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

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RATINGS: 1486   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2004
Orange red beer with a thick light yellow head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Yeast floaties in the glass. Aroma of caramelized sugar, candi sugar, cherries, fruit, oak and earthiness. There is a light acetic acid aroma as well that strengthens as the beer warms. Flavour is quite sweet and fruity up front showing flavours of cherry, white grapes, honey, and candi sugar. This initial talste lengthens into a light sweet and syrupy flavour before a spicy hop finish. Moderate bitterness rounds it off. Seems like a cross between a Belgian Strong Ale and a Flemish Sour Ale. Incredibly good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Cloudy brown color with no head. Aroma is full of cherries and dark berries. Sweet malt taste with more of the delicious cherry, blackberry, prune, and raisin taste. Damn fine and my favorite De Dolle!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brown/Orange Coloring With White Ring. Yeast Aroma. Instant Warming..Trademark of De Dolle...Syrapy Sweet..Bread Dough..Prunes..Thick Body..Fruity. Very Enjoyable!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8658) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. A sweet fruity yoghurty aroma including the raspberry pips to this amber coloured beer with a whitish head. The alcohol comes through together with strawberry blancmange tastes. Very nice

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 (5470) - 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 kid’s vitamins. Flavor has a bit of an acidic taste to it, some citrus notes and alcohol and the same kid’s vitamin’s 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 (4115) - 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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) - København, 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.


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