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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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94
outstanding

1,383 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1383
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-23-2007)
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Braz

Washington

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

Pours very dark ruby with huge rocky white head that stays bubbly throughout. Lots of fruity aromas. Citrus, banana, raisin, clove are all apparent.
Strong flavor. Can taste raisin and figs. Alcohol taste is heavy as well, like brandy perhaps. Very malty, little to no hop presence.
Huge body and tons of carbonation. Very lively and strong brew with a velvet like texture. Only minor complaint would be that it's almost too bubbly and it gets in the way of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 20:29:41 | More by Braz
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derekrick420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-15-2014 19:17:53 | More by derekrick420
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FreeKansas

Kansas

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04-14-2014 22:12:43 | More by FreeKansas
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04-14-2014 14:12:01 | More by ScubaSteve00
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WhiskeeTango

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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ZinFanDave

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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mletten

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2014 14:43:50 | More by wonothesane42
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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dcmchew

Romania

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

0.75 bottle, using my tiny new Westy XII glass.
Dark brown with some copperish hues, one finger head, medium retention, very sticky lacing afterwards.
Fruity smell, with red grapes, prunes, banana, also caramel, dark christmasy spices.
Sweet caramel takes center stage, with musty grapes and plums, cherries, some citrus here and there, heavily spiced. Yeasts were really busy, giving off clove, ginger, low cinnamon, anise and faint vanilla. Malts aren't robust, bit bready, like a nice foundation for the complex spices. Warm alcohol, nicely hidden.
Smooth mouthfeel, a little bit syrupy, perfect actually. There's also quite a lot of fizz at first, that enhances its drinkability. Sweet, but does not cling in the aftertaste.
Quite a dangerous beer, very tasty and balanced, one might finish the 0.75 l bottle without even noticing. Christmas ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:55:44 | More by dcmchew
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TheBeerTrekker

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell of banana, Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, spices.

Taste of slightly roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a great winter brew, well balanced, crisp and enjoyable after every sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:43:19 | More by TheBeerTrekker
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Ville

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

So tasty. Enjoyed this on a snowy ski night. Spicy to taste, I really enjoyed this, I wasn't disappointed at all. Best of all, it only cost me $2 at a food mart that sells singles. Best deal ever. I also grabbed a palate wrecker, and a 400 pound monkey.
The Belgians know how to brew. If you can get your hands on this, I recommend it

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.