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

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RATINGS: 1699   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, - DEC 14, 2009
Dark honey-coloured but troubled liquid with non-sticky small white foam. Fruity sweets and other sugars. Some acidity that in this case is ideal and needed as a taste enhancer. Too high on alcohol for the palate present. Impression that it is a bit too young to drink now. Bitter palate not very impressive. A bit overrated to my opinion. Will stocking improve it? I have no confidence in that. Okay for Christmas 2009, better for 2010, is what I have to say.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayumiH (1173) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle at home. Deep golden in colour. Caramel, stone fruit, rum, candy, figs. Rich in flavour. Boozy. Highly enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7386) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
February 2017 - 330ml bottle at home in Richmond as De Dolle Stille Nacht, 2012 vintage, 12%. Pours a clear dark orange, highly sparkling, foamy beige head. Aroma is sherry and toffee, tulip floral vibes. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is sugary and very sweet, sherry and red berries, some port wine in the finish. Sweetness is just about kept in check by a soft woody bitterness. I can see why the barrel aged versions of this work so well - its very rich and robust. I like it quite a lot but its quite one dimensional. (3.7)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1262) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 14, 2017
330ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt and spice. Sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2680) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber Gold. Sweet, fruity, very spicy Christmas ale. Caramel, malty, citrus, dark fruit and honey flavours. Yeasty (lots of floaties). Lots of very warming alcohol. Spicy & fruity finish. Enjoyed this. Lovely. Classic Christmas Beer. (2008)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banzale (190) - FRANCE - JAN 31, 2017
Acheter tabac&co palais des bires dans famiflora Dottignies. Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur orange cuivr reflet dore ! Belle brillance , lgrement trouble ! Mousse plutt inexistante pas de col de mousse ! Au nez : cest intressant ! Sensation vineux et galement de cidre je trouve ! En bouche : cest tonnant, elle a beaucoup de saveurs ! Note comme un cidre un peu de pomme et de sucre ! Mais galement sensation vineux de raisin blanc ce dgage je trouve ! Un petit amertume en fin de bouche ! Beaucoup de corps trs bien quilibre et moelleux comme un gteau type cake ! Un rgal!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beertobealive (558) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle from la caisse de bières. Pours a very short white head with sour bays aromas. Deep golden colored body. Long and old hops in mouth with a long spicy and hoppy finish. Lacks carbonation for a perfect result. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3083) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Light amber with a huge head. Belgian yeast and fruit are in the aroma. The flavor is very with lots of candy sugar. Very lively carbonation with a big alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jybi (174) - FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
La Stille Nacht fait sans conteste partie du cercle des bires de Nol dexception dont elle en transcende les codes. Pour lapprcier et la comprendre pleinement, il faut bien entendu aimer les bires puissantes, car avec ses 12 % Abv, la nuit a beau tre douce, elle en possde pour autant du caractre. Mais cette puissance est totalement mise profit la chaleur, la densit et la longueur de la bire. Mais en premier lieu, mention spciale pour ltiquette, qui dans un style naf-excentrique, nous fait tre entirement dans une atmosphre de saison. En verre, notre Stille Nacht se pare dune belle robe blond vnitien. Cependant, de par une effervescence peu pousse, elle ne possde quasiment pas de mousse. Le 12 % Abv ny sont pas trangers. Et de toute faon, demande t on un virtuose dtre un top modle? Le nez est splendide, la fois doux et trs complexe avec des armes de miel, candi, rglisse poire et banane. Une superbe entre en matire. Lattaque est soyeuse souhait. Les bases dune bonne bire de Nol sont poses. Sur un fond de crales et de miel, sexpriment des armes pics (notamment de poivres) et de Guenivre (confrant une touche doriginalit). La suite est somptueuse. Il faut alors souligner la fois lintelligence chez De Dolle dutiliser du Houblon Nugget (amrisant fort et armes lourds dpices) mais galement leur matrise dans son utilisation notamment avec un houblonnage cru. Celui-ci lui confre de la puissance et ce ct cors tant attendu que lon retrouve en seconde bouche. Les armes se portent alors sur les plus grands whisky avec des nuances sans limite mais avec une prcision redoutable linstar dun grand Django Rheinardt, pouvant faire glisser ses doigts sur le manche de sa guitare avec une prcision hors du commun tout en pouvant varier autour dune mlodie pendant des heures avec la plus grande des virtuosits. Larrire bouche quant elle est dense et pleine, sur le miel et le fruits confrant une excellente corpulence et une homognit sans faute. Lquilibre alcool-sucre est parfait. Le final incroyablement long, marquera davantage les notes pices couples des armes dagrumes. Que la nuit est douce, que la nuit est belle... Still a Stille Nacht avec les De Dolle Brouwers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogonczyk (136) - Ruda Slaska, POLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Fruity aroma with some(very little) phenolic spicy notes. As it warms more estrous notes came out like apricot, red apple. Very smooth, little oily mouthfeel, carbonation too high for my taste. Alcohol well hidden, warming. Balanced beer but I expected more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
birraiolo (278) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2017
Bottiglia da 33 cl anno 2016. Color oro rosso leggermente torbido con pochissima schiuma bianca che sparisce in fretta. Al naso buoni i profumi mielosi e di frutta sia rossa ( lamponi, more e ribes) che di frutta a polpa gialla matura (pesca e frutta esotica). Al palato esplode in dolcezza con sentori di frutta che lasciano spazio ad un leggero amaro ma sempre con base fruttata. Non lascia sentire molto lalcol che svanisce nelle note mielose e fruttate, di corpo leggero offre un finale molto lungo e intenso di frutti rossi, bassa carbonazione, ottima birra da dessert e dopo cena nelle fredde sere invernali.


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