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

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RATINGS: 1636   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!!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Ugly dark gold/light bronze. Small, white head with loads of bubbles in the glass. Sharp aroma of pungent yeast, dough, sugar, banana, subtle spices. Same flavor, sweet with a nice warming alcohol finish. Full, smooth body. Dangerously easy drinking. Excellent winter brew. One of my favorite breweries.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. The beer poured a murky, dark yellow color with a small, creamy, white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was very complex—I had trouble pulling my nose out of the glass before the next sample came around. It was composed of moderate malty notes of toasted grain, light hop notes of apricot and moderate yeast notes of cellar and bread dough. Miscellaneous aromas were plentiful and contained light peach, honey, candy sugar and lightly smokey peat. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length, lightly sweet finish. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was syrupy and the carbonation was soft. The high ABV was well tucked away like a soft candle light. I will be having more of this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Wow. Poured a cloudy, burnt orange with a good sized white head. Aroma had that fruity belgian smell with a bit of hops. Great flavor hops come through along with the yeast. The alcohol has a subtle warming finish that does not over power the rest of the beer. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured a clear medium amber with quite a bit of yeasty sediment. Crisp ligher fruits, Belgian yeast, alcohol, and a bit of grassy, dry hops. Flavors were similar to the aroma, but more potent in all regards. Well-placed alcohol and dusty hop bitterness were complementary to the fruits and mildly funky yeast. Smooth middle with alcohol astringency at the top of the finish. Showed its power, but did not allow it to distract from the greatness of the other components. Warming and satisfying. Great beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew. First, I was suprised to see that this was a light colored beer!? Poured from the bottle with pristine white head that lasts. The nose is alcohol, fruit, citrus and very floral. Mouth is great! floral, citrus, honey, and lots of alcohol if you take too big a sip (whoops). Other than that I am very compelled to like this beer, I am sure it won’t appeal to everyone but I have enjoyed it on many occasions and will eagerly wait for more in my area...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4566) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Bronze beer with a perfect head. The aroma is very fruity, warming and spiced and the flavour is very warming, very strong and liqourice. Overall a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4329) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle (2004) from the Bartons Arms, Birmingham. Very strongly flavoured, with a whole host of hints and tones jostling. Covered my tongue and throat in a rich, honeyed biscuit flavour, with prunes and some smooth, dangerous strength on the finish. Tasty, but a little heavy and pillowy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2006
Vintage 2003 Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, clear redisch amber colour, small off white head. Huge aroma, sweet alcoholic, some light madeirisation, port sweet taste, smouth; some carbonation. Finish is smouth, burnt sweet alcoholic, somewhat bitter. Very special, unique beer, and strong.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
this was a one-of-a-kind....this beer was most unique in many ways....its pours orangish brown with no head....aroma is of sugars (especially strawberry), fruits, citrus hops, spice,caramels, and ends with a crisp old ale style aroma...just awesome!....flavor is great as well, just a tad strong in nature...this beer will knock you on the floor with its complexity, and its fierceness...very sweet and spicey, full of honey, and tea-like...a major tangy flavor for the finish..very nice, but a bit overwhelming.....great palate, and quite an awesome experience with a truly unique brew

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This beer is really interesting, and different from other Belgians I’ve had. It pours out a deep orangey-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet and complex, and grows on me more and more as I drink it. Very sweet flavor, but well balanced enough. The 12% alcohol is very well-hidden. Very good overall.


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