Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

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2,303
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
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Photo of Scottsbeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JDJR
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of browner
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Merry Christmas ! Love the Christmas Quads and the pour is all Belgian with its deep brown color and tan head. And a little larger head than Abt. 12.
Smell the Christmas time spices for baking cookies. Ginger, cinnamon, perhaps clove.
Tastes of malt, sweet dark sugars and just the right balance of spices.
Like other Quads this is a complex beer with good rich mouthfeel and a delightful desert like profile. Holiday spices with a Belgian Quad done to a very high standard. Perhaps the very best Christmas Beer in the World.

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Photo of mlaw4380
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

it's close enough to christmas for me. 11oz bottle, fairly fresh i assume, pours a deep dark brown, with tinges of amber red in the light. huge head that tried to escape and tons of lacing. aroma is full of brown sugar, raisin bread and spices. very warming scent. hint of booze seeps through as it warms. first sip was a blast of carbonation, like shotgunning a few bags of pop rocks. slowly going back in there's a lot of caramel/toffee and brown sugar, quite sweet but balanced by dark fruits and toast. vanilla, nutmeg and clove balance it out, but stay subtle. this thing drinks creamy and so carbonated it tingled. booze starts to show overtime. recommended when you're near a fire probably

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of txag96
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bhawk1
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Swizzz
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian goodness

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Photo of Navin-Johnson
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Djoneil
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Really nice appearance - cloudy reddish-brown w/a nice white cap. NOT much of a nose. Nice taste & feel, but at $12/pour I'll be looking for alternatives.

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Photo of spectru
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale has the color of a stout or porter, and it has the biggest head I've ever seen. I know how to pour a beer, but this one filled the glass when the bottle was still half full. The head is tan and fluffy. It does eventually settle down, but it persists and is very lacey. It smells good but not particularly remarkable. The flavor is rich, full-bodied, yet mellow with a hint of alcohol, but certainly not what one might expect from a 10% ABV ale. The mouthfeel is smooth and sparkly with ample carbonation. Near the end of the glass, the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced and slightly stingy.

This is my first Belgian Quadruple. Are they all this good?

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Photo of 1nate7
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious liquid runing down your throat refreshes mind and feelings

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of RayCannata
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pvibeer
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Element1290
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clarknova
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OlaB
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color with a big top of nice creamy beige head that dissolves in a slow pace and leaves some sticky lacings. Rich aroma of matured fruits, dried fruits like dates and raisins, brown sugar,caramel, licorice and spices like cloves,cinnamon and vanilla. The taste starts of sweet and fruity with nice flavours of dark fruits and burned sugar with some nice notes of caramel and licorice in the back. The flavour gets after short time also some nice notes spices typical to christmas. The finish is slight bittersweet with nice malt notes in the back and the aftertaste are long and strong. The flavours are greatly balanced in this beer. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily but also soft and it gives an almost instant warming feel. Medium carbonation with a heavy body.
All in all this is an amazing quadruple. One of the best of it,s style.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChazFqy
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Forget the candy canes and other Christmas treats. Daddy wants this in his stocking!!!!

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Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,303 ratings