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


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RATINGS: 1645   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 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 (7251) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
Thanks for sharing Kevin! Hazy yellow pour, great white head, ansd lots of chunkies in the body. Honey and prunes in the nose, and Im also getting some pine and fruity malt aromas. Sweet honey/mead-ish, yeasty, bread and spices. Strong finish, very warming. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
bottle. 2003. Thanks a lot for sharing this Kevin! pours an orange-copper body with big yeast specks floating around and a medium white head. the aroma is top-notch - notes of berry fruit and yeast sweetness. this is very very sweet but somehow manages to not become cloying. lots of warm, comforting alcohol. a lot of fruit flavour and sweet caramel malt. finish is rich with an interesting note of pineapple. very tasty, Id like to get my hands on some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sten (735) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2006
A brown-orange beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It has a taste that is yeasty, sweet, fruity and alcoholic. Not a bad taste but a very bad aftertaste, maybe a bad bottle? (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1740) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
17 Dec 05 (2004 vintage - Purchased from Kulminator and lovely bought back to Oz in our hand luggage) - Herbal, apple, caramel spiritous aromas. Cloudy medium brown colour with no head or lacing. Sweet and big spirit hop malt flavour. Tangy bitternes with a fruit finish and it is suprisingly well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Ugly dark gold/light bronze. Small, white head with loads of bubbles in the glass. Sharp aroma of pungent yeast, dough, sugar, banana, subtle spices. Same flavor, sweet with a nice warming alcohol finish. Full, smooth body. Dangerously easy drinking. Excellent winter brew. One of my favorite breweries.

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