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Christoffel Nobel - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-31-2008

This golden-blond extra strong beer, with added fresh noble hop flowers during maturation of at least 10 weeks, is a unique beer, bottom fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. Nobel refers to the varieties of noble hop species, selected because of their quality, which traditionally are low in bitterness and high in aroma.

With 8.7% ABV, an attractive bitterness, a very pleasant hoppy Spalt, Saaz, or Golding aroma, and a slightly sweetish alcoholic aftertaste, we created a beer in a class of its own until the last swig.
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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by ecoastman:
Photo of ecoastman
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another earthy tasting hopped ale that is overall worth a try. I'm glad I had one of these tucked away in the cellar when my usual drinking stock ran dry.

It's a golden hazy ale with a sweet malty aroma dominated with the earthy hop character. The taste is the same with mild courseness, a medium bitter dry finish and lingering citrus notes (lemon peel).

Good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky sorta lemon tea-like color with a fluffy one finger white head atop.Big nobel hop aromas,spicy and leafy,honey malt notes as well.Flavors are quite yeasty with the honey malt making its self known from the get go,a blast of the noble hops give a spicy,herbal finish.Goes down well for how hefty it is,flavorful and chuck full of hop goodness,a really nice lager beer.In some way it reminds me of the Sam Adams Hallertau big pilsner with its big raw hoppiness,and yeasty flavors.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Opaque light golden (almost like a hefe). Not too much head off the initial pour, but there's a pretty substantial ring that retains well. Some flecks of lacing.

Sweet malts, floral noble hops dominate the nose. A citrussy zest is also present, lemon or light grapefruit.

A flavourful brew, to say the very least. After an initial burst of sweet malts and flowers, the hops come in, and man are they juicy and potent. Nobel is a very sweet beer; the sweetness tends to overpower the tartness of the hops, which is surprising. I definitely cannot detect the alcohol though, which is a big plus.

Surprisingly flat, with only a light, stingy carbonation that tickles the back of the throat. Thicker than your average pilsner; it almost has a (wheat) ale character to it. A previous poster mentioned that Nobel almost felt like a Belgian strong ale, and I definitely agree.

Not a bad little brew; I quite enjoyed it. Certainly threw off my perceptions of a pilsner. Strong, but the alcohol indetectible, making this a dangerous beer. A good sipper, but the ABV and the sweetness reduces its drinkability. Worth a go.

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Swedes21
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear straw/ale coloured beer, lots of carbonation, some real good head and lively! White with a lot of bubbles, some good lacing.

Smell - found the smell to be bitter, very strong on the citrus and pear, some good banana and hops nodes.

Taste - I can actually say i think i tasted some base mint in this beer, very strong and dynamic combination with the citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel - increased bitterness and overall not much more added. found the mint came through a lot more.

Overall - nothing i would buy or try again, this beer didnt do it for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Says its a dry hopped tripel lager? Interesting enough for me to check it out. Big yeasty yellow haze. Is it from the yeast or a messy amount of dry hopping? The aroma seems more like bong water than dry hopping, so I guess the appearance is due to the yeast (or bong water).

Taste, again, minimal hops despite advertising itself otherwise. Does have a nice bitterness that lingers that is unique. Dry. Impressed how well the alcohol was hidden. Seems to havce too much flavor for a pilsner, this is one of those exceptions I guess. Geez, if they really delivered as promised with the hops, this would be a great, not just good beer.

Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, herbal hops, and non-descript fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by herbal hops that linger in the background for the entire sip. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors enter in - bruised apples and pears. The ending is mildy bitter and the fruit flavors linger for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness although the carbonation seems a bit much.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall I don't have a lot of good things to say about this beer other than that it was interesting and I would not have guessed the 8.7% ABV. Worth a shot if you're curious.

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini 330ml swing-top bottle, one of the few eyeball-grabbers on a recent trip to the LCBO.

This beer pours a cloudy medium yellow straw colour, with a handful of foamy, slightly creamy, white head, which leaves a thin broken wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells very strong, and complex, with some fresh grassiness, toasted cracker grain, and tart tropical fruit. The taste is intense - biscuit malt, lemon, pineapple and floral hops essences, and a subtle, ethereal booziness. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, well-rounded, viscous, and a tad prickly, and it finishes dry and crisp, but with a warming sweet grain alcohol presence more noticeable as it warms.

What a smack upside the senses! Definitely a surprise - tasty and big, but balanced all around, and given the near 9 points of ABV, would suggest more of an Imperial (Czech) Pilsener...

Photo of mintjellie
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the colour of peach juice and opaque with lees held in suspension. The head is just a little bit retentive but doesn't lace. A few chunky looking floaties can be seen in my glass. Powerfully aromatic and reminiscent of baked bread, freshly mown grass, lemon zest, and the florist shop down down the street. There's a hint of sulfur when first opened. Honeyed bread malt flavour with big noble hop character. The hop flavour is lemony and spicy with moderate bitterness and a little bit of linger. Unpleasantly boozy if it warms too much, I drank my first two bottles of this too warm and found myself dreading the third. After a month, here I am drinking the third one at a cooler temperature and finding it quite enjoyable. Full-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Feels heavy. This is much better than my first impression of it. I'm still not sure if I want any more of it. I think I'd rather wait for the Christoffel Blonde/Bier the LCBO is carrying this summer.

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oddly, a barnyard aroma and served way too cold, found at Smokeless Joe's, expirey date December 2010. Peachy colour with pretty white soapy head and instant thick white lace. You have to appreciate the taste for what it is, a lot of nobel hops. For that it is good. Green grassy notes. Above average mouthfeel. Walk away, make cell calls and then as it room temperatures, it is better.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why, but appearance wise, this doesn't match up with all the other reviews I'm reading. Mine is just plain beautiful. Huge billowy white head off the pour. Settles after five minutes or so to a finger-thick head. Clear lacings on every sip.

Perfumey continental hops on the nose mingled with some hot alcohol. Slightly piney aroma, a touch of citrus zest.

Taste is all at the back of the tongue. About as bitter as you'd expect from a European pilsner. However, I'm sort of missing the flavours I really enjoy from Euro-hops. A good hit of fresh grass would be welcome. Instead the focus is all bitterness and floral herbs. Then again, I'm not sure how much of that can be chalked up to the huge alcohol hit. This beer is hot, and it gives it an almost Belgian strong ale character.

I glass is fine for me, this is a tough beer. I'd definitely recommend it though.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle for $7 at The Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, PA. I'd say this qualifies as an imperial pilsner. There's a big, caramel malt body upfront, followed by an earthy and heavy floral hop taste than rolls into a peppery orange peel finish. The hops are a little off balance, but this surprisingly fruity hopped up lager is worth a try for something different.

Photo of WOTO97
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a pretty vigorous pour, a thin sudsy head forms over a murky burned orange body with some thin, web-like lacing.

Pick up some cinnamon and allspice on the immediate nose followed by noticeable alcohol. In the background sits some red apple and faint fresh cut grass.

Big spiced bread flavors at first followed by some light apple and cinnamon notes. Some alcohol on the finish but nowhere near as pronounced as on the nose. Finishes with faint grass and wildflowers along with light lemon notes.

Definitely one of the roundest pilsners/lagers I've had the pleasure of drinking. The finish is pretty dry with some residual stickiness. The carbonation is very light but serves the beer well.

This beer is definitely some very tasty stuff with a heavy yeast component and welcome blast of hop spice that is accompanied by a nice round body for the style (?? I guess my experience with triple lagers is pretty minimal though). Highly recommended.

Photo of Ruds
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass to a murky dark yellow/amber colour with a good finger of frothy white head.

All round dryed hop aroma, very fresh with a little mint in the nose and grass/straw lurking in the background. If you sniff hard with your nose to the beer you really get an alcohol whiff!

Taste wise - zesty citrus hoppy taste with relatively strong alcohol flavour in the aftertaste also slightly peppery in the aftertaste!

Quite a lot of carbonation going on with a medium body to this beer in terms of mouthfeel. Head subsided to a small ocean of a covering whilst drinking and a little lacing around the edge of the glass.

Overall an OK beer, but not one I'd revisit given the choice over others.

The alcohol flavour is too pronounced for me and not balanced enough.

However . . . If I was in a small Dutch village for the night I could get merrily drunk on this beer!

Photo of eat
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I thought it would be interesting to review this back-to-back with Pilsner Urquell to taste the original Czech Pilsener along side an extreme version. Cool little bottle.

The pour is super murky, appearing to have even more suspended solids than a weisse beer. It seriously looks like liquid banana cream pie complete with a creamy, bright-white head. Retention and lacing could be better (not much of either).

Huge citrusy smell. Smells like sour lemon candy, grass, pine and all kinds of other great hoppy scents. Light astringency, some alcohol, a subtle mustiness, pale malt. This smells really good.

I'd say the flavour is a little over-the-top. It reminds me of a Trois Mousquetaires brew in its extreme sweetness. Borderline-cloying malty sweetness with earthy, grassy hops. Pretty much feels it's full 8.7% ABV, with even a bit of ethanol showing. The finish is a bit dry with some lingering alcohol. I have to admit, I was expecting more.

Fairly full medium body; almost chewy. I think I would actually prefer some more carbonation, though I suppose it may have lost some through the swing-top cap.

Definitely an interesting Pilsener and certainly not Christ-awful as its name would suggest, though I feel this brew does present some flaws. I can't claim this to be all too drinkable; it's a sipper at best. I can't see myself ever wanting more than one bottle of this and don't think I'll be buying it again. Of the two Pilseners sampled here, I'd have to say I definitely prefer the original, Pilsener Urquell.

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy golden straw with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Light grains, green apples, spicy hops and some honey and yeast funk.

Taste. Sweet light grains, tart green grapes and a little tobacco in the begining quickly fade as the floral, grassy hops build, then fall off leaving a slightly sour and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, Medium-light prickly carbonation.

Overall. Bold and hoppy. One has kicked the crap out of my tastebuds for now, but would try again in the future.

Thanks, Sammy!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry Noble hops notes. Taste is also a somewhat unbalanced mix between some dry hopped Saaz and some overly sweet malt notes with a hint of cereal. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I kinda like the idea of a hoppier Christoffel but just too sweet for my taste buds.

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MShirokov
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark coppery amber with no head at all, but a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. The seal on the bottle seemed quite tight on opening, so probably as intended. Interesting aroma of rich, slightly oxidized malt, black tea, with faint citrus and grassy hops. Unusual flavor is similar; black tea, molasses malt, raisins, a light, tart citrus flavor in the finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. A very interesting lager, with fairly complex flavors that are subdued, like a modestly watered down rich porter or stout; the flavors are there, but much lighter than expected. The malt seems to have influences of toasted malt, biscuit and pale malt. The hops produce a remarkable flavor that is as close to black tea as I've tasted in a beer. An idiosyncratic lager that seem too complex for a Euro strong lager, but with a flavor intensity range that fits the style. The lack of carbonation really was noticeable and I wish I knew what a difference that makes in the flavor. Glad I tried this and I'd quickly try anything else from this brewery if I see it. The overall score is decreased by the lack of carbonation which hurt both appearance and mouth feel.

Photo of RuudJH
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer bought at a local liquor store.

Dry hopped, in a 33 cl swingcap bottle.

Golden orange colour, big creamy head.
Smell is hoppy. some citrus, some floral components, some pine (not a lot).
Clean smell of malts.
Taste is bittersweetness of the same sorts: citric and floral. Not overpowering, but strong enough to cover the 8.7%.
Very pleasant and easy mouthfeel: smooth and soft malty sweet aftertaste.
The abv makes this a beer for only 1 or 2 bottle, or glasses. But very enjoyable.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and poured with a thin off white head that gradually faded away leaving a thin ring of bubbles on the surface on the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of noble hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has moderately strong flavors of floral hops along with notes of apples. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to medium amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel Dry Hop Nobel. I know, its a mouthful, but so is the beer. We got it for the LCBO Spring Release in late March, and it is even still on shelves at select locations. So if you haven't had the chance yet, I'd recommended grabbing a couple for the summer, cause it fits the bill perfectly.

Christoffel is a Dutch Brewery founded in 1986, and since has only brewed lagers (bottom fermenting beers). All of their beers are also completely unfiltered and unpasteurized. Christoffel is able to produce beers with rich and dense bitter sensations, yet they are still gentle and soothing on the palate. Their unique yeast strain and bottle condition process goes a long way to help these beers remain elegant and balanced.

I say it is perfect for the summer because it offers the crisp and quenching characteristics of a pilsner, with the spice and aromatic qualities of a Belgian Pale Ale. It goes down smooth with light effervescence and ripe flavors. Did someone say summer?

The Dry Hop Novel was added to Christoffel's lineup at the end of 2008. It is a strong pilsner that has been dry hopped with whole Nobel Hops and matured for 10 weeks or longer before being bottled. It is available in stubby 330ml swing cap bottles at 8.7% abv; a powerful pilsner. I was pretty excited for the Nobel because their Christmas Bock and the Robertus both impressed me very much.

Being a pilsner, even a strong one, I poured the Nobel cold around 5C (40F) to help me quench my palate to the fullest. It poured gently but built lots of life forming a two inch pillowy mountain of airy white head. It was fluffy and aromatic resting on top a hazy golden orange and yellow beer. Touches of bronze shines through, but it really just radiates the color of a setting sun. It is completely opaque and seems obvious that it was not filtered or pasteurized. Just the way I like it!

The nose is very floral and herbal. Earth, hay field, sweet but light pale malts and spice gently waft off the beer. It is very tickling to your senses with a slightly sharp bitter and tart sweetness in the back. Still, lavender and fresh grass mixed with white pepper and muddled spices keep the aroma superbly fresh and appetizing. It smells crisp and quenching with notes of lemon peel and grapefruit.

Right from the start the Nobel delivers crisp, floral and spicy refreshment as promised. Pale malts come in initially but are instantly followed by delicate spice and crisp natural carbonation. Hops come in right away and are lightly tart and slightly sweet to cool your palate and also excite. Citrus and hay field builds in strength as still soft sweet pilsner malts glide across your palate. It shows great complexity and also luxurious texture. It really is soothing and exciting to enjoy.

The bitter is very deep, but as they promised it is very elegant and works very well with the beer. I would never say to someone that this beer is bitter, really the bitter works for the overall character of the beer - but it is not overall bitter. If that makes sense.

Light notes of tropical fruit juice are hiding in the back, but are mostly covered by citrus rind and bitter tartness. The mouthfeel is very soft and quenching mostly due to the attack of tiny but rapid carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Touches of yeast and spice at the end also aid a very crisp mouthfeel, and an overall dry and bitter finish make is a superb summer refresher.

It would be easy to suggest this beer with pub fare or BBQ, but I actually think that it is lacking the caramel and charred flavors to properly match BBQ, and it is a bit to bitter and tart for pub far. I would really enjoy the Nobel alone and allow it to quench you fully; and it will.

Photo of mrnobody
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml swingtop bottle poured into a tulip.

I don't like to be prejudiced but Euro Strong Lager really does not sound like an appealing category. To boot, I have previously had two other beers by these guys that failed to impress. Let's get on with it...

A: Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Retention is not great but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is mild, clean, floral, a little yeasty. A bit like a Belgian strong pale ale.

T: The similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale ends here: sweet tasting (almost cloying) with a boozy finish. Also a little hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with fine and lively carbonation.

D: The drinkability is only okay: the sweetness and booze is a bit much.

I really wish the lcbo would bring in less mediocre Euro-trash when there are so many good beers from other provinces and across the border available. I'm done with this brewery now.

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Christoffel Nobel from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
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