1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,458 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 113
Gots: 164 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Christmas Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,458 | Reviews: 581 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of themind
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

themind, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of jslice99
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jslice99, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Hunter
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, nut brown ale with minimal carbonation and lacing. Head was thin and vanished quickly.

Smell: Apples, raisins, mild spice, some alcoholic undertones. Lighter than I expected.

Taste: The high alcohol % comes through on the tongue; Spiced fruit, anise, smoky malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance between clean and cloying. the beer stays on the palate after the swallow, but not in an oppressive way.

Overall: A good winter warmer, and worth your time.

Hunter, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of EZEKIEL_F
4/5  rDev -5.4%

EZEKIEL_F, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of psuscott1
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

psuscott1, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Docrock, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kell50, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of beerforpresident
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

beerforpresident, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Apathetiq
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Apathetiq, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

qcbrewer, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of StevenLaValley
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

StevenLaValley, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 6, 2013.

It has a brown-ruby red with decent clarity and a fluffy, long-lasting beige head.

Loads of character on the aroma including bready roasted malts, dark fruit, mild spice, Belgian sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

The body falls into the medium range. It starts light but seems to get heavier.

Like the aroma, the taste is alive with toasty malts, dark fruit, molasses, and raisins but it ends with a big lingering hop bite at the finish. Some alcohol burn.

puboflyons, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jborgschulte
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

jborgschulte, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Soto, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ralphw56, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of bmxman187
4/5  rDev -5.4%

bmxman187, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of craftaholic
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a muddy deep brown glass with very active streams of carbonation leading up to a frothy head that has great retention. The head has a beige color and the alcohol leaves a thin layer as it walks around the glass.

Nose- The aroma is very thick banana yeast with a slight spice and dark fruit notes. There is some hop presence. Nothing overpowering.

Taste- The banana and clove yeast flavors are very strong in the forefront. Then swoops in a wave of bready malts and brown sugar sweetness. There are dark fruit notes of cherries and raisins but also some light orange and lemon. The spice is what makes this a great christmas ale with a strong clove, cinnamon and even ginger notes running rampant. Lastly the alcohol is definitely there, it attempts to hide among the spice and myriad of flavors but sticks out like a sore thumb.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and rich and aptly carbonated.

Drinkability- A nice sipper for a cold eve because the alcohol doesn't hide too well as the brew warms. Would I be seeking it out at $12-14 a bottle again? No. However it is definitely a good spiced quad.

craftaholic, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Jsmercer
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Jsmercer, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of albert1012
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

albert1012, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a massive head with excellent lacing that lasts forever. Nose is of dark fruit, raisins and dates, against a malt backbone with a hint of spice. Light medium body and very well carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden with dark fruit and malt flavors. Spice is present, but subdued. Clean finish with a slight alcoholic bitterness. Not as flavorful or smooth as Gouden Carolus Noel, which in my opinion, is the best of the Belgian Christmas ales.

tillmac62, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bennetj17, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of twax
4/5  rDev -5.4%

twax, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bf7
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

bf7, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of craigdb
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

craigdb, Dec 02, 2013
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.