St. Bernardus Christmas Ale | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Christmas AleSt. Bernardus Christmas Ale
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4.23/5
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2,272 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:
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Added by seaoflament on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#907
Reviews:
736
Ratings:
2,272
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a moderate haze. Persistent fine-bubbled tan head appears creamy and pillowy and holds fast at a height of a half-inch. A single thin, delicate ring of lacing remains.

S: Powdery chocolate, touch of molasses, bread crust, dried figs, plums, and sweet cherries. Spicy Belgian yeast scents of black pepper and clove.

T: Fruity tastes of cherry, plum, and wild berries open. Clove and yeasty spices pick up shortly thereafter with flavors of cinnamon and black pepper. The alcohol has a spicy, peppery kick of its own that is even a bit reminiscent of chili peppers in that there is a bit of a burn in the swallow. Estery and fruity again with a bit of grape skin. Brown bread and black cocoa powder, a little wood, and even some leathery notes. Hazelnut. Very dry overall. Slight herbal hop bitterness toward the end. Finishes with a dry powdery cocoa and crust malt character and lots of yeasty spice.

M: Full and a bit thick with a slight chewy feel. Very high level of aggressive carbonation.

O: This beer hits harder than the rest of the St. Bernardus line. It treats the palate a little more roughly, and the alcohol presence is not as well hidden. That's not a bad thing for a big winter beer though. I really enjoyed this Christmas offering. It has all the complexity one could want, and it retains that distinct St. Bernardus 'house' taste. An excellent fireside sipper for sure.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. A creamy, bubbley tan head crowns a murky, cloudy opaque nut brown body.

Malty and sugary sweet nose, dates, some grape and plum, floral perfume.

Malty flavour up front akin to dark dried fruits, some icing sugar, slick molasses, citrus blossoms, mild spices. Malty and spicy aftertaste.

Light, silky smooth mouthfeel, full and sticky on the finish, amazing for the high octane of this ale.

Deceptively drinkable, plus a great starter ale for the style, it's user-friendly and not intimidating. Perfect for sharing at holiday gatherings as well.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dirty russett colored liquid pours into my snifter. Highly carbonated as the other reviewers have noted. Head is choppy, three inches high and seperates into a very foamy consistency. It's also tan.

Dried pitted fruits with belgian yeast and spices everywhere. An earthy musty quality lingers but really is appetizing to this beer. A hint of cinnamon, with a roasted fig puree and alcohol soaked dates and raisins. A bit of cherry and nutty undertones.

One fine specimen. Rich with tingly carbonation and a good amount of acidity. Really lively on the tongue. Full of fig notes with a bit of carmelized pear, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Great balance with a bitterness on the finish. Spicey belgian qualities and a yeasty finish but not overly done. Good amounts of alcohol on the finish in the chest as well. A definite winner.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're celebrating Christmas tonight and what better way to do it than with a special Belgian Christmas beer?

Pops with a soft bang and pours into a globe glass. It's a dark redish copper color with lots of fine light brown head. The head settles to an eighth inch layer leaving some lacing behind.

Aroma is difficult to appreciate given that I just filled the house with smoke trying to have a fire in the fireplace. What I can get from it is the classic Belgian dark fruit esters and spice.

Flavor is excellent, as I've come to expect from St. Bernardus. Great depth of character from fruity to spicy, sweet to dry, it has something for everyone to enjoy.

Mouthfeel is typical Belgian with full body and lots of carbonation. Drinkability is good for the style.

It's very similar to the 12 and I would love to try them back to back if I ever get the chance.
Overall a great beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From corked and caged 750ml. Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown with two fingers of creamy khaki colored foam. Settles to a decent sized clump and coats the glass in thick lace. Smell: quite vinous and fruity...cherry, raisin, plum. Brown sugar. Very slightly acetic. Taste: brown sugar, tartish apple skin, red plum, cherry. Vinous again. Feel is extraordinarily creamy, but is also massively carbonated which boots the flavors from the tongue too early. Though the high carbonation and the decent but nondescript hopping keeps it from being really sweet. It might just be me or this bottle, but this one seems like a combo of a BSDA with a mild flanders red. Interesting, but odd. Best by 7/28/15, so bottled 7/28/10.

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Photo of funkel81
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle enjoyed with brother-in-law on Christmas Day. Liked it so much split a bottle with my Mom on boxing day. It's truly a great season to know people who enjoy craft beer as much as you do.

Appearance - Dark brown with two fingers of head when poured into a wine glass. Greta retention and a thin layer of sticky lacing smothered the glass.

Smell - Dark inviting and complex, trace of banana, Christmas baking, candied sugar some dark fruits, plum and cherry. Huge butterscotch aroma upon repeated whiffs.

Taste - Boom! Same as the aroma, like exactly the same. Butterscotch, fruit cake, cherry and plum. Modest alcohol burn. Almost one of those beers where when you take a sip you know but don't really know what you're going to get. Maybe it will taste like cherries and plums? Maybe butterscotch? Amazing.

Mouthfeel - Velvety with perfect carbonation for the body. Simply fantastic.

Overall - What a treat. Great Christmas beer, but I can obviously see this bee delicious at any time, especially in winter. Similar to ABT12, there are resemblances, but this is it's own beer through in through with the butterscotch being the star.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of dark fruit and Christmas spices

T - Follows the nose mostly dark fruit of plums with good spices

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an excelent Christmas beer with an excelent taste definitly worth trying

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JamFuel
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown. with a creamy head. Like most Belgian beers, not a looker.

Deep smell, plums, raisins, brown sugar and nutmeg are the big notes.

Very complex taste, as a quad should be. Dried fruit, raisins, cocoa, molasses and figs all duke it out on the palate. Some nutmeg at the back. Taste stays in your mouth for a long time.

Medium bodied, soft and smooth.

Really nice quad. I prefer the regular Bernardus, but this is a deep and rewarding beer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -5.4%

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,272 ratings
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