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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,523 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 121
Gots: 188 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Decent Beer I would not go out of my way to buy it though.

rden4654, Oct 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

I deeply enjoy the ABT12, however I just purchased a few 11.2 oz bottles of this Christmas Ale. For me this is nearly the best ale I have tried. I prefer a sweeter ale with less hops and this is it.

bcholka1, Saturday at 07:00 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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2.8/5  rDev -33.8%

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4.44/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a rich, deep bronze-brown, and forms a fantastically thick head with good retention. Fairly clear, enough to see the bubbles rising from the bottom. Lacing is rather remarkable - this amount of froth and lacing should not even be possible for a 10% ABV beer!

S: Sweet malt and yeast, wreathed through with plum, fig, and cherry notes. The candi sweetness is of course present, along with just a tinge of funk.

T: So, that's what a quad with cinnamon in it tastes like. There's significant heat in this, from a combination of cinnamon spice with noticeable alcohol. Sweet malt, candi sugar, and dark fruits, particularly cherry, are all present, but beneath the spiceahol mix. The finish leaves a lingering burn.

M: Rather thin and sharply carbonated for a quad, actually. I was expecting something stickier, given the head and lacing.

O: I am rather underwhelmed by this beer, especially from St. Bernardus. The Abt 12 is spectacular, but this does not disguise the alcohol content half as well - instead, it disguises the underlying yeast flavors with alcohol and spice. I wouldn't say it is a bad beer, but I would not go out of my way to have it again. Perhaps if I were to encounter it on tap somewhere for a decent price per pour.

UrbanCaveman, Thursday at 04:23 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Outstanding

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.