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Christoffel Bier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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86
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered Pilsner style.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frosty brass bodied, crowned with a drifted snowbank of pure, wet white.
Perfumed of lime leaves, lilacs, newspaper, leaf buds, and lemon pith.
Enters with a saltine cracker dryness that expands into raw honey, bread crusts, and pear skin, with a vanilla pod notion arrising late. Snaps back immediately, returning to a slightly parched notion with wavering salinity. Explodes in hops, full of lime rinds, lemon juice, orange pulp, green tea, and burnt herbs. Stalks, buds, grasses, and leaves, both growing and fallen. Ever opened your mouth and swallowed an entire arboretum? Now you have.
Cushioned sharpness in the mouth. A bright carbonation permeates a round, gentle, medium, replenishing body.
Easily the best pils I've ever had. It's also one of the hoppiest...but its never cumbersome in that regard because it is just as deeply malted. This carries so many nooks and crannies, that its subtle complexity may be unmatched anywhere.
Seek this at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 06:26:17 | More by cokes
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a huge, substantial white head. Nice staying power. Smells of a fantastic blend of fruit, light grainy malt, and herbal, floral hops. Tastes of bready, grainy, lightly toasty malt and extremely floral hops that give a perfectly balancing bitterness. Really well refined. Medium, though velvety, body with low-medium carbonation. Fantastic, balanced beer with a ton of character. What's most amazing is that all of this comes from a 'pils'.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:01:24 | More by philipquarles
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putnam

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm convinced my first sample of this beer was slightly tired and possibly from another regime at the brewery. By contrast my several cases this year are richly fruity and unencumbered with the damp earth flavors (brettanomyces?) of the older samples. Long, cool lagered tropical fruits and nut sap are evident on the nose along with a chewy, tender impression of cool, resinous herbs. Lots of honey, toasted nuts, bitter greens and outstanding, whipped rich texture, especially at close to room temperature.

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Here is my original note from 7/17/2003:
4.45 -- So this is "pilsner." Not racy, minty,clear pilsner, but rather densely packed with honeyed malt and seasoned with lots of green cone. I smell soapstone and clay upon cracking the paper seal. The malt actually seems to dominate the nose with slender, milk-and-honey sweetness struggling to emerge from the shards of heavy, wet slate aromas. This rockiness comes from boiled hops, something I confirm by taking a sip. It is a jagged, cold bitterness and offers evidence of a pile of greens extracted over a long boil.
The flavors released by the warmth of my palate are spicy and herbal. These are dried, parched herbs, weathered and concentrated. They are carried by the silky, nectar-rich body admirably.

Context might improve the beer's drinkability. Being in Holland or another lowland country might help. The nourishing richness and bold flavor might nicely foil the persistent damp air there. In Detroit it's too hot just right now. The inherent quality of this liquid does make its point though.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 22:29:39 | More by putnam
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: The beer pours a clear orange-yellow color with a nice white head
Smell: Malts, grass, pine and spicy hops
Taste: Malts, lemon, citrus, pine and a nice long bitter hop aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: What a great beer for the style, one of the best and hoppiest out there (rated by style)

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 13:12:45 | More by rvdoorn
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly a magnificient pils. Pours a ginger clover honey color with a mountainous soapy white head. Tons of thick lace along the glass.

Aroma begins with fruity sweetness and Belgian hay but more spices come forth and then an intense, raw herbal bitterness and finally some honey. Nice.

Taste has the herbal fruitiness I might expect in a pils but is much more hoppy. Some breaded characteristics hold the intense bitterness from truly coming forth and keeps everything from getting out of hand. I still feel the hops. A sour twang hits the mouth along with some light fruits and cloves. Carbonation is much softer on the mouth here. Hops turn somewhat grassy on the end but never harsh. Finish is light honey along with a little spicy hop. Amazing.

This is by far the best pils I have ever had. I want to get a case of this. If you see it, get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 23:05:13 | More by granger10
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Platinum Liquor at Bellevue Hill.

Pours a lovely cloudy yellow colour, bright and bulbous in the glass, with tiny streams of vibrant carbonation running up the edges. Head is full, and boisterous. Lacing honeycombs down the side of the glass as the head collapses to a fine mesh. Looks great.

Ooh yes. Nice noble hop characters on the nose, with a few dusty grain characters and a sharp phenolic bite--a classic Keller note. It's that lovely blend of freshness and cellar mustiness that makes it such a unique style. I think this is a cracker.

Taste is also very good, and very much in keeping with the unfiltered lager style. Raw grain notes, with a crisp phenolic bitterness and a husky finish. It's like a riproaringly pure pilsener, pared down to the bare bones and then with the volume turned up. Throughout this, it maintains a balance, resulting in a crisp-bodied and refreshing beer for all its primal power.

This is an absolutely top drop. A fantastic unfiltered German-style pilsener which really strikes all the right chords for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:39:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is the best Pilsner Ive ever tried.

After the loud pop of the swingtop opening, this beer pours a hazy gold color. The head is a gigantic creamy monster that lurks till the last sip. Lacing consists of thick craggy swathes of creamy bubbles. The aroma is hoppy with some grainy maltiness. In the background theres a slight wet hair yeast smell; thats the only way I can describe it. The intense flowery hoppiness nearly buries this strange smell.

The taste is very hoppy, as expected with the 'double hopped beer' written on the label. Im betting these are Styrian Goldings, or something continental. Theres some spicyness, citrus, melon, and a surprisingly brash bitterness. The malt play second fiddle finely. Its nearly as complex as the hop profile of this beer with a grainyness that develops into a pancakes with maple syup and cookie dough flavor. Yeast flavors are prominent and estery, even phenolic. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick with microscopic carbonation. The high hop bitterness also gives a mouthcoating sensation that reminds me of DIPAs.

This is one kick ass beer. Its hoppier than Prima Pils. Its also incredibly complex. It may be unconventional for a pilsner, with the strong yeast flavor and the hazy color from the yeast in the bottle, but its still all pilsner. Excellent stuff that everyone should try once, at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 02:24:53 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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axxe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

04-16-2014 21:38:19 | More by axxe
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yen157

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy yellow beer with touches of orange in the thicker parts. Stiff, marengue-like head. Very white. Lemony hop nose with underlying bready notes. Crisp bitterness trailblazes and a slight biscuity malt lingers. The two fight for last word on the back of the tongue and the back of the palate. Great, moderate body and fine carbonation. Pretty damn great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 02:25:18 | More by yen157
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-04-2013 22:12:39 | More by WOLFGANG
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SacoDeToro

California

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful bright gold with a foamy white head that lasted.

The aroma of the beer was of sweet fresh baked bread. That very distinct pilsner malt aroma shined through. Although the richness of the malt in the aroma points toward this being a Bohemian (Czech) pils rather than a German pils. There really weren't any hops in the aroma. No esters and no diacetyl.

The flavor of the beer had a rich, yet light maltiness that was of sweet bread. The hops came through with a fresh floral character, but were smooth and soft.

The carbonation was perfect and spritzy. The mouthfeel was light, but not super dry. Again, this is indicative of a Bohemian pils and not its German counterpart.

This was an outstanding Bohemian pils. While German pils is one of my favorite styles when done well, this beer's rich malt character and soft floral hop profile were not in the German style. The drinkability was superb.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 04:01:11 | More by SacoDeToro
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open the 330ml swing top and poured it into the Christoffel glass that accompanies the gift pack. In the glass a golden amber color with a huge frothy white head. The sticky lacing remains long after the beer is gone.

Thousand of tiny, almost imperceptible bubbles float aimlessly through the brew. Those bubbles contribute to an impossible creaminess in the mouth. The aroma is mostly floral is a little hop thrown in.

The floral in the nose carries through onto to the pallet along with a light sweetness. It ends with a quick dash of hoppy bitterness that quickly disappears.
I would venture to say this beer is as close to a Belgian Tripel as it is a German Pilsner.

This is the best beer I've had in weeks.

Note: this bottle is labeled Christoffel Bier not Blond.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:04:35 | More by beerbrains
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mattcomstock213

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the first pour this beer seemed special. It had a darkish, honey like color with a nice, but not exceptional, head on it. The smell was fruity and hoppy, but not overpowering. The flavor was just the same and was very tasty. This was an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 01:28:35 | More by mattcomstock213
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL swingtop. Stunning hazy honey looks with a humongous white head generously unleashing the rocky belgian lace, long-lasting. Big hoppy aroma, like a lemon pie, both sweet lemon and meringous included. Well defined spice character, salt and pepper, various herbs, maybe even a touch of garlic. Husky notes. Sufficient malt backbone proposes convincing honey flavors. Palate is all dry, with fruity pinapple/orange/lemon overlapping spicy and herbal components. Ample body, spongy, malleable on the tongue with less carbonation than I was expecting from the lively spectacle seen through the glass. By the taste of it, I'd have swore this was bottle-conditioned. Glowing yeast flavors all through. Perhaps the finish could be a bit cleaner, here displaying suggestions of chalk/pencil shavings alike astringency. Very dry and quite bitter. Delicious pilsner transcending established limits, immensely drinkable while being very stylish and funky. Brings the spring back with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 20:41:19 | More by Rastacouere
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alspaleale

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy tangerine with a big three finger head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Has a light sweet citrus and hop aroma. The first taste is hops then a strong citrus fruit finish, a little bitter but only in the best possible way. A clean smooth drink, I could easily put down three or four at a time. The after taste remains on the tongue and compliments the smooth finish. Very nice. A damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 00:33:32 | More by alspaleale
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy white with a thin head with little lacing. Certainly not characteristic of a pilsener. Smell is a little earthy, delicate. Reminds me of a Saison more than anything else, quite nice. Taste is really good. Delicate flavors of herbs lead to a slight bitterness, with a really smooth finish. Smooth but still quite nice, I don't think this was labeled properly as a Pilsener, Should be labeled as a Saison or Belgian pale ale. Nonetheless, this is a nice brew, and definitely worth some recognition as such.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 02:35:25 | More by funkengruven
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden, light haze, and a cushiony white head.
Nose consists of lightly sweet biscuity malt. Big spicy, peppery, medicinal, herbal hops. This is a hoppy lager!
Light, sweetish (honey) malt flavors up front. They don’t last long; Big, big hops stomp in. Bitter, citric, herbal, zesty, and sea-side funky. Nice. Medium-bodied, oily, with lively carbonation. Deliciously bitter and appetizing. My kind of lager! One of the hoppiest lagers I’ve had. Highly recommended, especially for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:57:56 | More by alexgash
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy copper with a creamy head that reduced to a ring around the glass. Not a lot of lacing. I probably drank this out of the wrong glass, I had it from a brandy snifter but somehow it seemed ok.

Quite a strong dose of hops in the nose. Light sour green apple and a lot of distinctive German pale malts.

The hops are used pretty liberally and are pretty classic Saaz, not so much aromatic but flowery, bitter and drying. Perfect balance was maintained with the malt which is sticky and bready and pretty typical. Grainy, baked bread, but also herbal. There is a hint of orange peel. The lagering has softened everything and blended it all so well.

The finish is pretty long and full. Crisp and sharp carbonation with a medium body. This is a really great pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 04:03:10 | More by EatsTacos
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy peach with a dense head. First hazy pils I've had. I'm a bit surprised. Comes in a swing top bottle.

S - Sweet and citrusy. Notes of grapefruit. A touch of feet.

T - Fruity and spicy, but with a solid hop bite. Grapefruit again and yeast maybe?

M - Light bodied, with a hard carbonated kick. A little less would have been better, or more body.

D - Can't complain. I was expecting a typical pils experience, but this one is better by an order of magnitude.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 23:50:52 | More by allergictomacros
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Superb looking squat brown glass bottle with a whiter ceramic swing top. 11.2 fluid ounce it has a listed strength of 6.0% with a nicked freshness date A-02-2005.

Appearance: Monster head at first, this one leaves a monster looking crevice encrusted relief head that is very appealing. Lacing is immense and sticky, the head crusty. The body is a cloudy hazed orange with some lemon hints. This looks bloody good.

Smell: Slight immediate hint of diacetyl is soon smothered by a more buttery-bitterness aspect which doesn’t have any “bad” feel but I think that this brew would still benefit from a less margarine odor if you know what I mean. As it warms thought this thankfully rescinds. Wow, then it develops a more stringent Saaz hop aroma, but it still has a lingering cardboard odor of sorts. Some grapefruit. Strange nose on this one.

Taste: The immediate impression is of a great bitterness, a sharp pungent dry bitterness. Has a lot of sweet honey malts, some sharp-cum-sweet Pilsner malts all wrapped up in a thick bitterness. As the hops rescind, this finishes with a sharp rind citric bitterness. A self-proclaimed and promoted “Pilsener” - it’s very weird - yet I love it.

Mouthfeel: Thick bitterness rings the mouth and strokes the cheeks. Solid in the body, creative in the feel and smooth in the comfort zone. Has a creamy and fluffy feel.

Drinkability: Downed in quite literally no time at all. It just went South in a few gulps.

Overall: This is not German, it is Dutch, and it is classed as a Pilsener – WTF?? - I would like to say that this is the best Pilsener produced in the Netherlands, but I'm not sure I can, because I can't speak Dutch.

I really enjoyed this one, incredibly appealing and rather unique. A solid Dutch brew that should be sought out. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 04:59:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ToolHead

Denmark

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle w/ swing-top cap; served in Krombacher flute. Hazy golden colour; impressive head. Nice, juicy hop aroma. Full, extremely well-hopped and fresh taste w/ a long, firm finish. Very good drinkability.
A remarkable, well-made pilsner. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 22:58:54 | More by ToolHead
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thierrynantes

France

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33, 200 cl), tasted in 2005.
Appearance: pilsener unfiltered (style Keller bier)
Smell: Well hoppy, spicy aromas deploys
Taste and mouthfeel: a robust bitterness
Dinkability: good pilsener on yeast. There are even a version 2 litres.

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 17:22:37 | More by thierrynantes
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BeerSingh

India

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a great affliction for the swing top bottles ever since I saw Grolsch on the stands. This one too looks attractive in the brown one with a stark yellow label. Poured into a pilsner glass. The liquid is full of sheen as if it were mustard oil to the unknowing. The head is a clear white, starting with a 2" width, but quickly settling into a thin coaster over the shiny body. A leafy hop smell is pervasive in the nose, balanced with a doughy / yeasty aroma, all subdued though. The taste is in contrast with the style - its pilsner fed through a Marshall amplifier. Simply put, the malt and hops scream out louder than the style usually indicates. There is a strong herbal, leafy taste that accompanies the palate as well. As the liquor warms on your tongue, you can feel the butteriness (or lack of coarseness due to less carbonation) lacing your buds. Is it diacetyl - I don't know - but the buttery mouthfeel was very noticeable (nothing offensive though).

Overall, the beer was quite a revelation. The Sint Christoffel Blond packs quite a punch for its style. Highly recommended for those looking out for an easy drinking beer packed with flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 10:16:24 | More by BeerSingh
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very nice. This strong pils arrived a very cloudy mid golden colour. Carbonation seems limited to view but lively to the tonque. Body is a medium plus and aroma on opening is citrus.
The taste is of grapefruit with a hint of mint to back. Some malt presence to balance nicely.
Perfect lingering affect.
My compiments to the brewmaster.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 00:46:09 | More by Shiloh
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. I remember really enjoying this beer when I bought it as part of one of my first mixed six packs shortly after turning 21, but I never went back to it. My parents bought me the Christoffel sampler for Christmas, which included this beer, the Robertus, and a Christoffel glass as well (kickass glassware, btw). I'm very glad to try it once again, now that I know more about what it is that I'm drinking... and hopefully the Robertus is much fresher than the one I had about 6 months ago, which tasted like pureed cardboard.

Anyways, this beer pours to a very cloudy blonde color. If it really is meant to be a pilsener, they were pretty far off on the clarity. Has a decent carbonation as well, topped by a thin white head. Poor retention and very spotty lacing. Doesn't really look too special, and if I were to judge by looks alone, I would not even begin to think it was a pils. (edit: on the second pour I achieved way more head, so I was able to get a better grasp of retention and lacing. Both are much better with a more vigorous pour. Score has been updated accordingly)

The smell is good, but it takes some coaxing to get anything out of the glass. What I eventually got was a nice grassy and herbal hops bouquet. Very little malt profile to speak of.

The taste is where it really starts to kick some serious ass, however. I love a good hoppy German pils, and this one has it all in the taste department. A nice light and crisp pilsener malt flavor with just a hint of sweetness up front. This is immediately followed by a sharp bitterness, intensified by the crisp carbonation. Nice spicy, herbal, and grassy hops with a pleasant bitterness. The finish is quite dry, with only a hint of lingering hop flavor. Washes the palate clean. Just a very light hint of a sourness in the middle. Not sure if it's just the beer starting to go downhill, or not, but it adds a bit of complexity nonetheless, and it isn't unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is great. Light to medium in body with a sharp carbonation. The bitterness is just right, though it is definitely as hoppy as it gets for a pils. Not a bad thing for me, however. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. I could drink several of these in a night. It would go great with some spicy food. Maybe barbecue, or Indian.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 08:12:34 | More by neonbrown82
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Christoffel Bier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.