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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,424
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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Durge

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A murky mahogany color with an island of wispy off-white fizz on top and decent traces of lace. The aroma offers delicate malt and hints of apple and maybe even a touch of clove. Weaker than I expected but it comes through if you give it a chance. The flavor commands an unusual fruit melange that includes cotton candy mango and grapefruit. Quite odd. At once interestingly nice but then a bit off-putting. Caramel malt is definitely there but the odd fermenting fruit flavors take over and it's attention getting. There's some cinnamon and grassy grain apple to top off this interesting brew. Alcohol is not overly notable but it's a little warming. The body is easily medium with a good fizzy carbonation that gives it a slightly lighter feel for the style. Worth a try but not a real wow for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 04:15:11 | More by Durge
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brandonkr

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 16:24:48 | More by brandonkr
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CWVegas

Nevada

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2014 06:07:44 | More by CWVegas
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-26-2014 19:46:51 | More by Marco_Gtz
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-24-2014 21:12:59 | More by rodlavers
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WiggyKGB

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2014 03:59:09 | More by WiggyKGB
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:16:36 | More by BeerDocT
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WallingBrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 22:53:03 | More by WallingBrew
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TranceRich

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2014 19:14:23 | More by TranceRich
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2014 02:38:34 | More by mattreitz49
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-18-2014 23:19:07 | More by Lehighace06
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 14:21:35 | More by DLS168
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Guden

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-18-2014 14:20:34 | More by Guden
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 04:40:44 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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BierJager89

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:04:59 | More by BierJager89
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campfirebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-16-2014 22:44:35 | More by campfirebrew
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tmryan21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-16-2014 19:11:40 | More by tmryan21
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 22:54:02 | More by GPHarris
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-14-2014 19:49:31 | More by JeffTheJuice
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NinjaPenguin

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-14-2014 14:13:02 | More by NinjaPenguin
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bunbury

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2014 02:17:01 | More by bunbury
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-13-2014 21:46:23 | More by mattmarka1
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-12-2014 15:29:26 | More by WaterCzar
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Drknight

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2014 02:20:46 | More by Drknight
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:41:51 | More by abeeronthebeach
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.