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

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RATINGS: 1560   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 (27Pl), 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 10C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours a hazy "Belgian brown" color body with some interesting bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and a small white head. Nice, sweet spiced apple aroma. The taste is quite sweet at first but mellows fast keeping the sweet undertone with a slight hop bite and a little alcohol sneaking through. Very Good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
What a nice little beer this is. Nice sweet aroma. Appearance is a great golden color Flavor is very sweet initially followed by a mellowing bitterness and alcohol taste. Which actually works pretty well. Id drink this again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 10, 2005
Clouded reddish amber hue, no head formation. Sweet malty aroma, raisin, caramel, apple, fairly fruity. Sweet rich malt palate, syrupy with caramel/toffee middle and a slightly bitter fruity finish. Alcohol hits at the front of the palate but mellows as it spreads.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 (Rerate 8/4/2007, prev 4/4/2005, 8-4-9-5-17) Dark orange color, cloudy appearance. Little lasting white head. Fruity, caramel, sweet, spicy aroma with thin licorice, alcohol, grains, yeast and lemon, rich aroma indeed. Near full bodied, excellent palate with nice warming alcohol. Flavor has medium licorice, sweetness, strong fruits and spices, woody nutty tones, raisins, also medium alcohol comes up. Sweet raisins and alcohol in lasting aftertaste. Excellent brew!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Golden red pour with no head. Starts off fruity and spicy before a sugary sweetness kicks in. What saves it from being too sweet is how the fruit, alcohol, and a touch of bitterness come back at the very end. A brilliant ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 6, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a orange-amber color, with little head. Aroma of tart apples, vanilla, and peppery yeastiness. This is one thick beer, bordering on syrupy. Sweet flavor of banana and raisins, with alcohol and vanilla in the finish. A good sipping beer as sweetness can get cloying if consumed faster.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
Bottle slightly chilled and aged until 4/05. The aroma is somewhat like a fruity cheesecake with brandy in the mix. Color is a medium cloudy brown and even though the head was small thats forgivable since its a Belgian ale. It did leave some lacing though. Taste is complex and covers the gamut of flavors in most European ales. It is sweet, fruity, bitter, malty, acidic and high in alcohol. (Maybe a little too high since it comes off as way too bitter) It has that wonderful quality of tasting different at the start and finish. (more beer like to start, more wine like in the finish) In this ale I detect bananas, pears, and apricots. Aftertaste is a surprisingly good combination of a little smokiness matched with a beautiful sweet sangria wine that is hampered only by a biting bitterness. Almost perfect save the bitterness.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Okay I received one nasty bottle when I bought this. Not only did it have no discernable aroma it tasted way to sweet as if this bottle had been sitting a little too long.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head. This beers nose is alcoholic, containing raisins, apples, and very sweet mead with spicy hops. Very sweet, spicy, alcoholic flavors. Chewy and smooth. Hints of raisins, cinnamon, black pepper and mint come through. The alcohol is not well hidden, but I didnt expect it would be at 12%. Great mouthfeel that reminds me of a barleywine. Aftertaste is dry and full of spices and pepper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Its a flat looking, brownish-orange ale with a slight head, soon no head. The first scent to leave the glass is that of dark candy sweetness. This is quickly followed by a sharp hop bitterness, then alcohol and a peppery spiciness. The drink is thick, acidic, alcoholic, and flavored by sweet, sweet malts, spicy fruits, white peppers, and alcohol. Plenty of alcohol. Its got a long, dry, warming finish. I need to buy more of these so that I can age some bottles.


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