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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,661 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 133
Gots: 248 | 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 Ken_P
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charles_walker1980
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjtierney2
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jcattey
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Disease
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Joey1566
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MartzMimic
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a reddish brown with a fantastically creamy head that hangs around for a long time. Thick, substantial lacing on the glass. It's a bit cold, and I imagine the temperature is keeping the aroma subdued. There's some breadiness and a bit of spice. Lots of dark fruit and spices on the tongue, much like a fruitcake. Sweet toffee on the end, but not a huge aftertaste. It's very creamy, but not overly thick. This is one of the better Christmas beers that I've tried, and I'll certainly choose this one again.

Photo of ChronoZaga
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of backwardspope
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked bottle 1 pint 9.4 ounce into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear dark brown color with two-finger tan head after a careful pour, excellent retention, highly carbonated, significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet malt, pears, bread, faint spice maybe Nutmeg?

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then bread and pears with faint spice taste of cinnamon and a little Belgian funk, the 10% alcohol is noticeable but well disguised.

PALATE: this is a sticky beer with higher carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an excellent beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The higher alcohol content would prevent me from having it often but it's great to have on a special occasion like Christmas. This beer would most certainly appeal to anyone who enjoys the Belgian Quad style.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of davelag
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Premo88
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bomber poured into chalice

(25.07.18 printed on cap; best before July 25, 2018)

L: classic Belgian foam pours out of bottle -- couldn't properly pour this brew into anything but a wide-mouthed glass; tan foam is super thick and lasts forever atop an amber brew ... the color is relatively light for a quad, reddish brown, copper, red, nothing black nor mud-brown; clarity is uncanny -- even off the pour, it looks almost 80% clear, and as it sits in the glass for a few minutes, sure enough it clears up to almost German-lager-like proportions ... absolutely beautiful; no sticking or lacing but otherwise a perfect-looking beer

S: grapes, wine, sweet grapes ... copper, metal rust; dark dried fruits, even some dried cranberries in there, but mostly dates and raisins

T: slightly boozy punch of sweet dark fruits, dates mostly, and wine/grapes; a little yeast/grain in the aftertaste

F: fantastic! i'm a sucker for carbonation, so the Belgians are my favorites, and this one delievers. very full and carbonated but just light enough to be very drinkable; possibly too carbonated ... you *do* have to drink through foam often

O: dangerous beer here -- perhaps the lightest, easiest drinking quad I've run across so far in limited experience with the style; it's got plenty of dark-fruit notes, even as dark as raisins, but it's still very accessible and sweet

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.