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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

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 138
Gots: 280 | 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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Photo of hypnotoad1
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirhc3034
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrew041180
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a nightcap on Christmas Day, 2014.

Deep brown mahogany with ruby highlights in the correct light. Strong carbonation maintains a thin head and accentuates a nice feel. The flavor is breadier than I expected, almost marzen like, but obviously with greater potency. Slightly spicy character, but more related to the yeast than actual spice additions. Quite dry finish, with barely a hint of alcohol. Lovely beer.

Photo of npendres
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t8dd
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of glinnebur
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tvljr
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jersekong
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdwardK77
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nodder
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DamienI
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tree777
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.