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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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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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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-27-2014 16:22:12 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

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%

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.

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

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

12-08-2008 02:37:13 | More by illidurit
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Massive 80% head in the glass. Settles steadily leaving spotty lace on the glass. Cloudy light brown color.

Sugar candy and alcohol are the dominant aromas. Mild hop in the background.

Creamy with a mild sweetness and the archetypical Belgian flavor from the yeast. Alcohol is potent and adds to the rich body. The swallow has a faint touch of hop, but it's a predominantly sour malt flavor. The aftertaste is brief.

12-13-2008 23:57:05 | More by smcolw
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

deep mahogany with sudsy head that, predictably, didn't really last

strong dark fruit with some vinous and even genuinely winey elements. slight airy hops, cinnamon

warming and spicy. mouthfeel is good and provides a decent palette on which to base the tasty brew. plenty of dark continental malts. with time the breadier variety of malt experiences begin, taking the place of the fruitier kind bit by bit. cola. despite the heat to be expected of a 10% beverage, this one doesn't really have it; though warming, very drinkable

that being said, it's not all that impressive, to be honest

11-17-2009 02:09:46 | More by bruachan
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.