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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,508 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 118
Gots: 180 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ChipMurray, Aug 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

kmos27, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of BurlesqueRadio
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I bought this beer at a liquor store in downtown Denver two days before Christmas last year. I was spending the holidays away from my family living 1,500 miles from them and wanted to grab a sixer of ANYTHING. There were so many brews (even collaborations) by Lagunitas & Dogfish Head that I'd already tried from this particular liquor store so I was definitely in gear to snag something different.

I had my first St. Bernardus at a WOB on my 21st birthday and thought it tasted so delicious that I could barely remember my evening after 4 too many. The Christmas Ale had to hold up to the name so I gave it a shot.

I remember thinking that I needed to take smaller sips, an extremely sweet beer with a very strong mouthfeel and such a high ABV definitely indicated so. Soothing, velvety- Christmas-y. The sweetness reminded me of a concentrated caramel syrup, but in the best way possible. In beer. One of my favorites.

BurlesqueRadio, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

TheMsnLink, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BeerBucks, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

alamode, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

cbeer88, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Scott_McCool, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kds2437, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Quafftastic, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; best before 7/24/2017. Pours lightly hazy very dark red color with a 1 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, light banana, brown sugar, molasses, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, coriander, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with balanced malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, light banana, clove, pepper, toast, brown sugar, coriander, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, banana, toast, brown sugar, clove, pepper, brown bread, coriander, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with dark malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

pmoney, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

bcostner1, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

smartassboiler, Jul 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bird22, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

jborg, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

wiltznucs, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus branded goblet.

The bottle creates a loud pop when I pull the cork, but it is no gusher. A burgundy brown colored beer is full and rich to the eye, with a full eggshell white head that is initially huge before settling down a little bit.

The aroma is full of plums, dates, and a bit of raisins. Holiday spices light up the nose as well. All of these aromas exist in front of a full caramel malt.

My first sip is quite sweet. Brown sugar, plums, dates, figs, and raisins are the most noticeable at first. The holiday spices from the nose come through as well; nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all work well with the fruit notes. A bit of bread crusts and sweet caramel provide the malt presence. There is a bit of booze and light dry bitterness toward the end of the sip.

From the pop of the cork, it was obvious that this is a well-carbonated brew. It is a overly creamy carbonation with a little bit of a bubbly nature as well, as I am used to in the abbey ales. The flavor starts sweet and sticky and finishes with a light residue on the lips.

Overall I thought this was quite complex and enjoyable. Pretty much what I would expect out of St. Bernardus.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

HALB, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ZEB89, Jun 22, 2013
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.