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

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RATINGS: 1716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Excellent beer. Pours a mirky orange with a foam lace ring for a head. Aroma is powerful fruity esters carried by alcohol. Flavor of apples, pears, dark fruits, raisins and sweet candi sugar, very nice and warming.

3.6
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
nice brown colour, sweet and highly alcohol y slightly spicy not harsh maybe some white wine flavour

4.2
Fin (11070) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Bottle, The Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06. Tried the aged 2000 version of this after a Westvleteren 12, whilst not quite up there with the that beer it really pushed it hard and was truly a stunning beer. Poured a light/mid brown colour, aroma of toffee, sweet with a touch of spice lingering in the background, taste was just sublime, gloriously warming and burnt sugary sweetness mmhhh, lovely the alocohol was noticeable but wasn’t harsh in any way and like the mouthfeel had probably softened somewhat with age, there was malts, fruits oh crikey all sorts going on in this thing really top draw beer that I thorougly enjoyed. Had this again 12-04-08 Once again most wonderfully enjoyable but for some reason it didn’t quite hit those heady heights again and so I give it 4.2

3.9
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2006
This was a good one, but I’m not sure I’d give it over a four like others. I’ve had this a few times, but usually I’m too drunk to feel I can do it justice in my rating. So this time I had it as my first drink of the night, and it turns out, it tastes just like I recall it. Very very very sweet nose and taste. The aroma is dominated by raisins, carmel, perfume, and floral scents. The flavor is dominated by candi sugar and mouth-puckeringly sweet grapes, offset by a hint of grapefruit and tangerine. There is a slight hint of lemon but not much. Some tart apple and white grapes in here as well. Insteresting, just don’t drink it too fast cause damn. The alcohol aroma will knock you on your ass before you even take a sip...

4
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2006
05 smells like urine and a little sour and sugery sweet. taste sexy good balance alcohol is hidden i liek this very much soem bitterness in the aftertaste

3.7
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottled. Pours a maple syrup brown color with a thin white head. Aroma was salty, bready with Belgian yeast, caramel, floral hops and powerful alcohol. Taste is very strong and alcoholic yet smooth at the same time. Citrus, candy sugar, raisin and grapes are in the taste as well as caramel and currant. Very strong beer. Make this one of your last drinks if you drink this because I guarantee you it will kick the shit out of you. Good stuff none the less.

3.9
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle. Light chestnut brown color with almost no white head, lots of suspended yeast. Salty, bready, and yeasty aroma with plenty of citrus, floral, and alcohol notes. Light and sweet malts. Flavor is very sweet with a grapefruity tartness almost. No bitterness to speak of. Yeasty and alcohol throughout. Thick, syrupy, and oily palate, hardly any carbonation. I can appreciate this beer, and I know that there are some nice complexities here, but I just am not a huge fan of this beer. I am glad that I had it though.

4.1
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a large, off white head. Carbonation is very lively, with alot of yeast floaters getting moved around the glass. Aroma is heavy tart citrus, alcohol, earthy yeast, some malt, and alcohol. Taste earthy yeast, light tart citrus, sweet malt and candi sugar, and alcohol. earthy throughout.

3.3
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2006
Too yeasty for me and the alcohol dominates much. Ester, chemical, but also very complex. Maybe I find it better in some years!

3.7
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Strong tart aroma followed by an equally strong aroma of fresh bread dough. Sort of reminiscient of a sourdough starter. Behind all that, a pleasant peppery spiciness, some soft alcohol, and a bit of caramel. Appearance: Dark amber with a strong orange tint. Hazy with some yeast floaties. Head was off-white and small. Flavor: Big malt sweetness with strong candi sugar character. Honey, raisins and grapes, and more of that bready yeastiness. Slight sourness from the aroma comes through with a lemon-like quality. Getting some spiceiness and floral flavors from the hops. Alcohol comes in right as it finishes. Alcohol is strong, but not hot or overwhelming. Palate: Medium-high bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finish was a little too sweet for me. Overall: This is not a beer to drink on an empty stomach. 12% and I’m tasting all of those percentage points. It’s strong, but still a good, complex, and very drinkable beer.


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