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

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RATINGS: 1549   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
A very fizzy, dirty gold beer with a rocky white head. Fairly sweet and boozy. Golden raisins, caramel malt and soft spice. Light syrupy texture. Low bitterness. Smooth warm finish. Dangerously drinkable 12%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (105) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
20/02/2015 @ home - 33cl bottle from de Hopduvel. Orange like colour with off white head. Aroma and taste : fruity, sweet, boozy, warming, creamy mouthfeel. Just a bit too much alcohol on this one, maybe still to young, but however already a very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3772) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2015
330 ml Bottle, 2012 vintage. Golden color with some floating yeast particles. Aroma is dried fruit, pale malts, candy sugar and some light spice. Large Belgian yeast flavor that shows the same exact flavors as the nose. Nice body with a sweet finish. I enjoyed this as much as the Reserva 2010 I had over a year ago. I didn’t want to age it any farther and it was a great drink.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ulysse (239) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2015
Aroma of apple and champagne. Mouth under attacks by its 12 ABV. A tad soapy. Goes down the throat like a spirit. Abundant dregs.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
florent.janssens (176) - - FEB 24, 2015
Arôme de pomme et d’alcool. Goût de pomme. L’alcool est très (trop) présent. Amertume en arrière goût accompagné par l’alcool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1575) - Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright orange with a small, white head. Aroma is vinous, winegum candy, dried fruit, some booziness. Taste is somewhat sweet, alcohol, vinous flavors,. Sweet pale maltiness, fruitiness, apricots and peach. Full with medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5234) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Deanso. Poured a hazy medium amber with a round bubbly white head. The aroma is sweet sugary malt, caramel. The flavour is moderate sweet with a big alcoholic malt toffee caramel palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5972) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2015
2005 vintage bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Had numerous vintages many times but never actual rated it, I’ll rate on a vintage as that’s the best way to have Stille Nacht. Pours hazy murky golden brown with a ring off white head. Aroma of caramel, porty aspects, toffee, light dank and moldy, really showing the age but in a way that works so well with this beer. Flavor is heavy sweet, booze from the fresh version is gone. Full bodied with very soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle at Brony Tasting, DC. Aged by Travlr, but someone opened it. I’m glad at least I enjoyed it! Rosy brown, foamy gray head. Sweet raisin, red fruit. Full lovely flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3854) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2015
330 ml. bottle. 2010 date on cap. Pours a hazy golden orange with a decent white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is apple, peach, malt, yeast, spice, and caramel. Wish I could find more of this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (34) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Stille Nacht 2014, uitgeschonken in Oerbier glas. Oranje mistige kleur met veel gistdepot, veel zwevende gist deeltjes met een bescheiden witte schuimkraag. De smaak is zoet en kruidig, in balans gebracht door de bittere hop tonen, enigszins wijnachtig. Top product van de Dolle Brouwers. Complex, en aangenaam zoet als een dessert. Smaaktonen van winterse kruiden en specerijen. Als kruidkoek of appeltaart. Specerijen als kaneel en vanille zijn aanwezig, alsook gedroogd fruit, rozijnen, appels en abrikozen. De carbonatie is licht, en het hoge alcohol percentage van 12% is knap verborgen. De afdronk is zacht en kruidig met zachte hop tonen. Geen wonder dat de Stille Nacht is verkozen tot beste Belgische Kerst/winterbier, werkelijk een uniek product op de biermarkt. Een aanrader voor de echte bierliefhebber tijdens de donkere dagen van het jaar.


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