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

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RATINGS: 1561   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!!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2004Cloudy and orange. Small head reduces to the typical Belgian layer of film resting on top. Lots of candy sugar in the nose along with what reminds me of raisin bread. Alcohol unfortunately is a bit strong in the aroma. This is a young one though. Nice body, really smooth and sticky sweet. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of candy sugar here too. Almost barley wine-ish with the sweet maltiness. Some herbals in the finish are nice. Overall another good one from De Dolle. This should age very well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Reddish amber, cloudy, lasting white head, potent aroma ranging from sugar to white grape to honey, flavor equally impressive with sugar, yeast, honey, date, apple all present. complex and delicious , although a little too much sweetness near the end for me

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 (876) - 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 (1734) - 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 (2682) - 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 (3438) - 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...


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