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

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RATINGS: 1557   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1555) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
330ml bottle from Belgium in a Box - Hazy yellow, ugly looking beer to be honest, nose is bready. yeast and warm pizza dough. Taste is fresh and apple at the start, dangerously drinkable, then ends with a generous warming feeling as it goes down. Palate is thick and oily. A real gem. Looks can be deceiving.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2782) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2015
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, orangey gold color, with frothy, white head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was a touch of yeast, ripe fruit notes as apple, subtle spice, and vinous-like character. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, the taste was tart, adding citrusy & earthy bitterness, noticeable, but fairly disguised alcohol presence, with an effervescent finish. Quite enjoyable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopHeadSamurai (4) - Roma, ITALY - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
Bottle at Gradi Plato Epiro, Rome. Orangish with golden reflctions, pretty turbid. A little persistent foam layer with just some little bubbles. Aroma is pretty intense, but not particularly lasting. Marzipan and bread, canned fruit, raisin. Coming to tasting, I have to say: Great body! Really dense, almost creamy mouthfeel. Start sweet, then you can appreciate a sour note, then remains a medium, dry, persistent bitterness. We can distinguish fruit, sugar, spices (pepper). Alchol flavor is soft despite the ABV. Amazing in its complexity, perfect for aging.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nicolas_M (78) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
From the bottle, this beer simply smells like beer. Unable to distinguish anything. When poured the aroma evolves into apple and champagne. The taste works in the other way, first the champagne clone and then an overloaded taste of alcohol. Clearly not my type.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddyBeer1 (1010) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2015
Ambrée trouble, sédiments en suspension, effervescence moyenne-forte, col blanc abondant. Principalement maltée, fruitée (prunes principalement) sans être trop sucrée, trop d’alcool, légère amertume sur la fin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timmwillum (83) - BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2015
Fin gylden lidt uklar ale med relativt flygtigt, men kridt hvidt halvtykt skum. Tynd næse med lidt blomme og citrus. Sødlig smagseksplosion med en anelse bitterhed til næsten at ballancere sødmen ... men ikke helt nok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvilCat (105) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2015
Bouteille. Robe ambrée limpide, mousse blanche timide. Nez sucré et levuré sur des arômes de baie de genièvre et de pruneaux. Bouche sirupeuse et biscuitée aux accents de miel et de vergeoise. La final propose une jolie amertume avec des notes d?épices , de prune et de fruits confits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (1170) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Light Amber with a light haze, white head that leaves a long lasting ring. White grapes and apple, quite some champagne and cider notes, light musty and herbal. Big sweetness with marzipan, canned peach, cake, apricot pie, light spices. Mainly sweet going into light fruity tartness and has a light bitter finish. Full bodied with full carbonation. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (155) - 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 (4048) - 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.


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