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

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RATINGS: 1562   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!!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 (Bottled, 2005 vintage, sampled 09/2006) Very hazy orange color with a large, lacy head. Strong, grainy-malty, yeasty, salty-licoricey aroma with clear alcohol presence. Very sweet-syrupy, Dolle-yeasty, quite hoppy and salty flavor with evident, but not intrusive alcohol. Very full-bodied, syrupy, definitely warming - yet not burning palate, thanks to the high gravity and sweetness. An extreme beer, but a bit disappointing as the 6-year old vintage was not any better. On a long winter’s night, this will, however, surely satisfy your appetite for a nightcap. (Bottled, 2004 vintage@Delirium Cafe, Brussels, was 8-4-8-5-17=4.2) Very hazy, dark orange color with a smallish but tight and lacy, lasting head. Earthy, oaky, tart, malty aroma with dried fruit. Flavor of dried fruit, syrup, rye-pudding, spices and hops. Very full-bodied, oily and port-wineous palate with little carbonation for a Dolle, and a warming alcoholic twist. A very delicious brew that seems ideal for long cellaring. Finally got to taste this one! (2000 vintage, 8% ABV, sampled 3/2006) Coriander-spicy aroma, Spicy, grainy-malty flavor. Sticky-syrupy palate. It’s hard to say whether I liked this or not. Not really that balanced, anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2005
33 cl Bottle. Dark amber colour, with a rocky head. Great aroma of some caramel and yeast. Unfiltrated. Very big mouthful with some nice malt taste and hints of hops, and is some winery, very tasty. Big body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
bottle - pours cloudy amber with a short foamy offwhite head. Aroma is of dough and a touch of orange. Flavor is grapes, orange, some vanilla, and a sugary sweet finish. On the palate this is medium bodied and smooth. The alcohol is completely covered except for the warming that you feel after each sip. Six months in the cellar certainly didn’t hurt this one any. Very mellow for such a big beer. Christmas in July is fun!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2005
This was a nice beer sampled at the Brickstore. A dark orange apperance with a minimal head. The flavor is very sweet with alot of oranges and vanilla. A sugary mouthfeel with some alcohol showing. If you could imagine a creamcicle in beer form you have this beer. It was a nice experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Pours a light amber, clear and very effervescent, with a small white head. Strong aroma of sugar, grapes, acidic lemon or orange, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and very spicy, with touches of vinous grapes, citrus, and a strong retronasal alcohol burn. Strong and sweet but more dinkable than I though it would be. Nice. RERATE: 1994 vintage, opened at Dickinsonbeer’s House. The ctirus has come through even more so and the alcohol has mellowed quite a bit, making this very drinkable. Excellent!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Orangy amber with some chunky suspended particles and a very slight haze. Great aroma and the flavour is incredible.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2005
Bottled. Golden/amber colour. Small head. Nose is full of maltiness, toffee and a cognac-like alcohol aroma. Tastes very sweet and alcoholic. Apart from that it has vineous and fruity notes, mango and orange. Quite sugary. Overall a nice, complex beer, but unfortunately overshadowed by too much sweetness and alcohol. Many thanks to Bierkoning for this.

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.


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