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


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RATINGS: 1650   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 (27Pl), 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 10C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Ive had this several times and never knew the ABV which is there but not in your face. As for this beer,WOW! Semi sweet,sticky,white grapes,mild malt,vinous,great mouth feel. Nice sipper. Ill have to find the $ for a case and let some sit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Heavy citrus aroma with a light gold body. Minimal carbonation leads to a small head. Good grapefruits and sugar give it a sharp taste that ends smooth. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/07, adding details to original rating on 02/10/06. Bottle. Hazy amber body with a creamy off-white head. Sweet candi sugar aroma. Sweet candi sugar flavor mixed with spices. The alcohol is almost unnoticable with the sweetness to mask it. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation and a syrupy sticky finish which hides the high alcohol surprisingly well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 9, 2006
2005 bottle...pours a pale orange and a beautiful big belgian head. Smell is intensely fruity...banana and bubble gum and a little yeast. Flavor is hugely sweet, a bit acidic, and fruity...lots of raisin. There is also a surpising and excellent bitterness balances the sweetness of this beer nicely. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and dry...a bit starchy. Im at all upset about my decision to buy 6 of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hatchy (32) - USA - FEB 6, 2006
i had case of the 2004 vintage and it didnt finish the final in bottle fermentation. quite a shame. anyhow, 2005 is much better, but im sure that 2004 is making my opinion biased. it pours a cloudy golden with a thin white head. it has a sweet fruity aroma. its a bit syrupy and very fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 1, 2006
(Bottle (2005) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Hazy orange pour. Fizzy white head that mostly but not totally disappears. Aroma: banana, slightly gluey. Very fine lacing that melts away. Mouthfeel smooth, a little syrupy. Pretty darn sweet tasting, some banana in there as well. Tastewise alcohol was pretty well-disguised for a 12% but I definitely felt it. Not a huge fan of this style but I recognize the quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
) This beer has a sweet prune aroma. It is a sediment filled butternut brown solution that has no head. The high amount of alcohol in this beer can be detected immediately upon its touching of the tongue. This beer is heavy and spreads well throughout the mouth distributing a sweet mild caramel and prune taste that fades slowly leaving a nice sweet sensation lingering in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7313) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2006
Big, off-white, creamy head; hazy dark orange body. Sweet vinous aroma with overtones of bread, yeast, and citrus. Powerful, sweet, vinous taste of lemon and spice, with a spicy, dry aftertaste, which lingers. Noticeable alcohol warmth. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
(bottle - 33 cl) Thick and hazy orange color with a very thin white head and some sediment. Aroma is very malty and sweet with a tangy and spicy note at the end of it. The flavor begins with a very sweet taste then moves to a sweet and spicy middle with a spicy and yeasty finish. Aftertaste is spicy with a hint of alcohol, but surprisingly not much considering its strength. Medium-bodied with a nice alcohol warming afterwords.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 330ml bottle - Pours dark golden with a fully receding white head. Aroma of apples, cider, high alcohol, clove, sweet yeasty esters, honey, and toffee. Taste is sweet with notes of peach, bubble gum, oak, and honey. The acidity lends a citrus quality. Mouthfeel is quite heavy with lush carbonation. Really tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden. This would be a great beer to cellar.

On tap at Rich Os - Pours hazy opaque orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, banana, peppery, alcohol, esters, bubble gum. Taste is pineapple, bubble gum, tropical fruits, fruity acids. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lighty sticky with slight alcohol burn, lush carbonation. Sticky, sweet, and alcoholic (needs more time). But still delicious. Surprisingly my bottle and tap ratings were exactly the same!!

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