St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

2,189 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 RandomExile
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of iwillhaveanother
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of pjwilson
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Twan22
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of taylor714914
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As a huge fan of the ABT12, I was excited to see this on tap at Always Ron’s in Hagerstown.  A murky brown, the smell is of figs, dates, toffee, and all around fruitcake flavors.  First sip evokes memories of dried fruits and various forms of sugar…brown sugar, honey, turbunado sugar, on and on.  It seems that the sweetness can morph into whatever style of sugar my brain wants.  The dried fruits complement this well.  A rich, thick brew, the mouthfeel is heavy and rich, and a 7 ounce pour was perfect.  A great strong ale for the Christmas time.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TwoTrees
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mj81
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,189 ratings.
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