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


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RATINGS: 1513   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 (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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
Wow, just wait a few minutes and let this one sink in and captivate you. Pours a dark garnet brown, with a tiny white frothy of a head. The aroma is sweet and spicy, tingling your senses, with a taste that is a whirlwind on your tongue. Very sweet and surprisingly light in the mouthfeel, then the alchohol catches up with you in the aftertaste, and like a true winter warmer should you feel it throughout your body and a smile captures your face. Wonderful banana and clove, with some sweet cinnamon, brown sugar and honey sweetness. Never over the top and perfectly balanced. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
Pours orangish with little head. Aroma is a very complex blend of alcohol, fruit and slight hops. The first sip has a warming sensation that can be felt to the toes. the complexity of the beer is superb. Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
Vintage 2000. Pours hazy copper with robust white head. Aroma is sour and fruity. I smell green apples namely. Start is very sweet. Sweet throughout with some mild hops in the middle. Very sweet and VERY enjoyable. AWESOME.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
Bottle...vintage 2000. Pour is a cloudy amber with a large white head. Aroma is phenolic, with banana and clove. Typically belgian on the nose. Creamy on the tongue, nice banana, nice clove spiciness. Delicious beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Pours with a huge head that takes a while to fade. Aroma of honey, raisins, and other dark fruit. Flavor is of honey and dark fruits with a medium alcoholic warmth. Seems like a light port. Very nice beer, great for winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
(Bottle) Pours an orangish-brown with no head. Has a yeast and alcohol aroma. Not quite what I expected from this Belgian. Had some some unique flavors of sweetness and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2004
pours golden orange with a rocky head, cloudy with tiny yeast specks. candy sugar, alcohol nose. other fruit notes I couldn't grasp - all sweet though. initial taste is very sweet. then alcohol, then medium hop bite. lots of other things going on here, but the sugar and alcohol are hiding it from me. good stuff, but a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Complex Aroma, almost like mixed fruit, with cherries. Foggy copper color. Thick head to begin, ends up be thin but lasting. Very sweet, then the bitterness stops the sugar from kicking in all the way. Extremely complex. Pretty good, but wayyyy to sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8652) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy: This brew is a dark golden brown/orange color with a very thick off-white head. Thick and sticky lacing. Complex aroma of alcohol, sweet fruit, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied and borderline cloying at times, but with a satisfying array of flavors. The different fruits like plum and apple are at the forefront. There is also a nice malt, spice and alcohol presence. The finish is very sweet with a lot of yeast. Taking your time with this one is the way to go. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
aroma is very alcoholic, very much like a red wine. hits your mouth startlingly sweet, then turns alcoholic, and then stays sweet and yeasty. holding it in my mouth i feel like i'm taking a shot of rum and chasing it with sugar-water. i should have saved this one for dessert. interesting, to say the least, but it doesn't taste like your typical belgian.

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