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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,425 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,425
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)
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2013 20:38:48 | More by Mattyb79
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Kerne

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-19-2013 15:42:11 | More by Kerne
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-19-2013 10:58:08 | More by chuckv
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Almost all head and fortunately, the retention isn't great. The head is light and spicy beige while the body is a mauve, deep maroon that appears as a dull maroon with hints of garnet. A considerable amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- The aroma from the bottle is strong and simplistic. Almost all bananas. A suggestion of cloves. Add a slight cream and it's almost Twinkies. The aroma from the glass is subdued. Faint banana, faint cream. Some cloves.

Taste- Banana and cloves on the forefront but because of the strength of the banana, the cloves seem inviting. Some brown bread, molasses, and aspects of brown sugar. Heavy on Belgian spice- cloves, coriander, but more than that, resilient cinnamon. A complex array of fruity esters which range from orange to lemon to raisin. The fruitiness builds as I drink this and becomes a positive aspect of the beer. Perhaps what I like best about this beer is the amazing balance and integration. It is not in your face like the last Quad I had (BBQ) and thusly, is more enjoyable. The spice (mostly cinnamon) is resilient and might be why they christened this their Christmas Ale. Fairly standard Belgian quad. That is to say, it's a good beer. Almost a really good beer. Slight cherry. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel- A little below medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going with an aspect of smoothness and creaminess to boot. Is it worth 12 bucks a bottle? No but it seems consistent with the style.

Overall- It is what it is. Another competent quad. Does that make it amazing, no. Still quite enjoyable .

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:42:07 | More by artoolemomo
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2013 03:10:58 | More by Hallertau
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JOrtt

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-17-2013 20:04:04 | More by JOrtt
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2013 00:30:32 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2013 21:58:18 | More by ChrisL24481
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-15-2013 20:51:29 | More by jvillefan
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2013 12:03:00 | More by rcjennings
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2013 01:52:26 | More by JakerLou
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Bobk80

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-12-2013 01:37:00 | More by Bobk80
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-11-2013 21:53:08 | More by mjw1200
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-11-2013 09:21:55 | More by zestar
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-10-2013 05:28:10 | More by Lanstrum
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-09-2013 18:46:40 | More by dmorgan310
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srgj88

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-07-2013 02:21:19 | More by srgj88
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lic217

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-06-2013 00:41:03 | More by lic217
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-04-2013 05:24:44 | More by xShoWTeKx
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been through half a bottle of this and I still can't get a handle on what to say about it. No hate no love...just beer.

Pours an amber near black body rather common with yeast filled quads. A nice head but thinner bubbles than perhaps I expected. I know 10% but others have done it. lacing is minimal but there.

Fruity somewhat citrus, think apples and pears with a lot of spice and belgian yeast. I don't think "christmas" but a dry and I mean dry belgian quad. Notice I made no mention of sugar or malt or candy. This is dry.

The beer really is dominated by a somewhat sharp acidic apple bear flavor. I get a lot of perhaps rye bitterness with actually more malt and sugar than expected given the smell. That said the sugars are lost quickly thanks to I really think there could be a brett or similar sour element here way in the back. Spices are all over the place but again not christmas spice.

There's a lot of bite but I'm thinking more of the rye bitterness than alcohol and to be honest it goes down easy, clean, and isn't overly thick. It's about as good as a quad can be if your goal is to chug. For those more sane with 10% beers it sips well too but expect a bite of rye and sour and maybe alcohol is part of this.

I'm not thrilled with this. I'm sure my score says 'bad" to mean, but honestly this is a nice beer. It isn't worth the 11-12 bucks but you get a drinkable beer with some nice flavors and it isn't boring or something you start naming clones of instantly. That said no, it's not new or unique but hey what is, right?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:25:05 | More by bobhits
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DaleStenberg

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-02-2013 04:14:25 | More by DaleStenberg
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DustinSWB

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-01-2013 15:26:51 | More by DustinSWB
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brurevu

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This particular bottle has been aging in my fridge for the last year. The Christmas Ale is bottle conditioned so it poured with a generous head over its deep ruby brown body. The aroma was of fruits and malty sweetness with the taste following the same with some added complexity and a slight bitterness on the palate. The creamy mouthfeel rounded out this truly excellent Christmas Ale that is a fantastic beer for the Holidays.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 17:42:54 | More by brurevu
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alexolit

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-27-2013 15:41:18 | More by alexolit
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Gusmotel

Singapore

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a St. Bernardus snifter glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark, but not pitch black like a standard stout. Foam dissipated quickly into a frothy coating.

Aroma: Sugar, spice, and everything nice. The only thing this beer didn't smell like was freshly fallen snow and a warm fireplace. Both of these though I would recommend pairing with this beer. Sugar, Cinnamon Sticks, Light Citrus, Cloves, and maybe a splash of vanilla. Reminded me of warm Gluhwein in the Vienna Christmas market.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Complex. Light carbonation. Most of the aforementioned spices spring up initially. A surprisingly medium body for such a thick tasting beer. Not milkshake thick, maybe it's just the multitude of Christmas flavours that are screaming to get out. Hops weren't so noticeable as it ended more with that herbal alcohol taste one expects from a Belgian Christmas Offering.

Overall: Not overly sweet or spicy, though there is a definite abundance of this in the beer's character. Again, probably best served when it's cold outside as it will warm you right up. Bought a second bottle to open Christmas Day.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:27:40 | More by Gusmotel
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.