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

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RATINGS: 1706   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
tfredvik (1939) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2017
Pours a hazy, pale amber body with an off-white, fully lasting head that laces the glass well. Quite strong aroma of lovely Belgian yeast, spices, sweet caramel, light fruits and a touch of vanilla. Strong flavour of delicious and spicy Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, pale malts, light fruits, alcohol, sugar and honey. Moderate sweet taste and a light bitterness in the long finish. Full body, syrupy texture, moderate carbonation. A very nice one, I’m looking forward to try another bottle from this batch in a couple of years.
[33 cl bottle, 2015 edition, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge]

4.1
L_Lovecraft (596) - - JAN 7, 2017
Light acetic note, candied fruit, apple, sugar, amber with a thin white head not very persistant, full body, law/medium carbonation, refreshing at the beginning, beautiful taste of dried fruits with a pleasant warming in the final...i want to retry this beer many times again.

4.7
CaskMonger21 (6) - - JAN 6, 2017 does not count
Birra quasi perfetta, molto forte.. č una birra di Natale.. si predispone molto all’invecchiamento e si sente; ha un colore pulito e molto "carico", lascia un retrogusto che lascia intuire le proprie potenzialitŕ. Poco luppolo al gusto ma una sensazione intensa che scalda il cuore.. Una delle birre migliori mai bevute..

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Cimbasso (888) - - JAN 3, 2017
This bottle was a present from Rachel - very nice too! Hazy orange with huge white head and some floating yeast. Intensely sweet with lots of candy sugar and hints of mandarin, bubblegum, raisins and spices. Huge, intense mouthfeel with tons of alcohol. The powerful sweetness is balanced by some hoppy bitterness. A great strong Belgian ale.

3.8
stifler84 (47) - Klippan, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2017
Tap @ Mikkeller bar Copenhagen 3/1-17. Medium body... spicey and fruity!!!!

3.8
ozzatoadisback (164) - ITALY - JAN 3, 2017
Never the same beer. An average of at least two ratings is required. First is bottled 2015 tasted dec 2016, second is bottled 2014 tasted jan 2017. First. A4 A8 T7 P3 O15 TOT 37. Orange, healty head, average persistence, nice lacing. Freshly fruity aroma (peach, green apple), with herbal, almost resinous hints, spices, warming feel. Taste is very sweet but also shows a sharp herbal and slightly earthy bitterness. Full bodied with high carbonation and a bit of warming alcohol/phenolic feel. Nice and very interesting, still a bit too sharp. Second. A3 A8 T8 P4 O16 TOT 39. Murky orange, average head, decent persistence, scarse lacing. Sugary/earthy underlying base, freshly fruity aroma (peach, pineapple), slight spiciness, warming feel. Brigthly fruity taste, sugary sweetness, moderate spiciness and a nice but not at all aggressive alcohol/phenolic feel. Overall very sweet though nicely balanced by slight acidity. Full body, light to medium carbonation, surprisingly mellow for the abv and quite creamy. Very tasty, still nicely balanced and drinkable for it’s strenght.

4.1
redscott85 (1) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2017 does not count
Tried recently in Bruges, really nice xmas ale. Fruity sweet blonde. Was recommended by Englishman who used to live in Belgium.

3.8
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle from Belmont Station. Realized after drinking the Reserva that I hadn’t rated the progenitor first. For shame! A: Cloudy burnished gold with a huge fluff of white foam. N: Clove, banana, cracker, esters, raisin, coriander, a bit of pine, some grapefruit, and peppercorn from the hops. Pretty earthy. Some pear and green apple in here. T: Very sticky and sweet. Substantial bitterness. M: Medium body, pretty good bite from the alcohol, crisp carbonation. O: Pretty good. There’s quite a bit going on here, but I can definitely see how it’d benefit from a year or two of aging. Good now; I will probably put aside a couple bottles to revisit.

3.8
90 (419) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2016
Weinig aroma, lichte gist. Mondgevoel: dikke olie/banaan. Gist, caramel en hop in de smaak. Nasmaak met lichte bitterheid.

3.7
datrael (476) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 27, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 300 piwo recenzowane na Ratebeer. Aromat średnio intensywny, owocowy, głównie brzoskwinie, morele, żółte owoce, do tego białe wino. W wyglądzie średnio opalizujące, brzoskwiniowa barwa, piana nikła, w postaci białej obrączki.W smaku słodkie, owocowe, figi, brzoskwinie, rodzynki, białe wino. Gdzieś w posmaku pojawia się lekko kwaskowata nuta w stylu lambica, lekko kontrująca sporą słodycz. Ciało dość gęste, degustacyjne, czuć bardzo przyjemne rozgrzewanie, alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty. Ogólnie smaczny, przyjemny belgian strong ale.


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