Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,717 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,717
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 137
Gots: 257 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-23-2007)
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Photo of ddedhed
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjc3151
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A dark reddish mahogany, very hazy, holds up a cream colored head. The head recedes to a thick soapy film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Figs, cherries, spices such as cinnamon, tart cranberry, malts.

Taste: Fruity and spicy with cranberries, apples, and cherries coming to mind. Malty with just enough sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry boozy finish.

Overall: Delicious, with a perfect blend of fruit, malts, and spiciness. This tastes how a Christmas ale should in my opinion. Consumed on Christmas day, 2014.

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

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark ruby body, fluffy huge off-white head fades quickly. Low lacing.
S - Peppery, yeast dominates the nose.
T - Sweet, dark fruits. Pepper, clove. Slight hint of alcohol. Residual sweetness.
M - Medium/thick body. High carbonation. Really moves over the palate, dries out and leaves slight booze burn.
O - I always heard good things and I was certainly not disappointed. Definitely a go-to Christmas from now on.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KonigObHops
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, slightly cloudy with a thick, off-white head that takes a long time to dissipate. Good Belgian Lace.

The beer smells sweet and the alcohol is already present.

The initial taste is sweet, sugary, and fruity. In the middle, the alcohol is very present, with hints of spice (nutmeg? coriander? cinnamon?) along with the fruity taste. The finish is crisp and sweet. This beer is like candy in a bottle.

The mouth feel is sharp and crisp.

Overall, this is a great Christmas Ale. It is not as rich and spiced as many Christmas Ales and you need to be in the mood for an extremely sweet Belgian Ale, but if you are, then this is an amazing beer.

Photo of mattbk
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, fairly cloudy, but such a luxurious head that doesn't quit.
S: Raisin, fig, the slightest hint of alcohol, sweet candi malts, almost like pie. Not very strong, but very nice.
T: Similar but stronger. Sweet but not at all cloying. Again, raisin and fig. Very, very drinkable for 10%, just enough complexity to make it interesting. Alcohol really, really well hidden, no hint of bitterness. Very, very nice.
M: The best part of this beer. So light, well carbonated but not overly. Not at all syrupy.
O: Really, really like this beer, perhaps more than ABT 12, maybe my favorite quad. It's become a Christmas tradition.

Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What better beer to have on Christmas Eve?
There is some really nice soft fruit in this aroma. Sweet and light (apple, orange, pear that sort of thing). Absolutely wonderful. Soft yeasty spicing in the background.
Brownish red and tan head with good stamina.
More classic in taste in style. Clear malt, strong yeast qualities, darker fruits. Clear shot of alcohol in the gut. Richness. Nicely drying on the finish. Huge effervescence in feel.

Photo of BobMessina
3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hoppy. Fruity with a slight over carbonation.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brownish mohagany color with a thick tan head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet bread, alcohol soaked dark fruit, fruit cake, spice, burnt caramel and toffee. I could keep going with descriptors because it's a deeply enticing brew. Taste is of alcohol soaked dark fruit, sweet bread, cherry, spice, pear, burnt caramel and toffee. Great creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry. Light medium body and scary drinkability for a beer with 10% alcohol. This is a great Christmas beer with a seemingly endless flavor profile.

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

Photo of parintele
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vogt52
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zp6167a
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdw275
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brotherloco
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,717 ratings.