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


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RATINGS: 1519   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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle. 2006. Unclear golden color with a nice off-white head. Fruity alcohol aroma. Surprisingly sweet flavor for such a strong beer. The finish is long and there is a decided alcohol warming sensation that develops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours orange colour with long lasting head. Strong smell and taste of alcohol and yeast with some spice notes beneath. Sweet and round moutfull. Strong alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
[Vintage 2003, sampled 2006] A dark amber beer with quite a lot of sediment floating around under a light orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of stored fruit, dusty hops, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is quite sweet, and very complex, with notes of fruit syrup containing oranges, peaches, and a bit of prunes, as well as a spicy note of cinnamon and cloves, soon after the very smooth and fruity start, the alcohol makes its presence know by a warming fealing, which grows just a bit in intensity and burns slightly in the long lasting after taste. The after taste also has notes of the fruit and spices lingering. A monster - I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Amber colour with a huge off-white head. Sweet spicy aroma with notes of yeast and alcohol. Nice sweet flavour with lots of spices and fruit, well balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20930) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 22, 2006
Bottled (2005). Hazy orange/nutbrown head, with huge white foamish bubbly head. Aroma of sweet fruits and alcohol. Also caramel and yeast noteable. Flavour is stinging alcohol mixed with spices and fruits. Wellbalanced, since the alcohol mixes in well, especially as it has been in the glass for a while and becomes a bit warmer. Different Xmas beer, and I think it will get better if kept in cellar for a few years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19972) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
2001 version, sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden in December 2002.
Reddish amber. Candied apple aroma. Sweet, fruity, malty and estery. Syrupy mouthfeel and full body. Lingering caramel and honey finsish with just a note of hop nitterness. A complex candy beer to savour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17536) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2012
2008 bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty dark fruit aroma with weak hints of caramel. Sweetish malty warming spicy dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with weak yeasty hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
13th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Complex beer. Effervescent sharp frothy start with plenty of sourish fruit. A warming dry finish with the fruit blooming further. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013
2013-11-19, draught at Mikkeller and Friends, Copenhagen, vintage 2010, 3 years old, 12%, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Hazy deep blond color with greenish hue; generous compact head. Belgian aroma, a bit spicy, sweet, white sugar, with subtle fruits; seems very elegant. Smooth mouthfeel, but also with a strong alcohol perception that affects it; moderately sweet malt flavor, lean though, with a clear fruity side; correct bitterness.
Chamaleontic beer, very nice. Not for everybody, got to appreciate it.

2013-11-14, bottle, vintage 2008, 5 years old, 12%, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Dark amber color (very dark), hazy, with large head reducing to a small layer. The aroma is mild but elegant, with a note of wood and fruit. Good body and mouthfeel, with light residual sweetness, malt and caramel flavor; it starts developing a light woody acidity; the bitterness is quite low; the alcohol is warming.
A very good sipper, dynamic.

2013-05-02, bottle at Kulminator, Antwerp, vintage 1987, 26 years old, 8% ABV, OG 1200, 7-5-8-3
The color is dark chestnut, hazy, with some carbonation that provides a creamy head. The aroma is peculiar, raisins and parsnip/pumpkin, freshly cut ashwood. Good mouthfeel, round, with soft carbonation; the malt and caramel flavor is still rich, with a fruity side, and a very light sourness that fits well; the bitterness is very low; raisins in the final, but also a light dustiness.
After so many years, it’s still in pretty good shape.

2013-03-22, bottle, vintage 1995, 17 years old, 8% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
from De Heeren Van Liedekercke; OG 1200

Bright amber color, clean, with huge head. The aroma is powerful, there are some esters, light vinegar, wood, sugar, glue, no oxidisation, and a funky touch. It still has a good body structure; the mouthfeel is round and smooth; nice malt flavor with a pleasant fruity touch; there are still quite some sugars for this age; the bitterness is expectedly low; as the alcohol may have gone up a bit, it can be perceived through a gentle warmth; there is a mild woody astringency too in the final.
Pleasant and complex, different from other vintages, with no sings of age.

2013-02-09, bottle, vintage 2011, 1 year old, 12% ABV, 7-5-7-4-15=38
Nice amber-copper color, with a few particles, and generous compact head, persistent. The aroma is deep, with the classic Belgian spicy malt, and lingering fruitiness. Full bodied, and very smooth mouthfeel; the malt flavor is rather sweet, with light fruity touch, some more spiciness and correct bitterness; very light vegetables.
Very good, sweet spicy and fruity; although the alcohol perception is a bit high.

2012-11-02, draught at Ørsted, Copenhagen, vintage 2011, 6-5-6-2-11=30
Dark brown color with red shades; small creamy head. Light aroma of caramel and vegetables, very light cheese too. Reasonable body strength; anonymous caramel flavor, moderate residual sweetness, traces of Parmesan and rubber. Barely…

2010-12-30, bottle, vintage 2004, 6 years old, 12% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Properly stored for years, it pours the most beautiful amber color, with a medium sized frothy head, reducing to a thin but persistent layer. The aroma is mild, with some malt, spicy, light alcohol, and a nice fruity vein. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it has a good body strength, fair malt flavor supported by a mild sweetness; the alcohol is clearly perceived, but the warmth is comforting; it’s a bit spicy and lightly fruity, complex, mature and it doesn’t show signs of age. Powerful. Very good.

2007-08-02, bottles, vertical tasting at Moeder Lambic, Bruxelles
Vintage 2006, 1 year old, 7-5-7-4-14=37

Beautiful golden color, huge whipped head, persistent. The De Dolle yeast has turned the malt aroma into something peculiar, effervescent and fuity, with alpine flowers and a touch of juniper. Medium mouthfeel, thinned by a strong carbonation; the flavor has some dry malt and it’s really spicy. Quite strong bitterness, at the end, and the alcohol is warming the mouth. A good beer, with its originality, but it doesn’t maintain the De Dolle promise.
Vintage 1990, 17 years old, 10-5-10-4-19=48
Splendid dark amber color; big head, reducing to a thin creamy cap. Huge aroma, everlasting, of caramel, ripe fruits (plums, soaked raisins, sundried apricots), fromage à pâte molle, very light hazelnuts, Pedro Jimenez wine. Thick body, very sweet flavor, but also very elegant, with malt dominance, complemented by sweet fruity notes; even sweet tobacco and a vanilla touch. The bitterness is very low, the alcohol non existing, tonight.
A dream.
Such a beauty! This version deserves to mark my rating, even if difficult to find such bottle.

2003-07-09, vintage 1999, 4 years old, 8% ABV, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Beautiful amber color; creamy head; fine, turbulent perlage.
Strong aroma, malty, sweet; honey, lightly fruity (apricots, pineapple…); light wood and old hops.
Velvety, very good malt, perfect texture; sweet in the front, immediately corrected by a unique light sour-astringent note, similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne but more bitter, balanced and complex.
Long final, smooth, still quite sweet.
Impressive for its deep balance; wonderful: with this one, every day is Christmas!

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