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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,439 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 148 | FT: 6
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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david18

New York

3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was an ok beer but not great. I usually don't like Winter Ales but it was really more of a typical belgian dark than what one might typically think of a winter beer as.

Appearance was typical of the style. A dark mahogany but not a lot of head. Belgian lacing was still there, however.

Aroma was a little thin. Dark fruit and esthery yeast, as expected, but a little underwhelming.

Flavor as well was not as interesting as I had hoped and the alcohol heat was a little bit much.

Overall an OK beer but not too great. Their quad is much better.

01-19-2012 20:27:18 | More by david18
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%

A - Pours kind of a murky brown with about 2-3 fingers of white head that stayed for quite some time.

S - The smell was nice, plentiful spices and yeast. Seemed rich of cinnamon, plum and other sweet smells.

T - Taste the cinnamon, plums and other spices/sweet flavors. Unfortunately for me the taste was ruined by the extremely high carbonation. It was too much to handle.

M - Medium body with extremely high carbonation.

O - I was pretty disappointed with this bottle as I felt the carbonation was extremely high compared to what it should be. I have one more bottle in my cellar that I hope to enjoy sometime in the near future. If it's less carbonated, I intend to possibly change the review. I liked the flavors that were coming through however.

12-31-2011 05:10:24 | More by BeRanger
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

11-26-2012 19:53:44 | More by safaricook
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

05-10-2013 16:13:07 | More by twenty5
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

I had bought this bottle at the brewerie when i visited it together with the guys from the Sierra Nevada brewerie. I had high hopes of this beer because i love the beers Bernardus makes. This beer however disapointed me. That was funny in a certain way because we drank the beer in a tasting session with some BA's at my place and the rest was enthousiastic about it.

There we go! Poured in a tasting glass the beer looks ok. Nice head but a little bit too much carbonation for a dark beer. You could say it is an overcarbonated 12.

I will try this one on tap when i am at the Christmasbeerfestival in Essen this weekend.

Edit:

We had this beer at the end of 2011 at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!) The beer was disappointing again...

12-17-2010 09:12:02 | More by Brabander
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acashk

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

12-26-2012 00:30:34 | More by acashk
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Christmas Eve seemed an appropriate time top open this beer. It was very dark brown with a white head and the bubbles seemed really compacted together. It smelled like slight herbal mints, whiff of chocolate (barely detectable), and raisins. The flavor was raisin and plum-like. Decent stuff but the 10.5 ABV knocked me down.

12-25-2007 17:40:07 | More by ArrogantB
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured on tap giving off a very nice opaque dark brown nut quality body. Good looking tan cream head almost as well.

Smell is a one trick pony. This is an all out banana syrup bomb, not even starch smelling just like faint Dairy Queen banana topping. I am not a fan of bananas so this makes for a not enjoyable smell and review for me (keep that in mind). Taffy notes as well, and with brown sugar notes and mild butter.

Taste is actually solid with a nice simple carbonation and sour chew quality. Banana syrup but not too thick body leaving a good finish.
Strangely enough, I am not a fan of this flavor but this is a well put together brew. I wouldn't want this again, but I can see the reasons why people would have this beer again no problem.

01-10-2011 18:48:46 | More by smakawhat
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

This beer pours out as a deep red color with a foamy tan colored head. The lacing isn't too bad here. The smell of the beer has a lot of spice to it. There is some decent flavors once the beer warms up. The beer right from the fridge has a metallic flavor at first. The spices kick in and leave a slight amount of heat in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little warming and had a lot of carbonation. Overall it's not a bad Christmas ale.

06-11-2011 20:13:38 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice provided by Wasatch:

Pours hazed dark brown with a thin tan head that becomes a large island. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark bread, light spiciness, in an herbal way. There's a hint of prune and anise.

The taste is of spicy pumpernickel. Not spiced, but spicy. Yeasty with some anise and earthy notes. Sharp, yet creamy. Potency might add more body than is actually there.

This was less than expected for the brewery. I tend to prefer the non-spiced winter beers, but this one - well...doesn't really do it for me. Nice, but expected better from this brewery.

12-28-2008 03:55:27 | More by jwc215
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MacDomer

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

Had this on Christmas Eve and am now just getting to reviewing. I am a huge fan of Bernardus Tripel and Abt 12, but this was a letdown from an otherwise great brewer.

Split a corked & caged 750 mL bottle with the family. Poured into a Westy chalise and two Chimay chalises.

A - Medium brown to dark in color, with a decent microfoam head (typical Belgian). Some yeast floaties as well - berk. Visible carbonation.

S - Some nice yeast and fruit notes in the nose, along with alcohol (not much). However, this was the first Belgian that I'd consider medicinal smelling. A bit of a turnoff.

T - Dark fruits, such as raisin and plum, a bit of bitterness, but again there's the medicinal quality. Odd. Not a fan. Some spices that start off fairly well, but they fade and take backstage to some strange herbal medicinal quality.

M - As you would expect from the style, but a bit over carbonated.

D - Won't buy this one again, but was fun to try nonetheless. If friends have it, I'd give it another go, but I was underwhelmed this time.

01-09-2009 05:50:40 | More by MacDomer
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fartingdog

California

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

2007 bottle (fresh), opened 12/10/07. Bottle opens with a loud 'pop'.

A- Dark brown with ruby hilights, big rocky head.

S- Spicy esters.

T- Mildly tart, malty, earthy, light hints of fruit.

M- Med body, loads of carbonation.

D- Not bad, carbonation is a little too much *burp*.

Not a bad beer, but i think I expected a little better from St. B. Not the hilight of the season.

12-14-2007 16:07:55 | More by fartingdog
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%

On tap at Kinsale as part of their Xmas in July weekend. Served in a tulip style glass. Dark orange & reddish color. No real head and doesn't look very carbonated. Smelled a lot like cinnamon and orange peel. Has a definite dubbel taste to it. Lots of ripe fruit and jam. The only thing that surprised me was the mouthfeel. I found this beer very thin and watery. I expected a bit more from such a well know Belgian brewer. It was a nice beer on a cool evening, but not one of my favorite Christmas beers I've ever had. Not hearty enough for a winter themed beer.

07-25-2009 21:05:14 | More by morebeergood
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

A - A dark brown beer with a fluffy head. There are some carbonation bubbles visible that a racing to the top.

S - Fruity and fresh nose, spices, caramel and vanilla scents.

T - Caramel, candy sugar, nutty flavors, spices, vanilla , oranges - very complex but not so nice.

M - A lot of carbonation that quickly disappears.

O - A good Christmas ale but not so special. It is over the top. A not so good attempt to make something good even better.

11-21-2011 20:36:46 | More by Mar02x
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Naugled

New York

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

served in a goblet.

Dark hazy brown with a fine creamy head that very quickly dissipates

Very sweet nose, smells like candi or soda

Woah, a very sugar forward beer. Tastes like there's nothing but sugar in this. Dark sticky sweet sugar. Some hotness comes through, but is needed to cut the syrupiness.

Medium mouthfeel, but on the thin side of medium. however not cloying and has a smooth softness to it.

drinkable, but over the top sweet. I guess that's what people want for the holidays.

12-28-2009 19:43:23 | More by Naugled
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froghop

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

vintage 2007.

pours a dark brown with a large tan bubbly head.

smell is of caramel, spice, malt, and raisins.

taste is very carbonated, somewhat watery, dark fruits, spice, some caramel, end is tangy on the tongue.

overall a good beer but slightly overrated, too much carbonation and needs to be a little thicker for my liking.

12-05-2008 21:44:14 | More by froghop
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tburkhart

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

Shared with BA raznug on the 1st anniversary of our homebrewing.

Pours a very nice caramel color. Typical think Belgian head. Very think carbonation. The big bubbles turn to more of a creamy head as the it settles.

Typical Belgian spices in the nose.

Typical Belgian spices in the taste.

An OK beer. I've had better Belgians.

12-24-2008 19:44:25 | More by tburkhart
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Guden

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-18-2014 14:20:34 | More by Guden
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-27-2014 09:13:02 | More by mattfancett
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

09-10-2013 03:48:26 | More by DCgolfpro
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-28-2013 19:36:01 | More by waddellc2
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Liquoric3

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-27-2012 18:56:26 | More by Liquoric3
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Bubbles

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-16-2012 05:21:16 | More by Bubbles
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-22-2013 18:54:39 | More by ShanePB
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twizzbeatz

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

11-25-2012 04:37:11 | More by twizzbeatz
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.