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

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RATINGS: 1648   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!!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Draft - minimal aroma. Mostly just sweet malt. Very little head, but what there was was white. The body was nearly orange-yellow. Very pretty. Flavor is nearly honey sweet malt. Fairly one-dimensional, but very nice. A desert beer for sure. The 12% is very well hidden, but this is no session beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Hazy amber ale having a small diminishing white head. No discernable carbonation. Sour cherry aroma. Full bodied that starts with sweet malt, cherry, and toffee flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. Heavy textured sweet beer without cloyness. This is an amazing winter brew beer that is best served alone after a meal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
Sweet intense citrussy nose. Full sweet taste, fruity, wellbalanced but didn’t seem too complex. Despite the high ABV, it is far from cloying, alcoholic or syrupy as one might expect. Finishes a bit grainy. I wasn’t too overwhelmed, though this was a very young one

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2005
33 cl bottle, brewed 2005. Beautiful amber colour with a good haze; vivid sparkling; frothy, fragile structured but unexpectingly stable white head with good lacing. Sweetish, slightly perfumed aroma with cinnamon, raisins (freshly baked raisin bread), grapes and some alcohol. Spicy, a bit peppery and light fruity taste with surprisingly little sweetness. Strong, long, bitter aftertaste. Yet I’m missing some complexity, the taste is somewhat ’flat’. A very dry and very warming mouthfeel with some ’teasing’.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Aroma of raisins, fruity licorice and a light bit of spices, very nice. Cloudy orange with small floaties and a nice white head. Flavor of dried fruit, chewy caramel and toffee, brown sugar. Very sweet and buttery with a slight hint of cinamom in the finish. The flavor just lasts and lasts. Lively mouthfeel with a nice oily texture. I am a fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
Lasting head and strong aroma. Dark orange colour. Heavy, warming taste. yet soft on the palate One of the best Christmas ales I’ve had!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle 0.25 L. Creamy white good mosltly lasting head. Cloudy orange colour. Powerfull aroma with lots og hopps and citrus. Heavy bitter flavoir and long finish. Cremy palate and soft carbonated.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. Poured out a cloudy orange amber color with no real head but laced the glass almost like a wine. The aroma is very sharp, full of candied fruits, marachino cherries, a little yeast, a little malt and maybe even a touch of pungent nail polish. The flavor is very sweet with candied apple, cream soda, champagne notes. Plus there is some yeasty bread dough and a touch of malt in the taste. Just a bit of bitter and some warming alcohol in the finish. The palate is syrupy with just a touch of carbonation. My wife likened it to Asti without the harshness, to me it almost tastes like a carbonated sauterne. Delicious beer, not something I could drink regularly but very nice to have a couple throughout a holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Strong alcohol flavor -- very full palate/mouthfeel. Good stuff, especially on a winter’s night.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle from ’04. Poured with no head and no apparent carbonation, not sure if this bottle had been stored improperly before I bought it last year. Alcohol strength seems hidden by lots of roasty candi-like sugary malt character, but this was just too syrupy sweet for my taste so to me the palate was poor.


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