Christoffel Nobel
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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From:
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
 
Netherlands
Style:
European Strong Lager
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
32
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 17, 2017
Added:
Dec 31, 2008
Wants:
  19
Gots:
  9
SCORE
84
Good
Christoffel NobelChristoffel Nobel
Notes: This golden-blond extra strong beer, with added fresh noble hop flowers during maturation of at least 10 weeks, is a unique beer, bottom fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. Nobel refers to the varieties of noble hop species, selected because of their quality, which traditionally are low in bitterness and high in aroma.

With 8.7% ABV, an attractive bitterness, a very pleasant hoppy Spalt, Saaz, or Golding aroma, and a slightly sweetish alcoholic aftertaste, we created a beer in a class of its own until the last swig.
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Rated: 3.75 by bird_soul from Netherlands

Aug 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Zet from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Orange haze with a very shy (as in: almost absent) head of foam, that does leave some pretty lacing however. There's some hop in the smell, but it's mostly malt and booze. The taste also has some nice hops and malt flavours in it, but the entity has been afflicted by the curse that has corrupted a lot of strong lagers: it's dominated by the flavours sugar and booze. I simply expect more diversity in flavour from a beer with this abv. Deviously refreshing though.
Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.63 by WhiskeyMax from Iowa

Dec 07, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Once again we have a beer proclaiming to be all that and do all kinds of dry hopping, a triple hopped (dry) lager, sounds interesting enough, but once you start drinking it, there is just this sense of false advertising.

There is so much haze here, since its not a wheat beer, I assume its just a bunch of hop lupulin or whatnot from the alleged triple dry hopping. The aroma isn't hoppy though, in fact, its kind of fetid.

The taste also is not hoppy, slightly bitter yes, but nowhere near what I was looking for. Mouth feel did at least cover up the significant amount of alcohol in this. Other than the lacking hops, the beer was decent. Well the appearance was questionable I guess too.

Anyways, would not bang again.
Nov 10, 2016
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Rated by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Imperial double pilsener, meh, doesn't taste like 8,7 ABV at all...
Jul 08, 2016
 
Rated: 2.6 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Jun 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Marius from Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
33cl bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a tall, fine-grained, white head with good retention. Smells of green hops, yeast, bitter hops. Bitter-sweet taste, with notes of green hops, honey and spices on top of a malty backbone. A bit spicy on the aftertaste due to the alcohol.
Mar 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by BdM from Netherlands

Mar 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by BierFuehrer from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by afsdan from Colorado

Aug 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by spycow from Illinois

Aug 23, 2015
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark coppery amber with no head at all, but a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. The seal on the bottle seemed quite tight on opening, so probably as intended. Interesting aroma of rich, slightly oxidized malt, black tea, with faint citrus and grassy hops. Unusual flavor is similar; black tea, molasses malt, raisins, a light, tart citrus flavor in the finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. A very interesting lager, with fairly complex flavors that are subdued, like a modestly watered down rich porter or stout; the flavors are there, but much lighter than expected. The malt seems to have influences of toasted malt, biscuit and pale malt. The hops produce a remarkable flavor that is as close to black tea as I've tasted in a beer. An idiosyncratic lager that seem too complex for a Euro strong lager, but with a flavor intensity range that fits the style. The lack of carbonation really was noticeable and I wish I knew what a difference that makes in the flavor. Glad I tried this and I'd quickly try anything else from this brewery if I see it. The overall score is decreased by the lack of carbonation which hurt both appearance and mouth feel.
Jan 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by innominat from Ireland

Nov 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by SVD from Netherlands

Oct 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by LJWalker from Indiana

Oct 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.92 by HarmB

Sep 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerNutz324 from Iowa

Sep 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by mythaeus from Pennsylvania

Aug 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Jun 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by SammyV123 from Iowa

May 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Sep 08, 2013
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy orange amber color with a one finger head with medium retention. Gets murky brown once residual yeast is poured.
Sweet citric aroma with hints of yeast and herbs.
More than expected initial bitter flavor but still balanced with its sweet malty base. Notes of oranges, bananas, apple cider and grassy and floral hops. Dry and bitter-sweet aftertaste.
Full body with low carbonation. 8.7% ABV is very well hidden and harmonic when it warms up.
Good Imperial Pilsner, rather malty, its hops, though very present, they seem to contribute more on its flavor and aroma than its bitterness. Well executed brew that grows overtime. They were able to make an Imperial Pilsner that is more accepted by beginners and still satisfying for the initiated.
Aug 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 04, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON)

Jun 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by MShirokov from Illinois

Apr 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by laxer8811 from New York

Feb 11, 2013
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Reviewed by gory4d from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A very odd beer. Pours a cloudy light brown with very little head. The smell is funky and raw, kind of musty. The taste is of something that's been sitting in a basement for 50 years or so, all decayed malt with some hints of hop shine long gone - but for all that, kind of interesting. The carbonation is all but gone, but it's lighter in the mouth than I'd expected. Again, an odd beer, but one that'd suit those who like old oddities.
Feb 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by safaricook from Netherlands

Jun 30, 2012
 
Rated: 3.25 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Apr 24, 2012
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Reviewed by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
This was a bottle I picked up a while back, though never got around to enjoying it.

A - Pours a hazy copper orange, thin layer of head with no retention.

S - Sweet apple cider, very vineous with hint of sour grapes, wheat notes and some off scented cloves.

T - Much like the scent with the sour cider notes dominating, the grassy dry hop notes come through very earthy and leafy. There's definitely a sweet ABV kick, so that certainly didn't mellow over time.

M - Medium bodied, though a tad prickly and rather dry on the finish.

O - Not overly enjoyable, though not terrible. I certainly wouldn't buy it again. I suspect the fact that this was an older bottle might have skewed the review a bit, but it was rather disappointing.
Mar 09, 2012
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Reviewed by Ruds from England

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass to a murky dark yellow/amber colour with a good finger of frothy white head.

All round dryed hop aroma, very fresh with a little mint in the nose and grass/straw lurking in the background. If you sniff hard with your nose to the beer you really get an alcohol whiff!

Taste wise - zesty citrus hoppy taste with relatively strong alcohol flavour in the aftertaste also slightly peppery in the aftertaste!

Quite a lot of carbonation going on with a medium body to this beer in terms of mouthfeel. Head subsided to a small ocean of a covering whilst drinking and a little lacing around the edge of the glass.

Overall an OK beer, but not one I'd revisit given the choice over others.

The alcohol flavour is too pronounced for me and not balanced enough.

However . . . If I was in a small Dutch village for the night I could get merrily drunk on this beer!
Feb 04, 2012
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I had this at Tj's Restaurant and Drinkery -served chilled on tap.

The color is a lightly hazed very golden w/ quick dropping light cap with tiny bead. The smell is strong with floral/lemony smell with lots of tangy esters from the nobel hops which give some tea-like aromas. The feel is very zingy with tangy tinge and mild sweetness with mild alcohol and slight bitterness w/moderately high carbonation and mild astringent and dry finish.

There is a nice flavor generated by the hops with a tea-like herbal and lemony taste. The malt is slightly toasty with gentle sweetish tinge which is characteristic of the pilsner malt with light bitter taste in the finish and very mild taste of alcohol. The drinkability is very high for the style -like an Imperial pils with smooth body and nice crrisp presence it is easy to drink for the amount of alcohol it contains and I would definitely order it again.
Feb 02, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota

Jan 19, 2012
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours murky orange with a large a bit fluffy white head that sinks into pretty nice lacings.

S: Some hops, bitter and balanced maltyness. Where are the almonds and marzipan ;-) This doesn't smell anything like other cheaper Strong Lagers I've had before...

T: The marzipan came in the taste... Strong bitter hops and sweet breadyness from the malt. Not very balanced. Kind of agressive.

M: Long almondy sweet syrupy aftertaste. Body is full while carbonation medium.

O: It started off very interesting, but then turned as boring as most Euro Strong Lagers.
Dec 28, 2011
 
Rated: 2.5 by jophish17 from Georgia

Dec 24, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by plickxt from California

Dec 23, 2011
Christoffel Nobel from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 120 ratings