vanilla, and a sugary sweet finish. On the palate this is medium bodied and smooth. The alcohol is completely covered except for the warming that you feel after each sip. Six months in the cellar certainly didnít hurt this one any. Very mellow for such a big beer. Christmas in July is fun!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2005
This was a nice beer sampled at the Brickstore. A dark orange apperance with a minimal head. The flavor is very sweet with alot of oranges and vanilla. A sugary mouthfeel with some alcohol showing. If you could imagine a creamcicle in beer form you have this beer. It was a nice experience.


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