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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Sweet, boozy, and undercarbonated. Apples, reminicent of english barleywine. A touch of sherryish oxidation. Quite sweetwith a lingering alcohol note. Will resample.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
Bottle conditioned. 2003 edition, label marked 8% abv and 12%. Chestnut bronze with a slight unavoidable haze. Poor thin white head and relatively low condition. Roomfilling aromas of apples, candy sugar and damp wood mingled with a typical sweet barley wine note. Thick and chewy in the mouth, but not over sweet. Tastes like a good English barley wine with a slight spicy edge and a fruity berry note that lingers in the mouth and leaves an oily mouthcoating of sweet malt and a long bitterness. The confusion over the abv cannot be cleared up by just drinking this exquiste beer, the alcohol is just so well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
A wonderful aging experiment. This puppy was bottled in 1996. It has aged well...mostly. Looks like a cloudy dark orange marmalade. Very full, oily mouthfeel that just explodes with sourness. Then it retreats to clove and coriander. Wow. Only problem is its syrupiness (?). I wish I had more to test!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
Smells of pears, apples, and Pinot de Charente or any wine based liquor...Apple cider brown and hazy, with almost no head or carbonation. Makes up for it in the mouth, sweet candy sugars, with pear purée, warm alcohol, with a body which reminds one of a jam! Thanks to MaibockAddict for this gem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2004
(draught) good frothy white head, very dark brown. Aroma/taste sweet: brown sugar, although very sweet, a bitter after taste. different but good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
2002 edition in bottle. Pours a dark orange/light brown color and is probably one of the most carbonated beers I've ever seen. Very rocky, uncontrolled head. Had to wait to pour the whole bottle in. Very sweet aroma and taste, but hops come in toward the finish. Definite Belgian flavor, alcohol is clearly evident. An appley sort of flavor seems to dominate. Certainly a unique flavor and worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Brewed 2003. Pours a rich amber with very little head. The aroma reaches out and grabs my nostril hairs with clenched fists of sour apples and caramel. I take a small sip and an overwhelmed by the sweet alcohol flavor. Raisons and toffee bombard my mouth. Unique but the balance of flavors seems a bit off as it reminds me of a sherry. I'll keep the other bottle for a while and try this again after it has aged.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Smells like alcohol, yeast, and apple cider. Looks pretty good, no head, though, despite a pretty sincere effort to pour one. Tastes pretty good, *really* sweet, though. Nice palate, not too thick or too thin. Overall it's pretty good, though not usually what I go for.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Alcohol aroma with yeast. A thick sweet taste and feel. I did not care for this at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2004
I would think this is a fairly,old,bottle. The yeast is caked to the bottom. Anyhow,brew pours a oarnge/brown,with a small ring of white head. Sherryish aroma. Lots of malt,nuts,toffee. The very little acohol in the aroma adds to it's vinous character. Full,thick mouthfeel. Big body. Lots of raisin,old malts(good way),soil, and bread. Absolutely,sticks to the tounge. Lots of fruitiness going down before the earthy finish. Lots of earthy hops,and sweet malt in the finish. Slight sourness in finish adds some complexity. I would guess this is at least 3-4 yrs old,and it could still rest more. Not a hint of oxidation. Killer! I love De Dolle!


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