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

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RATINGS: 1513   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!!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
A pungent, hoppy and incredibly complex tasting beer perfect for a cold winter’s night. Strong alcohol content with hints of scotch-dipped cherries and copper-kettle baked apples. A bit of coriander and orange as well. Packs a punch!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 2004 on tap at Old Toad in Rochester. Had no expectations when I tasted this beer but was pleasantly surprised when I took the first drink. Aroma of Spice and hops with a nice amber hue with fizzy head that dispersed quickly. Strong flavor with first sip that takes you back at first but then the natural apple spices combine with other various flavors of the season to make a delicious brew. Yeast had a very strong presence that masked the alcohol. I made a special trip back to the bar the next night just to get his beer again. I think they put cocaine in it or something because the flavor was addictive. Need to find this beer again!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2112) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 22, 2005
2004 Version. Loaded, dense and veiled color. Dense foam much and long-lasting one. Great persistence. Sturdy, strong and decided aroma. Great structure, much liquor with apple notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1911) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Shiny to deep orange color. Little to no head. Spicy and alcohol aroma. Thick and Chewy mouthfeel. Fruity upfront flavor with a dry alcohol finish. This beer definitly continues to grow on you as you drink. Good Stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. Even though I left a crapload of yeast in the bottle, a crap load of it still made it in the snifter. Hazy burnt orange, small speckled head. Sweet malt, carmelly tones, yeasty and some banana. Flavor pretty much matches the nose. Heavy on the tongue, but not oily or overly viscous feeling. KInd or boring mouthfeel, it just kinda sits there. Aftertaste is long and strong and bittersweet. Good beer, but a little too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Hey now. This is a very flat, almost uncarbonated beer, that’s a kind of pale orangey-brown. It’s really sweet and fruity, almost tasting like a gueze lambic. It’s not completely sweet, as it has a classic Belgian bitterness that lingers a bit to counter the sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Original Rating (10-Jan-2005, 6-1-8-2-13=3.0): Apricot, plum, peach (sugary tinned fruit), raw flour, doughy, alcohol, vinous aroma. Unappealing appearance is opaque brown-orange with no head whatsoever. Very, very sweet, fruity (orange, apricot) and alcoholic with a pleasant dark malt bitterness to counterbalance. Still and sticky in the mouth. I’d really love to resample a fresher version of this as it seems like there is a wonderful beer here but I was just a bit too late for the party. Bottle (2003) sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, Kawa!
Rerate (8-5-8-4-17=4.2): Dark fruits, alcohol and yeast figure prominently in the aroma. Deep orange-tan with a generous and lasting off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing. Dark fruits mingle with caramel and toffee-like malts with some hints of alcohol an a light tangy tartness. Medium-light body with moderate, fine-bubbled, softly effervescent carbonation that carresses the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
Bottle Clear, orrange-amber body. White fizzy-creamy head, which lasts mostly. Spare lcae. Banana and malts in the nose. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initital flavour. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish. Fully bodied. Oily texture. It was long time ago, I had a new splendid beer like this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavor is malty and sweet with hints of fruit throughout. A sour twinge in the end. Very enjoyable by itself and no mor ethan one in a session makes this a brew I could drink the year around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
53.9F Lovely aroma -- hangs itself in the air. Smells like middle of the season apple cider ( cider with a good mix of variety apples) steaming on the stove with a dash of orange juice. Tastes of dried apples, dried, unsulphured peaches. Umm, peach jam with brandy. There’s an alcohol sting-ray flying ’bout with a clove-studded orange (what the hell is that called -- email me) tied to its tail, and whipping my mouth. Nice and oily on the glass, and palate. Color of pie pumpkin guts. I likee. Man, it’s been half an hour since I finished the 11.6 oz. and my review, and I’m still drunk. Don’t expect to drink one of these and drive.


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