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

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RATINGS: 1502   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (501) - - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Bellissimo color arancio carico con una massiccia schiuma bianca; aroma dolce e pungente con sentori di mela cotogna, caramello, albicocca, zenzero, canditi e zucchero a velo. Gusto dolce, speziato, fruttato, rotondo e ben bilanciato che riprende gli aromi; corposa, vinosa e "calda" al palato, effervescenza piacevole e retrogusto persistente. La birra di Natale per antonomasia!!! Le versioni più datate perdono il lato speziato e guadagnano in profondità e complessità diventando ancor più profumate, fruttate e morbidissime!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (260) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Studenterhuset. Pours hazy dark orange with a medium shortlasting head. Aromas of fresh orange, caramel, spices, yeast, malty sweetness. Taste is pretty fruity up front, raisins, caramel sweetness, citrus, lots of spices and some grass.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3291) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Vintage 2013. Mala pianka drobinki osadu rozchodzace sie po pokalu. Kolor ciemno zlocisty aromatyczny pigwowy i nieco biszkoptowy. W smaku slodkawe, ale z przelamaniem goryczkowym. Finisz dlugi zalepiajacy podniebienie rozgrzewajacy alkohol. W smaku tej mocy sie nie wyczuwa. Klasyk wspaniala rzecz na rozgrzanie w cicha zimowa noc. polecam

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3959) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2014
330ml bottle shared with the Mrs. wrapping presents. Big orange nose, light alcohol, light spice. Taste is more orange peel, light spice, light booze burn. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (558) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle. Orange gold color with small white head. Very thick taste of dark fruits and spices. Sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6810) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Binny’s in Bloomingdale, IL. Murky golden-orange pour with a smaller white head - doesn’t necessarily look like much. But then you smell it, and out jumps loads of candi sugar, apple, honey, maybe some plum. Sweet for sure. Taste is very similar, quite sweet, a touch boozy, and some yeast. This is super tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (868) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Mmmmmmmm this is an awesome beer! Very sweet with aromas and flavors of honey, sugar, peach, grape and spices. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Despite the very high ABV the alcohol is barely noticeable. Excellent beer. Bottle from 2012

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pallem (9) - Risskov, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
Bottle at home. Color is brown/golden with a small white head. Sweet aroma with notes of raisin, nuts and alcohol. Taste is sweet with a nice aftertaste of spices with a hint of plums on the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (914) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
2007 Edition 330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice. WOW! Strong smell of strawberries and grapes at the moment I was pouring it. A: Very nice hazy amber color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left S: Fantastic. Peculiar. Black fruits and oak are VERY evident. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Sweet upfront (little bit chocolate). Dry aftertaste M: Heavy body. High carbonation D: Wonderful beer. Bring me a cask! --- 2008 Edition (2010.12.28) 0.33l bottle served in a chalice. A: Very nice hazy orange color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left S: Strong presence of fruits (plums and peaches) and oak. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Very dry aftertaste M: Heavy body. High carbonation D: Wonderful beer. This 2008 Edition reminded me a Strong Pale Ale compared with the 2007 version which is darker and smoother --- 2012 Edition (2012.12.03) 330ml bottle served in a tulip glass. A: Pours a nice orange hazy color. Lots of chucks floating around. Forms a huge bubbled white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left S: Sweet and fruity. Notes of plums, peaches and grapes. Strong notes of oak. Quite winy. Bready Belgian yeasts. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV T: Great taste. Very grainy and spicy. Sweet upfront with notes of candy sugar, dark fruits and bready Belgium yeasts. Strong notes of oak. Bittersweet Belgian style M: Heavy molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet grains and hoppy bitter aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Excellent beer [ BA Review @ 1/19/2010 ]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
The Dolle’s famous winter beer, a classic since 1982, with off-white, regular, relatively stable, sticky head and orangey amber colour, hazy. Perfumey, tempting aroma of orange, pineapple, ripe peach, amaretto, flowery hops, spiciness, whisky; very vividly fruity taste, almost like fresh orange juice, quickly becoming yeasty, spicy and malty, honeyish, slick and creamy mouthfeel, dry finish with floral, aromatic hops and lots of booze, but fortunately not becoming wry, long and satisfying. The older version of 8,1% ABV, made with Rodenbach yeast and basically a blend of old Boskeun beers, was better still, more balanced and less alcoholic. Has a great ageing potential, I hartily recommend vertical tasting of several vintages. Which gives me an extra argument to state that this beer deserves to be classified as a barley wine rather than the somewhat meaningless ’Belgian strong ale’...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (479) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
330ml bottle at Bistro L’Autre Oeil. Cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Flavors are dough, honey, vanilla, barley sugar, grapes, apricot and citrus with herbal and spicy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.


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