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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,427 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 101
Gots: 144 | FT: 5
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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Foxman

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and potently carbonated brownish amber with orange-gold margins. A hand-span of light beige frothy head sno-cones the top of the glass eternally. Ropey lacing tethers the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, caramel and tart wheat join a fruity candy note. Clove, papaya, and a dash of pepper crisp things capably. Still, a hot vent of alcohol makes denoting much else a bit of a strain.

Upon sipping, toasted malt carries caramel and a melon fruitiness, while currants mingle with clove, coriander, and a notable green apple crispness. Alcohol is again hot and broad-chested. Residual sugar sweetness, some yeasty dough, and a growing dry bitterness jockey for front position in the sensory cavalcade of a lasting finish.

Between medium and full bodied, the thick grain accompanies an airy presence to deliver a round, creamy character to the palate.

It's not as multi-dimensional and smooth as many St. Bernardus offerings, but it says Happy Holidays in a bold, auspicious manner. In fact, it's the almost obnoxiously prevalent ABV, searing and blearing, that holds things back a bit. And yet, despite the intimidation factor, I'm happier at the end of the bottle than at the beginning, and that's in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 15:39:24 | More by Foxman
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A: Dark but clear red-brown body. Large, durable, off-white foamy head,with exceptional lacing. Patchy sticky lace decorates the glass well after tipping.

Aroma: Dark fruits and dark bread crust. Faint spices. yeast and an unfortunate touch of must comes with the yeastiness.

Flavor: Sweet, but not overly so, with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Hints of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. A suggestion of rum. Dark fruit in abundance. No mustiness, thankfully. Complex and layered. Faint, ripe banana. Loads of depth here, and other flavor components come and go, adding to the enjoyment of this great ale.

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S-spices , molasses, sugar , yeast and a bread or dough quality

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.