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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,659 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,659
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 132
Gots: 246 | FT: 7
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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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a deep bark hazy brown color with a huge off white tannish head on it that holds great retention and great lacing. Pretty typical of St. B's beers in appearance.

S= This doesn't have any "christmasy" spice to it which is nice since it's May. There is a great spicyness to the yeast odor to it that covers some darker fruit aroma as well as some candied sugar typical of a Belgian.

T= The taste is similar to the aroma. Dark fruit and spicy Belgian yeast that gives off an almost bannana like flavor to it. Nice amount of candied sugar that I usually associate with St. B's beers. A solid pick.

M= Highly carbonated and light on the tongue.

O= Another solid beer from St. B's. Bought as a gift and I appreciated it so much I bought another. This is a solid beer that will put you in the holiday spirit no matter the season.

Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of madcal
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of smi
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MassiveBeerReviews
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheResidentialOP
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of gtermi
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a VERY dark copper body with a thick white head that slowly fades. As the beer fades, it leaves a lot of thick lace on the glass.

S: This has a strong amount of Belgian yeast that gives off that amazing fruitiness and a sort of floral scent. Its very sweet too that tingles the nose.

T: This is where the beer REALLY shines for me. It just has that perfect amount of malt, sweetness and yeast. It is very sweet and lingers for a very long time. It almost has a fruit juice flavor to it.

M: Now I don't exactly love the mouthfeel because the beer feels so thick when I drink it. The carbonation is a killer and makes it a little less enjoyable to drink.

O: This beer is great and I would for sure buy it again. I seem to find beers that use Belgian yeasts a little too carbonated, but I guess thats just how the yeast works.

Photo of Vpr5002
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MtnDewd
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of darcange
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jpajpajeff
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TheLastEngineer
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BoOmerG
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Samstronaut
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Word of caution, make sure you aim this one away from anything breakable or your face as my cork rocketed across the room unlike any I have ever seen. Large frothy head, nice retention on a deep clear amber body.

S: rich dark fruit aroma with mostly fig and cherry and strawberry, not too sweet.

T: more dark fruit but more sour than sweet. Spicey Belgian yeast as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry in the finish.

Overall: a Little sour but overall a nice drinkable strong ale from this brewery.

Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Deep, opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is Belgian yeast and flavor is sweet Belgian yeast and spice, nice Christmas ale. Higher ABV is hidden. $11.20 for a 750ml caged & corked bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of IronLover
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep walnut brown in color and murky. Poured with a billowy off-white foam with awesome retention that left huge sheets of lacings on the glass. Spicy aromas hit the nose first with sweet estery and dark malts in the background. Medium bodied with aggressive yet smooth delicate carbonation. Dark fruit and banana flavors from start to finish with spices overtop. Herbal hops come and go through the middle. The flavors are consistent and coexist nicely as not one flavor overwhelms the others. Finishes semi-dry with a light yeasty and spicy aftertaste.

Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.