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

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RATINGS: 1716   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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PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 Cloudy amber color with small white head. Scent is a unique sweet spicyness. Very thick and syrupy body which tingles the palate. There is an acidicness to it with a smooth alcohol warmth and amazing complexity. Very sweet in flavor. Very fruity with a spicy element as well. Flavors of figs, dates, maybe even a peachyness with even more i couldn’t identify. With warming has a hint of toffee. Re-Rate: Bottle: Hazy golden pour with a voluminous white head. Great complex aroma. Vinous, fruity, champagne-like, a touch of leather and earthiness. Also a soft fruit sweetness. Frothy body with a warming alcohol pepperiness and lively carbonation. Flavor is fruity and spicy. Lots of fruity phenolics and complexity. Minerally as well. Complex and fantastic.

3.7
Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 330 ml bottle

A very well done Belgian strong ale that hits all the right notes. If only it weren’t so overpowering, it would be outstanding. Perhaps with some years on it this one will mellow in character. Overall, one that everyone should get a chance to try.

Aroma / Appearance - The first thing to hit my nose was an impression of butterstotch, lemons, fresh orange peels, caramel and toffee. There was also a vinous alcoholic scent underlying everything. The body was a wonderful cloudy caramel color with traces of sediment lingering in the glass. A sticky lacing made it clear this would be a beer that held none of its alcoholic punch back.

Flavor / Palate - The initial taste consisted of a combination of caramel, toffee and a strong alcoholic bite. Latter sips gave way to a wonderful sweet butterscotch with citrusy undertones. Somewhere towards the middle of the glass semi-sweet dark chocolate appeared on the back on my throat. Overall, every sip revealed a new facet of the rich complexity hidden in the glass. The honeylike finish left me wishing there was a little more although the consistant alcoholic bite made me glad the glass was finally empty. Still, this was excellent - if you can get your hands on this one, buy two. One to try immediately and another to age for a few years.

3.6
Sammy (13013) - 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 (1935) - 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 (9367) - 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.

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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 (1264) - 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 (1908) - 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!


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