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
2,288 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

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Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#959
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
2,288
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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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

Photo of sbuck
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dcotom
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a snifter. Beautiful in appearance. Deep brown in color, with dark amber highlights and a thick, fluffy light tan head. This is one of the easiest-drinking quads I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is light for such a big beer, and there is quite a bit of carbonation. The flavors seem to come alive at cellar temperature. Caramel, Belgian yeast, raisin, prune, a little tart fruit, and a lot of spice dominate the nose and palate. Finish is dry and spicy, with a little spicy astringence lingering on the tongue. (Think chewing on a clove or a cinnamon stick.) This is a world-class quad, and would make a great accompaniment for a variety of holiday foods.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich Amberish brown with large fluffy head.
The aroma is very dark fruit forward with a huge amount of spice. I'm getting traditional Belgian yeast and a generic winter spice. I can't quite put my finger on what else I'm picking up, but it's not that different from abt 12 just a bit more spicy.
The flavor is super juicy with tons of plum and cherry, the yeasty esters are much stronger on the flavor than the aroma. It's very sweet but the spices keep it well balanced, it's a very good quad.

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Photo of redleg64
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle bb 7/4/20 poured into a St. Bernardus goblet at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours medium brown in color with quickly fading khaki head. The head recedes to a fine cap with just a bit of lacing. The aroma is faint with fruit and clove. The taste is cherry & berry forward, at first, transitioning to spicy, clovey Belgian esters on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. No trace of 10% alcohol in this beer. Overall, excellent. Recommended.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of einman
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured this at about 45, but that was too cold...better at about 55. From a bomber into a SB glass, clear reddish mahogany, 1/2 finger khaki head that resides quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a little ring on top. Nose is good: spiced plum, molasses, banana, bread. Taste is like the nose, though a little chewy fig in there too.

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Photo of Jason_Schroeder
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A variation on the abt 12 in my mind. This is a great ale, but I would prefer the abt 12.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbrown29073
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have a slight cold which may have impacted scoring, but I WILL buy it again. Beautiful head that settled nicely. Deep and dark. Very malty with a creamy feel.

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,288 ratings