Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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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
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
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
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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