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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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2,224 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#907
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,224
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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192
Gots:
463
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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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer that I had sitting around for a while that I finally wanted to review on here. I thought I had this years ago with the other myriad of Christmas and holiday beers that hit the shelves in December but alas, this was my first time with this. How I missed it will always be beyond me as this beer was rich and easy to quaff, given the high amount of hidden alcohol in it!

Good pour to this as the hue was that of dark fruit with hints of light seeping in around the edges. The contrasting raspberry-beige head settled quickly and was quite loud as it did so1 Not much lacing left around the edge of my pint glass with just a few scattered spots to be seen. Dark fruit, phenols, booze, and some banana in the nose with all of them being quite muted in their intensity. Warm and spicy to the taste, the bread, hint of blood orange, and yeast kicked in there for a pleasing combination that truly made this feel like a Quad. Chewy, bready malt and dark fruit slickness gave this color and depth without ever feeling artificial or overblown. Lots of yeast in the aftertaste with a bit of residual carbonation sticking around to cleans the palate.

Sure, this was strong - it's a Quad for crying out loud! They don't get much better than this and good ones should be able to be enjoyed year-round. That was the case with this as it didn't warm me up or knock me out too much! This was a solid brew worth seeking out for any Belgian beer lover, or for someone tired of hops and burn. Can't wait to get it again at the end of the year!

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

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

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger sustaining white foamy head that concaves a bit but holds its own for a good two minutes before dissipating ever so lightly. The smell had a sweet to lightly spiced combination of cinnamon and ginger running into a sweet biscuity/bready goodness. Subtle hints of cocoa allocate nicely in and around my nose. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and flavor a sweet bready aftertaste leading into a semi - wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality running about. Carbonation seems to run smooth and semi-dry. Overall, as a Belgian Strong Ale, it’s awesome to me it’s still awesome. Would love to have again for Christmas!

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Photo of Chianti
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wmartin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained from Belgium in April 2017, poured into teku at fridge temp. and drank as it warmed to room temp.

Initially at fridge temp, tasting was unimpressive, but as it warmed past 55F, it began to impress as the complex fruit, malt, yeast, and hop flavors began to manifest. Excellent bitterness on the finish.

A very nice quad, though not as good as some others I've had. Perhaps the complex flavors were not quite as obvious as, say, a Westvleteren xii, but very nice nonetheless. Many Xmas ales are spiced, but I could not detect any particular spices here.

Still, more please?

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

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

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

It's not Christmas without a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. I truly love this beer.

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

Bright cherry-mahogany with loose moussy beige foam. 4.25
Glace cherries, birch beer, and brandy butter. 4
Rum cake, prunes, slight cloves, dried red berries, vanilla extract, marshmallow and Canada mints. 4
Numbing Dentyne linger.
Medium, creamy, slight heat. 4.25

Puts the Christmas in Christmas - the bubblegum side of Belgian yeast rather than a bunch of pepper, and red more than dark fruit from the malts. A bit hot but the body is right there and fizz is right to keep it from cloying. A slow burn, which is on target for the season. Kaiser Blau's gum-snapping kid sister. 4.25

*from notes

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Photo of Bigbens42
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown. with a creamy head. Like most Belgian beers, not a looker.

Deep smell, plums, raisins, brown sugar and nutmeg are the big notes.

Very complex taste, as a quad should be. Dried fruit, raisins, cocoa, molasses and figs all duke it out on the palate. Some nutmeg at the back. Taste stays in your mouth for a long time.

Medium bodied, soft and smooth.

Really nice quad. I prefer the regular Bernardus, but this is a deep and rewarding beer.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,224 ratings
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