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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

1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 105
Gots: 149 | 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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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-17-2013 09:39:20 | More by Jason1337
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Rick760Sd

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-16-2013 16:39:15 | More by Rick760Sd
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jfvarela

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-10-2013 00:44:10 | More by jfvarela
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2013 00:27:11 | More by Colosdog
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-06-2013 14:35:51 | More by rwilde
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bacasnax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-01-2013 22:24:52 | More by bacasnax
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Smurf2055

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -34.3%

Poured into tulip at Uber in Seattle.

Appears dark hazel with very little head. Nice lacing.

Aroma seemed a bit weak. Slightly malty, and a small fruit aroma. Very subtle.

Taste was a bit bitter with a small alcohol burn. Somewhat complex, but nothing really stood out.

Palate was a bit grainy with little carbonation.

Not sure what was going on with this, but I wasn’t all that impressed...

04-01-2013 21:21:59 | More by Smurf2055
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Elbrownbag

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-01-2013 19:47:31 | More by Elbrownbag
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PaF

Israel

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-30-2013 21:57:43 | More by PaF
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-30-2013 04:04:39 | More by BAsbill
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brheuer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-25-2013 00:36:37 | More by brheuer
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-23-2013 22:40:53 | More by Sparky44
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curasowa

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Hazy, dark red color with two fingers of light tan head that fades very slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of ripe fruit, mostly cherry and raisin over toasted malt. Faint hints of yeast and lemon mix in here and there.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy up front with lots of malt sweetness, along with some sticky, candy-syrup sweetness. A surprising amount of carbonation lightens things up in the middle, where some of the fruit notes show up along with some molasses and that wonderful Belgian yeastiness. A little bit of boozyness on the way out, but otherwise a lingering, slightly bready finish.

The Rest: Fantastic. A terrific Quad with big, bold flavors yet with layers of subtlety.

03-23-2013 22:27:23 | More by curasowa
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YieldToNothing

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

first 5 star review
750ml poured into a st bernardus chalice

pours an opaque brown with a quarter inch head. taste hints at nutmeg, smell has some cinnamon going on.

taste is full, this is a heavy beer but the abv is definitely well hidden.

i love this beer and i'm one of few that likes this better than the abt 12.

03-18-2013 03:11:01 | More by YieldToNothing
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mecummins

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-14-2013 18:34:22 | More by mecummins
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-13-2013 22:14:58 | More by gshak
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Woodee

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-12-2013 14:12:38 | More by Woodee
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dsegel

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-11-2013 13:37:29 | More by dsegel
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mds1101

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-09-2013 16:39:15 | More by mds1101
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Auraan

Arizona

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured a beautiful deep, dark color with two fingers of rich off white head. Gorgeous. Scents of dark fruit, banana, alcohol and Belgian yeast. The flavor is excellent, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, Belgian sugar, slight hints of alcohol and peppery notes are present. Light carbonation and a sticky, let drinkable body lead to an excellent mouthfeel. A fantastic Belgian. By far one of my absolute favorites.

03-09-2013 06:11:38 | More by Auraan
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.44/5  rDev +5%

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Belgian style huge head, 2.5 inches or so.

Smells like fruitcake, cherry, plums, raisins, and Belgian yeast.

Tastes similar- fruitcake, cherry, plums, raisins, and Belgian yeast- with strong dark fruits and fruitcake flavors- bready malts plus cherries, plums, and raisins give the fruitcake impression. Some cinnamon as well. Very sweet, not really cloying though, fortunately.

Thick, creamy body and mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

A great Christmas beer. Not quite as good as Abt 12, but still one of St. Bernardus' better offerings.

03-07-2013 00:34:14 | More by GreesyFizeek
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ihmurria

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-04-2013 21:05:03 | More by ihmurria
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Dooleymon

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-04-2013 01:53:03 | More by Dooleymon
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-03-2013 13:18:30 | More by dcbeers
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance:
Pours a dark and deep purplish dark brown. Lots of lacing on the glass. The light tan head lasts a nice long while.

Smell:
Sugar, yeast and cherry.

Taste:
Belgian sugar. Yeast. Cherry and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel:
Light carbonation. Heavy bodied.

Overall:
A fairly good beer that I most likely will buy again during the Christmas season.

02-28-2013 03:14:33 | More by HattedClassic
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.