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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

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,424
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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kds2437

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-21-2013 03:00:58 | More by kds2437
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Quafftastic

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-18-2013 01:49:38 | More by Quafftastic
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; best before 7/24/2017. Pours lightly hazy very dark red color with a 1 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, light banana, brown sugar, molasses, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, coriander, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with balanced malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, light banana, clove, pepper, toast, brown sugar, coriander, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, banana, toast, brown sugar, clove, pepper, brown bread, coriander, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with dark malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:31:51 | More by superspak
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pmoney

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-15-2013 15:27:51 | More by pmoney
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-13-2013 13:04:10 | More by bcostner1
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-06-2013 18:21:52 | More by smartassboiler
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-03-2013 22:59:23 | More by WOLFGANG
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bird22

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-03-2013 21:14:13 | More by bird22
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-01-2013 23:23:37 | More by JamLand
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jborg

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-01-2013 00:39:54 | More by jborg
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-29-2013 23:55:01 | More by wiltznucs
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus branded goblet.

The bottle creates a loud pop when I pull the cork, but it is no gusher. A burgundy brown colored beer is full and rich to the eye, with a full eggshell white head that is initially huge before settling down a little bit.

The aroma is full of plums, dates, and a bit of raisins. Holiday spices light up the nose as well. All of these aromas exist in front of a full caramel malt.

My first sip is quite sweet. Brown sugar, plums, dates, figs, and raisins are the most noticeable at first. The holiday spices from the nose come through as well; nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all work well with the fruit notes. A bit of bread crusts and sweet caramel provide the malt presence. There is a bit of booze and light dry bitterness toward the end of the sip.

From the pop of the cork, it was obvious that this is a well-carbonated brew. It is a overly creamy carbonation with a little bit of a bubbly nature as well, as I am used to in the abbey ales. The flavor starts sweet and sticky and finishes with a light residue on the lips.

Overall I thought this was quite complex and enjoyable. Pretty much what I would expect out of St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:51:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-26-2013 01:46:37 | More by petermethot
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HALB

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-22-2013 21:33:26 | More by HALB
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-22-2013 19:55:17 | More by DaPan
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-22-2013 03:16:04 | More by ZEB89
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davesway10

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2013 21:04:54 | More by davesway10
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-14-2013 04:34:48 | More by chippo33
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-11-2013 23:07:22 | More by Kmat10
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-11-2013 03:31:25 | More by Nolen12
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ripweblo

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-07-2013 20:09:14 | More by ripweblo
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FIN

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-07-2013 18:09:15 | More by FIN
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woodenbones

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-06-2013 19:52:03 | More by woodenbones
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kinmundy77

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-04-2013 23:23:33 | More by kinmundy77
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-04-2013 11:46:35 | More by DemoniChris
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.