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


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RATINGS: 1623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (387) - Rennes, FRANCE - DEC 29, 2015
On tap at La Capsule, Lille. Light golden with a thin white head. Orange peel, banana, spices. Medium sweet with a drier and moderate bitter finish. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Probably worth tasting an aged sample.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (634) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
2014 edition. Appearance- it foams out of the bottle, despite being sat upright for 12 months... very lively. The colour is orangey golden, with a dense one finger white head. Plenty of sediment floating around. Aroma- loads of orange, Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, orange peel, hop resin hints, banana sweets. Taste- juicy orange, spices, honey, tropical fruits, banana, sugary fruit, yeasty undertones. Mouthfeel is sticky, with a bit of carbonation at the end. A long finish with barely a hint of alcohol. Very nice indeed, a shame some of it was lost down the sink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aherbelste (28) - - DEC 27, 2015
Typical strong ale. Specially great aroma: cereal, a little bit of alcohol. Consistent and creamy white head. Taste is sweet. Overall, better than the majority of Christmas ales and for sure, one of the best Belgian strong ales out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
zymosis (18) - NORWAY - DEC 27, 2015
My sample was a young one; nice sweetness on top of the acidity and the alcohol; some sweet oranges and bitters to top it off

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (106) - barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2015
Before a beer like this are few words to say. A true wonder. For two days I tried one that was a year and a half and another who was this season. I liked more the new, more powerful cooler. But perhaps it was a matter of temperature. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (281) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
Een sterke tripel met een volle, gelaagde smaak. Specerijen, alcohol en tarwe vormen het palet. Ook is er vanille te ontwaren. Kleur is troebel goud, met een mooie schuimlaag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle at home, vintage 2006 (9 years old!), aged in deanso’s cellar (Thanks for granting this opportunity!). Luckily a controlled gusher. Hazy amber, brownish with lots of yeast particles and a white head. Rye, honey, prunes, apricots, raisins, sweet malts, tea, biscuits, oranges, maple syrup, vanilla, gumballs, marshmallows, marzipan, almond spice, cake, citrus, yeastiness, resin, even a hint of pine. Very sweet with a delicate light bitter and light acidic finish. Body feels thin by the experience of high abv but full in the density of all the sweetness and rich aroma. Pretty lively sparkly carbonation. Very delicious and complex sweet heavy roller that drinks like a sparkly festive port with some serious extra weight. It’s obviously a very strong beer but in the flavor there is absolutely no alcoholic note. Amazing! If it didn’t look like brown yeast soup it would’ve been in my top 3 ratings! I wouldn’t be surprised if this vintage was measured at +20% alcohol. I’m not sure how that long bottle conditioning works but damn it’s only my second beer and I’m nearing a complete couch lock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 24, 2015
Versa nel bicchiere di colore ambrato, nebuloso; la schiuma è bianca e spessa, ma di breve durata, lascia una pellicola sottile sulla superficie della birra. Sul fondo del bicchiere rimangono anche alcuni residui di lievito. L’aroma può solo essere descritto come "Natale in un bicchiere"; marzapane, frutta candita, zucchero candito, lievito, mele caramellate, cannella ed altre ricche note dolci. C’è anche un pò di stile Brett in background, che si mescola molto bene con la dolcezza ed il fruttato. Il gusto non è così sfumato, ma offre molto di più in intensità, con zucchero candito, fenoli, agrumi, caramello, estratto di lievito ed una decente presenza di alcol presente durante tutta la bevuta. Il lievito non è opprimente, così permette allo zucchero candito, al caramello e alla frutta, di essere ben percepiti; mentre si crea uno sfondo effervescente che complimenta l’asprezza degli agrumi. L’alcol riscalda il petto in modo significativo, rendendo il finale apparentemente senza fine. Nel complesso, si tratta di una birra per eccellenza; con abbastanza alcool per riscaldare anche l’anima più fredda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4478) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at home, Nivala. Vintage 2014. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, sweetness, Belgian yeast and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (368) - ITALY - DEC 24, 2015
Dorata carica, velata dai lieviti, schiuma bianca non molto persistente. Aroma di chiodi di garofano banana matura e uva passa, zucchero candito. Al palato stesse caratteristiche con una coda erbacea che equilibra la bevuta eccellentemente, tepore etilico finale molto prolungato. Retrolfatto di chiodi di garofano e banana matura. Corpo pieno, ben carbonata.

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