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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1693   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3900) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, - JAN 15, 2004
Bottle conditioned. 2003 edition, label marked 8% abv and 12%. Chestnut bronze with a slight unavoidable haze. Poor thin white head and relatively low condition. Roomfilling aromas of apples, candy sugar and damp wood mingled with a typical sweet barley wine note. Thick and chewy in the mouth, but not over sweet. Tastes like a good English barley wine with a slight spicy edge and a fruity berry note that lingers in the mouth and leaves an oily mouthcoating of sweet malt and a long bitterness. The confusion over the abv cannot be cleared up by just drinking this exquiste beer, the alcohol is just so well hidden.


4
jjunghun2 (10) - - AUG 8, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2017 2016 Bottle at Abeey N’8 Orange colour. Low carbonation. Ester, spicy, candy sweet. No booze at its high abv. Nice beer to warm yourself.

3.9
gripweed57 (2586) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2017
From old tasting notes. Garnet colored brew with just a trace of a white head. Intense apple-like fruity aroma. Rich cider-like malt flavor is sweet and sour with a hint of hop flavor in the finish. Caramel and honey underlie the uniqueness of this Christmas brew.

2.2
rob19a (379) - - JUL 31, 2017
7/20 really odd stewy beer, very strong, big apple taste, cidery, not my favourite taste but a complex beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Vintage 2015. This bottle came from Jorrit. Thanks man. The pour is a darker golden orange color with a huge pillowy, frothy white head and a couple spots of lace as it falls to a thicker ring and film. The aroma is yeasty and malty up front with a bready spice and a hint of some darker fruits. There is a grain and a little bit of alcohol present. It’s surprisingly simple. The alcohol comes through. The spiciness and a light yeasty malt really control it. There is a sharper fruitiness to it and a heavy dryness. It’s interesting. The mouth feel is lighter bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet and yeasty malt with a slight alcohol. This is an interesting brew. 6 4 7 4 13

3.7
ebone1988 (1969) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2015 Vintage. Aroma is ester, slight sour, fruity, spice, champagne, dry, slightly hoppy, earthy, good. Appearance is darker amber golden, light tan head, hazy. Taste is ester, sweet bread, earthy hops, champagne, woody, spices, pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, estery wine-like dry aftertaste. Overall, I expected a little more but it’s pretty nice.

4
Maarten1993 (1309) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2017
Drank a 2014 bottle 06-07-2017 while writing. Very good! Blond beer, fading foam. Taste feels like a very rich combination between sweet and sour.. can’t really describe it in another way. Nice one.

3.9
Biroholik (1412) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle @ Cesenatico, Italy (2017
Kolor pomarańczowo-bursztynowy, zamglony. W szkle pływa cała masa farfocli. Po odkapslowaniu piana wychodzi z butelki. Po przelaniu do szkła natomiast nie prezentuje się zbyt okazale. Jest lekka i zwiewna i szybko opada do cieniutkiego łańcuszka. Krążkowanie całkiem spoko. W aromacie mnóstwo cukru trzcinowego, miodu, karmelu, kandyzowanych owoców. Trochę też świeżych brzoskwini i moreli. W drugim rzucie jabłka i gruszki. W smaku bardzo zbliżone do zapachu. W pierwszym łyku uderza wysoki poziom cukru, karmelu i cukierków ziołowych. W drugim rzucie trochę belgijskich drożdży, przypraw i ziół. Dość wysokie nagazowanie, tekstura średnia do niskiej. Alkohol w pełni zamaskowany. Trochę zapychające, trudno mi stwierdzić czy to wina wysycenie, czy po prostu taki profil piwa, czy może obie rzeczy. Wybitnie słodowy trunek, mocno przyprawowy, ziołowy, ale i owocowy. Doceniam jego wartość, pomimo, że nie jest to mój konik. Polecam wszystkim marudziarzom jako wyznacznik stylu.

3.8
Tide (3970) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend, vintage 2013. Amber color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, sour apple, earthy notes, wood, ripe fruits, yeast and cookie dough. Bittersweet finish with citrus, ripe fruits, wood, toffee, apple, yeast and cookie dough. Excellent Belgian strong ale.

4.2
MelvinKalksma (1576) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2017

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, orange and hops.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with a slight white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast and orange; ends slightly bitter and dry with hops.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Amazingly sweet Belgian beer with a lot of orange and even some hops at the end. Really refreshing and damn tasty. Great aroma appearance and palate as well.

3.8
sokuzs1 (1396) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2017
URUS 3.0 Aroma: apricot, banana, spicy, cereal, herbal Taste: medium sweet, apricot, banana, spicy, cereal


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