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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 99
Gots: 142 | FT: 4
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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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. Poured into Tulip

A- deep amber, with iltte carbonation. Opaque with 1 finger head. head dissipates quickly and leaves great lacing.

S-spicy! coriander, clove, cinnamon,honey, malt, sweet belgian funkiness, bready, yeasty. yum.

T-wow. sweet, bready, malt bomb. spices galore, completely enhance what would otherwise be their abt 12. nothing i would change or add. perfectly balanced. ABV is completely hidden.

M-full, low carbonation. Clings to the tongue. wonderful.

O- Bernardus is in my top 5 favorites and this beer does not disappoint. Softer/flatter on tap versus bottle but I'm glad I had the chance to get it on tap. kegs are without conditioning so the experiences are different.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 00:34:17 | More by jroberts8811
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markmcconv

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-13-2013 19:12:32 | More by markmcconv
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Craigory

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-12-2013 03:20:43 | More by Craigory
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sliberty

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-11-2013 22:25:15 | More by sliberty
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-11-2013 06:01:44 | More by BigBry
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RickS95

Indiana

4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany brown, with little sparklies in it. The head is enormous with huge retention. After minutes, it starts to fall leaving craterous holes around the edges with sticky, gluey lacing. You can literally see the spices and the fruity flavors that will soon be coming your way.

Smells rich and fruity. Dark, ripes fruits fill the nose. Slightly peppery with some pear and a bit of alcohol. Figs, raisins, plums waft up from the glass to greet you.

Everything I said about the smell goes for the taste. Dark fruits, pepper, pear and pepper dance on the tongue. I don't know how you'd improve the taste of this beer.

It's creamy and full bodied. There's a fruity sweetness followed by a tangy, dry finish. Eventually, the alcohol shows up with a slight heat. Like the taste, I'm not sure how a beer, particularly a quad, could feel better than this.

This is an exceptionally good beer. It's very alcoholic but it's well-hidden. Easy to drink. I wish this wasn't a seasonal. Unless I crack open a bottle of Westy 12 that's been aging for a year, I already know this is the best beer I'll have this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:46:08 | More by RickS95
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gabedivision

New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml to a Rochefort chalice

A- Pours dark brown, with a creamy and frothy white head

S- Pungent dark fruits, sweet sugar, some toffee, very rich.

T- Sweet brown sugar, carbonation tingle up front, ,dry sweet dark fruits, alcohol on the finish, a weird metallic after taste that lingerd in my mouth long after the sip.

M- Full bodied, decent amount of carbonation that tingles in the mouth, finishes dry.

O- This beer has everything i want in a quad, except for the taste, they really lost me on it, looks perfect, smells amazing, taste just isnt there for me, not feeling this one St. Bernardus

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:13:29 | More by gabedivision
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marshmeli

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2013 17:13:21 | More by marshmeli
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BrewmanCapote

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2013 05:22:01 | More by BrewmanCapote
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eulerthegrape

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2013 21:06:44 | More by eulerthegrape
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kohlsm

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-01-2013 23:00:33 | More by kohlsm
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Swampy tobacco brown body with a massive beige head that paints lace all across the sides of the glass, retaining rather well.

Oh that smells beautiful - cinnamon toast, fresh bread, caramel malts and plenty of that signature St. Bernardus burnt brown sugar. The only descriptors I can come up with seem to suggest something entirely sweet but it really isn't... at least not any sweeter than most of the classic Belgian darks. This really does smell fantastic. What a pleasant change of pace compared to most American Christmas beers.

On the palate it doesn't provide quite the same degree of depth. Raisin, figs and dates... mellow cinnamon/brown sugar, there's almost like a honeysuckle type finish that cleans up the tongue. It's a bit more tame than the nose would suggest. Smooth, though, and exceedingly drinkable.

Merry fucking Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:46:57 | More by yamar68
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-01-2013 01:15:13 | More by THECPJ
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-31-2013 22:51:34 | More by callmemickey
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rayre

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2013 02:55:07 | More by rayre
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imperiallibations

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-30-2013 22:32:51 | More by imperiallibations
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TheBierBoutique

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-30-2013 15:00:25 | More by TheBierBoutique
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2013 01:06:33 | More by AnitaBrewski
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2013 18:37:57 | More by fbc24
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 02:47:25 | More by Blanco
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-29-2013 01:45:50 | More by KiMiRaiK
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-28-2013 01:33:52 | More by Roger85
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 08:02:54 | More by popery
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acbe

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 02:05:18 | More by acbe
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drewburning25

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-26-2013 13:44:12 | More by drewburning25
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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