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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: 1702   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 (27Pl), 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 10C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3927) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Hazy golden body with a loose white head. Lively carbonation. Very faint lacing. Aroma of fig, cooking apple and a hint of red wine. Flavour of tart cherry and honey. Medium to full body with a sticky mouthfeel. Light fizz. Sweet and sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (3430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle from Cornelius. Clear amber, almost no head. Nose is sugary sweet, orange peel, caramel. Tastes caramel, orange, citrus peel, bitterish, very sweet, marzipan, boozy, warming. Quite sugary. Still good though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (3078) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2016
33cl bottle from 2012 according to one of the cousins from the barrio. Nutty, boozy, esther booze and that Belgian funky yeast. Warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (7512) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy golden yellow pour, aroma has all the dried fruits, light yeast, some orange, taste has very complex fruit action, hint of marzipan, some yeast esters, delicate spicing peeps through the big ABV, great Xmas eve beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llkc (1926) - rhus, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
Duft krydret koriander fr appelsin appelsin skal smag citrus krydret appelsin frisk strk eftersmag malt sd

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probabeer (211) - - DEC 20, 2016
Muy buena. Tiene cierto punto afrutado y el alcohol muy bien integrado, tiene 12% pero no se nota. El primer sabor es un tanto afrutado, y dira que hasta fresco, el segundo sabor es ms consistente y con cuerpo.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (4252) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
@ Kerstbierfestival Essen (B) - Dark yellow, off-white lacing. Light aroma, strong barley taste. Fruit tones in aftertaste, as well as some bitterness. (Essen 201612)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgarreth (11) - - DEC 20, 2016
2016, abboccata, caramellosa, miele, fiori, corposa e peprsistente, vaniglia, luppolo assente

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (1813) - LATVIA - DEC 19, 2016
Yellow, slightly orange hazy with rich but fastly disappearing head. Nice fruity aroma. Fruity sweetness with some sour notes on medium strong bitter background. Sweet-sour fruity aftertaste (yeast notes)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybion (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml, 2016 edition. Pours hazy light amber with a two finger white frothy head, which starts to shrink immediately down to a stable sheen. Thick, gloopy lacing. Moderate amount of carb visible, medium size bubbles. Pretty! Nose is a fruity and spicy one - fruity notes leaning on the sour side a bit and very candied with some orange, apple, blueberry, cherry, estery banana, non-pithy citrus, gooseberry, maybe even a tiny hint of lychee or something similarly tropical. Lots of yeasty spice too, quite funky/musty, some honey malt and powdered sugar. Quite phenolic as it warms with some fortified wine notes developing. Really interesting nose overall. Taste is heavy and strong, big, sweet, sour, almost medicinal fruity kick bringing candied orange, wine gums, lemon, port wine, and plenty of white/powdered sugar. Yeasty spice, esters, allspice, cinnamon, white pepper, pithy, resinous hoppy bitterness in the finish with lingering cereal and spice. Seems a little stale towards the end which is a shame. Booze, obviously, but definitely not overpoweringly. Fantastic balance of flavours overall, just a shame about that staleness. Body is huge, texture is thick, carbonation is surprisingly lively, which suits the spice, but the finish is a bit cloying and, as mentioned earlier, stale. Outstanding stuff overall however!


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