1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,426 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Christmas Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,426 | Reviews: 576 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Drknight
Drknight

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2014 02:20:46 | More by Drknight
Photo of abeeronthebeach
abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Muddy brown, bringing to mind chocolate-ginger biscuits. Lively jets of bubbles.
S – Fresh, yeasty, subtle malts, and a little plum and caramel. Something of a mild Single Malt character emerges after letting the beer sit a quarter of an hour.
T – Not too overpowering. Savoury and appetizing. Malty with a little bitterness to the finish. Not as boozy as I’d have expected.
M – Pretty nicely balanced. Fizziness but not too much of it.
O – Remarkably drinkable at 10%. Nicely balanced and quite a mellow beer in all respects. Would have liked a bit more dark dried fruit and spice since it’s a Christmas Ale. Quite pricey too.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:41:51 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Eighty
Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-09-2014 01:44:05 | More by Eighty
Photo of jklecko2
jklecko2

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-08-2014 22:05:00 | More by jklecko2
Photo of EdelweissDad
EdelweissDad

Georgia

2/5  rDev -52.7%

01-08-2014 02:38:26 | More by EdelweissDad
Photo of IAmAWalrus
IAmAWalrus

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-07-2014 22:05:41 | More by IAmAWalrus
Photo of vfedetz
vfedetz

Delaware

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-07-2014 15:15:57 | More by vfedetz
Photo of mlhyatt
mlhyatt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-07-2014 03:13:08 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of Dshep1340
Dshep1340

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-07-2014 00:51:33 | More by Dshep1340
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-06-2014 17:16:55 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of NickBeery
NickBeery

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-06-2014 05:24:42 | More by NickBeery
Photo of jbarletto
jbarletto

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2014 20:02:59 | More by jbarletto
Photo of Vivs85
Vivs85

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-05-2014 17:20:47 | More by Vivs85
Photo of Kaisermatt
Kaisermatt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-05-2014 16:50:25 | More by Kaisermatt
Photo of dsshuck
dsshuck

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2014 15:55:42 | More by dsshuck
Photo of Gww1864
Gww1864

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-05-2014 14:37:42 | More by Gww1864
Photo of dtomes
dtomes

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-04-2014 23:48:11 | More by dtomes
Photo of hermit990
hermit990

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-04-2014 22:36:07 | More by hermit990
Photo of JoeBloe
JoeBloe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-04-2014 19:48:28 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-04-2014 16:15:50 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a dark, ruby coloring that is hazy, with a clingy, coating, off-white head. Nose of date, cherry, fig, roasted notes, booze, and sour tannins. Flavors are tart and crisp forward, with cherry tones forming a foundation beneath old-world fruit richness of date and fig. Very layered, very rich, and very balanced. Rich cherry and fig aftertaste, with earthy and woody notes. The finish is lingering sweet, with a perfect balance. Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:29:46 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of tkelley
tkelley

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle drank over several pours (this is from the first) poured into a Chimay chalice. Hoping to make this a bowl game tradition -- Go Tigers!

A -- murky reddish brown color, opaque body. Fizzy white head that pillows at first and dies down to thin layer. Okay lacing.

N -- yeasty, toasted malts, and some holiday spices.

T -- Really good. Boozy, sweet, with lots of dried fruit notes. Obviously Belgian yeast upfront. Toasted malts and those spices again, but not too much like you see sometimes.

M -- Nice and fizzy like a good Belgian should be. Somehow also smooth. A little warm on the back end.

O -- Love it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:48:12 | More by tkelley
Photo of Wally1912
Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-03-2014 19:44:05 | More by Wally1912
Photo of LPSteve
LPSteve

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-03-2014 18:36:23 | More by LPSteve
Photo of outlaw1323
outlaw1323

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-03-2014 18:11:54 | More by outlaw1323
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.