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

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RATINGS: 1555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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!!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Pours a hazy pecan color with pieces of floating yeast cake and a thin head. Tart fruity aroma with some toasted bread, yeast, light caramel, yogurt. Very sweet with an upfront vitamin flavor. I don’t get much in the way of hops, except some bitterness. Interesting fruitcake flavor. Opens up as it warms. Kinda grows on you.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
I got the bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD and it immediately hit me with a perfumey aroma coupled with a fragrance of sweet oak. I tasted hints of malt, oak and breadiness. The alcohol was definately noticeable. It seemed a bit too syrupy and spicey so I had trouble sipping this one. It seems good in small sips. I found it interesting but my wife detested it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle thanx to Jannik Salholt. Orange colour with lots of floaties. Medium white head. Dark fruits, raisin, prun aroma and a sweet fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. To much alcohol in the taste, but wery good.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwin (2) - Alphen aan den Rijn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2005 does not count
A bit sweet, but nicely heavy. Slight bitter sweet after taste. Great deep coloured appearence, what else can someone wish for x-mas. (number 2 in my top 10)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Sugar and spice and everything nice in the nose. Murky orange with a foamy white cap. Good lace. Very sweet with loads of sugar. Fruit cake. Very full bodied for a Belgian. Alcohol abounds. Watch out for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle. Thick looking orangeish appearnce. Very murky and lots of chunks float in this pour. Delicious raisiny, figgy, sugary, syrupy flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle: Transparent orange/amber, nice carbonation, plenty of floaties, with a white diminishing head. Aromas were of white wine, slightly tart fruits/citrus touches, some caramel, faint alcohol. Flavor was syrupy sweet (though not textured that way), tart fruit but not overly done, raised, ever so slight alcohol touch. Short lived aftertaste, thicker body with a warming finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3537) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottled:
Aroma is full of malt, sugary. Sweet candy notes, sticky, quite too sweet but aromatic. Some fruitiness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2005
A cloudy orangish amber hue when poured.Very thin head that laced up in the middle and stayed for the whole ride.Definately taste the alcohol has i feel the belly get warm.Raisins, plums, kind of sweet leaving my mouth with a little tingle.Overall it was a little heavy but definately drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2005
A Mes rate: Chunky sweet and full of toffee and carmel and hard alcohol. Not sure if I should have started the night off with this cheeky little number but we shall see. The body is as orange as I have seen. Looks more like a heavy cider. The head was great... while it lasted. RIP head. Slight lacing not over the top tho. The nose is all sugar and toffee. A slight hint of something disturbing, detergent? Palate is awesome. Just how i like it. Thick and creamy with perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. It drinks like something much lower in the hardcore list. Very stong tasting and not for the faint hearted. orange and peach with a full on hit of candy sugar toffee caramel and candy apples. Spicey orange finish that lasts and lasts. Not the best thing about this one for me but I will let it slide. Well its almost gone now and it slipped down very well indeed. My 4th or 5th bottle (NOT tonight!!!) of this. Much more will be had me thinks.


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