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It’s now that tim of year where I start breaking out the Christmas brews!  I’m aiming for a quality over quantity approach this time around so while I won’t be reviewing quite as many as I did last year, I do hope to be able to share some real gems with you all.

Beer Name: Stille Nacht

Brewery: Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers (Esen, Belgium)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 12.0%

Description: A strong Belgian pale ale brewed with pale malts, white candy sugar, and Nugget hops.  There’s a pretty cool story on the brewery’s website about a pretty epic tasting event involving this beer that is certainly worth a read as well.

Appearance: Pale amber/dark yellow body with a thin and persistent white foam across the top.

Smell: Mild candy-like malts and spicy, herbal yeast.

Taste: sweet malts upfront, brown sugar, bubble gum, fruity apple and grape, banana, clove, spicy yeast end with a bit of warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with roughly moderate carbonation.

Hype: None when I initially picked it up, but I did come to find out later on that it’s ranked as the third best Belgian Pale Ale on Beer Advocate.

Overall: Something about the holiday season makes me think of Belgian strong ales and this one certainly did not disappoint!  This was a very good brew that initially brought to mind a lighter Belgian pale until after a few sips the heat and assertive yeasty notes on the end stepped in to slow me down a bit.  This is one tasty beer sure to keep you warm and happy on a cold wintery eve!