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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
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1,846 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 145
Gots: 299 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-23-2007

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Ratings: 1,846 | Reviews: 640
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Some dark raisin & alcohol smells, you get some of that latent alcohol taste mixed in with the bready malt and dark fruit / raisin.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Piana pojawiła się na ułamek sekundy i od razu zniknęła, nie pozostawiła po sobie śladu, nawet nie pobrudziła szkła. Na powierzchni tańczyły tylko drobne bąbelki.
Bukiet to wyraźne goździki, pomarańcza, przyprawy nieodłącznie kojarzące się z zimą.
Smak mocno wytrawny, śliwki i wszystkie atrybuty aromatu, które przywodzą na myśl grzaniec, jest także masywny i ciężki, no i oczywiście alkohol, który niesamowicie rozgrzewa.
Mimo swojej mocy (10% Alk.), alkohol w piwie jest bardzo dobrze schowany. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale czaruje goryczką, która jest sucha, wytrawna, "pestkowa".
Można odnieść wrażenie, że to piwo jest "tłuste", treściwe, a jednocześnie łatwe do picia, wysycenie więcej niż średnie.
Bardzo polecam na zimowe wieczory, przy kominku z dobrą książką.

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3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy deep gold with amazingly fizzy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of ripened fruit and bready malt. Taste is sweet malt, with hints of raisin and dark fruits. Some yeasty notes here also. Mouthfeel is mild and pleasant. 10% ABV is very well hidden !!

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy leathery brown with a thin head. Smells fruity with spicy Belgian yeast - caramel malts. Taste: caramel malt base and spicy yeast. Umami savory yeastiness. Dried fruits and berries. Finishes dry. Moderate weight on the tongue with active prickly carbonation. Delicious.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brief write-up. Oh man, what a killer Noel ale, rich and spicy yet oh so dangerous. The Belgian yeast is powerful, but it remains impeccably balanced throughout. I'm amazed how light and effortless this remains. I'd drink this during the 4th of July, it's that damn good.

4.32/5: Christmas in March, mofos!

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3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml...half price at my local place. Guess they didn't think anyone would want a Xmas ale in Feb, but I figured a St Bernardus quad would have some staying power (if not aging power).
Pours brown with sizable stick head. Great nose. Tons of fruity esters. Good full mouth feel and not particularly hot for a 10% brew. Big malt, spice, complex flavor profile. Very enjoyable. Glad I got 2.

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.