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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 145
Gots: 300 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-23-2007

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Ratings: 1,844 | Reviews: 640
Photo of Jdub983
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of txbrewer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown (slight red with the light showing through it) with a healthy head that holds for a few minutes and then fades to plenty of stuck lacing in the glass.

S - a little yeasty, a little toffee/chocolate bittersweet, just a touch of alcohol. When I first popped the bottle (champagne corked 750 mil) it had a bit more of the sweetness to it, once poured though, it diminished.

T - mild hops with the toffee/chocolate bittersweet coming through but not overpowering.

M - easy going, all the smells and flavors blend well enough to keep this going down quite easy.

OK, ever made that root beer float and had the head that just took a few to go away...that is how this poured. I am currently at the end of the bottle and there is still some lacing sticking around the pint glass. For me, this has just enough of the hops and toffee/chocolate to keep me coming back for another (and I am wanting a second bottle at the moment). I will be back for another of these and will be looking for other St Bernardus bottles in the local markets.

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hyoung41
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great brew have had a couple of times saved this one from 2 years ago just ot see how it ages.

Not as carbinated as freash but nicely mellowed dark, small wispy head.

Abv is well hidden, be carefull.

Can definately make out the belgain candy sugar the nice warm bready taste.

Definately worth having with a bit of age on it.

A must try and a great winter warmer.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned poured into tulip..

I have never seen a beer produce so much carbonation out of the bottle. A gentle pour produced 3.5 head of cloud like mocha foam which dispersed with webbing down the glass. Unreal.

Smell is initially raisins and some baking spice and figs. Definitely a hint of sweetness.

Taste is exceptional. Nice toffee like taste at first, then cherries and spiced cake. Ends a little hot, would be interesting to see how it ages.

Can't imagine a better winter warmer.

Photo of JCFinn
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of elNopalero
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a tan-brown color. It has a spicy aroma—I pick up a lot of the so-called holiday spice mix blended/balanced with an estery Belgian-style aroma. Upon tasting I find cinnamon and cloves dominate, along with an underlying Belgian quad taste. Warms nicely with little hint of its strength. Tasty.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark chestnut. reddish tint, with a thick dark cream colored head. looks purdy.

S-strong scent of dark belgian spices and sugars. a hint of salted caramel and sweetness.

T-comes in with a really decent taste dark belgian grains and spices...with a nice emphasis on the spice and a certain belgian rawness. its a flavor that really sticks tongue. a good amount of peppercorn here. matching after-taste. high quality in and out. this beer hugs the mouth.

M-really heavy on the carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-i'm actually surprised at how drinkable this beer is. it goes down very easily for the high ABV. as i drink it more, the flavors in the after-taste seem to come out more. its not my favorite christmas brew, but it isn't bad. i'll get this again some time, but next i'd like to share the 750mL possibly. this is great beer though...a must try.

Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky chestnut tone while yielding a generous 2"+ beige/tan head. strong retention and patches of lacing evident.

nose offers a strong spice presence with other notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and belgian yeast.

flavor follows the aroma with strong opening salvo of spices, followed by the malt and caramel / brown sugar elements, then the dark fruits. tasty, relatively complex. medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

overall, it's a bit reminiscent of (at the risk of being simplistic) a spiced version of the abt 12 - which i would prefer. a very good christmas ale, just nothing overly spectacular.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours what initially appears to be a nearly opaque black, but when held up to the light, the ale is actually a clear, dark, brownish amber. This ale pours with a tremendous, rocky beige head that laces deep into the glass. It's really a good looking beer.

S: The smell is a bit of a disappointment really, as soft, gentle aromas of banana, cream, milk chocolate, figs, and dates fill the nose. I was expecting something a bit spicier and more assertive. At least there is nothing in the way of an alcohol aroma.

T: Opens sweet and rich with notes of caramel, dark bread, pear drop candy, banana, chocolate, heavy cream, figs, raisins, and dates. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming alcohol flavor and presence that singes the tongue and obliterates any chance of other flavors developing. The finish is hot and intoxicating with pear drop, banana, cream, and chocolate notes lost in a swirl of fiery alcohol.

M: Full bodied and filling with active carbonation. This ale is initially smooth, creamy, malty, and rich, but once the alcohol kicks in, it dries out completely. Very difficult to drink. I cannot figure out why this beer is so off-kilter.

O: I've always been a fan of both St. Bernardus and this style, so I really wanted to like this beer. Unfortunately, I just couldn't. The overwhelming alcohol presence and heavy mouthfeel ruined this one for me. I doubt I'll be purchasing this beer again.

Photo of drgarage
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super carbonated, Belgian ale just in time for this holiday season, pours a slightly clouded mahogany brown burgundy color with a light khaki tan head forming thick and fully bubbled. Aroma is full of Christmas spices meaning hints of cinnamon, ginger, and other famous pie spices. Full on flavor of ripened fruits and sweet bursting dessert like bready pie crust. Fruit filled with spices galore this is some big festive drinking Christmas ale. Full on honey tinged ripened fruit with hints of papaya, pineapple tartness with bittering hoiday spices balancing out the pure sweetness of this big Belgian ale. Alcoholic slight medicinal burn in each sip with high carbonation this really tickles the nares but the effervescent carbonation carries things well, and it finishes with bitter dry holiday spices. Wonderful amazing freak of nature Belgian Christmas bier that we all look forward to each year.

Photo of Mtnbeerman
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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