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

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RATINGS: 1637   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a small lacing off white head. Also some small floaties. Strong aroma of prunes and other dark fruits. Some red wine characteristics, caramel, honey and an overall nice sweetness. Flavors of the same with some slight roastiness and a general overall sweetness. Very smooth and creamy. Great palate and a great overall winter warmer. What a treat. Alcohol was very well hidden, felt more than tasted. 8-4-9-5-17 Re-rate. I had this next to a 2005 Special Reserva and I had to knock down the flavor some. Just too sweet next to the Special Reserva although I don’t feel the Special Reserva deserves a 10. So thus a score change.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Well made and fun to drink. The 12% is not evident. Tastes more like an 8% beer. Funky on the nose and palate, but not too sweet. Very fruity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Pours an extremely cloudy, dense, yeasty gold. Very little head, but the bubbles are sticky. Aroma is moderate, a fruity malt. Alcohol is well concealed for a 12%. Fruity, sticky buns, baked sugar spice apple. Feels like a heavy belgian in the mouth, doesn’t burn, but you know the alcohol is enough to get you if you drink it too fast. Which you should not do, incidentally. wonderful little label adds to the fun effect. Long, long finish that I could still taste a half hour later, with enjoyment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3334) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pours a clear golden color. Smells sweet and spicy. Well carbonated and acidic. Malty smooth taste with hints of caramel. Sweet and sugary golden goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Finally popped open at Bootopia. 1994 vintage. Aroma was spice,sugar and fruit. Pour was golden with a light fizzle. Flavor was damn good, sweet candied orange and peach. Had some definite wine like qualities. Palate was great also, finish was very clean. Overall this was just so yummy, it brings a tear to my eye that I drank it and have none left.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9544) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2005
2005. Bottle from The Offie, Leicester. Aromas are sweet candy with bready yeast. Fruity with spiced oranges and banana. Some sourness comes through, too. Flavours are regular bubblegum with xmassy spiced orange, sweet candy and lots of yeast. Quite honeyed and smooth in its malt body. Alcoholic liquid candy floss. Another great De Dolle beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle 2005 at Kulminator. Cloudy, dirty orange/gold colour with tight lasting beige head. Typical yeast aroma of de dolle. Lovely citric aromas including tangerine. Good hops too. Slightly sweet in mouth with some toffee on end. Really good bitter hops as well as you would expect from this brewer. However, the golden syrup flavours make this a tad too sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. This beer is definitely an ass kicker. Pours a fairly clear yellow color with a minimal head. Interesting banana aroma combined with an ominous punch of alcohol and the distinct aroma of fresh baked bread. The alcohol presence is felt more than tasted in this beer. I got the sensation of warming on the first sip even though I served this beer at around 40 degrees. As the beer warms, I feel that the beer tastes like bananas drizzled with honey while the slight hint of hops keeps this beer from being too much. The aforementioned flavors are complimented with a slight cherry flavor that I don’t usually expect from beers of this hue. Initially this beer is a shock on the palate. Extremely thick and syrupy with an instant alcohol sensation. As I adjust to this beer over time I find myself cursing De Dolle and their tendency to outprice me with fantastic beers that I would prefer to keep onhand year round. Unlike most De Dolle products I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not overcarbonated and actually went down rather smooth. After I took my last sip I let out a belch and was left with a lingering banana type thing that I would take with me to bed if I wasn’t about to try one more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Orange with lots of floaties and very little head. Aroma of a sweet cake baking. Very intensley sweet, with a honey and banana bread flavor that can be too much at times. Thick palate which hides the 12%.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Bottle at The Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Yellow-gold color, small head. Nose and flavor are complex, somewhat flowery, very fruity. Sweet, lots of floaties. Very smooth! Wish I could get some of this to cellar...


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