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De Dolle Stille Nacht - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 84
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-25-2001)
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2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Much rather drink a Duvel. The beer geek at the store really built this one up and needless to say, I was disappointed.

A-Heavy head pour. Not my favorite beer to pour, having to wait 10 minutes for the head to settle enough to drink. Good color though.

S-Smelled to high heaven of fruit. Too strong.

T-Just average. Fruit flavors, bananas stood out to me. Light honey flavoring.

M-Bad after taste. Sticky.

D-Won't have another unless it is a reserve, though even then I will be reserved.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:20:22 | More by TasteTester
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-honey color with thick eggshell foam that sticks.

Spicy and sweet yeastiness with a lot of alcohol. First impression is a boozy tripel. Honey, citrus peel, spice (coriander), whiskey (bourbon).

Sweet honeyed flavor impression. Light caramel, marshmallow, citrus fruit and booze. The alcohol burns giving a very dry feel.

I thought this beer was a bit odd. It starts off pretty normal and almost boring, but builds and becomes a complex sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 19:40:03 | More by BeerZack
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is medium brown with some gold thrown in for good measure. Very cloudy. Head topped out at one inch and showed good retention. Lacing is respectable.

S - First on the aroma bill is sour fruit (cherry or pineapple). Sharp spice is close behind and is mixed with yeast. The background has some honey and a small amount of earthy hops.

T - Sour fruit comes through strong in the flavor but is still manageable. The fruit is leaning more towards the dark side. Alcohol is up front on this one but settles in with the other flavors nicely. Yeast, sugar, and honey show up midway. The end has some earthy forest type flavors and just the right amount of hops for bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied. Just a bit too much carbonation at first. Once it warms a bit, the carbonation starts to subside. Finish is bitter with a small amount of dryness.

D - Drinkability is good. The excess carbonation really starts to hinder the beer in this department. With some patience, that problem resolves itself and it ends up being very good. I would have another one of these and would recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 02:36:10 | More by csmiley
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As originally reviewed on 3/16/07:

"Specbrew2005" vintage

A big breakaway from previous Still Nachts, the "Specbrew2005" moniker found on the cap designates the first vintage using a more alcohol tolerant, attenuant, and slightly lactic yeast. The alcohol level has been boosted significantly, and the beer has become much drier and more complex. Gone is the cloying sweetness from the past, and drinkability is through the roof, limited only by availability and your wallet.

Pours dark gold, hazy, with fine particulates in suspension.
Significant sediment left behind in the bottle as well.
Off-white, tight head rises modestly upon a carefull, angled pour.
Head retention is minimal with all but edging and a center whisp remaining after 2 minutes.
Color is noticably lighter than the standard Stille Nacht, hinting at a more attenuated density.
Nose is Flandersesque, with residaul sweetness, but not overwhelming in either aspect.
Honey and some mild mulled apple notes work well with a highly phenolic profile.
Aromatics finish warming with light spice notes, coriander, orange blossoms, and dried cherries.
On the thick side of medium bodied, slightly syrupy and quite sticky. Carbonation is lightish, but enough to add some crispness.
Pallet is hugely Belgian, loads of fruit candy-like essense and honey. Alcohol is significant but not hot. Bitterness is right on, smooth and balancing.
A myriad of fruit mingles with juicy malt and rum-soaked bubblegum.
Pallet finishes long and warming on the back of the toungue, with none of the cloying residuals of the previous Stille Nachts.
A stronger, drier, more complex and drinkable version.
Extensive aging should be a real treat.

4/24/08 cellar check of "Specbrew2005"

The carbonation seems a bit subdued, with a one-inch head at best with a long pour.
Candied green apples making a stronger presence as this one ages.
The mouthfeel could use some carbonation to keep things lively.
Slightly dryer yet on the pallet, but still a fair amount of juicy malt and esters.
Alcohol is under the radar, and the beer drinks fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 12:48:09 | More by brewandbbq
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Dolle Stille Nacht 2006 bottle (the more recent bottling of these beers have 12% in white print in the top right corner of the label)

A- Murky golden amber color with a booming white head, visible carbonation and lots and lots of sediment.

S- After popping the bottle you get big notes of fruits and a wave of alcohol. I chose a Delirium snifter this time around in attempt to intensify this wonderful nose.

T- Winey, fruity (tropical fruits, peaches, pineapple, melon etc.), A bit tart, but not sour...if that makes sense? A little bit of wood and an array of spice too. Nice warming alcohol midway making room for a nice pleasant finish. Savor every sip!

M- Vivid carbonation really works with this beer, great body, very unique.

D- You could sip on Stille Nacht all day long and find something new in just about every swig, that is until the 12%(+?) gets to your head...

R- One of my favorite beers of all time, i have a few bottles laying around and after a few sips off of this one i just had to share it with everyone! Safe to say I'm very excited to be visiting De Dolle with a few guys from the BBB in about 2 weeks! woooo!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:10:40 | More by ATPete
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle for $4.99. This could have been the best 4.99 I have ever spent on a single beer. This one was truly a gem and one of the best beers I have ever sampled.

***2006 Bottle***

A- Color was a light browny reddish woody color with a huge bubbly two finger head. Sediment and yeast floated on the top of the liquid throughout. Carbonation was evident and visible to the eyes.

S- Smell was peppery. I even detected some ginger notes such as in a fresh glass of ginger ale. Faint hops. Alcohol in the nose- some fruit as well.

T- Wow! Totally complex. Very champagne like with a winey alcohol finish. Fruity and tarty. Detected some pineapple and even some grape. Nothing sour, but some sips were very close. A wide array of belgian spices, but once again, well balanced.

M- Mouthfeel was also champagelike. Very very carbonated and tingly, but it works with this one. After you sip, the alcohol is pronounced with the burning sensation on both the throat and tongue.

D- For such a high ABV, this one is more drinkable than most. The interesting flavors and champagnelike characteristic makes this one a classic beer in my book. Well done. I will pick up a few bottles to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 17:16:07 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review refers to a bottle from 2006.
Poured the color of rust, with a huge head that left a sticky ring of Belgian lace, and did not dissipate until the last sip.
Smells of dried and candied fruit, especially apricot and fig.
Peppery, champagne-like carbonation tickles the back of the throat. Big warming alcohol hides behind fruitcake flavors, banana, allspice, and earthy undertones. The back palate is surprisingly dry, with flavors of grain and mature yeast. A strange, faint note of vegetable water, like when you boil broccoli. Barely perceptible, but definitely there. One of my favorite Belgian Christmas ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 01:00:34 | More by DaveHS
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily, easily the best Belgian I've ever had... What a wonderful brew..

This one looks strangely inviting... Loads of floating yeast in a dark murky concoction...

Aroma is loaded with dark sweet fruits, raisins, figs, dates, some caramel, and a biscuity smell as well..

Smooth as a babys behind, this is wonderful... Sweet and yeasty, dark and delicious...

I can't get this one in Tennessee but picked it up in Indiana and wish I'd gotten more than just the one bottle..

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:24:52 | More by Tilley4
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl capped bottle. Pours out a cloudy apricot with a half inch off-white head that keeps building. Smell is honey and sour apples. Some nutty, malty spices are there as well. Appears very effervesant. Smell is on the milder side.

The first thing that hits me on the taste is the sweetness, followed by the heat. The alcohol seems prominent overall. The flavor is long and appears to be gaining complexity in the glass. Candy sugar, figs and some floral hops come out as well. A big beer that should be sipped.

This beer actual pairs well with some left over Danish Blue. It tones down the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 22:35:33 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my chalice and received an extremely frothy two-finger head that never went away. To give you the proper picture, imagine wiping off a half-inch layer of snow from your windshield. Yeah, that much. The head never died, and it left minor lacings on top of a apple-cider colored body that was not seethru. The smell contained spices and some hoppy aromas, like citrus, but the main thing I smelled was some pepper and something like an oakey smell. The taste starts out real spicy with the hint of some tart fruit flavors. It also contains sweetness like there is cinnamon and a pinch of colve, and there is a smoothness that leads me to believe that there might might something like honey or caramel, with a hint of apple in there. The high ABV is slightly noticeable, but for the most part a full body that passes down easily, almost svelt. I thought this might be a little better, but perhaps I had too high expectations. An excellent winter warmer and one of the best ones I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:36:07 | More by clayrock81
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.6oz brown bottle with a white cap marked "BOTTL 2006* 12%" into a tulip glass. Huge, thick off white fizzy head of foam easily three fingers high, extremely active carbonation, exhibits some staying power. Easily one of the longest lasting, largest frothy heads of foam I have ever seen on any beer. Appearance is a rusty yellowish orange color, cloudy and semi-translucent. Small floating bits of yeast also present. Aroma is bready and yeasty, notes of sweet dark fruits, dates, banana, clove and other more subtle spices, sweet malt and earthy undertones. Taste is sweet and malty, caramel-toffee malt, dark fruits and banana, slightly drying grainy aftertaste. Alcohol warmth is noticeable in the aftertaste, but far from overpowering. For 12%, it is hidden well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with higher levels of carbonation, rougher and hits with a slightly metallic twinge on the tongue, washes with a slight oil-slick feeling. Drinkability is good, hides its abv well and is exceptionally well balanced. Overall a great example of the style, strongly suggest trying, would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 22:36:43 | More by danielocean03
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up at Greens in Atlanta during the weekend that BC played Georgia Tech in 2007.

This beer is fairly light for a BSDA. It has a hazy medium orange body with a gigantic head that was pillowy and sticky.

The aroma is fairly bright. I could already smell it as it was pouring. It is like a spiced caramel chew.

The spice and caramel sweetness are apparent in the taste along with a bit of cream. It finishes with a big flavor of nutmeg and some earth hops. A wee hint of alcohol is evident in the taste, and a slight hotness lingers.

This beer has a prickly feel to it. Very well carbonated.

Another stellar belgian. This beer is massive at 12% and yet it remains very drinkable with many subtleties. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 22:23:03 | More by IPAcraig
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West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:57:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle:
Pours a dark golden in color with very little head at all. Smell is lots of candy sugar, some banana and a little clove. Taste is all the same with surprisingly a good amount of heat from the alcohol coming through. Medium on the mouthfeel with absolutely no carbonation to speak of. This is a very good beer, and a treat to have on Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 23:59:24 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this last night at Brickstore.

Followed a Ten Fidy, so it had a tough act to follow.

I thought this beer was great for most aspects. A murky brown with a little bit of amber color. Smells and tastes very sweet. My only complaint with this beer was the carbonation. It was way too bubbly and was very tough to drink. Aside from that, it was a great beer. I just don't think I would seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 03:35:54 | More by jdubjacket
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 33cl bottle with bottled on 12/2006 stamped on the cap. Served in a tulip glass it was an orange color with a huge, thick, whipped cream head that slowly settled, leaving some great lacing. It had a sweet orange aroma, with a bit of spice. The taste was similar to the aroma, with that Belgian yeastiness apparent. This was a big, fulfilling beer. The alcohol was very well hidden, but I think one of these at a time would do quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 21:49:00 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Vintage Wine and Beer, Boardman, Oh for the excellent choice.

Served in my St Bernardus Goblet.

Brouwerij De Dolle makes some serious beer. This was no different.

A--Deep orange with subtle lacing, nothing crazy.
S--Nice smell, can smell orange, lemon zest.
T--Mmmm. Tasty beer. This is a monster, you could easily be tricked by this flavor. After a few sips I can definately tell this beer has a 12% ABV.
M--silky, lots of carbonation
D--This is a monster. You could get your world rocked by this one. High quality BSA, a must try if you love the style like I do.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 02:17:08 | More by garbercury
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store

A - Came to the table in a tulip glass. Nice hazy orange with a tight white head that fell slowly and left a good lace on the glass

S - Had a spicy smell to it with a whiff of raisin or plum and a citrus hoppy smell and just a little bit of a boozy smell

T - Very much like the smell..big fruity ester statement and a good citrus hop flavor

M - A little thick for the type of drink..and very boozy..made it a little bit hard to finish for me

D - Overall it was a very good beer and I think the brewer got what they were shooting for..I don't think I'll be looking this one up soon..but certainly a good beer

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 16:26:05 | More by meechum
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4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Beautifull brown color with a perfaect tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Belgian herbs and pepper with a nice caramel maltiness. Sweet honey and citrus fruits.

Lots of sweet tropical fruits. A mixture of oranges, peaches, mango and apples and more. Powerfull, complex, and sweet malt structure.

Perfect, full body and well carbonated. Passes smoothly over the palate.

Wow, so well balanced and drinkable for a beer this big. A near perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 06:49:12 | More by rye726
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with a generous beige head and healthy lacing.

Aroma is sweet and strong with ripe fruit, apples, raisins and a bit of brown sugar. You can also smell the high alcohol content in this one.

The taste goes right along with the aroma. Ripe fruit, apples, raisins, brown sugar, and alcohol dance on the tongue. The finish reveals a nice maltiness.

Rich mouthfeel with a healthy dose of carbonation that gives a slight burn with every sip.

This is a very nice Belgian Strong Ale. Take your time with this one and don't rush.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 22:06:46 | More by Monkeyknife
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $4.99, this beer pours a HUGE, frothy, foamy, and immense head with incredible staying power... smell is replete with caramel, malts, sweet sugar, and yeast... taste is equally malty and rich, very thick and full with deep caramel notes... I've heard that this is Belgian beer has the highest gravity... and its thickness and richness is certainly detectable in its overhwelming flavor that sticks to the pallate and doesn't let go... 12% ABV is certainly noticeable, with a strong flavor permeading throughout... Very, very, sweet and ultra-thick and rich to the point of almost being overbearing... this beer won't stop attacking your taste buds... such a strong and flavorful taste that you got to sit back, relax and truly sip this one over a long period of time... an eccentric brew to say the least... a sipper that you got to take your time and enjoy... good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:24:25 | More by dsa7783
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a thin head that disappeared rather quickly.
Nose was a bit tart loaded with fruit (figs, prunes, raisins, apricots, perhaps slightly fermented apples) and caramel brown sugar sweetness.

Malty sweet taste with loads of fruit and the caramel sweetness and a crisp and bitter finish. There is a slightly herbal quality to the taste as well

Alcohol is masked dangerously well, this one can really rock you in no time at all.

I would jump at the chance to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2008 16:46:57 | More by DaggerEyes
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage!

A: Orange with a small head. Bits of yeast floating around.

S: Pepper, yeast, green apples, candy sugar.

T: Apples, Prunes, alcohol, syrup, vanilla, wine(!)

M: Rich and complex with lots of acidity and sparkling-wine like qualities. Lots of carbonation but tiny bubbles makes for an easy drink.

This is just dangeoursly drinkable. So very intense and filled with different tastes it's almost overwhelming. Perfect for sipping on during a couple of hours. De Dolle Brouwers, you have my uttermost respect! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 20:24:35 | More by baggio
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My waitress poured this really fast so all the sediment is in here.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. slight sour fruit smell on the nose with some belgian yeast and baked goods. Taste is slightly sour up front but that fades fast into dark fruit and belgian sugar and yeast with slight sour cherry. Smooth silky mouthfeel is a touch thin for my taste. Sugary residue remains on lips. Fairly drinkable and a good selection, would be great with a little age.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 01:08:41 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy and murky, frantically floatied honey golden yellow. Two fingers of sculpted off-white head linger long. Lacing swings and swirls along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a deep malt sweetness is plum and raisin fruity. Candy sugar and earthy esters carry mild clove and crisp ripe apple. Alcohol is muted but present.

Upon sipping, the malt is sugary and lip-smacking sweet, with a basic brown sugar and molasses earthiness. Dark cherry and dried sloe meld with crisp esters boasting clove, coriander, and green apple. The alcohol is considerably warmer here. Residual malt sweetness is heavy and only slightly dried by a very mild but distinctly crisp finish. It's a bit see-saw with its balance, but it's also very rich and tasty.

Full bodied, it's stick and slick all at once, with a creamy and crisp presence.

I'd say two nights before Christmas is a fine time to drink this, and it's a nice touch this time of year. The flavor has a sweet bias, but it's a manageable slant. The ABV is bulky, but it's worked into the big picture nicely and well. Silent night on a silent night, not a bad bit of harmony.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 20:03:11 | More by Foxman
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