Stille Nacht or, in English, Silent Night, is more associated with the Christmas carol rather than beer. The only way you'd stay silent about this, though, is if you drank too much of it.
It's certainly a beer that you could only have one or maybe 2 of a night, but by the fireside on a cold winter's evening it's the perfect way to warm up.
Belgium is known for it's ales and strong ones at that, and with Stille Nacht coming in at 12% ABV it's certainly one to take caution with, but it's very satisfying too.
Stille Nacht: Taste Test
The aroma is malty with a lot of sweetness there too, which is unsurprising as it's brewed using white candy sugar in the kettle along with the pale malt.
It pours a gorgeous deep amber colour and similar to trappist beers, it has quite a sharp and unrefined bite to it at first. This soon fades into a sweetness though that's almost sour, with the malt balancing it nicely as well as a touch of bitterness.
The bitterness comes out more in the aftertaste but it's subtle enough to not be overpowering, striking the ideal balance between bitter and sweet despite being a monster at 12%.
Stille Nacht: Bottle Notes
The bottle features a scene from the Flemish wintery countryside, with evergreen trees in amongst a snowscape.
It's clearly a silent night, with a twilight sky above a smiling snowman who is presumably holding a glass of this fine elixir. No wonder he's smiling.
The lettering is a little complicated to work out, and not just because it's in Belgian. It's an unusual font, but adds to the festive effect of the label which is undoubtedly wintery.
Buy Stille Nacht Belgian Ale
It's a difficult one to find online and we got it from local bottle shop Beer Central, but there are some places to get your hands on it digitally.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.