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

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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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!!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GREGER (2) - HARLEYSVILLE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003 does not count
Smell is a little citrusy, sweet aftertaste. Maybe a little butter scotchy. Great taste, great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 My rating for this one sucked big time, so now it is erased and I will write a new one next time I try it, the liquid of angels!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (606) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Wow. This would be catagorized as an exteme beer in my book. This beer is simply too sweet and too strong for my liking. major adjunts floating with an extreme carbonation. I am not a fan of this beer at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2003
A fiery orange Belgian, with nary a head. Abundant yeast floaties cry out for life preservers. Plum, grape, and strong candi sugar aroma. Flavor is very sweet, almost cloying, with candi sugar, wood, musty earth, grapes and alcohol swimming in the murky body. Sticky mouthfeel in the sense of watered-down corn syrup. Minimal carbonation enhances the syrupy, fruit juicy palate. Dense and tasty, this would serve as a nice dessert sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
(2003?) Hazy orange color with no head retention, very little apparent carbonation, but does have alcohol legs that cling to the side of my snifter. Grape and sweet malt aroma @ first sniff; musty, earthy, and woody notes follow; also peppery spice, yeasty, and a buttery diacetyl as well as alcohol as it warms. sweet malty w/ woody, maple flavor, vinous raisin, and yeasty breadiness. Sweetness is almost sticky and cloying to me, but does have a hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste to balance. The diacetyl int the aroma does not translate into the flavor, but there is added fruitiness from the alcohol in the flavor as it warms. Very low carbonation w/a warming alcohol, but lightly astringent and very full bodied. As with the Oerbier Reserva, I like the complexities, but not really wild about the characteristics of this beer just yet. To me, it's borderline cloying even for a self proclaimed malty beer lover such is myself. I've got another bottle or two to see how it ages.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Cloudy amber with a very thin white head. Extremely sweet aroma filled with caramel, honey, apricot, banana, pear and a hint of alcohol. Medium thick creamy and syrupy body. It coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Extremely sweet flavor as well. Lots of caramel, honey and apricot with other fruit flavors and spice in the background. A little too sweet for my tastes, but still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Orangey yellow with big sticky particles everywhere. Turbid, roaring carbonation Small whitish head. Extremely sweet, a big yeast bomb, I definately get a blueberry note here as well. Candi sugar makes this sweet and syrupy, witha big yeasty finish...YEAST BOMB!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Cloudy orange with a nice fine off-white head. Bubbles are very lazy. The head disapates rather quickly. Sweet fruity aroma. The nose is not nearly as string as expected. Very sweet, a bit too sweet for my taste. Tons of candi sugar producing honey and blueberry flavors. Body is massive and syrupy. Not one of my more favorite Belgians.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Bottle pours a hazy burnt orange with no head but with some lace. The aroma is light, but sweet. As it warms, the aroma starts to resemble clover honey. The flavor is like apricot jam, candy, very small hop spike, and some alcohol notes. The palate is about as close to syrup as any beer I've had. Actually, this really needs some serious bittering in order to be as balanced as it is; as it warms and you get used to the flavor, you begin to really taste the hops that went into this. Overall, this is a perfect winter seasonal. Wow, this is a rare treat. Thanks to Blue Max Liquors!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Nice ruby hued pour with a thin layer of small bubbly head. Sweet malts in the aroma, with a tiny bit of hops, not a very powerful nose. Big sweet malt flavors that taper down into a nice hoppy and bitter finish. Huge, syrupy body, with a nice palate that isn't too cloying for how thick it is.


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