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


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RATINGS: 1702   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 (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!!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013
Bordeaux-cask aged vintage from 1982 (which basically means this is 1982 Stille Nacht Reserva).
Consumed at Kulimator in May 2006
Deep purple colored body with a still white filmy head. Very robust nose full of scotch, port and sherry, with notes of black cherry and old oak casks. Thickness and texture, while expected it to be huge, is silky, tannic and wine-like. Rich, silky, oily, resinous... PERFECT palate. Was told that this was the favorite beer of Dirk Van Dyck, who runs Kulminator, and I can see why.

My ratings of the 2004 vintage are probably in the 4.4 - 4.8 range.
My ratings of the 2007 vintage (tasted young) are probably in the 4.0 - 4.3 range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours a golden brown. Looks like a glass full of honey when not in motion. Aroma is a bit sour, with fruity notes with bits of spice. Difficult to discern anything beyond that. Flavor is sweet, with touches of wheatiness, and bits of honey. VERY smooth, just glides across the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
Vintage 1982 - Very dark brown body, big bubbled light brown head disappearing quite fast; This nose is big (not huge), very deep, but could be more complex (it is already very complex). The beer is old and the nose has a lot of aged character to it. Right when served, dust is overshadowing almost everything else, but it unfolds beautifully with just a little time in the glass: lot of burnt caramel, mixed with all kinds of dried fruit, date, fig, prunes, but actually also fresh red fruits like strawberry and fresh sweet cherry. Great nose. I have had this beer before and do actually remember the nose even bigger (like HUGE); The beer only has very little carbonation and a nice oily texture, a little sourness that combined with a small amount of salt gives the body a very pleasant balance; that flows smoothly into a very long finish unfolding nicely, starting out very soft and sweet, but quickly gets a little fruity sour that balances the finish perfectly: dried and fresh fig is standing strong, overripe cherry, sweet overripe orange juice. Well this beer just goes on and on and is very, very great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 1996 Vintage, bottle into glass. Pours a beautiful darker golden amber brown color with a thick white tan head with many sediment floaties pouring from the bottle shifting around in the beer. Aroma consists of a very sweet, yet spicy and fruity as well. Flavor brings out an AMAZING complex sour and hoppy, sweet and fruity taste to the palate. Almost tends to bend on an apple cidery type brew. The finish hangs in the mouth with an beautiful apple spice note. 1996 vintage is absolutely wonderful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-rate, sampled 2008 bottle: A quite different experience from the first, pretty nicely done, some bret character and lots of carbonation, much better attenuated than my first experience, sweetness settled down a lot. The alcohol was a tad hot, though, and there was an odd almost medicinal aspect to the aroma (but not the flavor). Fruity w/ some faint sourness, caramel malts. Good stuff, rating getting bumped a bit. Original rating: Sampled 2004 bottle. This one poured a dark amber-orange-brown color with a nice little head that settled to a thin covering that remained throughout. Lacing was decent. Aroma was spicey and sweet. The flavor, unfortunately was REALLY REALLY REALLY sweet (and I normally like sweet beers). The spices came across strong in the finishing flavors, almost at a hop level. This seemed almost like a triple attempt with a dark colored malty sweet base with the way it finished. The mouthfeel was really heavy: body contributed some to that, but even moreso the sugar and sweetness left the mouth feeling thick. I dunno, a bit overpriced and the other De Dolles Ive had (Extra Stout & Oerbier) were far superior.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-piphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy orande, sediments, thin white head. Sugar, candy and soap aroma. Very acidic and candy like taste and bad aftertaste. Bire de couleur orang troubles avec des sdiments et un mince collet blanc. Odeur de sucre, bonbon et savon. trs acide et astringante avec un got de bonbon et un mauvais arrire got. infect?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy coppery/amber color. Thick and syrupy. No head to speak of. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and hoppy. Flavor is packed full of the same with some trace fruitiness and maybe some honey. Very thick. You can taste the alcohol (as would be expected at 12%) but it does not detract from the overall experience. This is not a beer for the faint of heart - this is a serious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12-oz 98 bottle courtesy of after4ever. Pours amber orange with a diminishing white head. Aroma of apples and spice. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel, apple, spices with a sweet warm finish. This is a desert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2006
12-oz 98. 8 yrs bottled. Pours coppery amber with a diminishing white head. Lots of candi on the nose, with a bit of red apple (closer to Red Delicious, say, than Gravenstein). The attack is fizzy and tart, which would usually turn me off more than most, but the softening of the years has served this beer beautifully. Its still intensely sugary, but theres fruity sourness in close association with the sweetness. The big cannon shots of fruit, white sugar, and acid harmonize, instead of stepping all over each other and leaving you feeling like youve been mauled. Theres a tiny whisper of hops, too, but nothings domineering or clamoring for attention. If Ive learned anything here, I think Ill stop rating sweeter Belgians when theyre too young.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Dull brown murky appearance nice head, does not last long nose of over ripe apples, cinnamon heavy to medium body initial taste is sweet candy apple a little sour, with some fresh baked bread nice creamy body- aftertaste smooth apple goodness like natural cider

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