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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Pours a light amber, clear and very effervescent, with a small white head. Strong aroma of sugar, grapes, acidic lemon or orange, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and very spicy, with touches of vinous grapes, citrus, and a strong retronasal alcohol burn. Strong and sweet but more dinkable than I though it would be. Nice. RERATE: 1994 vintage, opened at Dickinsonbeer’s House. The ctirus has come through even more so and the alcohol has mellowed quite a bit, making this very drinkable. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Orangy amber with some chunky suspended particles and a very slight haze. Great aroma and the flavour is incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2005
Bottled. Golden/amber colour. Small head. Nose is full of maltiness, toffee and a cognac-like alcohol aroma. Tastes very sweet and alcoholic. Apart from that it has vineous and fruity notes, mango and orange. Quite sugary. Overall a nice, complex beer, but unfortunately overshadowed by too much sweetness and alcohol. Many thanks to Bierkoning for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Pours a hazy pecan color with pieces of floating yeast cake and a thin head. Tart fruity aroma with some toasted bread, yeast, light caramel, yogurt. Very sweet with an upfront vitamin flavor. I don’t get much in the way of hops, except some bitterness. Interesting fruitcake flavor. Opens up as it warms. Kinda grows on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
I got the bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD and it immediately hit me with a perfumey aroma coupled with a fragrance of sweet oak. I tasted hints of malt, oak and breadiness. The alcohol was definately noticeable. It seemed a bit too syrupy and spicey so I had trouble sipping this one. It seems good in small sips. I found it interesting but my wife detested it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle thanx to Jannik Salholt. Orange colour with lots of floaties. Medium white head. Dark fruits, raisin, prun aroma and a sweet fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. To much alcohol in the taste, but wery good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwin (2) - Alphen aan den Rijn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2005 does not count
A bit sweet, but nicely heavy. Slight bitter sweet after taste. Great deep coloured appearence, what else can someone wish for x-mas. (number 2 in my top 10)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Sugar and spice and everything nice in the nose. Murky orange with a foamy white cap. Good lace. Very sweet with loads of sugar. Fruit cake. Very full bodied for a Belgian. Alcohol abounds. Watch out for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle. Thick looking orangeish appearnce. Very murky and lots of chunks float in this pour. Delicious raisiny, figgy, sugary, syrupy flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle: Transparent orange/amber, nice carbonation, plenty of floaties, with a white diminishing head. Aromas were of white wine, slightly tart fruits/citrus touches, some caramel, faint alcohol. Flavor was syrupy sweet (though not textured that way), tart fruit but not overly done, raised, ever so slight alcohol touch. Short lived aftertaste, thicker body with a warming finish.

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