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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,441 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 105
Gots: 150 | FT: 7
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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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

This is the perfect Belgian Ale. The 10% ABV creeps up slowly. It is so perfectly balanced with intense caramel and spiced sweet apple, dark fruits, vanilla and notes of banana esters with a lingering tartness similar to a freshly baked apple pie. My concept of perfection, sweet fruitiness, caramelized burnt sugar, and cinnamon spice with no hoppy bitterness to spoil the experience. On my death bed I want a bottle of St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. Then at my wake I want everyone to drink St Bernardus Christmas Ale until they pass out to remember me by. Beer Advocate is a great place to learn about beer, but they should allow pictures of beer poured into a glass which is way more important than the appearance of the bottle.

09-12-2012 13:19:27 | More by wattoclone
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

First thing I must say about this beer is that is was overwhelmingly carbonated. Normally, carbonation isn't the first thing I notice about a beer, but tasting this is just pops off your tongue. It's almost like eating pop rock and a can of cola. I don't want that to come off as a bad thing because it wasn't, it was a very enjoyable beer, possibly one of the best I've ever had. Pours a dark brown decievingly so as you'd expect a belgiany golden color. Also decving is the slight amount of head on the pour which is in no way indicative of the bursting flavor you are going to have jumping around in your mouth. Molasses, apricots and licorice can be found upon hitting the palate. 10% ABV.

This is my interpretation of a perfect Christmas Ale.

01-04-2013 01:43:10 | More by Ryanm1
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-17-2011 02:07:53 | More by Photekut
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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-31-2012 20:39:30 | More by TheResidentialOP
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Ralphs66

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-15-2011 01:49:09 | More by Ralphs66
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-30-2011 15:00:11 | More by PaBeerLover
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-11-2011 18:33:18 | More by uziangis
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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-21-2011 15:35:07 | More by WillyMac
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dgeebs07

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-22-2012 00:02:10 | More by dgeebs07
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brewbaker

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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dvanhandel

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Scooter51


5/5  rDev +18.2%

I was recently in my favorite establishment in Rochester, NY which happens to have over 130 taps. To say they have a great selection would be an understatement.

I came upon St. Bernardus Christmas Ale quite by accident. I had requested a second of my usual amber beer from a well known German brewery that is quite good in its' own right, and for whatever reason the bartender provided me St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.

While it was a bit of a change from my usual beer of choice, I must admit that I was quite surprised by it's appearance, smell, taste mouthfeel and overall quality as my ranking of 5 indicates.

It was as if I walked into my favorite establishment and was swept off my feet by the most beautiful, intelligent, personable woman I had ever met. It was one heck of an experience.

It is important that I mention that this particular ale has an ABV of 10, so I would caution anyone to be very judicious when imbibing this great brew to either be home or have a designated driver. Cheers!

02-16-2013 21:49:19 | More by Scooter51
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bigtunk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-27-2014 10:40:42 | More by bigtunk
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jcone17

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-29-2011 19:31:30 | More by jcone17
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allouez86

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Rognvaldr

Alabama

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-21-2012 01:00:21 | More by Rognvaldr
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anbok


5/5  rDev +18.2%

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jnice1984

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-27-2011 04:05:12 | More by jnice1984
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whinton

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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sliberty

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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jtmcgraw

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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actone2001

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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TheLastEngineer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-13-2012 13:47:14 | More by TheLastEngineer
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RayDeMundo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-03-2014 13:38:10 | More by RayDeMundo
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jfstilling

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-29-2011 00:11:17 | More by jfstilling
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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.