St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,190
Reviews:
708
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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187
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Photo of ClePaul
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNPIII127
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark brown, a good amount of foamy, creamy head.
Taste: full of molasses, sweet maltiness with hints of dark fruit seeping up at the end: plum and grape were dominant. Not much sign of alcohol, even though 10% was in there, which make it dangerously deceptive. Very complex.
Feel: full body, great after taste.

Had a 330ml bottle at wishbeer, Bangkok. Not the right weather for it, but for a quad lover all weather is great.
A great brew, but prefer its brother Abt. 12 more.

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Photo of srw
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blcookies
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anatole
2.34/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 12.50/25.4 oz bottle + $ 2.68 shipping = $ 0.593/oz from Blackwell’s Wines and Spirits, SF CA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Resounding “POP” when cork is pulled
Aroma of spices and fruits
Head large (five cm, aggressive pour), off white/light tan, creamy/fizzy with rocks, diminishing to three to six mm irregular ring and partial layer mostly a single bubble thick
Lacing poor – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium brown, opaque, some effervescence
Flavor unremarkable – spice and fruit, nothing outstanding; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. The carbonation overpowers any nuances of flavor.
Palate medium, creamy, lively almost fizzy carbonation (Bottle conditioned)

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of MFS_71
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $5.99. According to the rear label, this is best before June 29, 2018.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass (love it when beer and glassware meet), this was a dark brown color, showing off reddish highlights when held up to light. There was a big, thick beige colored head that took it’s time to drop.

In the nose, I got fruit, sweetness, and spiciness kinda like a candy apple paired with a banana. Other fruits were present, however, as I also got some prune and fig aroma.

Sweet and fruity in the taste as well, but balanced with some spices a more dark fruitiness that lends some bitterness and, so, balance to the proceedings. One thing not present in the taste is the alcohol (10%) of this beer. As it warmed, the spices came out more, but not the booze, and it remained dangerously drinkable throughout.

Fairly light bodied for a big boozer, as is standard with beers of this style, and the mouthfeel had that effervescence that is so hard for American versions to capture.

I don’t think this is as complex as a quad like St. Bernardus’s Abt 12, but there’s still quite a bit going on in this beer, and all of it delicious. Yep, I’d drink it again!

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gdub
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiteturtle
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, poured into la chouffe tulip.

Eyes: Pours a milky caramel latte colour. With the always expected monster head that accompanies BSDA's.

Nose: Some of the usual suspects- currants, cherries, burnt sugar, caramel, toasty malts, anise. And a few others accompany- peppercorns, clove, rum, vanilla, and straight up alcohol. No joke, I dipped my nostrils pretty deep into my glass, and I think my nashairs (short for nasal-hairs, haha) got singed.

Taste: Dark cherries, anise, plums. Spicy berries. Maybe a touch of mint. But not a lot of holiday spices at first. I can tell that this will change (improve) with warmth. Very juicy though, lots of cherry/berry flavors.

Cheeks: Surprisingly light-bodied. Carbonation tickles the tongue. The 10% is tough on the nose, but its pretty easy going down the hatch. Doesn't burn the mouth too much either. The reserved use of the holiday spices lets the body of the beer shine through as a decent BSDA.

Overall: Middle of the road for my journey through Christmas Belgian ales this year. So far, I would put La Chouffe and Corsendonk over this. But I enjoyed this more than Gouden Carolus and Delirium Noel (what the hell happened to Delirium Noel??? so disappointed). This is really good, but somewhat forgettable. I enjoyed every sip I had, but the taste disappears very quickly. And the taste that is there is very mild. I don't mind christmas/winter ales taking it easy on the spices, but I at least want to know they are there if I'm buying them. I could smell the anise and clove, but couldn't really taste much outside of the initial anise notes. Regardless, this is a solid BSDA if you're looking for one. St. Bernardus does a good job, and they made another solid offering with this ale.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PorterLambic
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, very dark brown with an off-white head. Drops to a ring that just hangs forever.
Smell is malt, cherry, wood, sour. Great balance.
Taste is malt, some tart cherry, oak, spice, and something I can't identify. Balanced well but could use a bit more spice to differentiate from the standard offerings.
Medium bodied, very light effervescence. Smooth, cleaner finish than expected. Good stuff.

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Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yohell
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of piconaut
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice Christmas beer that'll jump up and hit you like a Mac truck in spite of its kind and festive appearance. Some spices, some dark fruit, some fruity/banana-like esters on the nose, along with a sweet bready note + candi sugar. Palate is similar, a touch more phenolic bite alongside enduring sweetness, the yeast really coming through as you go. Body is bubbly and full, as you'd expect. Nice stuff for Christmas festivities -- a beer for sharing.

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