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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,416 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 96
Gots: 142 | 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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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-11-2014 02:35:11 | More by yeaprolly
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bobbysworld

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

05-05-2014 06:24:15 | More by bobbysworld
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wilfmaster

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-05-2014 02:54:15 | More by wilfmaster
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Russf3181

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-03-2014 01:57:12 | More by Russf3181
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jadler16

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-02-2014 16:50:38 | More by jadler16
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apasternak

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-27-2014 00:34:48 | More by apasternak
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pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-25-2014 20:42:25 | More by pisano
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Beestin

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-20-2014 20:17:47 | More by Beestin
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udubdawg

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-20-2014 14:53:54 | More by udubdawg
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KrittyKratz

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

04-20-2014 01:35:12 | More by KrittyKratz
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marleyr

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-19-2014 19:47:29 | More by marleyr
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-19-2014 05:50:52 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Dark raisin brown body. Off-white four finger head, (yes four) that has a slight hue of pink to it. The head is incredibly soapy and foamy. Your cup will runneth and floweth over. Head is also flaked with crystals that glitter throughout like fresh fallen snowflakes. Patchy, clumpy, sticky lace decorates glass.

S-Bourbon. Sour skins of grape, cherry and apple. Baking spices. Molasses. Brown sugar. Doughy. Yeasty. Inhale deeply enough your nose might sneeze from the pure abundance of spiced yeast.

T-Brown sugar. Cherry almond. Ginger bread or something wow. Nutmeg. Vanilla. Rum. Oak/woodsy. Bourbon. Cookie. Dry cinnamon & clove. Fruit flavored glazed pies like apple & cherry. Slightest of grape flavor, akin to an astringent red wine grape. The most subdued banana note, like a custard. One can go on and on deciphering flavors. The most consistent note was the hard to describe cherry-ginger-glazed pie STRONG middle-sip flavor.

M-Medium-low body. Medium-heavy carbonation. Sip starts tart, sweet and spiced. Then a punch of bitter-sweet bourbon uppercuts in the middle. Also in the middle is a sweet yeasty/doughy pie/donut note. The end of the sip is all of the aforementioned in harmony, slowly fading away into the aftertastes. The after is a gentle titillation of dry bitter holiday spices.
The yeast is the star here, swamping your palate with prickling sensations. And the hops as well bring this effect. Very sticky your lips get with time.

O-St. Bernardus does no wrong. This Christmas Ale ages perfectly, you can sip one in the summer. This quad was meant to be sipped. So complex and boozy. I do wish the body was more grand and creamy, silky. Other than that, you can't get much better in look, smell and taste. Quads are probably the best beer style on Earth. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is powerful proof for that claim.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 10:20:33 | More by shacawgo24
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derekrick420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-15-2014 19:17:53 | More by derekrick420
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FreeKansas

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2014 22:12:43 | More by FreeKansas
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-14-2014 14:12:01 | More by ScubaSteve00
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-14-2014 00:14:03 | More by Damian74Shensky
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-11-2014 14:02:27 | More by WhiskeeTango
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-09-2014 00:25:18 | More by ZinFanDave
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donzilake

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-02-2014 18:58:33 | More by donzilake
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mletten

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-01-2014 14:59:16 | More by mletten
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2014 14:43:50 | More by wonothesane42
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2014 03:15:04 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-25-2014 04:05:31 | More by brpendergast85
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brbrocc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2014 14:39:10 | More by brbrocc
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.