De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 99
Gots: 116 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-25-2001

Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy colour with foamy white head, boozy and yeasty aroma. Taste of fruity yeast and spices and eggy kiche.Sweet nutmeg and pepper and cinammon. Noticeable carbonation, fine, refreshing above average Belgian. Medium mouthfeel.Easy to drink if you like Belgians.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010.

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 inch off-white head that lasts. Very tiny and thin lace strands on the glass on the drink down. Smells of tropical fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is of malt, candied fruits, spices, and yeast. Extreme level of carbonation here. It seems like this is more carbonated than a soda would be even. Very prickly and fizzy on the throat. I am not sure if it is meant to be this carbonated, but I do not care for this. A bit of alcohol burn on the drink down. Overall, this a good beer but the carbonation is not what I expected from this style.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high white head that died down very slowly but left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate, brown sugar and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is quite malty for the style and is very chocolaty; these flavors become even more apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Reviewed from notes.

Ppours dark brown with an off white head with a bit of lacing. The nose fits the style quite well with good notes of dark fruits, caramel, and a bit of booze. The taste and mouthfeel combine together quite well. There is a nice creamy character that accentuates the dark fruit and caramel flavors. Overall, a well done beer that I think would be quite a bit better with some age on it.

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with a very modest head that quickly drops to a ringlet (this may because my bottle has been aging for a few years); despite the lack of a head, the beer leaves gobs of sticky foam on the side of the chalice

Smell: If you smell this long enough, there is a whole cornucopia of fruit; sweet, mead-like honey aromas dominate, but underneath there is apricot, passion fruit, rum-soaked golden raisins, caramel apples, licorice and a real boozy element to boot

Taste: Opens with a yeasty, mead-like flavor that yields to the fruit (Juicy Fruit gum, caramel apples and licorice predominating); after the swallow, the yeast returns and adds a funky, phenolic element; the finish is packed with residual candi sugar

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with very low carbonation; lots of warmth from the high ABV

Drinkability: More like a BSPA than a BSDA but mis-classified beers seem to be the lot around here, lately; in any event, a complex sipper but I woouldn't want another bottle in succession

Photo of BEERchitect
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The mad brewers at De Dolle have reprieved themselves- they must cheer with delight after ushering this beer to market- because there's absolutely nothing to be mad about. This is a superb strong Belgian golden ale that spans the gamut of who's who in Belgian beer flavor; and does so with finesse, balance, and quality.

The Christmas ale pours with a stern honey amber color that trends burnish bronze in the body, but coppery about the thinner edges. The strong ale builds a mousse-textured ivory head that laces with the classic essence of Belgian lace. Its unfiltered appearance yields a yeasty haze that get the beer to glow like a dim nightlight.

Resting just behind the honey-sweet aromas are the tangy tartness of vinous fruit- white grape, wine rot, sugar cookie, sourdough, and orange blossom all play into the stunning and varying aromas. A heightened floral note of honeysuckle and clover decorate the stronger malt and ester notes with a sense of finesse and refinement. Spicy cloves and white pepper tickle the nose... and we haven't even discussed the taste yet!

And it with a honey sweetened upstart with a pep of savory kettle caramelization that the early palate favors a supple sugary introduction. Yet the beer quickly draws in an earthy display of hops that contribute elements of spicy wood and grass notes in balance. Still, an estery complex that's comprised of a plethora of fruits span the taste of pear, apple, peach and apricot. Candied versions of fruit emit with the emulation of lemon drop, "Pez,", and cotton candy. Finishing with the vinous Chardonnay taste of white grape, pepper, alcohol, and racy acidity- the beer covers all the bases and does so with impeccable balance.

Reluctantly full in body, the zesty carbonation of sparkling with rushes across the palate and lifts the bready-rich textures of malt from the mouth. This ushers in a malty-dry middle palate that favors fruity dryness heading into finish. Late dryness seems mostly from high alcohol warmth, but is aided by moderate acidity, wine-like tannin, and receding grain sweetness.

As the beer closes, I don't feel that I have fully explored all of the beers slight nuances or it's powerful complexities. I simply hope that this review has given you a glimpse into the shallow impressions that I gained from this session. Still, a heightened sense of dryness, even at the determent of 10% abv. just might improve it's character.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have a beer friend, whom i have not known for an extraordinarily long time, but who's opinion i respect very much. he regards de dolle as the best brewery in the world, and the stille nacht their best beer. thats high praise from anyone, especially him, so at long last, i finally get to drink one of these. on tap at the bull and bush, a real treat once the server got it right. hazy and quite pale in the glass. not sure why i expected it to be darker, but its cloudy but bright, not thick at all, almost delicate looking, and not that abv ever has a look, but this looks too light for 12% abv. head is thick as shaving cream but not as white, it stands tall like beaten eggs ready to be folded into a cake batter. it smells unexpected as well, hoppy, but only really as far as the belgians ever take it in that regard, less bitter, more leafy grassy, and fully yeasty. it smells tart like good lemonade, but still with that estery belgian yeast fruitiness and complexity. there is a hair in me that thinks this has some wild in it, not pitched bacteria, but some wild strain that got worked in one way or another. very complex, and unique to my nose. the taste is the same, new but enticing, taunting almost. the hype around this one, which is more internal in my circle than external i think, maybe not, had this one highly anticipated, and first sip shows why. that tartness is there in the finish, with even a moderate acidity. usually the strong belgians, especially the tripel types, the pale ones, have tons of sugars added for extra fermentables, or such a high original gravity as to never quite get dried out enough for my tastes. not this one, and that is its immediate success for me. its dry, but its huge, but its delicate and rich, its a bunch of caucophanous juxtapositions that resolve in beautiful synchronicity. splendid. lemon is there, straw, hay, clover, plantain, white pepper, mild brett, even decaying forest floor. this is wonderful beer, not fully understood but entirely appreciated. is it the best beer i have ever had, i dont think so no, but it is something to be revered and treasured, and there is nothing else like it.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy white head on this one with a nice golden colored body. The smell of this beer has some good Belgian yeast aromas with some bread and some spicy notes also. The taste of the beer is nice with a good amount of grainy flavors with some soft banana flavors in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with some light carbonation in there. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I would like to try it again someday.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 bottle drank in 2004 at Kulminator in Antwerp. Poured a hazy medium brown beer with a super huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is perfect with bubbles still present 10 minutes after the beer was poured, which is a bit surprising considering the age of this beer. Aroma is a quite strong mix of plums, sugars and roasted malts. The taste of this beer is one of the most wonderful things I had the chance to drink in my lifetime and consisted of a mix of roasted and sweet malt, plums and a sweet bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden and didn’t break the overall perfect balance of this beer. I know must find more of this since it is so incredible.

Photo of largadeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber with copious amounts of foam. Not especially impressive looking.

Smell: The nose is strong and sweet. It definitely has a wintry character to it; it reminds me of fruitcake, pumpkin pie, and other heavily spiced desserts.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with a long, buttery brown sugar aftertaste. It's like drinking a caramel apple. This is a sipping beer, not only due to the high ABV (which is very well hidden), but also due to the intensely strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated with a thick, syrupy texture. It has a warming quality to it that is perfect for cold winter nights.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing an 11 oz bottle, but it's too strong to make me want to go back for seconds.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer looked fairly clear on the pour, but I poured a fraction too long and the nasty stuff at the bottom of the bottle entered the glass. Turbid tawny with a multitude of suspended dark bits. The cap is yellowish beige in color, two fingers in thickness and lightly pitting. A slurred, extended collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose is sweet and spicy, like a handful of dried, golden fruits macerated in apricot brandy. Complex and wonderful. Since it doesn't look as if the dark chunks will settle to the bottom of the glass in my lifetime, I'll be forced to ingest them. Here goes...

The flavor is the aroma in liquid form. Sweet, sour, spicy and syrupy, all at the same time. This is a bewitching, multi-layered brew. Fermented apples, peaches and apricots dipped in candi sugar syrup lead the way with a barely noticed contribution from well-integrated alcohol. The body/mouthfeel is smooth, slick and viscous with a small burst of carbonation when beer hits mouth. The bubbles then step aside politely and allow the beer to melt like liquid taffy.

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a fine winter warmer of a BSDA with a full flavored, sweet fruitiness that is reminiscent of a Christmas fruitcake aged in brandy. I've been impressed by De Dolle even though I've only had a few of their offerings. The near cloying nature of this beer demands that it be drunk slowly, but it's a journey well worth taking.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my all time favorite beers, i cannot even count the number of bottles i have drank of this. review is from notes and was a vintage 2008 bottle.

pours out a nice murky color and a light head that is almost non existent, but still manages to produce a light bit of lacing. but the aroma starts to come up with nice touches of banana, apple, pears, light fruits mixed with hearty spices. nicely done. but as soon as you take that first sip it is over. just a wonderful mix of flavors that simply devour the palate. apples, currants, peaches, banana, clove, its all over the map but blended soo well. really just a wonderful beer. smooth finish with a light dryness. what more can you ask for.

overall always one of the best, nice to be able to get it when i want now.

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden with a deep orange hue with a thinner than expected head that left no lace behind,nice aromas of tart green apple and spicey,clovey yeast and Belgian candied suger.Big and in your face flavors very fruity orange zest and that green apple elemant with a spicey somewhat alcoholic finish.Glad it is only 11.6 ozes here quite heavy but packed with rich flavors,a sipper for sure.

Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, there was not date sticker on this one, so I'm not sure of the vintage. In any case...

A: The pour is an opaque dark orange color with a dense white head. Fairly good head retention, too.

S: A fairly enticing nose. Lots of sweet, amber candi sugar, pears, bananas, and figs. Some warming spice notes and a mild yeast character. A hint or too of alcohol as well.

T: The initial few sips are nice, and follow the nose well. Candi sugar, and some dark fruit notes up front, but the finish is just alcohol. Very, very hot and ethanol forward after the initial flavor of the beer.

M: The body is nice. A medium body with a very fine carbonation that fills the mouth. Unfortunately, the alcohol sort of ruins this too.

D: It's too bad that this beer was so alcohol forward. I'll look to revisit this beer in the future (possibly with an aged bottle), hoping this was an aberration.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for this one.

Pours a hazy, dark amberish golden with an initial solid white head which fades to bubbles around the edges of the glass. Smell is a nice combination of dried fruit skins (grapes, plums), honey sweetness, bready yeast, malty spice, and a faint woody essence. Some alcohol heat is present too. Taste is boozy dark fruits, carmel, brown sugar, with a yeasty mild sour finish. Mouthfeel is slick and oily and rich. Overall, a sipper for a cool winter night.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark amber body with a somewhat small-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, boldly fruity nose with a notes of sugary dessert toppings, earthy spices, and fruit-flavored cordials.

Taste: Starts with a dense, sugary sweetness with hints of well-caramelized sugars and heady honey. Slightly toasty. A melange of fruit flavors passes by: apricot, grape skins, raisins. Scant bitterness is briefly felt, as are some spicy accents akin to cinnamon and nutmegs. Fairly yeasty throughout. A couple drops of orange liqueur. Finishes dry and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, notably smooth. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. With the intensity of a strong, sweet brew, it's definitely a slow-sipper for me and the small, singular bottle is more than plenty.

Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of sudsy white head, the body is hazy golden-brown.

S - Strong fruity/ spicy aroma of plums, raisins, almonds, bananas, cloves, black pepper, anise, and a moderate level of wet, mossy, earthy funk. Spectacularly complex aroma.

T - Bready banana flavor up front along with cloves, and nutmeg. Some raisins and caramel appear in the middle and are replaced by molasses and chocolate in the finish along with a lingering tobacco note.

M - Medium-thick body, with very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, an amazingly complex beer. There is a bit of a disconnect between the dark flavors in this beer and its relatively light color. The carbonation borders on being a bit too high and the alcohol is kind of hot, but these minor flaws are overshadowed by the complexity, especially of the aroma. Overall I am quite impressed with this beer and I can't wait to try some more of De Dolle's other offerings.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle has a small label on the neck that reads "Bottled in 1996". Carefully poured it's a slightly hazy orange-ish color. The addition of the yeast sediment leaves it cloudy and more copperish with a bit of a reddish cast. The initially foamy ivory colored head settles to a short creamy cap and remains throughout the entire goblet leaving some transient lace as it goes. The nose is astounding! It's intense and quite complex with notes of ripe fruit (raisin, prune, plum, mild citrus, orange peel), vanilla wafers, honey, sour candies, cookie dough and lightly toasted bread. It's silky smooth and quite creamy across the palate due to a medium body and very fine, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor starts with dripping, juicy fruit flavor. It's rich and sweet with raisins, plums, and even a bit of raspberry. It's almost enough to overwhelm the tastebuds! A touch of citrus follows, immediately coat-tailed by some background bitterness; both of which keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Some mustiness and low-level earthy hop flavor emerge in the finish along with some caramelish and bready malt and a very light, cinnamon/nutmeg-like spiciness. At times the long-lasting malty sweetness appears like a spiced fruit danish or jelly donut. And yet, it finishes surprisingly dry finish considering the amount of juicy and sugary fruit sweetness found upfront. Absolutely amazing! A complex, rich, sweet, and fruity beer that could easily replace a barleywine for sipping after-dinner. It would be equally at home on a cold winter's night as it would a cool summer evening. Most enjoyable!

I'm not sure if the vintage and aging have anything to do with it, but I'm certainly going to enjoy a few more of these!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber brown with some head. Nose is like rotten apple skins, but not in a rancid way. Flavor is extremely sweet with almost a brown sugar flavor to it. Strong and pungent. Definitely a winter beer. I just want to light a log and throw it on the fire and sip this thing for the next hour....or two. Mouthfeel is a little thinner off less carbonation than I like, and also syrupy due to it’s style, but the drinkability is very high even though it is a "sipper". I could go for these all night...especially on Christmas Eve as I stare at presents under the tree with someone very attractive next to my side. Hey, baby. What’s shakin’.

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this bottle up in January so about 9 months age on it, Poured chilled into my Duvel tulip from the 11.6oz bottle.

A - A hazy apricot shade w/ 2 fingers of ecru that has a rocky appearance and settles to a creamy 1/2 inch of foam. The cap is comprised of tight bead and the clarity improves as it warms. There is plenty of rapidly rising carbonation visible and flecks of yeast settle to the bottom of the glass.

S - Robust apricot and kumquat w/ white pepper and cinnamon notes. notes of pineapple fill the nose w/ a light cherry and mango accent the accent of tobacco is there with sweet earthy qualities. There is an herbal tinge w/ aromatic hops in the background and a high amount of alcohol odors.

M - Acidic w/ spiced textures and mild bitter notes w/ warmth of alcohol and spicy dry finish. The texture is light for the strength with moderately high amount of carbonation and medium high sweetness level.

T - Green and golden apples w/ a tangerine tanginess upfront w/ pineapple and spices galore. The pepper, pine hops and nutmeg astringent qualtiy compliment the fruit elements well. A hint of quince perhaps as the bitterness of the hops and alcohol emerge. A very full fruit taste continues w/ dark plum, and light golden raisins w/ a hint of creamy and vinous notes. the hops are present until the finish with alcohol following into the strong and earthy flavored finish with hints of cinnamon and dried cherries.

D - A great tasting ale, very easy to quaff until you realize how potent this tasty beer is! An easy to drink 12% is a like few others. I can't help but think the 9 months have given this bottle a smoother drinkability but considering the fullness of flavor it could be cellared for several years without problem. An excellent Belgian strong ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gem picked up at Goebbels in Wichita

Pours a slightly hazed peach with a finger of beige head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & booze

T: Dark fruit, honey, dryness, a touch of booze up front. Apple peels, a bit more booze, dryness & apple pie spices as this warms. Finishes dry with tropical fruits, & a touch of citrus hops

MF: Slick, medium bodied, with near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, need to try this again during the winter, but a good one to knock the chill off a semi-cool July evening. I've yet to have a bad beer from this brewery

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is friggin' awesome with a huge fine bubbled off white head that pours like custard you can literally form sculptures with the head as you pour it into one of your nicest chalices. As it slowly dwindles and more body forms a hazy amber burgundy hue is noticeable, and as the yeast sediment goes into the glass it resembles a glass of unfiltered apple cider. Lacing is so fine and even textbook for the term Belgian style lacing, light layered and intricate all day. Aroma upfront tartness fresh cut green apple with mild funky leather and spice bursts, after a second pass citrus and tropical passion fruit comes to mind. Just bury your schnauze in a glass of this fine brew especially at $3.99 a bottle. Tart acidic cider notes shine with mellow creamy spice filled bliss just around the corner. Flavor is built around yeast characteristics, the tartness balances the sweetness and thick coating of spice added. Full alcohol burn with tart acidic fruits green raisin and apples with black licorice anise in the mix and other wild yeast funk blended with cultivated yeast strains that bring the complexity. Hard to describe yet you know it's world class beer after a sip or two. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a lacquer of spice oil texture, carbonation is fine yet definitely does tickle the back of the throat. This beer has the ability to absolutely coat the palate. Definitely warming with the alcohol putting the singe on the fine receptors of the beer drinker's palate. Drinkability is incredible as far as intriguing qualities would I like another, however in the department of can I actually drink that many it's of course week at 12%abv. Plus I think the amount of flavor available in this small bottle is unreal, what a value I'll be getting more.

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage courtesy of bosse. Served in a Great Northern Brewer's Guild.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin collar and some filmy haze, and spotty lacework. Hazed bronze body.

S - This is fairly oxidized at this stage. Port and sherry mingle with some spicy esters, honey, candy sugar, berries, and caramel. Very sweet, with well-hidden alcohol.

T - Taste is caramel, vanilla, some light spice, hint of chocolate, some light tannic character and a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy. Well-hidden booze.

D - This reaffirms my belief that after enough time most beers start to taste the same. Reminds me a lot of the '04 Westy I had yesterday. Easy to drink 4oz, but I'd rather have this fresh.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange color, with microscopic floatules (what I'm calling them these days) buzzing around the edge of the glass, and a most impressive head that took up 3/4 of the Duvel glass the brew was poured into and then still wanted to bubble over: large and lasting, solid, but creamy.
I put my nose in this soft, enticing foam and was exulted: fresh, fruity, dazzling, sugary...I'm thinking "tripel" but I know that there's more in store...slightly spicy, light, elegant, ethereal, divine.
Taste has a zing and a zip and dazzles with intense fruit flavors (orange, peach), so rich, juicy, and tangible that I can nearly taste the pit and the seeds!
I'm put into heaven here...it's simply sublime...malt is huge with sweetness and fruit, perhaps too much so, and there's not a nod from Mr. Hops. A pity for that would have provided sufficient balance and given an extra dimension to this ale.
As it is, it's still amazing. Ah, there's nowhere to go from here...a perfect nightcap... a suffficient summation of goodness in a glass.
Thanks so much to JohnnyDuvel for this one!

Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles quickly to a single layer of tiny bubbles. It does leaves some slippery lace that cascades down the glass slowly. The broth is a muddy orange-brown.

Lots of sweet syrupy brown sugar aroma. Reminds me of oxidized madeira. Definitive warming alcohol.

VERY sweet, perhaps the sweetest brew I've ever had. Light hop in the swallow but the aftertaste is all alcohol. The body is like watered down syrup, or in another words: It's very rich beer with a consistency of light cream. The flavor has a port-like quality.

No way it could be anyone's everyday beer, but it is an easy sipping beer.

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