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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,509 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 118
Gots: 180 | FT: 7
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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Photo of shacawgo24
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Dark raisin brown body. Off-white four finger head, (yes four) that has a slight hue of pink to it. The head is incredibly soapy and foamy. Your cup will runneth and floweth over. Head is also flaked with crystals that glitter throughout like fresh fallen snowflakes. Patchy, clumpy, sticky lace decorates glass.

S-Bourbon. Sour skins of grape, cherry and apple. Baking spices. Molasses. Brown sugar. Doughy. Yeasty. Inhale deeply enough your nose might sneeze from the pure abundance of spiced yeast.

T-Brown sugar. Cherry almond. Ginger bread or something wow. Nutmeg. Vanilla. Rum. Oak/woodsy. Bourbon. Cookie. Dry cinnamon & clove. Fruit flavored glazed pies like apple & cherry. Slightest of grape flavor, akin to an astringent red wine grape. The most subdued banana note, like a custard. One can go on and on deciphering flavors. The most consistent note was the hard to describe cherry-ginger-glazed pie STRONG middle-sip flavor.

M-Medium-low body. Medium-heavy carbonation. Sip starts tart, sweet and spiced. Then a punch of bitter-sweet bourbon uppercuts in the middle. Also in the middle is a sweet yeasty/doughy pie/donut note. The end of the sip is all of the aforementioned in harmony, slowly fading away into the aftertastes. The after is a gentle titillation of dry bitter holiday spices.
The yeast is the star here, swamping your palate with prickling sensations. And the hops as well bring this effect. Very sticky your lips get with time.

O-St. Bernardus does no wrong. This Christmas Ale ages perfectly, you can sip one in the summer. This quad was meant to be sipped. So complex and boozy. I do wish the body was more grand and creamy, silky. Other than that, you can't get much better in look, smell and taste. Quads are probably the best beer style on Earth. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is powerful proof for that claim.

shacawgo24, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of derekrick420
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

derekrick420, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

FreeKansas, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ScubaSteve00, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Damian74Shensky, Apr 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

WhiskeeTango, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ZinFanDave, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

donzilake, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

mletten, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wonothesane42, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brbrocc, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

0.75 bottle, using my tiny new Westy XII glass.
Dark brown with some copperish hues, one finger head, medium retention, very sticky lacing afterwards.
Fruity smell, with red grapes, prunes, banana, also caramel, dark christmasy spices.
Sweet caramel takes center stage, with musty grapes and plums, cherries, some citrus here and there, heavily spiced. Yeasts were really busy, giving off clove, ginger, low cinnamon, anise and faint vanilla. Malts aren't robust, bit bready, like a nice foundation for the complex spices. Warm alcohol, nicely hidden.
Smooth mouthfeel, a little bit syrupy, perfect actually. There's also quite a lot of fizz at first, that enhances its drinkability. Sweet, but does not cling in the aftertaste.
Quite a dangerous beer, very tasty and balanced, one might finish the 0.75 l bottle without even noticing. Christmas ale indeed.

dcmchew, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of TheBeerTrekker
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell of banana, Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, spices.

Taste of slightly roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a great winter brew, well balanced, crisp and enjoyable after every sip.

TheBeerTrekker, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Ville
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

So tasty. Enjoyed this on a snowy ski night. Spicy to taste, I really enjoyed this, I wasn't disappointed at all. Best of all, it only cost me $2 at a food mart that sells singles. Best deal ever. I also grabbed a palate wrecker, and a 400 pound monkey.
The Belgians know how to brew. If you can get your hands on this, I recommend it

Ville, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

plinythederek, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Valentno7, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

letshaveanother, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

gschirmacher, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Buck_Jones, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ChuckS, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Aisha, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

djcira, Mar 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

PaulAndrew, Mar 09, 2014
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.