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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
2,224 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:
#906
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,224
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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192
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Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer. Very dark mahogany appearance, a little sweet perhaps, but very drinkable. Bought a 4 pack at Total Wine, may get another before they're gone for the season.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a soda like off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a mix of dark fruits and some spice.

Tastes of spiced fruit layered with some buttery bread notes. Fruit notes lead off with apple, raisin, and fig. Some caramel and burnt sugar notes come next with a moderate amount of sweetness. Spice adds next with clove, nutmeg, and star anise. As it warms, banana comes through more. Some earthy and herbal hops add a bit before the finish. Finishes with a lingering spiced fruit note.

Mouthfeel is full with a slightly effervescent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty quad and is well worth a visit.

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

Photo of jspaner
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a Christmas beer should, dark and rich in color. The smell has the typical Belgian beer aroma, sweet, yeasty, and in this case, a bit of dark fruitiness. The taste is sweet, with a little cherry and some spices, and a bit medicinal, but very nice. The feel is moderate with low carbonation. The 10% abv is not overpowering to the feel or taste. Another great beer from a great brewery!

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

This is the first review I've done in quite some time, so why not start with a classic. I've had a lot of Belgian Christmas beers over the years, and this is one of the best. I was lucky to be able to try it on tap, thanks to the guys at #3 Craft Brews here in Cape Coral. The beer is sweeter and less carbonated than the regular 12 (which is one of my absolute favorite beers). A nice seasonal treat, but it would be too sweet for me on a regular basis (in fact, I'm going to have a chocolate chip cookie with it in a little while!).

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Photo of THoffner
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Son of Anarchy 2x03. Superb in all aspects. The perfect christmas beer. Amazing nose, tasty, warming, great body.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChristianSmith
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mabermud
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark chocolate hued with mahogany. The head was off-white, tinged yellow, and dirty. Quick dispersion. Maybe one or two bubbles left on the surface at a minute. I know, these beers normally look this way, but the look deserves the score.
Smell: Rich Belgian aroma, yeasty, dark beer smell. Sweet, yeasty, medicinal aromas. This has the smell of something I used to drink when I was sick in elementary school.
Taste: Yeasty, cherry cough drops.
Feel: Medium throughout. The carbonation has no essence, it just disappears. POOF.

Overall - It has been a decade or so since I last had this. It tastes about the same. It's special, but then again, maybe it isn't. Not my style of beer. It's good, but it isn't if this is not your style of beer. I personally, have some appreciation for this beer.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Spencer glass.

a: A vibrant chestnut body with a rusty orange ring when held to the light, 2 finger pillowy off white head with large, lively bubbles.

s: Fruitcake and Stollen. Soft bready malts, candi sugar, apricots and plums.

t: Dry malts, figgy, candi sugar and caramel. Ricola like medicinal herbs mingle with the alcohol and a slight spiciness finishes.

mf: Creamy, drinkable, medium carbonation. The alcohol bite is very well hidden.

o: This is THE Belgian Christmas Ale. Complex yet drinkable, it brings to mind an Old World Christmas through its aroma and taste. Just the right amount of alcohol bite gets through to remind you are drinking a 10% beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle from Xmas 2014. Poured into a goblet.
A - Pours a dark brown with a large head that leaves a thick cap and a lot of lacing.
S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, banana and bready,
T - Flavor is a bit sweet, malty and dark fruit.
M - Carbonation is high. Medium mouth feel.
O - This is a tasty Quad.

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Photo of Anze
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

While smelling this beer I pick up fruity notes of banana and dark fruits. The carbonation looks quite high with lots of little tiny bubbles. Dark bronze in color. Much more dark fruit comes through in the taste with a bit of chocolate in there. A slight alcohol taste but hidden pretty well for 10% abv. It is very carbonated and has a prickly mouthfeel with a medium heavy body. The carbonation from this beer leaves you quite full. I don't pick out a lot of spices in the beer like I was expecting. I would drink again but would probably not look specifically for it in the store.

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Photo of keng1343
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JHogan02
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good quad.Like an ABT 12 for the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamranders
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of torr99
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,224 ratings
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