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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,446 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 151 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

rodlavers, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

WiggyKGB, Jan 22, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -4%

Many thanks to Minks Beverages on Delk Rd. in ATL for saving me a few bottles of this.

Poured into my old reliable La Trappe goblet, "Le Belgianator."

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a murky, chocolatey brown. Completely opaque, but as the glass lowered, it became translucent. Go figure. Nice 1/2" head slowly faded away to nice foam on top. Decent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Bouquet is very subdued on this brew. The nose became more pronounced as the beer warmed, but still quite subdued. What I do smell is nice: smoked grains, big malt... . Shame there isn't more of it.

Taste 4.25: Front is sweet and spicy, with hints of anise and a slight sourness. Middle is lovely: top of the palate and a perfect blend of sweet and slightly sour with a hint of smokiness and some nice dried dark fruits. Finish is actually somewhat dry...to begin with. Then you are hit with a subdued and wonderfully balanced taste of cloves, cardamon and a very tasty Belgian yeast. Finish is short except in the very top of the palate where you can still detect a certain lovely maltiness for minutes after each lovely gulp.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Mouthfeel definitely enhances the taste of this delicious seasonal.

Overall 4.0: Just an outstanding seasonal brew. Balanced, smooth and dangerously sessionable at its entirely undetectable 9.0%+ ABV, this is a present I want under my tree every year. I know that some purists out there may complain about "Specialty Market" this and that, but if every specialty beer could turn out like this one...wow. All I have to say is, "Vive le marché spécial!!!" Also...why is this not classified as a "Belgian Strong Dark"? Seriously, get it right, folks.

BeerDocT, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

WallingBrew, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

TranceRich, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DLS168, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Guden, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

XicanoBeerRun, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Dark opaque brown with a tan head.

S: Banana, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg in the nose.

T: Nutmeg and banana come through strong, cinnamon is there as well, especially present in the finish.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Probably the second best beer they make. It's a great beer to have on Christmas.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

campfirebrew, Jan 16, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

tmryan21, Jan 16, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

2011 vintage

a - poured a three-fingers thick, dense tan head into a tulip glass that settled to a thick sheet with great lacing throughout. the body was dark reddish-purple.
s - big aromas of cherry, plum and raisin.
t - same as the aroma but with some spice as well. some good malt sweetness too. very complex as all St. B beers are.
m - lively carbonation.
o - excellent as always from St. B. i'll always drink one of these during the holidays i hope.

GPHarris, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

NinjaPenguin, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bunbury, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

WaterCzar, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -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.

abeeronthebeach, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jklecko2, Jan 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -52.7%

EdelweissDad, Jan 08, 2014
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.