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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 112
Gots: 162 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Large 75cl bottle (2012?) served in a large Piraat tulip.

A: Dark but clear red-brown body. Large, durable, off-white foamy head,with exceptional lacing. Patchy sticky lace decorates the glass well after tipping.

Aroma: Dark fruits and dark bread crust. Faint spices. yeast and an unfortunate touch of must comes with the yeastiness.

Flavor: Sweet, but not overly so, with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Hints of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. A suggestion of rum. Dark fruit in abundance. No mustiness, thankfully. Complex and layered. Faint, ripe banana. Loads of depth here, and other flavor components come and go, adding to the enjoyment of this great ale.

Feel: medium body. Medium-heavy but soft carbonation makes for a light and lively feel.. Smooth, sticky and gently warming.

O: More like an ABT 12 than St. Bernardus Prior 8. Better than the Prior 8 and, if not for the aroma, it would be better than the ABT 12 too. Despite the Xmas theme, quite enjoyable in the summer. Highly recommended.

chinchill, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Samber79, Jun 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

hurshybear, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of steelersfan6669
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 .

steelersfan6669, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

BeerMeBrah, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

krome, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PappyVans, May 25, 2014
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Twal, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kybeerdrinker, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

yeaprolly, May 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bobbysworld, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

wilfmaster, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Russf3181, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

apasternak, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

pisano, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Beestin, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

udubdawg, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

KrittyKratz, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

marleyr, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mnredsoxfan69, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of shacawgo24
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.

shacawgo24, Apr 16, 2014
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.