St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,190 Ratings
St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

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Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured out a prune, dark brown/purple color, with about a finger or so mocha head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Belgian yeast strain for sure, along with some grape-flavored popcicle. Brown ale-like for sure, along with a healthy dose of prunes and raisons.

T: Nice bitterness here, along with lots of dark fruit, and candy coated booze. Impeccably balanced and then some.

M: The carbonation was fairly high compared to most American versions of this style, but I thought it cut through the potential sugariness quite well. The lacing was moderately splotchy.

O: This brewery produces some awesome beer for sure, and this is one of the many examples!

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brewery is one of my favourites, so when I saw the Christmas Ale in Buffalo it was a no brainer.

Pours a rich dark brown with a creamy tan head that slowly dropped to a collar, but left some good lace going down. Sweet malt aroma, with some cinamon and chocolate mixed in.

Sone good yeastiness in the flavour, which gives off some mild bread notes, and a good shot of spice. Fruity sweet malts give a juicy raisin and date character, while some brown sugar adds to the sweetness. Decent so far, all the way up to the body, which is askew. Slightly too light for the style, and slightly too carbonated... a couple years should fix one of those.

I'm slowly going off these Belgian Strong Darks, as the sweetness doesn't appeal to me as much as it used to. That said I do think this is a nice example of the style, and would be a definite reccomendation for lovers of good Belgian beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a wine glass.

A-The beer is the color of black tea and murky. The head is short and off-white in color. No lacing is left behind, but the head has great retention like you would expect from a traditional Belgian beer.

S-The aroma is absolutely delicious, but brace yourself for the sweetness. I get brown sugar, molasses, candy sugar, and massive gingerbread type spices like clove, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper. There is also some dark, dried fruit. In fact, the aroma reminds me of fruit cake. Hops are an afterthought.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but whereas the sweet, sugary flavors smell delicious, they become a bit TOO much on the palate. Still, the spicy, sweet, fruity mixture is what I think of when I think of Christmas flavors, so it works for me.

M-Somewhat surprisingly, I find the feel to be a bit thin and less creamy that I like for a quad/BDSA. Its not bad, but not as good as Abt 12.

O-Setting aside my quibbles with the mouthfeel, this is a great holiday offering. It doesn't rank as high as the Abt 12 because even I found it a bit too sweet and spicy, but if you want a big, dark, holiday offering, there are not many choices better than this.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Pens1967
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Minks (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Served in an oversized snifter.

Pours deep but opaque mahogany with a finger and a half off white head that fades quickly.

Smells of dark fruit, sugar, yeast and toffee.

Taste of is a rich and complex mixture of plums, cherries, toffee, molasses, yeasty funk, brown sugar, spice and a little booze.

Creamy medium full body with a crisp carbonated effervescence. Long sweet finish.

A well made strong dark ale for any season. Another great brew from good ol' St Bernardus.

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Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into a heavy chalice glass. A- Murky caramel/orange hue, huge amounts of off-white frothy head that is effervescent and mostly sustaining, splatters of lacing S- Nose is dark fruits, sweet belgian candy, alcohol, green apples, and spices T- Initial taste is dark fruits followed by spritzy spices, peppermint, and bananas, finishes with sweetness and alcohol warming M- Full-bodied, thick chewy texture, amped-up carbonation D- Smooth and balanced strong ale, milder spice flavors and lively carbonation contribute to a unique taste profile, very easy. One of my top winter brews.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the growler via Eightball Brewing in a snifter.
This FINE Belgian Christmas pours a nice red tinged mahogany with a moderate
head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, light pool, and subtle lacing.
Nose of candied figs, plum, vanilla, mild cinnamon, mild nutmeg, brown sugars,
and light banana bread notes. Flavors follow the nose with light exceptions with
vanilla and a hint of orange peel awash in brown sugars. Fig and plum notes dance on
the middle of the taste and fade into herbal traces of cinnamon and nutmeg with light
phenol notes from the yeast reminiscent of banana bread mixed with a hint of cherries
and a touch of herbal hops on the rear to keep things lively. Excellent mouth feel; medium
light carbonation is lightly prickly with a warming background and sweet lightly spiced
finish that is lightly dry.

Overall a fantastic brew and one I look forward to each Christmas.


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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. A creamy, bubbley tan head crowns a murky, cloudy opaque nut brown body.

Malty and sugary sweet nose, dates, some grape and plum, floral perfume.

Malty flavour up front akin to dark dried fruits, some icing sugar, slick molasses, citrus blossoms, mild spices. Malty and spicy aftertaste.

Light, silky smooth mouthfeel, full and sticky on the finish, amazing for the high octane of this ale.

Deceptively drinkable, plus a great starter ale for the style, it's user-friendly and not intimidating. Perfect for sharing at holiday gatherings as well.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dirty russett colored liquid pours into my snifter. Highly carbonated as the other reviewers have noted. Head is choppy, three inches high and seperates into a very foamy consistency. It's also tan.

Dried pitted fruits with belgian yeast and spices everywhere. An earthy musty quality lingers but really is appetizing to this beer. A hint of cinnamon, with a roasted fig puree and alcohol soaked dates and raisins. A bit of cherry and nutty undertones.

One fine specimen. Rich with tingly carbonation and a good amount of acidity. Really lively on the tongue. Full of fig notes with a bit of carmelized pear, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Great balance with a bitterness on the finish. Spicey belgian qualities and a yeasty finish but not overly done. Good amounts of alcohol on the finish in the chest as well. A definite winner.

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Photo of deereless
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -4.5%

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,190 ratings.
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