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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%

Decent Beer I would not go out of my way to buy it though.

rden4654, Oct 01, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

ahalset, Today at 05:17 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

richj1970, Today at 01:25 AM
Photo of ABO2012
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ABO2012, Yesterday at 10:56 PM
Photo of bcholka1
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I deeply enjoy the ABT12, however I just purchased a few 11.2 oz bottles of this Christmas Ale. For me this is nearly the best ale I have tried. I prefer a sweeter ale with less hops and this is it.

bcholka1, Yesterday at 07:00 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

travis453, Yesterday at 06:39 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

BukaBob, Yesterday at 12:39 AM
Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

irishkyle21, Yesterday at 12:35 AM
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2.8/5  rDev -33.8%

jakestephens, Yesterday at 12:08 AM
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4.44/5  rDev +5%

Cmschiavi, Friday at 11:52 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

d3rb, Friday at 09:54 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

srsev, Friday at 09:43 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tard24, Friday at 09:10 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

swierczt, Friday at 12:19 PM
Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a rich, deep bronze-brown, and forms a fantastically thick head with good retention. Fairly clear, enough to see the bubbles rising from the bottom. Lacing is rather remarkable - this amount of froth and lacing should not even be possible for a 10% ABV beer!

S: Sweet malt and yeast, wreathed through with plum, fig, and cherry notes. The candi sweetness is of course present, along with just a tinge of funk.

T: So, that's what a quad with cinnamon in it tastes like. There's significant heat in this, from a combination of cinnamon spice with noticeable alcohol. Sweet malt, candi sugar, and dark fruits, particularly cherry, are all present, but beneath the spiceahol mix. The finish leaves a lingering burn.

M: Rather thin and sharply carbonated for a quad, actually. I was expecting something stickier, given the head and lacing.

O: I am rather underwhelmed by this beer, especially from St. Bernardus. The Abt 12 is spectacular, but this does not disguise the alcohol content half as well - instead, it disguises the underlying yeast flavors with alcohol and spice. I wouldn't say it is a bad beer, but I would not go out of my way to have it again. Perhaps if I were to encounter it on tap somewhere for a decent price per pour.

UrbanCaveman, Thursday at 04:23 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Outstanding

ILuvBeer, Wednesday at 01:29 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bsling, Wednesday at 01:43 AM
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

JohnnyK, Tuesday at 01:11 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

yancot, Tuesday at 02:52 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

gpblackgt, Monday at 02:50 PM
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

amvrana, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Cramshawbar, Nov 17, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle shared with Dad. Pours dark reddish brown, some purple color, creamy one finger white to off white head. Aroma has much more fruit character than the 12, with lots of sweet cherry notes, caramel malts, funky Belgian yeast of course, and candi sugar. Much more muted hop notes here than the 12 as well. Flavor follows the smell closely with big sweet fruit flavors--tastes like the added cherries to this one, but can’t find info on fruit additions--light spice, candi sugar and sweet malts. Very smooth and pleasant. Sweet but not cloying. Medium carbonation and plus body. This was really nice.

BMMillsy, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

joegrnwave, Nov 16, 2014
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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 1,521 ratings.