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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,521 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 122
Gots: 188 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

yourefragile, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dansmcd, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby-black with a big finger of frothy dark khaki head. Fades slowly.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great balanced Quad. Good mix of yeast and malt flavors.

ngeunit1, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Rick760Sd, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jfvarela, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Colosdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Colosdog, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

rwilde, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bacasnax, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Smurf2055, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Elbrownbag, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

brheuer, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of curasowa
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

curasowa, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of YieldToNothing
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

YieldToNothing, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mecummins, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

gshak, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Woodee, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dsegel, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mds1101, Mar 09, 2013
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,521 ratings.