St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
4.23/5
2,195 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#885
Reviews:
709
Ratings:
2,195
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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190
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Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yohell
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of piconaut
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of briancathy
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; best before 6/29/2019. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, apricot, fig, cherry, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, apricot, fig, cherry, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Large amount of yeast/coriander spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, coriander, clove, pepper, banana, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian strong dark ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Preston
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillDavis707
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on Xmas night. Everything that you would want out of a Belgian, and nothing you don't.

Dark fruit flavors, yeasty but not overpowering, smooth as can be!

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Photo of Trombone69
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a delicious brew. A very well disguised 10% ABV. I will definitely be looking to pick up some more of this. As my buddy said, "Have you ever had anything from St. Bernardus that wasn't great?" Nope. Truly a great one.

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

Photo of Beerbom
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkh895
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Organdrew
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this as seen in the local liquor store flier. Paid about 12$ for a 3/4 litre bottle. Waited until new years eve to open this baby up since I read many good reviews (and the high alcohol percent) and I don't get drunk often. First time drinking a Quadrupel.

Look: Bottle under pressure, pours a dark thick mixture with two inches of head that seems to stay. Color is a deep chestnut or dark brown teddy-bear color. Opaque and muddy. Almost black but brown hues show through.

Smell: Smells like a boozy concoction reminiscent of other craft beers. I tend to have trouble picking out smells. Maybe somewhat fruity/ plumy/ brown sugar like.

taste/mouthfeel: First sip tastes slightly boozy with multiple tastes dancing over the tongue. Deep, thick and complex. I know by the end of the bottle I will be feeling the alcohol. Concurrent sips start to form more palatable tastes and is somewhat sweet, easy to drink, yet heavy. (Brown?) Sugar shines through with each sip. Might be a tad of plum/fig. Creamy? The heavy taste hides the alcohol mostly.

Conclusion: A heavy boozy treat to share with a friend or two. May not be my favorite style, I prefer more golden, red, or lighter colored ales and beers. Reminiscent of a beer flavoured wine. Beware, this sweet easy to drink booze treat might be empty before you realize you've had too much.

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Photo of Foley67
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color, pretty light for a Quad. Patchy, foamy head lasts a while, leaving lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is full of berry sweetness and biscuit malts. Cherry flavors pop out up front in the taste. Doughy malts and some grains and allspice also In there. Medicinal alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. The mouthfeel is thick and full of carbonation.

A sweet and fruity Quad – lightbodied for the high abv. Worth seeking out,

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Photo of rmank
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Plums, plums, and more plums, that's what I get from this beer. I feel like Little Jack Horner.

Not too sweet, not too spicy. It's just right.

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

Photo of keithv70
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this in a fat tulip glass. The color is deep brown with a good amount of carbonation. The 2 inch tan head subsided slowly, with minimal lacing.

The smell reminds me of tart Belgian yeast, with a strong malt profile. The taste is similar, with slight banana flavor, similar to a good Hefeweizen, on the first few sips. The next few sips revealed some cinnamon and holiday spice. The taste is good, and gets better with each swig.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice carbonated bite for a Christmas Ale. Overall, this is a great seasonal beer that I will try again next year.

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Photo of Spike
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,195 ratings
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