St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Here’s a beer that I haven’t tried from my favorite Trappist brewery. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 10%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is a dark seasonal brewed in the classic ‘Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. (10.0 % ABV) Similar to all the beers from our brewery, it greets the drinker with the signature aroma of the St. Bernardus house yeast strain (in use since 1946!). Rivaling the complexity of the St. Bernardus Abt 12, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale offers a spicy, mint-like flavor profile exuding the tastes of warming alcohol, fermented molasses, apricots, licorice and marzipan that are highlighted by the perfect balance of brewing sugars. The perfect companion to enjoy a (cold?) winter evening, with or without the company of your friends!”

Random: I really enjoy big Belgian beers in the winter. They just taste better.

This beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing. The body was a hazy, dark brown color. Due to how dark the beer was, I was unable to see how much carbonation the beer had. The nose was filled with dark fruit and intense sweetness with brown sugar and molasses. Fruitcake came through as well. The taste was intense, but worked for a Christmas beer. It had generous sweetness with raisins, dates, brown sugar, cinnamon and molasses. It was almost like liquid fruitcake. Alcohol warming was present on the end of the sip, but nothing as intense as the 10% ABV. The body was thick and chewy with very intense carbonation, teetering on too much, but it worked for this beer. The finish was long with booze and brown sugar. This beer was absolutely outstanding, even at $11.99 for a bomber, which breaks down to $.55 per ounce. If you still see it at stores, definitely grab one. You won’t be sorry.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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