St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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
Ratings:
2,194
Reviews:
709
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750 ml bottle into St. Bernardus glass

A-Poured a misty brown-amber body, with a slightly off white one finger head.

S-Complex fruity and malty aroma, apricots/peaches, apples, slightly dusty, slightly sweet, overall lovely.

T-Taste is sweet, malty, light plum, full taste supported by a light tartness - and supported well! Some banana, nutmeg and spice.

M-Full bodied, soft, nice smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.

O-Overall a great Christmas Ale, my new favorite.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new Bernardus beer! (At least for Texas). I poured this into a Chimay glass. It has a dark-brown color with excellent head retention, leaving a long lasting layer of creamy foam on top. The nose is sweet, with a lot of dark fruit notes, and a yeasty spiciness overlaying it. The flavor is quite nice. The malt is surprisingly light and not assertive for such a strong beer, adding sweetness but no heaviness. There's a lot of fruitiness, like candied raisins, and a nicely phenolic, almost peppery yeastiness. Quite light bodied for a 10% beer.

Very nice addition to the Bernardus lineup.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few years back and was not happy. I love this brewery, so I had to give it another shot. Old review follows. Glad I tried it again.

A - Dark raw honey, very carbonated pop of cork. Nice thick near white head, leaves slowly to disk. Lots of persistent cling lace.

S - Bready, dark cooked fruits. Banana ever present. I am looking forward to this.

T - Shazam! Banana bread, and some holiday dark fruits to go along with it. Nice meal. Heat pretty well masked in taste. Knocked it a little for a small sour twang at the end that didn't seem to go with it.

M - Medium to heavy mouth, nice carb and wonderful balance considering the massive flavors.

D - Even at this ABV, I could give it a go for some time!

From 6.09 A3 S4.5 T3.5 M3.5 D3.5
Damn. First Lost Abbey Angel's Share Brandy last night , 750 corked, flat. Tonight, this one, completely flat too. Both have great taste, but without carbonation, it's like saltines without the salt. I am not going to even bother drinking it. Need a food recipe to use it....

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jakea
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber with a huge head that lasted throughout the beer. Has a sweet smell, strong nutmeg smell. Very complex taste. Spicey like a good belgin beer, sweet, nutmeg flavors are also presnte. Tastes like a christmas cookie. easy to drink but should be enjoyed slowley. Overall a grea beer perfect for the holidays.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep chestnut body, khaki finger head, fantastic lacing.

S: aroma of figs, dates, bread, spices, and yeast.

T: sweet figs, dates, bread, and malt.

M: medium/heavy body,
smooth/chewy/bubbly balance good mouthfeel

D: The 10% ABV is hidden rather well in this beer, but still a big sipper.
Great beer to share with friends are the holidays.

VERY GOOD; GRAB A BOTTLE!

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

Enjoyed on tap at Mellow Mushroom. More yeasty/bready notes in the nose and on the palate. Color is soft brown, hazy, with white head.

Nose is slightly citrus with baked dessert goods.

Palate has an enormous holiday spice with roasted sweetness. Basically a nice, sweet holiday dessert that happens to be a beer.

Finish is long with lingering holiday spice.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark brown with a thin lip of beige foam. Looks soupy in body.

Spicy phenols, clove, pretzel bread, fig, licorice, apple wine, Belgian sugar, alcohol, and a savory aroma that's almost briny. Excellent complexity.

Plum, clove, licorice, banana yeast, almond, booze, allspice, saltiness, brandy, and wintergreen. Hugely bready and malty. Combination of dark fruit sweetness, spiciness, sting of booze, and a briny saltiness makes for a fulfilling profile.

Rich full body. So creamy, it's soupy. Almost has the consistency of fatty chicken broth. Carbonation is light-medium with light prickle that tries not to augment some heady booze strength.

One of my favorite Belgian Christmas beers, if not my favorite. So rich and decadent. Unreal good.

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

Photo of paresis
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one has a head that just doesn't stop... Four plus fingers of airy continually rising light khaki colored head with a slightly rocky top that is audibly fizzy... Excellent retention... Ultimately what is left is a full creamy lace with a mound of foamy head in the center of the glass... The head sits a top a murky medium-to-dark brown colored body... Still for the most part with no discernible carbonation... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Belgian yeast and a slight bit of funk to start... Next are a truck load of dark fruit aromas highlighted by dates, raisins, and plums... Bread pudding... Perhaps some tobacco notes...

T - Not as malty as expected... Fig... Raisins... Dark breads... Some Belgian yeast notes... The finish is a unique blend of vanilla and tobacco... A touch of booze on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... A delicate carbonated tickle on the tip of the tongue... Sleek and slightly sticky... A tinge of alcohol induced heat... Warming throughout...

D - An easy drinking Belgian Strong Dark Ale which should be no surprise coming from a Trappist brewery... I would gladly enjoy this offering each holiday season...

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malts and dark fruits. Hints of chocolate, candied fruits and a bit of Belgian yeast.

T- Taste is dark fruits, sweet malty yeast, and warming alcohol. Maybe a hint of darker malts and chocolate.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. I found this one to be creamy, silky smooth, and a bit sticky.

D- I had no problem killing this one myself. A very excellent brew.

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,194 ratings.
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