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


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RATINGS: 1698   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Bottle at The Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Yellow-gold color, small head. Nose and flavor are complex, somewhat flowery, very fruity. Sweet, lots of floaties. Very smooth! Wish I could get some of this to cellar...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Almost no head. Very light hay yellow color. Light floral fragrance. Intense floral flavor that expands as it goes down. Almost like honey and honeysuckle tempered with souring bready cheese yeast. It was well worth the wait for this one. Too bad it comes out once a year. Bought five to savor the experience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark and cloudy, with an aroma of spice, licorice and citrus. Complex flavors blanaced well with the alcohol. Notes of caramel, fruits (plums & banana), and strong presence of malts. Finishes dry and remarkably smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3659) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Thanks to Firemoose 415 for sharing! Spicy, fruity aroma. Almost no head. Dark amber color. Sweet fruity taste-peaches, maybe orange. Dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3540) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Thanks to Suttree for sharing1 Medium hazy yellow with a fleeting white head. Bannana and bubblegum aroma with a slight bit of alcohol. Light citrus flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Pours a hazzy deep golden color with hardly any head. Sweet aroma smells of peaches, honey, raisins, apple, and spices. Wonderful complex taste of apples, vanilla, sherry, caramel, spices, and peach. There is a hint of balsamic vinegar in the finish which is tart, slightly bitter, and warming. There is a hops bitterness that balances the sweetness of the beer very well. Has a syrupy, creamy texture and goes down smooth. Excellent winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3363) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle, from Juios. Good nose, sharp and sweet. Fruity, apple, lemon, caramel ( in a baked way), White wine, little of a honey nut thing or the way french toast can smell as its cooking. Clean orangy brown color, small head that faded to a ring. Sweet flavors, ABV dominates. fruitiness in basckground. Real sharp. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, Dry sweet finish. Nice brew, grew on me as it warmed. Has kick. Like to see what would happen with this with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Cloudy orange, loose, foamy head. Citric, musty, smoky aroma. Yeasty, banana/bubblegum flavor is noticeable up front, with a bit of alcohol heat, too. Hint of spices at the finish - nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Rerate 9/8/07: This bottle is a 1996 vintage - a nice find! As soon as I opened it I got an incredibly potent whiff! I would have rated this beer highly by virtue of the smell alone: sweet potato pie, caramel, pineapple, lemon zest, along with more vage earth and wood scents. Poured with a substantial, dense head (how can that be? the new beers dont have head) that faded quickly to a modest ring. Color is dark, caramel, red-brown. Tastes like a real christmas beer should, with green apple, caramel, raisins and funky earth flavors merge together like a port wine. The ageing really helped tame the disparity between the dense sweetnes and sour apple tang. Ageing also contributed to a more soft,, hazy mouthfeel. Mmmmm. HIghly recommended. Poured kinda thick. Looks like caramel. Very rich, sweet and tart. Reminds me of a caramel granny smith. Certainly a wintertime drink. Very drinkable despite its abundant flavor.Overall a very good, bold beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
(bottle) Poured an orange/red color, without the massive head I usually find in De Dolle beers. Aroma much more massive and much more complex than their other offerings. Along with the standard Belgian apple tones, I also got what Ill call cherries and apricots. Did not taste like it had 12% alcohol in it.

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