Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Dark ruby-black with a big finger of frothy dark khaki head. Fades slowly.
S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, booze.
T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugars, some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Great balanced Quad. Good mix of yeast and malt flavors.
04-28-2013 08:00:42 | More by ngeunit1
2.78/5 rDev -34.3%
Poured into tulip at Uber in Seattle.
Appears dark hazel with very little head. Nice lacing.
Aroma seemed a bit weak. Slightly malty, and a small fruit aroma. Very subtle.
Taste was a bit bitter with a small alcohol burn. Somewhat complex, but nothing really stood out.
Palate was a bit grainy with little carbonation.
Not sure what was going on with this, but I wasn’t all that impressed...
04-01-2013 21:21:59 | More by Smurf2055
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Hazy, dark red color with two fingers of light tan head that fades very slowly with a thick curtain of lace.
Aroma: Lots of ripe fruit, mostly cherry and raisin over toasted malt. Faint hints of yeast and lemon mix in here and there.
Taste: Full bodied and creamy up front with lots of malt sweetness, along with some sticky, candy-syrup sweetness. A surprising amount of carbonation lightens things up in the middle, where some of the fruit notes show up along with some molasses and that wonderful Belgian yeastiness. A little bit of boozyness on the way out, but otherwise a lingering, slightly bready finish.
The Rest: Fantastic. A terrific Quad with big, bold flavors yet with layers of subtlety.
03-23-2013 22:27:23 | More by curasowa
5/5 rDev +18.2%
first 5 star review
750ml poured into a st bernardus chalice
pours an opaque brown with a quarter inch head. taste hints at nutmeg, smell has some cinnamon going on.
taste is full, this is a heavy beer but the abv is definitely well hidden.
i love this beer and i'm one of few that likes this better than the abt 12.
03-18-2013 03:11:01 | More by YieldToNothing
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.