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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
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1,426 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,426
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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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
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-12-2012 06:34:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-20-2013 01:40:43 | More by Spider889
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

05-08-2013 00:05:42 | More by cadaugherty
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-08-2012 18:00:18 | More by bbadger
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kohlsm

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-01-2013 23:00:33 | More by kohlsm
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BRClemons

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-24-2013 16:30:19 | More by BRClemons
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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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dedrinker

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy bronze color with a goofy head. Aromas of bubble gum and cough medicine (not in a bad way). The flavors were of raisins ("purple" popsicle from childhood) and some yeast and candi sugar. This may be good after a year in the basement for next Christmas, but I'll take the Abt 12 first.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 05:40:53 | More by dedrinker
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-22-2013 00:57:58 | More by DBosco
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

05-08-2013 08:06:41 | More by beernads
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-24-2014 21:12:59 | More by rodlavers
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-27-2013 00:32:23 | More by BrownAleMale
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-27-2013 18:37:25 | More by Kirk
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-29-2011 18:15:49 | More by djrn2
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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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Zimm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-31-2013 17:40:56 | More by Zimm
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-14-2014 16:30:22 | More by BeerMeBrah
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 150th review, on Christmas night.

Poured from a corked and caged 75 cl bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky mahogany, with hints of red when held up to a light. Two fingers of thick, frothy off-white head. Tons of lacing.

Smell: When I opened the bottle, I got a whiff of cinnamon and gingerbread, but I didn't really get that in the glass. In the glass, all I can really get is the belgian yeast.

Taste: An intense, sweet and tangy roasted-chocolate flavor is the first thing that hits the taste buds. Tangy fruits are there in the background, as is the belgian yeast. A definitely burn from the alcohol as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly, incredibly high carbonation, almost to the point of it being painful on the tongue. I realize that most Belgians are highly carbonated, but this is one of the most intensely carbonated beers I've ever tasted. It is nice and creamy, though.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, both due to the carbonation and the high alcohol. An enjoyable beer, too, although I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more of a...special, or holiday, feel to this beer - it tasted almost generic, and there wasn't something that made it stand out. I would certainly have it again, but it's not one I would spend hours searching for. I wouldn't mind having one of these on hand to age, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 02:44:41 | More by StarlightSeraph
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Vixie

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby red color. Looks black at first, but when held to the light, it is deep red. Forms a very large tan head, pour this one carefully, or you will overflow your glass with foam.

The smell is very malty, but I can detect some spice as well. Pepper, licorice, and cinnamon come to mind as I'm smelling it.

Fruity with a hint of spice. Raisin and a bit of cinnamon apple, with a bit of pepper behind it. There is some nice alcohol warming at the finish.

The feel seems a bit weak for the style, I was expecting a bit more presence.

A decent beer, but not as complex as I was expecting. I have had several beers of this style, and it doesn't quite match up to the best of them. Still, it is a nice beer to drink on a cold night, and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:24:09 | More by Vixie
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Domingo

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I like the normal St. Bernardus offerings, so I picked this up for the season and ended up drinking it on New Year's Day.
Pours a darker brown than their normal abt 12 and it has a massive tan head. After the head started taking over I had to lighten up on the pour a little. Pretty impressive for something this potent.
Smells chocolately, raisin-like, and boozy. There's a little bit of a floral hop presence, too. The Belgian yeast is in check a little bit, but it's there.
Tastes boozier than I expected. It also has a pretty sharp hop bite in the finish, too. Flavors are of roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate, and sugars. Nothing really unusual to be honest, but a standard dark Belgian ale with more alcohol burn and hops.
Mouthfeel's thick and chewy, but that's what a beer like this needs.
It took me about an hour and a half to finish my half of the bottle and when I was done, I was done for the evening. It's just a little too much considering I didn't find the flavor to be all that unique.
Not bad, but I'm not sure it's anything I'll pick up again unless it's on sale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 15:28:07 | More by Domingo
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looked nearly perfect in the light, tiny jets of carbonation raced through the hazy chestnut liquid, with a fluffy head of tan foam. Every so often, larger bubbles would be carried upward from the bottom, powerless in the slipstream.

Strong aroma of bubblegum/banana from the yeast esters. Slight sweetness, bordering on cloying.

Deeply malty flavors with light fruit and nuttiness. A bit too sweet for my taste, but it's not overdone. Dry finish hints at the high abv, but it's hidden in the taste. I'm happy that I shared this at a holiday party instead of trying to drink the whole thing myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 01:48:28 | More by emerge077
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illidurit

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours a muddy dark brown with a thick tan head that sticks around until the liquid is gone. Great thick lacing. Aroma is very deep, with fig, overripe plum, green apple, caramelized orange peel, ginger, phenols, and a touch of saccharine cola. Flavor is a little more straightforward. Rummy raisins, orange peel, ginger, and licorice. Alcohol and carbonation are a bit too apparent and so this beer is not particularly drinkable, but it is a nice warming winter treat to share.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 02:37:13 | More by illidurit
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.