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

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RATINGS: 1489   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
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Amber colour with a huge off-white head. Sweet spicy aroma with notes of yeast and alcohol. Nice sweet flavour with lots of spices and fruit, well balanced bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
Very cloudy, pale orange colour with floaty bits. The aroma has marzipan, candy floss and noticeable alcohol volatility. A bit sweet in the mouth. Reminds me of cherryade. Bittersweet finish. Interesting, but not entirely my cup of tea. Bottled at the Beer Circus Croydon (Christmas beers festival). I noted this as 12% ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Bottled 11.6oz. Pours murky orange- brown with no head. Sticky sweet aroma. Notes of cherries, raisins and sugar, maybe even honey. Almost as sweet as a barleywine. Syrupy mouthfeel thats coats the mouth. Spice and candy notes along with a bit of vanilla. Aftertaste is sweet with an alcohol warmth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - 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 (4403) - 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 (8726) - 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 (5557) - 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 (4178) - 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.


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