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


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RATINGS: 1699   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Beautiful dark orange pour with a with thin creamy head. Yeasty ester aroma with citrus fruit and spice present as well. Complex flavor of apricots and honey and coriander and cake. A strong bitterness is very present in the flavor of this beer but it is a thick malty bitter quality. Full bodied and very sweet, this one will draw flies like nothing else. Overall this is a beer with an amazingly complex and delicious flavor that is somewhat compromised by its cloying sweetness. If age takes away some of the syrup similarities in this beer I could definetly see rating it a solid 5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2006
The 12 ounce bottle poured a hazy apricot-orange beverage with a small white head that diminished almost entirely (not surprising considering the high alcohol content) and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was quite fruity with notes of fermented apricot and peach some apple and the presence of citrus in the background. There was also a bit of spiciness as well. The body was quite full with a smooth, soft carbonation and a slightly slick oily texture. The flavor bursts upon your taste buds with a fruity, soft sweetness initially. As the flavor matures a slight bitterness develops on the sides of the tongue. The finish is long and there is a decided alcohol warming sensation that develops in the chest at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2006
I believe that the USA produces the best beers in the world, but this undermines my argument. Pouring a cloudy golden-orange, the flavor was just incredible. A little citrus, maybe some banana, warm honey, and that healthy dose of yeast that all Belgians seem to have, I couldnt get enough of it. Sweet without being obnoxious, strongly alcoholic without the bite, I think Im in love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2006
Robe cuivre surmonte dune mousse blanche mince qui persiste. Armes de pain, de levure, dalcool et dpices. Saveurs de lige dalcool et de pain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9213) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2006
Bottle. Small white head. Unclear golden body. Fruity alcohol aroma. Surprisingly sweet flavor for such a strong beer. Bitterness at the end though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3332) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy golden-orange with a white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, alcohol, sweet malts, and spices. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, fruit, carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cathschlag (48) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Les particules se font trs nombreuses. Odeur de raisin?, dalcool et dpices. Couleur brun-roux. Trs trs rond en attaque, mais mince en finale. Trs peu deffervescence. Le got de lalcool est trs trs prsent, mme trop prsent mon got.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25965) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 21, 2006
Big white head and a beautiful gloden orange color. Very smooth drinking to me, didnt seem anywhere near that high an ABV. And while I could taste the the fruits and spices, they werent obvious and overdone, as in many holiday beers. Wish I had more to cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2006
After allowing some time for this beer to settle and warm slightly, the aroma opened into a powerful mix of maple sugar and ripened fruits. The head was never large, yet it did remain present after several minutes of settling. The flavor is very powerful. Malty, syrupy, and yet with the dry finish of a desert wine. Overall a very enjoyable flavor experience

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