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Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 96
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Naugros

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When opening Belgian beers with basket and cork I am wary of overflowing suds, but once in a while one of the more highly carbonated bottles doesn't do that and the gases release from the bottle and leave a fog lying in the neck. As you tilt the glass to pour they all wisp their way out of the bottle into the glass and them up and out. Fascinating...either that or I'm very bored.

Coppery brown, ruddy, close to purple is color with a high standing head that dissipates into a bubbly 1/2" layer, leaving behind clumps of lace on the sides of the glass. The carbonation is very evident as the bubbles climb the sides of the glass, building the chunky head.

Fruity esters rise from the beer and carry with them sourness and sweet maltiness, presenting as tropical fruits and cherries with some dark bread.

Another beer that has the taste falling short of the smell. It's still quite yummy, but I wish more of the esters translated. I was really looking forward to some subtle sourness balancing fruity and malty sweetness. That's sort of here, but the sourness comes through as vinous on the tongue and tropical fruits and cherries give way to the better known dark fruits, namely figs and raisins. Perhaps this is the effect of 10% alcohol coming through on your palate.

The vinous nature of the beer takes over, leaving you salivating as you drink and much of the aftertaste action takes place in the back corners of your mouth. Not bad, but not wonderful either.

So far this one of my favorite winter offerings this year. St. Bernardus rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:19:33 | More by Naugros
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and potently carbonated brownish amber with orange-gold margins. A hand-span of light beige frothy head sno-cones the top of the glass eternally. Ropey lacing tethers the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, caramel and tart wheat join a fruity candy note. Clove, papaya, and a dash of pepper crisp things capably. Still, a hot vent of alcohol makes denoting much else a bit of a strain.

Upon sipping, toasted malt carries caramel and a melon fruitiness, while currants mingle with clove, coriander, and a notable green apple crispness. Alcohol is again hot and broad-chested. Residual sugar sweetness, some yeasty dough, and a growing dry bitterness jockey for front position in the sensory cavalcade of a lasting finish.

Between medium and full bodied, the thick grain accompanies an airy presence to deliver a round, creamy character to the palate.

It's not as multi-dimensional and smooth as many St. Bernardus offerings, but it says Happy Holidays in a bold, auspicious manner. In fact, it's the almost obnoxiously prevalent ABV, searing and blearing, that holds things back a bit. And yet, despite the intimidation factor, I'm happier at the end of the bottle than at the beginning, and that's in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 15:39:24 | More by Foxman
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Best by 8/3/16.

Pours a murky dark brown with a huge 3 inch foamy beige head that settles to a small cap. Base on the first pour I got mostly foam so I think there may an issue with the carbonation on this one. A latticework of thin rings lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Taste is very much the same with a nice flavor of dark fruits (raisins, plums, etc.) on the finish. Like I suspected based on the pour, this beer has an extremely high level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Way overcarbonated in my opinion but without any indicators of infection or the like. Overall, this is a good BSDA and a very nice beer to sip on for Christmas night but the mouthfeel brings down my enjoyment of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 06:16:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap over in NY state.

Appearance is deep red-brown, some lacing going on. Its` nose has raisins, yeast, candy, brown sugar and figs. A very robust smelling beer. Taking a sip of this strong dark ale and I taste spices from the winter season such as cinnamon and clove, along with some more dark fruits. MF leans towards full, the alcohol does not really hide. Sip this one and enjoy on a cold winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 02:28:57 | More by mltobin
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allengarvin

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new Bernardus beer! (At least for Texas). I poured this into a Chimay glass. It has a dark-brown color with excellent head retention, leaving a long lasting layer of creamy foam on top. The nose is sweet, with a lot of dark fruit notes, and a yeasty spiciness overlaying it. The flavor is quite nice. The malt is surprisingly light and not assertive for such a strong beer, adding sweetness but no heaviness. There's a lot of fruitiness, like candied raisins, and a nicely phenolic, almost peppery yeastiness. Quite light bodied for a 10% beer.

Very nice addition to the Bernardus lineup.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 05:35:44 | More by allengarvin
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark murky cranberry color. A huge pillowy off white head tops it off. A good looking beer.

S: Smells surprisingly on the lighter side. I get some sugary dark fruits and not much else.

T: This tastes really good. Lots of caramel. Lots of raisins and dates. Very nice.

M: Just under full bodied. Nice full mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. Lots of sweetness and bitterness. Very dry in the mouth and on the finish as well.

Overall: I like this one better then I liked St. Bernardus Abt 12. The dryness really makes it enjoyable. It cuts through the sweetness to balance things out. This is the closest beer I've had to Westy 12. It really reminds me of it. I recommend this one highly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:40:56 | More by BigMike
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky chestnut tone while yielding a generous 2"+ beige/tan head. strong retention and patches of lacing evident.

nose offers a strong spice presence with other notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and belgian yeast.

flavor follows the aroma with strong opening salvo of spices, followed by the malt and caramel / brown sugar elements, then the dark fruits. tasty, relatively complex. medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

overall, it's a bit reminiscent of (at the risk of being simplistic) a spiced version of the abt 12 - which i would prefer. a very good christmas ale, just nothing overly spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:45:34 | More by perrymarcus
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in the fridge at my other house that has been vacant for a year, but I believe that it was close to Christmas that I bought this beer and stuck it there and forgot about it. We are getting it cleaned up, so I pulled this beer out to review. I'm sure that the age hasn't hurt it at all, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Typical for St Bernardus, the beer is very well carbonated and I have a 3 finger head that is growing a little bit since the pour. After about 5 minutes the head was fading back into the beer and leaving huge amounts of lace on the glass. The beer is really dark, so I can't comment on the clarity.

Aroma: Through the foam I could get a little bit of sweetness from caramel, some dark fruit like plums, and a little bit of spice that I assume is from the alcohol. As the head fades, you can pick up the sweetness clearer and the yeast is contributing some subtle bread-dough notes.

Taste: The flavor is bold, and a little stronger than I expected from the aroma. There are lots of dark fruit in the aroma with a defined spice from the alcohol. The initial fruitiness seems to fade quickly, but I think that my palate got used to it quickly and I am sure that the ABV helps that. The body is medium with high carbonation, so that it comes across your palate lively and quickly so that you can't swirl too much for fear of it exploding in your mouth. The caramel malts is very well done in this beer, and gives you some sweetness in the beginning that sticks around and actually challenges the alcohol for the finish. There are some hops in the finish, but it is all about the malt and alcohol. As the beer warms up some, there is more spice coming out that I believe may be actual additions, and I am thinking at least some coriander.

Opinion: As is usual with St Bernardus products, I have been really happy with this beer. It is great tasting and has lots of character and is dangerously easy to drink. That said, I think that I like their Abt12 better, just because. This one comes across a bit fruity in the beginning where I don't remember that with the Abt12. I am splitting hairs here. If you haven't tried this beer...try it. I would recommend anything with St Bernardus written on the bottle, and this beer is no exception. I'm glad that I finally tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:43:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting around in a cabin in the Poconos. Fire is roaring.The women just went to the butcher to procure exotic meats. 11:59 am. Time for a beer. We are after all professionals.

A: Nice deep brown color. Quite a few garnet highlights. Quite a bit of head for a Belgian ale. Quite nice looking.

S: Really great nose. Really rich malt nose. Quite a bit of nutmeg. Little bit of clove. Candied plums. Nice amount of dark fruit. Nice nose.

T: The initial taste is quite sweet. The spice is not as powerful. Really complex. Tons of dark fruit with the spice working well with it.

M: Really creamy.Really great.

D: A superb drinker. The cool thing is the label says it can be cellared for up to 15 years. Cool. They make nothing but excellent beer after excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 17:54:26 | More by aerozeppl
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chiefydawg

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber Brown cloudy effervescent body with big foamy light khaki head. Decent lace.

Pitted fruit scent accentuates light tobacco leaf. Candilike maltiness. Some Belgian funky yeast.

Prune juice concentrate takes center stage early. Dark chocolate (without the roast) and mellow caramel back it up.
By this description of its dominant flavors, one would think this is cloying. But take into account the surprisingly bitter hop backdrop, high carbonation, and Belgian sharpness, this beer turns out quite balanced. There is this unidentifiable spice lurking, like allspice or nutmeg (I am a grilling/stir fry type, not baker, so hard to place this spice - sorry).

Crisp yet filling malty mouthfeel with a clean, lasting bitterness (yeah that's right). Still, there is this light pruney coating on the tongue long after each swallow. Interesting for sure. The Belgian twang even hangs out awhile (especially in the burp 15 minutes later...). The considerable 10%ABV is cloaked. I mean I let some sit for an hour in a warm room and it still was chill.

Overall an intriguing ale. Kind of like an Old Ale w/ a shake of pale chocolate malt chucked onto a frenzied slurry of spicy phenolic Abby yeast.
I dunno. Belgians brewers just do what they want, eff the style, and I respect that (extreme beer in the USA). Strange and yummy. Quaint step out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:28:24 | More by chiefydawg
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus branded goblet.

The bottle creates a loud pop when I pull the cork, but it is no gusher. A burgundy brown colored beer is full and rich to the eye, with a full eggshell white head that is initially huge before settling down a little bit.

The aroma is full of plums, dates, and a bit of raisins. Holiday spices light up the nose as well. All of these aromas exist in front of a full caramel malt.

My first sip is quite sweet. Brown sugar, plums, dates, figs, and raisins are the most noticeable at first. The holiday spices from the nose come through as well; nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all work well with the fruit notes. A bit of bread crusts and sweet caramel provide the malt presence. There is a bit of booze and light dry bitterness toward the end of the sip.

From the pop of the cork, it was obvious that this is a well-carbonated brew. It is a overly creamy carbonation with a little bit of a bubbly nature as well, as I am used to in the abbey ales. The flavor starts sweet and sticky and finishes with a light residue on the lips.

Overall I thought this was quite complex and enjoyable. Pretty much what I would expect out of St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:51:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
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txbrewer

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown (slight red with the light showing through it) with a healthy head that holds for a few minutes and then fades to plenty of stuck lacing in the glass.

S - a little yeasty, a little toffee/chocolate bittersweet, just a touch of alcohol. When I first popped the bottle (champagne corked 750 mil) it had a bit more of the sweetness to it, once poured though, it diminished.

T - mild hops with the toffee/chocolate bittersweet coming through but not overpowering.

M - easy going, all the smells and flavors blend well enough to keep this going down quite easy.

OK, ever made that root beer float and had the head that just took a few to go away...that is how this poured. I am currently at the end of the bottle and there is still some lacing sticking around the pint glass. For me, this has just enough of the hops and toffee/chocolate to keep me coming back for another (and I am wanting a second bottle at the moment). I will be back for another of these and will be looking for other St Bernardus bottles in the local markets.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 22:21:19 | More by txbrewer
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a shade of brown that leans towards being mahogany, ruby-reddish. Big foamy head that hangs out for a while but diminishes.
Aroma-Big fat bready-fruity goodness. If the flavor is anything like the aroma, it is going to be sweet.
Mouthfeel-Medium carbonation delivers a very sweet body with some booziness. The alcohol is not too hot, but present. The malt is obviously there but the fruit profiles along with rich bready flavors really dominate with this one. The yeast has chosen to put these to the forefront, and the malt backbone is disguised. Sweet and rich and tasty. The finish reveals a little of the Belgian-yeast-funk, a bit on the tangy side. The fruitiness of the aroma and flavor swings from fig to raisin to cherry to...This was a good one to share with others who are not big beer folks and everyone enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:07:47 | More by ByTor2112
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plfahey

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL corked bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance-Reddish-brown in color, with ruby highlights. Somewhat hazy. Giant, light tan, rocky foam head leaving behind belgian lace.

Smell-Big aroma of dark/dried fruit (Plums, Raisins, Prunes, Figs), and a hint of green apples. Some bready malt, not really any hops. Light molasses, with spice hints including cinnamon and cloves. Some sweet dark candi sugar is blended with a whiff of alcohol in the finish.

Taste-The flavor is less complex and varied than the aroma. Less sweet than aroma indicates, Some malt and dark fruits (prunes and figs), which dries quickly to a smooth alcohol flavor with a hint of anise/dark candi sugar. Hop bitterness is very low, and hop flavor is negligible.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, enhanced by high carbonation. Rich, warming alcohol, and quite smooth.

My only complaint is the flavor, which is a little bit 1-dimensional compared with the other aspects of the beer. Nonetheless, it's still very good, and would definitely fit the bill as a winter warmer. Belgians often do a good job at making the alcohol in these high ABV beers sneaky-this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:06:27 | More by plfahey
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scootny

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark cola brown color with a sizable head of off white foam. Good lacing and retention. Aromas of fruitcake and rum. Bananas and toffee. Good Belgian yeast profile and a bit of sweet alcohol. Taste is much the same with a bit of bready malt at the core. Spiced and toasty. Raisins and figs really push forward here and the alcohol while well integrated is apparent in the finish. Finish is dry and earthy with a bit of fusel booze. Some good bittering. A warming and very complex beer here. Feel is thick and rich with a lightly prickly carbonation. Goes down nicely and the flavors develop nicely as it warms. A sipper for sure but you keep sipping often. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:15:41 | More by scootny
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. A creamy, bubbley tan head crowns a murky, cloudy opaque nut brown body.

Malty and sugary sweet nose, dates, some grape and plum, floral perfume.

Malty flavour up front akin to dark dried fruits, some icing sugar, slick molasses, citrus blossoms, mild spices. Malty and spicy aftertaste.

Light, silky smooth mouthfeel, full and sticky on the finish, amazing for the high octane of this ale.

Deceptively drinkable, plus a great starter ale for the style, it's user-friendly and not intimidating. Perfect for sharing at holiday gatherings as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:03:56 | More by IronDjinn
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz caged bottle into pint glass - new bottle i think. Pours a deep mahogany brown with slight off white head. Nice deep dried fruit typical belgian dubbel aromas bu mixed with big spice character. Taste is of dried fruit and lots of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc...its a bit heavy on the spice, but its still excellent. Deff worth having and a great brew for the holiday season...this would probbaly mellow a bit with some age.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:27:23 | More by DrinkSlurm
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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a HUGE head. Very murky appearance. Head erupts on this thing like a volcano.

Smell of fruit and alcohol are prevalent in the nose.

Actually surprised, for 10% alcohol this beer is very drinkable. Tastes of biscuits and malt and esthers. No real spices to speak of.

Has a silky smooth mouthfeel. Perfect.

Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:30:21 | More by PaleAlien2
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very brown, almost black beer with a fading head. A thin layer of off-white foam on top.

Smell is malty with notes of roast and a fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste is lightly roasted, with a candisugary sweetness. A light bitterness, which is a combination of hop and malt bitterness. The yeast adds a nice fruity, Belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 23:34:21 | More by Absumaster
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The cork practically jumped out with a little effort, and there was a loud and authoritative POP! I thought the beer would start overflowing, but it stayed calm. The color is a dark, ruby. Just as another reviewer reported, a massive head of dense, tan head developed after a gentle pour. It dissipated very slowly to leave a billowy lacing and trails along the glass.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit and sharp spice. Bready yeast, green apples, plum, figs, cloves, and pepper. It has a noticeable alcohol edge to it, which reminds me of brandy.

Taste: Mirrors the smell with the dark fruit and spice. The plum and figs create the backbone, and it is supported by the clove and pepper spice. Bready yeast, caramel malt, and green apple emerge after the beer has warmed. The alcohol is very noticeable, though not distracting; it fades as the beer warms, but provides a nice warming feeling with each sip, which is very appreciable in the winter.

Drinkability: Frankly, it justifies the price. And then some. This is a very tasty and potent holiday beer. It makes an ideal stocking stuffer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:17:26 | More by TheQuietMan22
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It's warming to the nose with loads of fruity esters. The taste is good as well. It has a solid malt bill of crystal and roasted malts. It's complex with a warm fruity finish. The alcohol is right up front. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine seasonal. It's full flavored and warming; just what I want in the colder months of the year

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 00:09:37 | More by WesWes
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a russett brown color with blood orange highlights. The deep beige head explodes during the pour and ends quite tall. Not that dense of a head it fades rather quickly with some spotty lacing.

The nose had a sour and vinagary smell, at first then notes of fruitcakes and yeast come into play.
My first sip and I thought how thin it was. I was expecting a thick and velvetty quad.
Plenty of dark fruits and malty grains plus a hint of citrus and all of a sudden it's like a fruitcake. My first couple of sips I had a good alcohol burn but smoothes out as I go.
The mouthfeel, I don't know, the high carbonation makes the feel of the beer explode on the palate.
A very good beer with a great depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 14:11:27 | More by micromaniac129
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 12/31/07, reviewing from notes.

This beer poured an opaque tannish ruby body with a huge white head.

Nose was typical big Belgian. Loads of Belgian years and phenols. There's a sharp potpourri type holiday spice note Dark dry fruits and touches of caramel. There's a strong alcohol burn in every whiff. As it warms the spices really shine through.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Lots of dry tannins. Loads of big dark prunes, plums, dark raisins mixed with soft caramel, milk chocolate and mild espresso beans. There's a very course large bubbled mouth-feel throughout.

Overall a very good beer. It's no anniversary or abt 12, but still... worth every penny for a solid St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 16:24:42 | More by taez555
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is medium brown in color with a 2-finger light tan head.

S: Very nice - dried fruits, especially figs. Also roasted chestnuts, holiday spices (cinnamon & nutmeg) and fruitcake-type scents. Smells like the holidays.

T: First impression: spice, fruit and malt. Taste of brown sugar and hazelnuts, also brown bread. Holiday spices (allspice, cinnamon) show up, as well as a generally earthy taste. Dark fruits evident as well (figs come to mind again). Some heat at the finish and down the gulley.

M: Nice fizziness; call it medium in heft.

D: Very good. A nice holiday offering, though I wasn't blown away by it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 17:07:50 | More by Kendo
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color with reddish tints. The head is about 1 1/2 fingers, light tan, and has a seemingly infinite retention.

S: Candied fruits, Belgian yeast, alcohol, and sugary malt. Lots of smells going on here, and they all complement one another.

T: Burnt sugar, earthy yeast, a touch of banana, a little bit of a nutmeg hint as well. Herbal hops balance out the end, along with phenols. The alcohol is definitely present, but in a way that plays nicely with the rest of the flavors, bringing a nice, warming sensation to the beer.

M: Creamy, heavy body with a LOT of carbonation.

O: Not a whole lot about this beer says, specifically "Christmas" but there's a lot that says winter. The spices are warm, the alcohol is warm, the beer is thick and sweet and delicious. Honestly, no single part of this beer stands out to me, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:26:54 | More by DaveBlack
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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