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
2,280 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:
#912
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
2,280
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of pau622
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of antman27
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled
Pours a dark brown body with big thick tobacco stained coloured head that doesn't look like it's going anywhere
brown sugar aroma
like a boozy black forest, cherry chocolate and rum

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Photo of h4l
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque dark brown with a thin, light brown head, though was initially quite large. Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma. Taste is hard to pinpoint - background acidity but not sharp; dark fruit and bready notes, with a slight alcohol aftertaste, but not as much as you'd expect from the 10% ABV. Feel is on the thin side, with some carbonation. Overall quite enjoyable, bit like drinking a fruit cake!

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice
Bottled 18-07-18, which should make this one a bit over 4 years old

A- pours a deep ruby brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention after the pour, eventually settling to a thin film floating on top

S- spicy yeast up front is complimented by an array of fruit cake aromas; cherries, figs, dates, apples, plumbs and sweet bread that brings a big malty aroma that enhances the fruit esters. Alcohol on the back end gives the illusion of rum

T- sweet and malty up front with flavors of caramel and brown dessert bread. Mid-palate brings out lots of fruity notes; dried cherry, fig, date, raisin, plumb, red apple. Peppery yeast gives off notes of black pepper and coriander. The finish lingers of the yeast which adds a citrusy element with spicy notes lingering

M- medium body with moderate lively carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns almost effervescent into a slightly warming, semi dry finish

O- an outstanding quad that drinks like a peppery Christmas fruit cake

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheers2u2
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of videofrog
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamN
2.94/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly hazy garnet color, thick carbonated taupe head erupts from the bottle. Classic Trappist ale aroma, slight metallic aroma, tart fruits and nuanced background maltiness. Cherries, vinous characters. Bubbly, lively mouthfeel, feels very alive. Sort of grainy flavors in the taste, odd meshing of fruity and grainy tastes. Spices, like cinnamon, corriander, grape seeds. Thin mouthfeel, not much body. Overall, an underwhelming Christmas beer and an underwhelming Trappist beer.

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

Photo of crewfan1952
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown-burgundy with a finger of khaki head in the chalice. Head retention is great, with minimal lacing left behind. Aroma is dark and stone fruit, plum, spices, yeast, and clove. Lovely aroma, with Christmas spices adding a little flair. Flavor profile is dark and stone fruit, plum, yeast, and clove. It finishes with light Christmas holiday spices which linger on the tongue for a bit. Mouth feel is smooth and velvety, with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a great quadruple ale with a little holiday spirit sprinkled into the mix. Well done and balanced.

Served in a Belgian chalice from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this brewer and they did Christmas just right...

Out of the bottle the brew pours this dark coppper colored liquid with nice thick foam and lava by to boot. The smell was just about the only thing I did not like - very also-ran. After that, I found the mouthfeel to improve as it warmed and the taste to be full of flavor and truly full-bodied as you would expect for something on this very day. Great job and I wish I had another one to partake.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mucky brown with a giant head but red and opaque when put to the light. Big fruit, over ripe in nose says my sister. Dark fruits sweet on the nose. Wow easy to drink, banana some spice a bit of heat, fruity sweetness and less body than I originally thought with prickly carbonation. Worth drinking.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a murky reddish brown body. Head was an off white color and three fingers deep after a hard first pour. Head quickly settles leaving behind lacing and a slight ring of head.

S: Beer smells strongly of fruits. Plums and raisins seem to be the strongest of the sents. Also can smell some bready yeast and malts.

T: Large amounts of dark fruit flavors. Picking out raisins and grapes along with some pruins. Spices are also evident in the beer.

M: A bit thin and watery tasting. The fruit tastes linger about nicely and the carbonation is good but overall mouthfeel is lacking.

O: The beer has a nice mix of fruity and spicy flavors. The overall feel of the beer is a bit watered down however. Not my typical style but a decent beer overall.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish cinnamon brown depending on lighting. Light cream colored head. Beautiful come, but I feel like their should be at least some lacing at least to remind me of winter's snow.

S: Spiced plum. Figgy pudding. Bananas foster. So, it has a complex sweetness in the making with the right amount of toasted malt to act as a throughline pulling every bit together.

M: Highly carbed. Warming and full bodied , yet spritely.

T: Cherry and amaretto. Chewy figs and dried stone fruit. Tows the line well between sweet decadence and blue-collar approachability, which the peppery phenols make happen. I'm not really picking out the cloves and the ilk as much as the white pepper. Dry bakers chocolate finish, which hearkens me to think of frozen chocolate covered bananas.

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Photo of Fee
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer really works because it has enough carbonation to carry the brew. Its boozy and malty, but not overbearing. You can taste cinnamon, spices, and fruit. Nice smell. One of the better Christmas Ales.

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Photo of benlhoest
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BaileyMitch
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suzikeith42
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,280 ratings