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 (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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy, medium amber with a frothy white head. Nose is candy like. Cinnamon, dried fruit, very sweet. Mouth is very sweet and full. Cinnamon again, lemons, astringent, cherrys, apricots. very nice after dinner beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Chestnut brown with a huge "dirty" head. Lots of impurities all over - as usual by DDB. Very spicy with sweet’n’sour flavours - perhaps the sweetness is most pronounced - from the added honey and sugars. To be enjoyed in small quantities. 060994

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours extemely cloudy with strong aromatic notes of musty plum, bourbon-soaked peaches, port, bubble gum, sweet candy, spice and grain alcohol. This has a very thick mouthfeel that severly lacks any carbonation. Lots more creamy fruits in the body - and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Really sweet throughout, which is a slight turnoff for me. Also, a strong cherry cough syrup taste emerges as this continues to warm. Really unpleasant and bringing back bad childhood memories!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Couleur ambrée vers l’orangée, presque translucide sous une dense mousse blanche. Arômes levuré rappelant la levure de pain et le pain d’oiseau. Après quelques instants, les fruits noirs (raisins secs, prunes) s’expriment au travers des malts caramels, rappelant même légèrement le sirop d’érable. Quelques vapeurs d’alcool émanent du verre à leur tour. Corps de densité moyenne, douce effervescence très plaisante.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy golden ale, with a big thick creamy head. Lots of fruits in this one: apples, pears, and apricots; hints of vanilla and banana. One-of-a-kind silky creamy texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Golden caramel orange body with floaties and medium offwhite head. Citrus, dust, sweet aroma. Sweet creamy taste of dark fruits, raisin, caramel and pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Orange with a small off white head that diminishes quickly. Yeast settled at the bottom of the chalice. The aroma is buttery and sour white grapes. Flavor is sweet, fruity, and yeasty with a slight hint of spices. Mildly bitter finish with some alcohol noticable as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
11.6oz bottle. Served at 54­° in my NB worthy glass. (Better at 60°) Poured hazy, gold tinted orange with just a slight hazy head. Nose is spicy, wildflower honey, alcohol, with a citrus acidity. The mouthfeel is really big and creamy. The initial taste is orange marmalade, sweet and juicy, with some spice and a slight sourness. Midtaste is somewhat bitter and refreshing, with some spicy notes that remind me of the dulle teve. The alcohol is present at the finish, but it is far from overwelhming. The finish is more warming than anything, with some nice residual citrus flavor. I like the citrus flavor of the beer and the sweet and sour balance. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2005
This bottle showed a bit more alcohol than the last one i tried, i think the previous bottle had aged a bit longer. Pours a clear orange/amber with just a thin white head. Very sweet caramel sweetness throughout, with lots of fruit, apples and spice. The texture was very heavy and really clinged to the palate. Very nice warming brew, but best to sit for a bit and let some of the alcohol settle down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Translucent orange color. Galaxy-like swirls for a head. Small patch of sediment that landed in the center is causing a fizzy black hole that endured for the entire tasting. Aroma is of apples, dough, anise and cinnamon. Flavor is very sweet, cloying. Apples, vinegar, dough and pepper. Like a tart apple cobbler. Heavy, sticky and harsh on the palate upon entry, but then pleasantly subsides with each swallow. Sweet, sweet malts. Finish is light, bready and sweet. A unique experience. I don’t think I’d do this on again, but I’d welcome Reserva. I know, twist my arm, right?

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