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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale
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4.23/5
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2,218 Ratings
St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#901
Reviews:
717
Ratings:
2,218
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of einman
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this at about 45, but that was too cold...better at about 55. From a bomber into a SB glass, clear reddish mahogany, 1/2 finger khaki head that resides quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a little ring on top. Nose is good: spiced plum, molasses, banana, bread. Taste is like the nose, though a little chewy fig in there too.

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Photo of Jason_Schroeder
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A variation on the abt 12 in my mind. This is a great ale, but I would prefer the abt 12.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbrown29073
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have a slight cold which may have impacted scoring, but I WILL buy it again. Beautiful head that settled nicely. Deep and dark. Very malty with a creamy feel.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting to review this little beauty for some time.....had plenty of them prior to my BA days, but am only review as I taste these days.

Having deliberated over what temperature to serve this beer, I opted to chill for 10minutes then let settle almost back to room temperature.

Poured into the St Bernardus Glass, and it didn't disappoint. Great mahogany body, topped with a huge light coffee coloured head. Retention isn't as good as some, and stuck around for a few swigs.....could have been a bit better.

Aroma is rich and full of spiced fruit as you would expect from a seasonal winter Belgian...Plumb, Figs, Spiced Malt, crowned with a waft of booze.

Taste takes it up a notch, a real toffee sensation to this one, lovely dark fruit aftertaste that lingers.

Feel is a touch watery, or certainly more so than I was expecting. It does go down well, and not much artificial sweetness to this brew.

Overall it is extremely good indeed, not quite as good as the Gouden Carolus Christmas, but getting there.

A must try beer.

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Photo of Grackos
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Houborg1
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle into glass.
Very dark brown (like dark fruit) body. Persistent beige cap. Some spots of lacing.
Aroma has the sweetness of dark fruit, along with banana, cloves, and nuts.
For the taste, has figs, raisins, bananas, molasses, bread, and cloves. The higher level of carbonation cleanses the palate with each sip. Yeast abounds.
Higher carbonated mouth feel. Somewhat creamy, tongue coating, but carbonation helps to wrap up the taste cycle.
Totally an enjoyable Christmas ale.

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Photo of quadmad
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One year old bottle drank at 12 c. Very smooth, slight acidity.

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Photo of NWHopinator
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PolishHurricane
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I poured at around 65F (room temp), but thinking it would be better colder. Another reviewer said better above 55F. I definitely wouldn't drink it warm... pretty sure it will be better cold, but not too cold.

Smell: I get a lot of dark fruit, banana, maybe a bit of nuts. Sort of a lambic smell off the top if inhaled strongly.
Taste: Immediate Banana, sweet, light caramel, figgy aftertaste at first, with mild bitterness and sweetness aftertaste.
Feel: Carbonation, peppery, very warming alcohol on the throat compared to the Abt 12.

Abt 12 > Prior 8 >= Christmas Ale

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich caramel color, with a tall, fluffy belgian head.

Aromas of both bright and dark fruits. Molasses, figs, bread pudding, clove, banana, nuts.

Flavors of fig, honey, toffee, clove, allspice, caramel, ginger, cocoa, and suggestions of cinnamon.

Feel is near perfect for a winter warmer - heavily carbonated just as a Belgian should be; yet still smooth and has a hot, boozy finish.

Overall, one of my go-to Christmas beers every year. Love it. Worth the price when you can find it.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A must have for the holidays. Cheers.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cellar temp. Pours a nice dark brown with substantial tan head. Nose is very similar to the 12 for me - lots of fig and other dark fruit. Plum, raisin, raspberry, honey, toffee, nuts, bread, yeast. Taste is really smooth - lots of dark fruit and almost some port notes to it. Lots of raisin and plum. Toffee and vanilla are there, along with grapes and sweet malts. Nice smooth and medium mouthfeel. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emincems
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours very dark maroon with frothy beige head. Foam disappears fast for a quad, but it leaves a thin cover on top. Nice lacing on glass. When you smell it you can feel that's a Christmas ale. Toasted malts, strong yeasty esters like prune, candied sugars and spices like cinnamon. Taste is similar. Complex malts, molasses, licorice, dark fruits and winter spices. Both intense and creamy on the palate. Quite warming, spicy and dry finish. A respectable sipping beer.

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Photo of Wmubroncos85
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing - wish I could get this beer year round. Very balanced, dried fruits, mint, light spice.

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Photo of faatcase
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,218 ratings
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