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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,423
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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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
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-09-2014 01:44:05 | More by Eighty
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.