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

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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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!!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2004
woody aroma with hints of raspberry, dark orange with zero head, strong and syrupy hints of maple with lots of candi sugar, alcohol very prevalent and some spritzy nuances near the finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Looks like a glass of apple cider.Sweet fruity alcohol nose but the taste was overly sweet.I have had many of these and only rated this one so I am feeling strange here as this seems sweeter then the rest.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2004
It is hard to pull my nose out of the glass with this one. Lots of brown sugar, fruit and maybe some spices. Tiny head with a different looking lace. It has a nice aged copper colour that is very cloudy. The taste is terrific. The first sip is malty, with lots of sweetness. The imemense sweetness follows with a acidic ending where the hops just barely shows through. It has a lingering taste that coats your lips. Defintaly begs you to drink more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
33cl bottle labled "98" from Bottleworks...meaning vintage 1998, 6years old...Brings back some memories! This may be the beer and the year that I fell in love with Belgian beers! Back then I got it mailed to my door from John’s Grocery...this beer was simply unlike anything I had ever imagined, as was Oerbier. So how can I fault it now? Overripe and fermenting fruits billow out of the glass followed by sweet maltose...after 6 years in the bottle, this puppy is still quite bubbly, although the inside of the bottlecap was black! I think if you combine this beer and Oerbier reserva you get something like Speciaal Brouwsel? This is the best overtly sweet bier for me, the only balance is the fairly tart presence in the finish, like a good Granny Smith apple...perfumey aroma...It plays elegantly with my head, probably best as a nightcap or dessert beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Pours a cloudy copper/gold. Aromas of brown sugar, malt, fruit and a little spice. Flavor is sweet, with malt, brown sugar, fruit, and just a bit of hops. I think this needs more time to mature.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a tiny lacing head. It has a big fruity aroma that smells of brown sugar. The taste is very sweet and somewhat malty with almost un-noticible hop flavor. The finish is almost too sweet...not a bad brew, but I’ve had better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Poured a murky brownish/amber with no head. Smells a touch spicey, though mostly of bread dough, sugar and Barbecue sauce. Definitely do not notice this "extra bitterness" in the nose or the taste. The taste comes across as way tooo sweet, with wood, vanilla, and fruit. Smoked candy is there, as is terriyaki chicken. I guess the hops come in in the finish, as it is pretty dry, considering the sweetness. In all, I am not impressed, perhaps even a bit disgusted...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Poured hazy orange with almost no head...smelled a little spicy but just very very sweet and a touch of alcohol...maybe some citrus...taste was just sweet and alcohol though...not impressed...the pour, carbonation, flavor, and finish all were strikingly similiar to a mediocre barleywine...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle. Pours a murky light brown. Head is small, slow to form. Lacing is slight. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a little sweet. Flavors of fruits and malt are indeed balanced with hops. Will drink more of this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Rustic Orange. Nice color. The head was barely achieved and mostly diminishing. Very little lacing. The smell is very sweet from the white candy sugar. Very fruity with fresh oranges, tangerines and honey. The aroma is wonderful. It’s in your face, very acidic and pungent. This is one damn tasty beer. The mouthfeel is the first thing that I noticed. It’s so damn soft and velvety and just seems to glide effortlessly across every taste bud, soak it and then leave. Numerous Fruits. Cherries and Raspberries first. Raisins next, then plums, now dried plums. Very sweet throughout. Cinnamon like spicyness after the fruits. This beer has probably been brewed with the most candy sugar out of any beer I have every had. It is very very sweet and is very cloying on the finish. I’m hoping to visit De Dolle Brouwers in July. Great Brewery.

After several samples and different vintages, this could be my perfect beer. A brilliant example of phenomenal freshness and ageworthinesss. It just seems to age so well and all the batches are so good.


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