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
Gots:
449
Trade:
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Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewxer
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good that I'd also drink this on New Years Day, at Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, every long weekend in the summer, sick days from work, etc. Amazing.

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Photo of gr8ful
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown from 22 oz bottle. Nice creamy 1/4 inch head. Quickly dissipated. Toasty , bready aroma...smells like roasted malts but not in overpowering way. Tastes like it smells. Warm , carbonated mouthfeel. You can taste the alcohol but it is not too much in the taste. Really good ale. My only slightly complaint is that I can't figure out why this is a "Christmas" ale other than it is fairly high alcohol and tastes as if would be nice to sip by the fire (if it wasn't 77 degrees here in DFW today

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

Photo of liquorpig
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

Deep brown color with a creamy tan head. From the first whiff of the aroma, I was enamored with this beer. Banana, fig, toasted bread, chocolate, licorice, cinnamon. Wonderfully complex from the strong, yet balanced, malt and yeast. Medium-full bodied, creamy, and just overall delicious.

Given my love for Abt 12, I can't believe it took me this long to try the Christmas Ale but it was worth the wait. A fantastic beer that I will be purchasing every Christmas from now on.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so excited to pop this fresh 2016 bottle of the #2 ranked blind taste test Holiday Brew by Paste..
This was fresh as could be as the foamy head and huge lacing clearly showed me and had to slow my pour .
I love strong dark Belgians and though I thouroghly enjoyed the 22 oz bomber, well I guess my expectations were too great .
As it warmed in the glass the smell and flavors began to grow stronger and stronger and the second half of the bottle was better than the first half ;)

I kept closing my eyes and tried to pretend that it was a blind test , but I truly couldn't taste much difference than just a darker version of a four year old Carolus Gouden van de Keizer except for some spicy notes .

I also would like to add that if given the choice I would choose St Bernardus abt 12 over this beer probably 6 or 7 days of the week.

Overall I still rated it pretty high as it's a quality Belgian brew, but next up will be a bottle of Scaldis Belgian Noel .. maybe not fair as the Scaldis has a year of age and was ranked #1 in the same blind test , plus 50% higher in cost .

HAPPY HOLIDAYS BA GANG !!
CHEERS ;)

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Photo of KBodner
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites of the Christmas Ales.
(L) Pours a red/brown with a good frothy tan head & slightly cloudy.
(S) Fruit, malt and a slight alcohol aroma.
(T) Dark fruit flavor with coca & malt
(F) Medium body and a little creamy but very effervescent too.
(O) Such a good balance, at even though it's 10% you might not know it, but it really brings a Holiday taste

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Photo of spacebear09
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown that fizzed up like cola. Head disappeared quick leaving just a thin off white foam ring. The smell is primarily leather, wet fresh oak and red bark chips and clay soil. Fabulous earthy taste. It comes on strong with rich brown leather, soil and meaty portabella. Oak and dark brown sugar with a touch of cocoa build a sweetness in the middle while a tart earthy decomposing banana, strawberry and rhubarb fruitiness finishes and balances the sweetness superbly. While balance is excellent, the body comes up just a little light in the middle and could have used a little more chewy mouth feel.

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Photo of Giggy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wroywel
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Ohiovania
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the epitome of a proper holiday ale: strong, sweet, spicy and it even has an appearance that, on the one hand, is as dark as those long December nights yet, simultaneously, showcases flickering ruby highlights befitting a festival of lights. Even its thin, powdery white head resembles a light dusting of fresh snow!

Love it or hate it, fruitcake is one of those classic Christmas staples. This bouquet is appropriately reminiscent of that infamous dessert, showcasing the same kind of figgy, plummy (mostly dried) fruitiness, sweet spices and sugary, toffee flavours. There's also the token hint of orange peel. It delivers exactly the profile its straightforward name would have you expect.

This review is of a 2015 bottling that's recently celebrated its first birthday. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale - just like the Abt 12 - benefits from (if not needs) a little extra time. The bubbles tone down and the flavours become richer, more integrated. Monks are known for their patience and, as tonight's sample shows, this one certainly rewards those who wait.

Each sip is a wealth of wholesome, gingerbread-like flavour. The maltiness tastes lined with brown sugar or molasses and is enlivened by a cast of baking spices that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cardamom. There's just the right amount of dried, plummy fruit for my liking. The texture is soft and only lightly sticky, with little interference from booze or bubbles.

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale exhibits all that we love about and want during the Season: richness, heartiness, warmth, delicious sweets and holiday spices - and all in a serving size that encourages (or by design necessitates) sharing with others. If you're like me and stash away seasonal treats for Christmases to come, this jolly old fellow in the Santa hat is definitely your guy.

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Photo of WastedYouth
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shiu-chan
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to glass, dark copper brown, thick creamy head with good lacing.
Sweet malt and brown sugar on nose.
Caramel, toasty malt, banana and fig on palate with rich carbonation.
Overall, a great brew with a touch of rum.

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jds16
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith27614
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon brownish-red with a dense creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like black grapes, raisin, figs, plum, apricot, spice, banana, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, apple, pear, with some floral earthy grassy pine. Tastes like black grapes, raisin, figs, plum, apricot, clove-like spice, banana, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, apple, pear, with floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice quad.

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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