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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!!

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3.6
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
Peachy colour with foamy white head, boozy and yeasty aroma. Taste of fruity yeast and spices and eggy kiche.Sweet nutmeg and pepper and cinammon. Noticeable carbonation, fine, refreshing above average Belgian. Medium mouthfeel.Easy to drink if you like Belgians.

3.3
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Pours a cloudy amber. Aroma is sweet fruit and spice. Flavor is very sweet, sugar, honey and apricot. There is also some mild sourness. Plenty of spiciness. The high alcohol content was barely noticeable. Very complex flavor, but I found the sweetness to be a bit over the top.

3.9
jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Deep, cloudy amber -- think-lloking, like a suspension. Slight ring of white head leaves some lacing. Aromas of apple cider and sherry. Thick, sweet, vinuous mounthfeel. Grabby on the tongue. Sweet dessert wine flavors with plenty of sweetened fruit and demure alcohol. Hops are present throughout, kind of a muted piney green grapefruit. Very interesting beer. Just one will do!

4.1
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
From bottle. Pours cloudy orange with floaties, no head. Nose is vinous with light fruits and honey suckle. Some sourness is apparent under all that sweetness. Flavor is sweet, follows nose with a bitter finish. Smooth palate with no noticeable alcohol. Well done.

4.5
3fourths (9357) - 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.

4
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.

4.6
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.

4.5
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!

3.7
User37895 (3042) - - 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 I’ve had (Extra Stout & Oerbier) were far superior.

1.9
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, 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. Bière de couleur orangé troubles avec des sédiments et un mince collet blanc. Odeur de sucre, bonbon et savon. très acide et astringante avec un goût de bonbon et un mauvais arrière goût. infecté?


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