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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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1,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 140
Gots: 288 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-23-2007

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A- Poured from a large bottle into a snifter, the carbonation described by other reviewers was no myth. The cork is raring to come out of the bottle once the cage is removed. It pours a dark liquid giving a huge almond-coloured head that remains thick for some time. Nice looking lacing up to the top of the glass.

S- Nice, sour malt and light bitter smell.

T- Sweet upfront, followed by delicious rich malt. Prune and maybe a light orange.

M- Medium to medium-heavy body with some feel from the 10% alcohol and a warmness after swallowing.

O- Delightful beer that I look forward to getting next year as well. Pairs nicely with the summer sausage and cheese spread I've got going.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a nice once finger cocoa head. Excellent lacing left on my snifter glass. Nose is mainly figs, raisin, dark fruit, clove, and other spices. Not quite as strong as I'd like, but still very balanced and pleasant. Taste steps it up a notch- this is one of the better Belgian Christmas brews I've had. Just super balanced and really well put together. Feel is full, smooth, and incredibly balanced... Pretty amazing! Overall, this is probably the #2 Belgian Christmas beer I've had- it's definitely worth a buy. Cheers!

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mar02x
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A dark brown beer with a fluffy head. There are some carbonation bubbles visible that a racing to the top.

S - Fruity and fresh nose, spices, caramel and vanilla scents.

T - Caramel, candy sugar, nutty flavors, spices, vanilla , oranges - very complex but not so nice.

M - A lot of carbonation that quickly disappears.

O - A good Christmas ale but not so special. It is over the top. A not so good attempt to make something good even better.

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of seand
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent dark reddish brown, with a huge amount of tan head. The cork was pushing itself out once I got it started, and came out with a pop, but no overflowing. Most of the head disappears pretty quickly, but some clumps retain and leave pretty good sheets of lacing.

S: Rich and deep, with a somewhat subtle rendition of the normal belgian spices. There's also a touch of something almost smoky. Very nicely put together.

T: Complex with very deep flavors, but also manages to feel simple subdued. The finish is there, but the aftertaste doesn't last too long, except for a touch of a smoky scotch note, which is the only indication of the booze content I notice.

M: Medium body, actually surprisingly light towards the finish. Medium but prickly carbonation.

Overall this is quite nice, but you do have to pay attention to it; it's complex, but not a flavor bomb. I can't quite place why, but it does feel like a christmas beer to me, despite not really having any christmas-y spices as far as I can tell.

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served with a smallish, cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber. Aroma is super malty, vineous, yeast, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor's very similar to nose with toffee, caramel, malt, yeast, carbonic tang all in the fore! Body and carbonation are faultless. Finish is malt, carmel, toffee and a touch of fruit while of average length. Luscious beer!

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

Serving Type - Caged and corked 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, huge monster 5+ inch foamy, creamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Bready, yeasty aroma, spices, dark fruits, some sugars, Some floral fruits also. Totally what you want from a belgian strong ale.

Taste - A spiced up fruitier version of 12 basically is how i would describe this. Lots of fruits, espically cherry, and added spices start this beer off. The grassy/floral hops add some dry bitterness. Yeast also adds a grassy, easrthy feel along with some dry bready quality. The alcohol is present in each drink, warms slighty and actually works well with the sweetness.

MOuthfeel - Its a big beer, and lots of flavor. Medium thickness, coats tounge with spices, fruits, malts, yeast and a little booze. Pallete gets remaining fruits and yeast, and alcohol. Aftertaste is a little dry and yeasty.

Overall - Fantastic, love this! A boat load of flavor, easy to drink, but this 22oz is plenty. A great once a year beer that i seek out annually and use to start my holidays with. Christmas has started offically for me. Great beer, espically for St. Bernardus 10 and 12 fans.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Version
Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - A nice strong pop is heard after the cork is pulled. Pours a nice slight caramel color with some brown notes and a huge 2 inch slightly off white head. The head is dense and creamy almost like a cappuccino.

S - Traditional and delicious BSDA spice. SOme nice yeasty phenols. There is also a ton of bready malt with some slight clove and some nice cinnamon notes. The aroma is delicious and silky smooth. There is some slight caramel sweetness and mild alcoholic notes.

T & M - Wow. Soo creamy. Traditional Dark Ale spice is present. There is some slight peppercorn and of course some clove. There is also a nice bready taste that has some slight sweet hints. Cinnamon is perceived as well. There is some alcoholic notes that are present yet welcome and warming. The beer is smooth and well crafted. It is quite complex as well. There are some dark fruit undertones throughout the middle portion of the beer that can be perceived better as it warms. This is not only a delicious winter beer it is actually a delicious beer period.

O - Very good beer by St. Bernardus. Complex yet approachable and high on the ABV but not too intense. Very good beer and great for the cooler weather.

Photo of Acoke
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RichBeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ElGallo
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jeezie
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this beer for a while but got totally shut out last year. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Be careful opening this one - once I removed the cage the cork fired like a shotgun blast and ricocheted off the ceiling. Pours a deep plum color with a slightly hazy clarity. Head starts off as a fluffy, two inch, cream-colored cloud of foam. As the head recedes into a quarter inch cap, delicate, textured spots and strands of lacing are revealed and exhibit excellent adhesion. This beer looks exquisite in its proper glassware. Nose expresses dark fruits with a slightly vinous character, Belgian yeast and some nutty notes (perhaps hazelnut). Taste follows nose - flavor profile is pretty standard for the style in my opinion; however, there's a trace of ethanol that overshadows things a bit, making it difficult to tease out the subtleties. I also get a little wet cardboard towards the finish, but it dissipates quickly. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly prickly carbonation, as well as a bit of gassiness. Overall, a very solid Belgian Strong Dark; however, perhaps a little young. I would probably sit on this vintage for a couple more years.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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