Christoffel Nobel
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #2
Ranked #35,576
3.71 | pDev: 12.67%
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
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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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Zet from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -19.1%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Marius from Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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FLima from Brazil

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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gory4d from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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andrenaline from Canada

2.93/5  rDev -21%
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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Ruds from England

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a some sediment floating around in there. The head was fluffy and white, once it settled the lacing stuck to the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer was hoppy, full of Nobel aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't the greatest but it was hoppy but still very earthy. The mouthfeel of this beer was on the heavier side which was interesting. Overall I think this beer is a little bit better than most typicval Euro Strong Lagers, however I don't see myself having to buy it again.

Nov 19, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Think I might’ve gotten a bum one here. I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a decent foamy, frothy off white head that was short lived, some yeast sediment, and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is yeast, raisins, other fruit, malt. Flavor is like now but big raisin sweetness countering the tartness and yeast bitterness. No hop noticable anywhere. Body was full and thick with ok carbonation. Finish is like flavor and longish. Would like to try a good one.

Nov 07, 2011
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Midtown Eats

Nice, thick white head atop a hazy golden body.

Light, balanced fragrance I would expect from this style of beer.

Taste was marvelous. Pilsner malt sweetness is most present, moderate hop backbone. Alcohol is present as well, but only serves to augment the flavor. It goes down SMOOTH and clean. Almost creamy feel.

This beer is fantastic. I want to go back to the restaurant right now just to get another one. I just got back from that place.

Sep 04, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently the #1 Euro Strong Lager on Beer Advocate. Thanks to yourefragile for picking this up somewhere in Maryland for me. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Popping the top yields a bit of a hiss, after I finally got the rubber up, as it was quite stuck on the lip of the bottle. Pour initially yields a few bubbles and no real head. Bit of a galaxy swirl on top of the brew as well as a thin collar. Dark peach body is translucent.

Nose brings forward a lot of pilsener malt plus a bit of herbal and floral hops. There's a slight fruitiness in the nose that becomes more apparent in the flavor. Fairly hoppy with a bit of bitterness, though the main character is a strong pilsner-malt sweetness. To the beer's credit, there's no noticeable alcohol. However, the sweetness and fruits don't really fit. Quite bready and a bit chewy.

Body is medium without noticeable levels of alcohol. Light carbonation. Full and chewy; not at all crisp. Some light bitterness in the finish, though the hoppy character is mostly in the nose, as a result of the dry hopping, I'm sure.

Decent enough, but not something I'd ever want to drink again.

Aug 22, 2011

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on mar´11
Cloudy yellowish amber.White crown dense & thick.Nice lacing left.Perfumed hop & fresh fruit aromas.Sharp & dry bitterness.Alcoholic presence is felt.Oily,resiny & woody finish.Medium body but a little fat in mouth.Drinkability is ok.

Aug 21, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and poured with a thin off white head that gradually faded away leaving a thin ring of bubbles on the surface on the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of noble hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has moderately strong flavors of floral hops along with notes of apples. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to medium amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Aug 14, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz swing top poured into a tulip.

Color is a murky apple cider like honey brown with a thin bubbly white head Quickly settles to a bubbly crown and spotty film with some legs and some specks of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and floral. Brown sugar, ripe fruit, slight glue and floral hoppiness. Off putting at first, but grows more pleasant as it warms.

Flavor is much less sweet. Smooth bitterness persists from start to finish and light, dry herbal and malt flavors emerge in the finish. Body is lighter side of medium with soft carbonation and a slightly watery finish. Very subtle taste of alcohol in the body but little in the finish.

No reference point for this style, but I bizarrely enjoyed this much more than expected.

Aug 03, 2011
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xylophonica from Australia

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Pale golden colour, slightly murky. Decent head on top.

S - Sweet crisp hops with some wheat and a hint of malt & herbs.

T- Mildly bitter at first. Very bitey/tangy on the palate with plenty of spices. Quite dry as well - definitely a lager. Some other herbal tastes coming through late, most notably some aniseed.

M - Aftertaste is sweet by comparison. Nice level of carbonation without being overpowering.

O - Interesting taste, a little too dry for my liking. The herbal flavours start creeping in as the beer warms. Nice to try but the bitterness would put me off drinking any more of these.

Jul 09, 2011
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crusian from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from Toronto LCBO.
review to style... and there are not that many out there.. and this is easily the best of them.

label says D 10 12, not sure what that means, but tastes pretty fresh.

I am reviewing this because I think it well under rated.

This pours a beautiful cloudy hefe color with about a finger of head from a swing top bottle.

the nose, I am not going to lie, has a bit of urine smell.. along with some freshly mown grass and hay...
The taste is actually pretty incredible. the noble hops are VERY forward, some hay, not much grass as the nose would assume. A bit of sweetness on the finish. 8.7% is not noticeable, and this being a lager is impressive. I wish more breweries did more with the lager yeast, as it adds a little something I have been missing in all my other beers lately. This has to be one of the best lagers I have ever had... minus the urine nose.

Edit... after reading what a strong lager actually is, I can not even compare this to what is listed. this is hands down the best strong lager.

Jun 04, 2011
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zachariaIPA from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a finger of thick white head leaving heavy white lace down the glass. Very nice distinct noble hop aroma and flavor. Spicy and herbal. Lots of alcohol on this one, too. The 8.7% abv really comes through. Warming, yet refreshing- a nice “Nobel” brew.

May 16, 2011
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Swedes21 from Canada

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear straw/ale coloured beer, lots of carbonation, some real good head and lively! White with a lot of bubbles, some good lacing.

Smell - found the smell to be bitter, very strong on the citrus and pear, some good banana and hops nodes.

Taste - I can actually say i think i tasted some base mint in this beer, very strong and dynamic combination with the citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel - increased bitterness and overall not much more added. found the mint came through a lot more.

Overall - nothing i would buy or try again, this beer didnt do it for me.

May 10, 2011
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Roke87 from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL swing-top bottle chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Best before date of 10/2012.

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow straw colour, not completely see-through and a little murky. Has a nice two fingers of fluffy, soapy white head that slowly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass leaving lots of lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- I got kind of a banana smell right of the bat that quickly leads into a bready, malty, yeasty mingled plethora of smells, some fruity citrus in there as well and no too much in the hops department.

Taste- Lots of grains and malt taste to this one, paired with fruity citrus I still get some kind of banana even in the taste? From what I can tell not a whole lot of hops going on this one, bitter start and you can taste the yeast, with an almost sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with not the best carbonation, a fruity bitterness to it that finishes off somewhat sweet.

Overall- A nice strong euro that is a nice step away from my normal pick of brews, would I go out and drink this one again? Probably not, but it was still worth a try and a nice offering from this Dutch brewer.

Apr 25, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw coloured and cloudy with a thin white head that lingers.
Aroma is of strong noble hops and chalky pear against a slightly malty backdrop.
Flavour is bitter-forward, hint of alcohol, nicely balanced and refreshing.
Excellent and easy to drink despite the high ABV.

Apr 22, 2011
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a clean white head. not much aroma, a little grass and mineral smell.
Good clean crisp flavor, again grass and clean crisp metalic bitterness. This a fine pilsner in my opinion. I know they say its a lager, but it drinks like a fine pilsner. Maybe an Imperial with the high ABV, but it drinks really well so watch out for that high ABV.

Apr 18, 2011
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drinkininthewood from Canada

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a brown 330 ml swing top bottle into a pilsner urquell glass. BB 10 12

A- Pours a murky yellow with a bone white head of creamy foam.

S- pale malts, touch of honey, slightly grainy with nice floral grassy hops. Good nose.

T- Great herbal/ grassy dose of hops up front, good malt base sweetness, slight hint of grapefruit/citrus, lingering bitterness, slight dry finish is smooth on the palate. A little boozy but hidden quite well given the beers strength.

M- smooth beer with good carbonation and body.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a tasty beer with great mouthfeel and appearance. Exceeded my expectations. Would class this more along the line of an Imperial pils.

Apr 17, 2011
Christoffel Nobel from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 120 ratings