St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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93
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2,188 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
Ratings:
2,188
Reviews:
706
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
445
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,188 |  Reviews: 706
Photo of shughes99
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond; served in a snifter
Cloudy brown with thin head, nice spice aromas; this is definitely a slow drinking beer, not one to consume in multiples, the 10% ABV is there, but somewhat masked with a nice taste; decent mouthfeel; this is one I would go back to, but not buy in large quantities unless you were serving to people that could appreciate this style.

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

Appearance - Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass to reveal a murky auburn brown with a thick, rocky beige colored 3 finger head. Excellent retention, leaving behind a thick layer of suds. Lacing is chunky in spots and spotty in others and exhibits great stick.

Smell - Belgian yeast funk that can be picked up from a mile away. Tart apple and green banana. Settles as it warms, developing fruitcake-like aromas.

Taste - Starts with notes of plum and banana bread. Light sour funk. Spice hits mid-taste. Hints of rum-raisin alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture.

Overall - Mmmm. Really, really good. Perhaps my favorite quad yet, in part to the fact that it doesn't make me feel like I'm gonna develop diabetes from drinking it, as most are too sugary and syrupy for my liking. This one is up my alley, though. Nice, smooth delivery of a complex yet refined dark, fruity and bready profile.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I got banana bread like overtones on this one. I feel like it offers a bit more than the abt 12, but without the big bite of the 12.

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Photo of bmcmahon1024
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank for the first time this past Christmas season and I now babe a new favorite Christmas beer. Perfectly balanced and with a high abv I would have never guessed it to be so smooth. The Abby ales are rising to the top of my favorites list.

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Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 1 January 2015

Appearance: Not the prettiest of beers when poured. Pours a deep brown with some musky tints. Due to the ABV, the head quickly collapses into a haphazard ring of moldy looking bubbles. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol perceptible in the nose, giving a slight medicinal smell (though this is to be expected given the ABV). Strong notes of plum, date, and raisin.

Taste: Complex notes of dark, sticky fruits and viscus molasses rounded by softer overripe banana esters from the yeast. Marvelously complex and a beer that gets better with time at room temperature, as the banana esters fade slightly and the date note really starts coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body and minimal carbonation makes this one a sipper.

Overall: A great beer and one I'll definitely buy again. A good way to usher in the new year! Would highly recommend.

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Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty fun take on the base beer with Christmas fruit cake spices throughout. Along with the dark sweet fruits is a general tone of caramelized banana. A decent mouthfeel with good carbonation to move the beer around.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poskok
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of xmangoslushie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of majorlance
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lee_Cooper
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. The pour is copper-colored and dark, though not quite as dark as Abt 12, and highly effervescent. It sports 2 fingers of creamy, fine, and very well-sustained head that never completely fizzled out. The nose is not too punchy and I get notes of dark fruit, cinnamon, and allspice. The spices seem to mask the rich, bready, pastry-like aroma of the standard Abt 12.

The beer has a medium body with a firm feel, though a bit thinner than Abt 12. The high level of carbonation wakes up the palate, intensifies the spices, and cuts the sweetness. Brief, bready, biscuity malt flavors of sweet bread and cake greet you first. They are quickly overtaken by the carbonation and turn to dark fruit (raisins and dates) and nuts, and then holiday spices take over and you get ginger, allspice, and a sarsaparilla-like finish. No booziness. The finish is slightly dry and appetizing. Like Abt 12, the beer tends to get a little sweeter as it de-gasses.

Overall, a very good beer, but I definitely prefer Abt 12. I generally avoid winter warmers and holiday-spiced beers, but this one is very well done. The spices are not overwhelming or unbalancing, but to me they still detract from the sweet, rich flavor characteristic of the style. I doubt I will try this again, but it's not because I didn't like it. Anyone who enjoys holiday beers should check this one out (and definitely try De Dolle Stille Nacht while you're at it).

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Photo of Dwreck
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dimitri
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopswagger
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,188 ratings.
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