Christoffel Robertus | Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"An amber colored Munich style, bottom fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 82
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick film of very clingy and sticky off white foam. Smell: Light sour, kettle sugars, citric hops. Taste: Starts malty with dark sugars and finishes with a bitter hop accent and a touch of taertness. Mouthfeel: A little above medium carbonation and body.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330 ml flip top bottle.

The look is very dark and murky, with no head to be found. The smell is faint, but I detect dark fruits and caramel malt right away. A bit tangy on the nose but also sweet.

The taste follows the nose, with a sweet, tartness that can only be described as old raspberries and fig. Not the most pleasant taste on my palate, especially coupled with an extremely light mouth and almost no carbonation to be found. The alcohol is all but undetectable.

Overall it was worth trying, but not something I'd pursue again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Christoffel cervoise.

It's been a little while since the gift set, but I couldn't resist putting another Christoffel beer in its proper vessel. This stuff pours a mostly clear russet topped by a finger or so of wan foam. The nose comprises dry caramel, barley, and a strong twinge of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the barley and flowers dominating the proceedings in a jack-cheddar string cheese twist sort of way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough dunkel, but just not really my cup o' tea.

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Photo of Samp01
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml flip top bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a small quickly fading tan head. Aroma and Taste of dark caramel malt, barley, Belgium yeast, bready, has some raisin and dark dried fruit esters and flavor, some tartness. Palate is a medium body, with mild carbonation lithe some sweet malt and yeast on the tongue. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeasty and bready with some dried dark fruit and mild bitterness. Overall a good drinking brew.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - tiny light beige head which feel to nothing. Body is a deep brown with only the slightest red.

S - malt and bread. Just plain earthy.

T - what is this? Sour like green raspberries and less malt and bread. Could be good if I was expecting this.

M - pretty weak. Light on both carbonation and body.

O - Hard to say on this one. Maybe it has gone bad, but the sour has potential in this had I known it was coming.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color with some reddish highlights and has some large visible particles of yeast floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but left wispy lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of malts, dark fruits, sweetness and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; it is quite malty with a bit of sweetness but neither of these flavors seems to be overpowering and are well balanced with notes of dark fruits and yeast. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it is very drinkable and tastes like a “light” version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has been aged and has lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of Hachiman
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy dark brown with a minimal head. No lacing.

Smells of raisin bread with a alcohol note.

The taste is disappointing. Some sweet malt but nothing that matches the deep color of the brew.

Mouth feel is watery and dilute.

Overall, if you see a Christoffel Blond, grab it; if you see this, best leave it alone.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet glass.

Pours a murky light brown colour with barely any head.

Smells of barley, reminiscent of animal feed.

Taste matches the scent, malted barley and nothing else really except a bit of alcohol.

Overall an unimpressive beer. Too focused on malts to be pleasant to drink.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at In de Wildeman in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy, dark brown with a one finger head that looked beige. Minimal visible carbonation and a film of retention with a ring of head.

S - Great maltiness. Fruity, sweetness, and a bit of sugar.

T - Seemed a bit more like a bock. Nice fruity malt. Some dates and red grape there too.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, and a sweet finish. Weak carbonation for a lager IMO.

O/D - Nice strong-ish dark lager. Quite tasty and refreshing while being complex. Sweet and interesting.

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Photo of atlason
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from flip top bottle into 0.3l Jever flute.

Pours a hazy brown color that is slightly gray ? Head is pretty but not big, barely 2mm thick with low retention.

Fresh malt and citrus nose with slight hay. Initial very acidic whiffs.

Taste: This beer is very heavily malted and seems to have lot attenuation. Hops are barely noticeable. Instead, the beer is balanced by acidity, much like a big wine. Acid profile dominated by malic acid, i.e. apple crispness. Quite unusual beer.

Mouthfeel is viscuous and a bit sour.

Drinkability is low due to unusual character and heavy maltiness.

Overall an interesting experimental beer but does not seem like a great embodiment of a classical style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown flip-top bottle, best before June 2011, drank and reviewed 7 Jan 2011.

Poured into a Duvel glass.

The body was a murky red/brown colour, more red than brown. The tan/cream coloured head was impressive for 20 seconds, it then began to fade away to leave a collar and some wisps within a minute, what a pity, my only fault.

Molasses and toffee apples were the smells I got, along with a mini-sourness, like cooking apples boiled without sugar.

The toffee and malty molasses dominate the taste, semi-sweet with a morsel citrus/hop bitterness in the background.

The bite was good, well carbonated without being at all gaseous or fizzy. The best beer of this type I've had so far. That includes Andechser Dunkel.

Impressed from start to finish (apart from the head fade).

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Photo of speter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The website clearly calls this a bottom-fermenting Munich lager. It is most certainly not a dubbel. However, you'd not be far off calling it a bock.

A: Pours dark brown with a large fluffy tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, raisins, and prunes.

T: The front and center are pure malt. Towards the finish, there's a hint of the raisin and prune overtones, which carry over to the aftertaste. Very late on the aftertaste, there's an astringent quality.

M: For all the malt and carbonation, this one's surprisingly watery.

D: Not one I could have multiple bottles of, but it's not a half bad bock.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Interesting flip top....not sure if the red liner was supposed to stay in or not, but alas, I was able to pour the brew out of a smaller opening. Comes out a creamy brown color that resembles the same look that root beer has once the ice cream melts into the liquid. The head starts out with about a medium fullness, that is off white and settles rather quickly into a layered patchwork over the brew. Decent sticky lacing clings to the side of my glass.

S- Whoa this has dominant aromas of dried fruit, and in particular, dried prunes! There are underlying tones of warm blackstrap molasses and toffee as well as caramelized bananas fried in a dark rum reduction. The sweet toffee/malt richness is balanced ever so slightly by a faint roasted/bitter hop finish.

T- To me, this starts out a little funky...being primarily of not quite ripe berries and I do detect a slight tart pineapple flavor in there as well....interesting. The balancing sweetness is of roasted malts and chocolate and maybe just a hint of coffee?! I like the flavors of this beer as it is just so different!

M- This is a smooth, yet refreshing medium bodied beer. The carbonation is kept fine and unpronounced. It is clean on the finish for the most part, leaving only a small chocolaty coating on the back of my palate.

D- I enjoy this brew and think it might go well with a rich meat-centric meal...on it's own, one, maybe two would suffice. It's sweet, slightly tart and robust all at the same time. I definitely recommend giving this one a try and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of RuudJH
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer (defenately a double, not a vienna lager), brewed in Netherlands, found at a local liquor store.

Dark brown colour, beige head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell and taste of caramel/burned sugar, some dark fruit notes. Roasted malts and nuts, faintly coffee.
Bittersweet in the aftertaste. Smooth and easy 6% 'er.
Good carbonation makes this thirstquenching.

A nice ale. Easy uncomplicated, but not a bad drink at all.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...this beer is a Vienna Lager..??? I actually thought it was a dunkel..didn't have a clue as the label just said "double malted" (which made me initially think that it was a dubbel). Love opening these bottles, the swing tops go pop. The beer was poured into my new St Bernardus glass - the beer fell right uptil where it says 33cl - a dark ruby brown with lighter peripherals. The head was pinkish brown, finally settling to a negligible sheet over the cherry kissed body.
The smell was dominated by malt & gave away notes of cherries and plums. This is when I though this was not a Belgian Styled beer. Not much yeasty spiciness, no funk..aha this was a dark bottom fermented beer. I was also wondering earlier where the yeast was ?? I went ahead with the sip - very fresh and damn malty, sweet. The syrupiness and the cough syrup character somewhat reminded me of Samichlaus, but this had a roasted malt accent to it. I would have loved it had the roasted character lead to some bitterness, but it fell a little short of perfection with no hop presence whatsoever. The sweetness lingered on and on, but each time you had a sip the robust maltiness started the cycle over again. No lacing at all.
The mouthfeel was syrupy, below average carbonation. This probably accentuated the sweetness. This was indeed a malt heavy beer. I can have this beer anytime, but probably wont go beyond one, as this tends to satiate your appetite for beer more rapidly than any other beer I've known so far.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best way I can describe this beer is an imperial Sam Adams Boston Lager. It has much of the same taste and balance, but more intense and just a deeper, heavier beer.

The appearence is a slightly hazy brown amber with a nice little head, but not terrible large.

The aroma is bready, caramelly deliciousness. No hops really to speak of, but just a total maltbomb, delicious.

Taste is again like the aroma malty, devoid of hops. It could use a little more complexity.

The mouthfeel is a little dense for me. Smooth, but dense and not as refreshing as I like a Vienna Lager to be.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml flip-top bottle
6.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 29, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark transparent brown colour with a thin white head. The aroma was heavy on the sweet malt and grain. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was surprisingly good. Sweet grainy malt, with a nice smooth finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of brandonld23
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought the bottle at Marty's Liquor Store in Newton, MA 11.2FL. OZ. Pours heavy with a thick carmel looking head. When drinking the head has a lasting effect on the glass.

Has a smell that resembles most stouts, and a light berry aroma.

The taste begins with a light berry taste and ends with a roasted taste.

The mouthfeel is velvety bliss.

All-in-all a very good selection. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy chestnut colour with massive but rapidly vanishing of-white head

The smell is strongly malted with faint hops and some bready maybe wheat aroma

The taste is very pleasant with much sweet malt and chocolate and vanilla notes up front balanced by some hop bitterness

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium to low carbonation

Drinkability is OK but the beer gets boring after a while

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a hazy chestnut with little or lacing. The head does stick around for a bit. Quite sweet in the nose. Candied malt and honey. The taste is surprisingly quite a deal less sweet. In fact, I'd say it was more grainy and with a firm but subdues malt background. Truer to the style than I thought would be possible given the smell. Not a terribly exciting beer, but pleasant enough is a bit more robust and on the maltier end of the spectrum for the style.

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Photo of peabody
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whoa, watch out, this bottle is set to blow! Couldn't stop the suds from coming out of the top of the bottle.
Pours out a nice dark ice tea color with all kinds of creamy off-white head that quickly dissapates leaving some lacing on the glass.
Smell is hoppy and yeasty with a sweet caramel candy aroma.
Taste is a little weak. Starts out dirty with some hoppiness then quickly loses all it's kick leaving just some sugaryness on the palate.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but a little boring.
Drinkability is OK but this beer needs something more flavor-wise.

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Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml brown swing-top bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 04/2009, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. "Bottom fermented" and "double malted", this beer is "matured during 8 weeks", as specified on the label.

A: popping open with loads of froth storming out of the bottle, landing in the glass a very dark copper hue with murky appearance (all the yeast sediments, naturally), while a super thick and well aerated dark beige froth on top of lively and constant streams of tiny fizz.
S: a rather assertive edge of sour lemony fruits skirts the thicker body of caramely and thickly brown-sugary malts, raisins and prunes, and unidentifiable dark fruits. The thick foam gives out some dusty hints, like any well-lagered bier should have and pretty nice.
T: yeasty and sour-sweet fruity with an effervescent mouthfeel, not well-structured as the flavour is already compromised by the yeast sediments, but still like a good-quality unfiltered lager with the slightly bready/thicker hints of malts and yeasts. The aftertaste actually gives out a clearer sketch of the main taste of the beer, of which the darker/Munich malts are expressed in the undertones of chocolates, aromatic Chinese red beans, wholemeal bread graininess and even random aromatic wood-chips, on top of yeasty sour-sweet plumy fruits... a mild (and lightly spicy) but lingering bitterness from the hops lingers at the end of every sip, always accompanied by a yeasty kickback.
M&D: if ignoring the initially fizzy attack on the palate, the bier softens and reaches a rather smooth texture as it settles; apparently this bottle is better than my first encounter 3.5 years ago, but still I'm not convinced which style this should be categorised as my experience with "Vienna Lager" is all foreign and never Vienna-/Austria- made. All in all, this is a medium-bodied, "nutritious", moderately flavoured and easy-drinking sour-sweet dark lager - "proud of being different", I bet the brewer is!

* Tasting Date: 18/05/05

3.5 A: coming in a very nice-looking brown 330ml bottle and served in a big tulip wine glass, it pours hazy, longan-fruity tea colour, with a minimalist, milky white beerhead.
4 S: lightly peachy and a bit tangy-berry note; with refreshingly sweetish fruity hop at the back. Very delicious nose...
2.5 T: a bit sour at first...with tart fruity palate against the backdrop of light maltiness; somehow it reminds me of some almost expired fruity salad; with very short aftertaste...
2.5 M & 2.5 D: overly thin body; overly simple and a bit conflicting mouthfeel; overall another nose-outweighing-palate sample--couldn't bother to taste it again.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Brownish/dark with ruby/pink hints of color with slight carbonation bubbles rising up. Very murky and can't see through it.

S - Great malty sweetness and fruitiness, and just a tad bit tart

T - Definitely malty (close to a lot of flavors I associate with a dopplebock), cherry-like tartness. No real hop presence, and fairly fruity.

M - Medium to thin, with very little carbonation

D - This is decently drinkable, but the fruitiness and cherry-like flavors were a bit much for me considering the style. That hindered the drinkability for me.

Overall, not bad stuff and definitely a different take on the style. I would even say this would be classified closer to an oud bruin style. Try it if it's around, but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl flip top bottle purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008 for $4.39.

Pours a brownish-tan with reddish highlights and decent but thin off-white head. Nice enough looking.

Aroma of sweet malts, lightly kissed with cherry and dark fruits, and an ever so light Flemish Red-style sour. Flavor plays on this, and there is a gentle sweet-sour counterplay, fruity and woody that I quite like. May not be typical for the style, but I like it.

Mouth includes a lot of carbonation, and the sour part actually starts to wear on the tongue towards the end of the glass, almost turning harsh.

Good, I could drink this and be happy, but not a favorite.

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Photo of oelergud
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian style brown 11.2oz glass bottle with a resealable rubber cap. Brown label showing what could be a brewery seal with hop and barley around it.
Translucent dark maple body. Tan somewhat rocky head. Good lace and retention.
Very malty sweet scent. Bread, grain, abit of spice and dark molasses.
Dark bread and bittersweet molasses flavor. Nuts and nutskin hoppiness. The aftertaste is long lasting and filled with dark bread falvors, some grain and abit of smoke.
Medium to full body. Good coating and abit harsh. Some residual sugars.
This is a delicious lager, full of malts and complex flavors.


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