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

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RATINGS: 1482   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 (27įPl), 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 10įC and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Medicinal aroma with some port notes. Alcohol and citrus ther too. Amber with a tan lasting head. Sweet slightly sour. Spicy, sugar, plums, fruits and cough syrup. Smooth full bodied. Quite warming. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2004
11.6 fl oz bottle - Market Sq. Liquors - Tallahassee, Fl. Pours an odd, vegetable broth like murky orange pour with little to no head. Tart, slightly citrusy aroma with traces of kidís vitamins. Flavor has a bit of an acidic taste to it, some citrus notes and alcohol and the same kidís vitaminís flavors found in the aroma. High alcohol content is apparant and just a tad distracting. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Had better Belgians

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Hazy, maple syrup-colored beer. Bad label. White head with a tan particulate roan. Vinegar, apricot and Belgian yeast aroma. Lively flavor profile, a woody-fruity affair, mildly astringent. ABV apparent - I was guessing 8.5-9% before I saw the content here. I didnít like the way that this turned over in the mouth -- it became too bitter and astringent -- almost pecan or green apple bitter, with a sugary sweetness that didnít cover the bitter. Some pruniness at times.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2004
A hazy, honey color with an internal cloud floating within and atop. Hmmm, specks of black? What the hell is that? Nose is sweet and a bit pungent, like candy being burnt. Big sweet, yeasty flavor, a bit fruity with orange peel and molasses, followed by a great deal of alcohol warmth. This one is big, but nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2004
33 cl bottle. Served in snifter. 2004 edition. Apparently, this has now been bumped up from 8% to 12% abv. Hazy orange w/ plenty of sediment. OK head. The aroma is very sweet w/ obvious alcohol presence. The taste is huge: very sweet, alcoholic, yeasty and very full. Long, spicy, warming finish w/ assertive, firm bitterness that balances the general impression nicely. Thick, full, lively mouthfeel - very nice. Surprisingly easy to drink. Way better than the 2003 edition (according to my ratings, at least). The increase in alcohol really have done wonders for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled 11.2 oz. Copper colored Fruity sweet aroma. Fair amount of alcohol taste mixed with sugary taste. Has potential but has too many tasted competing against each other instead of working with each other.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Hazzy thick amber color and not much head. The aroma is full of orange peel and cloves. The flavor is very zesty, giving quite the interesting mouthfeel. There is a uniform bitterness keeping this beer fresh on the tongue throughtout its sweetness. Aftertaste is sweeter and has hints of oranged and apples.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 <Re-Rate> 1998 - 12oz. from Bottleworks.
A *totally different* beer aged for 5+ years. The age yields a vinous, sweet and acidic beer that is less complex. This (turned)white grape elixir matches the way I like beer - malty, sweet and warm.
2003 vintage - Burns the Nose with caramel and toffee heat. Taste of Butter Rum (spiced). Nice sticky finish. A sipper and a warm friend. Being curled up with her is a good thing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
copper color.no head. smells like candi sugar and elmers glue. really its elmers glue, remember drinking this stuff as kid.this is a really good version of it. This is sweet, sweet, sweet with a very alcoholic finish. Sweet is not my thing but i am enjoying this in a wierd way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Hazy, orange/copper color with no head. Sweet aroma of candi sugar, malt and wood. Flavor is very sweet. Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits and an alcoholic bite at the end. Full bodied with very little carbonation. A bit too sweet for my taste, but very good regardless.


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