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

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RATINGS: 1483   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange with plenty of sediment apparent and a massive, foamy, white head. Nose is boozey with Belgian yeast, bread, and perhaps a bit of apple cider. Flavor is pretty much the same with a very discernable candied sweetness that would prevent me from drinking more than one or two of these in a sitting. This is a very bready Christmas ale. I liked it, just not at the price point.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deu (680) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle at chez Clem. Dark Amber color with a disappearing white head. Full body and medium carbonation. Taste of alcohol and of sweet but with a spicy aftertaste. Very well balanced and very interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (1788) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels. Pours a rich golden clear amber, with a large white bubbly foam head, which dissipates to thin. Some floaty bits. Nose is exquisite. A grainy, sweet, citrousy tripel, with sour vinous notes, sherberty sugar, fruit syrupy, and then lots of dried apricot, dried plum, dried mango, white grape, spicy. Taste is sweet, pungent alcohol, lots dried apricot, grainy barley, vinous, light citrous bitter, and then on the finish some nice fruity sherberty candy sugar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Mézszínű ital krémes habbal és aszalt gyümölcsök illatával, melyben leginkább aszalt sárgabarackot vélünk felfedezni, amint tejszínes-mézes öntetben fürdőzik. Íze nemkülönben fantasztikus élményt nyújt. Az édes jelleg, mint vélelmezhető alapíz természetesen megfogalmazódik bennünk az illat alapján, de ez az édességnek olyan mesterien lekerekített formáját adja elő, hogy csak ámulunk. Amikor az első korty a szánkhoz ér, valamiféle szirupos, ragacsos jellegre számítunk, mely azonban a legkevésbé sem lesz az, az édesség foka ugyanis hirtelen megáll egy bizonyos ponton, még időben visszafogja egy kellemes kesernyésség, mely ízek tökéletesen összefonódnak, és bár idővel némiképp intenzívebbé válik édeskés karaktere, mégsem lesz túlságosan nehézkes és lehengerlő. Meghitt esték italaként szolgáló valódi különlegesség.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rdb84 (67) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 2013 bottle. Hazy dark orange color, small foam head. Aromas of blue cheese, yeast, nutmeg, canned apricots, sun dried tomatoes (the dried kind, not the kind preserved in olive oil), hint of laurel. Blended to perfection. Winter stuff. Quite a boozy smell I might add. Taste is absolutely jam-packed with herbs and spices, nothing I have ever tasted before. Nutmeg, freshly ground peppers, laurel. If this does not accompany a hearty winter meal like meat stew or rabbit, nothing does. Amazing. Develops beautifully, all the tastes fade away nicely, a slightly boozy kick follows (but it is accompanied by a nice taste of orange zest) and it ends in a very modest stickiness. Would rate it even higher if the carbonation was better; it lacks somewhat in this respect.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (204) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
33cl 2013 bottle,pours a dark orangey colour,with a large creamy white head,aroma is sweetish grain fruity notes,taste starts sweetish with light grain and drier tastes later,sweet dryish finish that lingers.nice heavy palate,overall a very nice ale well worth drinking

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Totally delicious stuff; very sweet, belgian yeast. Prominent carbonation and head, and some alcohol notes in the nose. Booze notes as well, but in a good heartwarming way. A sipper for sure, and a lovely beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jdheredia2 (17) - - APR 30, 2014
When I drank this Christmas beer last November I new it was something special. It is possesses the distinct Oerbier flavor typical to the De Dolle brewery however this one possesses that perfect combination. It tastes like an aged beer right out of the bottle of the same year. Drinks like a fine wine. Amber color that starts with a grape/wine flavor then ends with a slightly sour finish. SO Good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (1782) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2014
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Cloudy medium amber with a lot of sediment specks; heavy head cover, sheet of lace. Taste is malt with dark dried fruit and yeasty dark biscuit. It moves without incident through the palate to a lightly hopped finish. A solid, albeit somewhat heavy, brew that is best enjoyed on a cool evening.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cram (11) - - APR 20, 2014
Flesje 33cl, oranje geel van kleur. Zoet aroma. Smaak is prettig, licht bitter met zoete touch. Heerlijk bier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2014
Very complete Belgian strong. Raisin and some light prune. Nice package and balance. Finishes with light sweetness. Soft carbonation. Belgian yeast. Nice package.


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