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

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RATINGS: 1522   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!!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head. This beer’s nose is alcoholic, containing raisins, apples, and very sweet mead with spicy hops. Very sweet, spicy, alcoholic flavors. Chewy and smooth. Hints of raisins, cinnamon, black pepper and mint come through. The alcohol is not well hidden, but I didn’t expect it would be at 12%. Great mouthfeel that reminds me of a barleywine. Aftertaste is dry and full of spices and pepper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
It’s a flat looking, brownish-orange ale with a slight head, soon no head. The first scent to leave the glass is that of dark candy sweetness. This is quickly followed by a sharp hop bitterness, then alcohol and a peppery spiciness. The drink is thick, acidic, alcoholic, and flavored by sweet, sweet malts, spicy fruits, white peppers, and alcohol. Plenty of alcohol. It’s got a long, dry, warming finish. I need to buy more of these so that I can age some bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Orange brown pour with a thin off-white head. This is looking very similar to a barleywine. With an alcohol percentage this high it would be very difficult to hide...but it is cloaked very well behind the big malt, candied fruit sweetness, spiced apples, grapes, and bready, with a touch of a well balanced spice bouquet...mainly cinnamon, but others are there. Finish is sweet with a warming, peppery, alcohol burn. It is sweet but not overly so...very barleywine like in several aspects. Thick and syrupy...a good tooth coater. Flavorful and blended well. Difficult to describe and do it hardly the justice it deserves.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2538) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2005
Brass coloured with loads of sediment. Huge head. Fruity, zesty yeast-aroma. Sweet and warming flavour with notes of marzipan. Alkohol-bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Aroma: light molasses cookie, raisin, apple, corriander. Appearance: homemade apple cider, copper color, good lacing, cloudy, bubbly. Flavor: moderate sweetness. sweet/sour apple finish. honey and maple syrup. Corriander or cinnamon. long finish. Palate: medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. 7, 4, 8, 2, 13 = 3.4

Rerate on 5/15/05. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a bright golden body that is glowing. Nice white head. The aroma is apples, oak barrel, alcohol, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie. The flavor is nice. Sweet honey, maple syrup, apples, apricots, Calvados. The palate is really warming, sweet, syrupy, nice lingering feeling/flavor. Much better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
big malt . roasted caramel and raisins with figs and bananas brandyish and coples candied fruits and nuts, pecans? lovely beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Pours a cloudy amber with almost no head. Tons of yeast in the bottle. Sweet, but surprisingly balanced. Bananas, apple mix with the candi sugar. Slightly bitter after taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and best served warm.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
HUGE amount of yeast at bottom of small bottle cloudied the glass quickly. First sip is silky smooth with hints of apple and lots of yeast. No hint of the high alcohol. Very smooth and very satisfying. Remains smooth and remarkably satisfying. Truly delicious. Slight caramel hints begin to reveal as the glass warms and the alcohol hits my cranium.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2005
Had this in the De Gare bar in Bruge. Couldn’t find a spare table for my son and I but this Belgian gentleman gestured that we could share his. He was drinking this very slowly, amost with a degree of respect. He finished and then left. Obviously I had to try this one. There is a cloudiness to this which simply says unpasteurised, a good thing. The head stayed well in my glass, probably due to the skill of the glass washers. The nose is quite strong with a great deal of estery flavours coming through, especially some banana. Mouthfeel is huge and I can taste a sticky date pudding in a glass. Excellent. The aftertaste is dry and mellow at the same time. Merry Christmas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2005
Cloudy amberish beer with a tiny quick ending white head. Sweet aroma of fruits, malts, yeast & candy. Full bodied and taste of honey and caramel. The aftertaste is somewhat hoppy and bitter with notes of fruit!


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