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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

1,434 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 147 | FT: 6
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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Darkhnum

Israel

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-06-2014 09:26:25 | More by Darkhnum
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Mumbles720

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-06-2014 06:04:59 | More by Mumbles720
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2014 20:31:59 | More by psoriasaurus
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2014 03:46:06 | More by Texasfan549
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2014 22:31:26 | More by irish01980
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-03-2014 20:16:23 | More by GraduatedCashew
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dkw0063

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2014 17:23:34 | More by dkw0063
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 17:20:26 | More by raythealeman
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-02-2014 13:29:27 | More by Supergenious
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Nathan_Snyder

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2014 11:09:58 | More by Nathan_Snyder
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Durge

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

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%

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.

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%

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.

01-17-2014 18:04:59 | More by BierJager89
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.