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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,520 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,520
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 121
Gots: 187 | 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  rDev -5.4%

ortie, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kwkdmk, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

andrew_barnes, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

-ronin-, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Mavigo
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Discount Drinks in Farmington Hills. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, amber-mahogany color, very bubbly, with a 1/4 inch beige head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving some patches of lace.

S: Great aroma, plums, dried fruits, bananas, spices, cardamom, yeast, malts, wheat

T: Tastes awesome. Very sweet, definitely a quad. Very rich and robust, dark fruitiness, complimented with yeast, malts, spices.

M: Full bodied with ample amounts of carbonation, well balanced, great flow, great taste.

O: This was awesome, Merry Christmas! Another great beer from St. Bernardus. A bit expensive though.

Mavigo, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Clear deep brown body under two fingers of dense tan head. Tremendous retention and thick lace. Gorgeous.

S: Dark fruit dominates, with huge fig, raisin, and date. Some sweet/tart cherry as well, with rich toasted breadiness underneath. Decadent and yet delicate. Terrific.

T: Bready up front, with dark fruits close behind. Some nice fig gives way to a strongly boozy finish, though, marring things a bit after such a lovely start. The aftertaste balances the alcohol warmth with some spicy yeastiness, though, making the overall package pretty enjoyable. Definitely a bit of a letdown after the phenomenal aroma, but an excellent BSDA all the same.

M: Thick, soft, and as creamy as can be. Perfect.

O: It's been too long since i had ABT 12, but this reminded me more of Rochefort 10 than anything else. The aroma in particular took me back to a rainy afternoon in Belgium, sipping a Rochefort in its eponymous home town. I'm curious to see whether a year might tone down the booziness just a bit and make this a truly world-class beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

CJRubes, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SunDevilBeer, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JamesStreet, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brandonld23, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

MykeJ, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Azpittil57, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

sukwonee, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

NandoPereira, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As soon as I saw "Christmas Ale" on the label I expected beer as a mulled wine wannabe.
But to my surprise! Poured into my bar glass with an effervescent and lively head that refused to settle. It fought the walls of my glass as it succumbed to the inevitable forces of gravity. Looked all the world like unfiltered apple cider. A nice bucolic nose-- yeast, the grain harvest and some citrus zest thrown in for good measure.

At first I thought the mouthfeel was thin-- along with the flavor, but the more of this libation I consume the more I realize that this Belgian dark ale does indeed have the characteristic of many fine beers of the same style that I've sampled. There's a tartness, a biting edge that keeps the tanking session interesting-- I notice I'm licking my chops for the next sip. There's that tang of the citrus zest that I noted in the nose, the fine bitter hops, I swear I taste green apples, and some hints of spices-- even some coriander-- maybe, perhaps? But I think this is a pure beer-- no "improvements" added beyond the tried and true tradition of the brewing art.

This beer is worth your effort to find and the cost-- the 10% ABV will surely inflate the price per bottle.

One other thing-- it's not just for the Yuletide season-- I've put a few bottles in the cellar.
Come mid summer on a cool evening this should be a genuine treat!

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

aztraz, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Shatter, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BigTrubble, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

camartin27, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

BRClemons, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

akang, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

WKyle, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

scottDC, Dec 24, 2013
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.