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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,441 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 105
Gots: 150 | 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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Samber79

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-23-2014 00:09:33 | More by Samber79
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hurshybear

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-19-2014 17:15:24 | More by hurshybear
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steelersfan6669

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%

even In the summer this beer is good.
slightly cloying but the spice kind of balances it well.

A-brown with a lot of carb and foam

S-spices , molasses, sugar , yeast and a bread or dough quality

T-almonds ,oak or wood, vanilla , cloves , cinnamon , dried cherries.

M-heavy carbonation , sweet , heavy

O-I like this beer on a chilly evening when I only want one beer .

06-15-2014 00:27:04 | More by steelersfan6669
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-14-2014 16:30:22 | More by BeerMeBrah
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krome

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-05-2014 02:11:24 | More by krome
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-24-2014 23:20:10 | More by PappyVans
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Twal

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-23-2014 04:45:00 | More by Twal
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2014 20:31:28 | More by afsdan
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-11-2014 23:34:30 | More by kybeerdrinker
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-11-2014 06:11:37 | More by DaftPatrick
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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

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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%

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.

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
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.