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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1709   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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3.9
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 21, 2006
Big white head and a beautiful gloden orange color. Very smooth drinking to me, didn’t seem anywhere near that high an ABV. And while I could taste the the fruits and spices, they weren’t obvious and overdone, as in many holiday beers. Wish I had more to cellar.

4.3
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2006
After allowing some time for this beer to settle and warm slightly, the aroma opened into a powerful mix of maple sugar and ripened fruits. The head was never large, yet it did remain present after several minutes of settling. The flavor is very powerful. Malty, syrupy, and yet with the dry finish of a desert wine. Overall a very enjoyable flavor experience

3.5
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Aroma:Apple,sugar,citrus... Appearance:hazu-orang cooper,small chunk of yeats inside,small head... Flavor:alcohol,apple sour,light sugar flavor....strong...

4.2
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 [bottle] Smells sweet, like apple cider. Pours a reddish yellow color with plenty of floaties in the glass. Flavors are immediately sweet. Dense, complex dried fruits, candi sugar mellow out to a nice malty finish and a smooth alcohol burn. Delightful.

4.6
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver in Somerville, NJ. From the name, I expected this to be a dark impy stout. I tpoured hazy orangish with a 2-finger uniform of-white head. The aroma was caramel malty, with canteloupe, citrus and tropical fruit, heavy citric cobwebby hops, and some spicy florals. The taste was malty, very fruity in a cabernet sense, with the big spicy floral hops and tropical fruit. The palate was extremely complex and dense, like a barleywine/cabernet hybrid that has been concentrated. To me, this is a HUGE barleywine, but I’ll accept it just fine, and give it just as high a rating, for the Belgian strong ale category. We really need an Oakes forum about how the lines between styles are becoming blurred, and that isn’t always a bad thing. Bravo, De Dolle, as usual!

4.2
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pors a deep gold, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet grapes, aromatic hops and some citrus. The sweet grape aroma is definately present in the flavor along with lots of honey. Nice hop balance, but needs a bit more to really balance the intense sweetness. Some brown sugar notes. Wonderful full and almost syrupy motuhfeel.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16159) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Either you hate this or you love it. Orange dark with very little white head. Incredibly sweet (caramel, sugar & spices) and little carbonation.. unfiltered and unpasteurized- good for saving in the basement! Very filling and has a long lasting finish! Very interesting and different. Try it.

4.3
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle, current vintage, poured into Westmalle Chalice. Nice aromas of tropical candied fruit, marzipan, and bittering hops remenisent of lime zest. The first sip leads into a sweet malty, juicy fruit chewiness that is foiled nicely by balanced hops. The ph of the beer combined with the snappy carbonation lighten the malt body on the finish for a smooth taste. Abv. very well intergrated.

4.1
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 from the bottle, poured a cloudy honey with alot of floaties and with a small white head that left a thin layer of lacing. aroma strong hops followed by lemon and and malts with a nice sugar sweetness and a sweet navel orange. flavor the sweetness was like cotton candy, than the hops and malts came out nicely followed by just a touch of alcohol along with some spices. nice smooth mouthfeel enjoyed drinking this. good beer.

4.3
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From Bottle, poured at the 2006 Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party. Beautiful orangish copper coloring with a nice, short brilliant white head. Full of bubbles, which churn the yeast into a flurry of snowy cornmeal. Aroma of fresh orange blossoms dancing with sourdough bread. Nice creamy mouthfeel and texture on the tongue. Tons of clove and white pepper spice tingle my tongue. Final hoppy smack of fresh grass, coriander, and other Belgian spice characters. Delicious, classic example of my favorite style of beer.


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