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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
4.23/5
Exceptional
2,200 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:
#900
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
2,200
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: mid-brown, prominent rising bubbles, partly translucent; light brown persistent smooth silky head; bands of intricate, frosted lacing I've never seen before.
S: fresh and malty, faint banana, enticing
T: banana, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of bubblegum, a yeasty floor that holds it together, an after-finish of apple peel
M: crisp, on the dry side, fresh but present
O: Served in a snifter, the appearance is a magical wintry snowglobe with reverse snow (streaming up, of course) which could only be improved by a deep, less muddy color. The nose is fresh and inviting, but I wish it were deeper and richer. A subtle and complex quad which somehow betrays no sign of it's 10% abv. Remarkable.

12oz / Snifter / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to Chimay chalice.

A: good quad amber

S: sweet figs brown sugars

T: so sweet so good. Classic quad greatness

Mouthfeel: yep it's soft

O: as good as Abt 12

Yeah it's great. Made the mistake of starting this too cold. Opened up after warming

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Had this one before and was a Big fan. New Review of a 750 ml bottle.

A-poured into a pint glass this festive brew is heady as hell with a sticky tan Big bubbled foam. Murky brown like most Belgian dark ales.
S-tons of aroma between fruity esters, peppery phenols and a rich sweet dark cherry malt quality this is the bomb.
T-like the aroma Big on sweet bready malts with plum flavors also noted balanced with a white pepper note. Finishes moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness
M-moderate carbonation with very low alcohol bite. A bit of a chewy full body.
O-everything a Big quad should be. Similiar to its world class brother abt. 12 but with more of a spicy phenolic quality. Mostly pepper with hints of clove and nutmeg as the beer warms. As good as it gets.

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,200 ratings
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