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


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RATINGS: 1577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers brewed for Christmas. It has the highest density of any Belgian beer (27°Pl), 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 10°C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours a thick copperish color with a beige creamy head. Smells very complex, with a prominent bitter fruit detection, mainly lemon and orange. Taste is rich and thick with a bittersweet citrusy prominence. Excellent belgium beer with the alcohol hidden well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Sweet sweet aroma with a hazy orange appearance.BIG jammy flavours that totally masks the alcohol.So many aromas and flavours bounce around the glass....so sweet yet so good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bready/corn syrup-like aroma. Poured very nice a rich amber with a decent head that started three finger thick and settled down to pinky thickness. Sweet malts and up front alcohol. Very bready and while not quite spicy it has a minor crispness to it in the finish. But there is something that tastes a little like dirty dishwater in the finish and that really hurts the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Vintage 2003
I had read a million times that this beer was very sweet and syrupy so I thought that some aging might do the trick…Uhhhhhhh… NOPE… 2 years in the cellar! The one thing that aging did do is relieve the alcohol heat and burn.
Pours a beautiful syrupy dark amber body with very little head. The aroma is largely sweet: a mass of candied sugar and sweet bready malts, like drinking fresh wart. The flavor brings a mass of fruits, pears, red apple, plums, dates, maybe even some blackberry. The yeast isn’t overly pungent… a bit rustic, suggestions of leather and biscuit. It is almost overly sweet… a nice woodsy smokiness from molasses… but too much like pancake syrup. The palate is rather oily and especially sticky. A terrific nightcap for the very cold winter months…. To bad Florida never really gets that cold.
I’ll age another bottle…. But this time I’ll let it sit for a couple more years and see what happens… I’ll shoot for 5 this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Cloudy dark orange with no head and some floating particles. Aroma of honey, sweet dark fruits and apple. Syrupy sweet with notes of candy apples, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and then plum, figs, raisin and pear. Has some moderate hop bitterness at the end with a slight alcohol buzz. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel with very light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Aroma for this one was of fermented fruit. Body dark gold/orange with no head. Flavor was sweet to start with but alcohol seemed to be overwhelming in the end. For me this beer went from medium to little harsh on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottle poured a dark orange color with a yeast and citrus aroma. Flavor is yeasty and sweet with a nice sweet alcohol finish, although alcohol is very well hidden for 12%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle. You’ve got to be kidding me. Way too much residual sugar. Tastes more like a rum and coke. Rich deep amber with no head. Sweet, yeasty, spicey aroma. Sweet malt flavors with lots of brown sugar and candy sugar. Some fruitiness - plum and peach. Too sweet. There’s a lot going on, but it’s all buried by the sugar. Some alcohol present (but that sugar cube they dropped into my beer did hide it well). Should be aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 22, 2005
Has a deep golden color but no head. A malty aroma with an alcohol hint in the background. On the initial taste there is a touch of apple flavoring. Latter the malty sweetness becomes more prominant and a syrupy texture is apparent.

   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 that’s all the same stuff other people say about this. I’m strongly considering pouring this and grabbing something else, except the $5 price tag is holding me back.

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