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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,459 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 113
Gots: 164 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

craigdb, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

freewill35, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MightiestBeard, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous hue with a festive brightness and a color resembling the dried candied fruits that come so clear in the taste. This dark cherry or mahogany was topped by a dense froth.

The sweet smell of dates, prunes, raisins and plums hit the nose with a malty back drop that fruit cake. This is called a Christmas Ale for a reason.

The flavor is dried candied fruits with lots of prunes, dates, raisin and plum. Much like the nose there's a malty cake taste that melds well an brings it all together.

The flavors are certainly in line with a Quad but it has a fruit cake like thickness that makes this an excellent winter holiday beer. Sweet and savory notes of dried candied fruits couple with malt to give this an excellent smoothness.

KYGunner, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of PatRNixon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PatRNixon, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

csurowiec, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of random846
4/5  rDev -5.4%

random846, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of HollyHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

HollyHops, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Kerrie, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

KeyWestGator, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jerefreakinmiah, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JustinHendricks, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of MickeyMonk
4/5  rDev -5.4%

MickeyMonk, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Bernoulli
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/2-3/4" head that lasts

dark hazy amber

filled two glasses with an inch for person #3 to try.

Not much of a smell, maybe a wiff of banana bread?

The alcohol flavor is not overpowering at all but you can tell its there if you swish it around. Definite taste of a variety of spices but not that jump out so much you can place them. Carbonation as it goes down. Flavor fades quickly at first. Warm staying power as it goes on.

A warming, not over-powering, satisfying winter ale.

(Even the MGD drinker at the table thought it was ok.)

Bernoulli, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

outsider, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

falc0n2600, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

FadetoBock, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

EliotTruelove, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kkmiller76, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark ruby red and clear with a two finger head.
Aroma is cherries, tartness and spices.
Flavor is dark fruit and black cherry with some spice on the back end.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and bitter and spice slightly lingers with each sip.
Great beer for the holidays!

zookerman182, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ridgeline23, Nov 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

IrishFrenchman, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mikefuski17, Nov 26, 2013
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.