GhostS (488) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 14, 2017 beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a dark brown to settle a nearly mat black with a small sense of brownness to its body. Very heavy looking and an impressively tall capping to top it off of light crispy brown foam thats a bit rough and tumbled. Kinda crunchy looking at first but developes into a moderately creamy bubbleness and density as it sits. It keeps well and stretches all sorts of wonderful lacing that looks of wet powdered sugar.
Nice lofty aroma of cookie dough and spice. Crisp yet round with a full on malt tilt of breads and dark fruits. Mostly figgy, touch of raisin, perhaps some dates and molasses covering the big breadyness. Nice yeastyness to it which seems to be adding a root beerish type of hints to its dryness. Slender hops add some grassyness to its spicy complexity which included some anise, cinnamon, mint, and ginger cookies.
Flavors are bold, lasting and carry alot of what the smell leads to with its big maltyness and yeastified balance. Firm grip of dark candish malts leads right in with a nice holiday cake-like dimension of figgyness first, then dark cherry, dates, chocolate covered raisins, and then the peppy spices. Notes of root beer, anise, pepper, carrot cake, and ginger make their way in and out of the malty doughy darkness but linger mostly across its finish with a slender, delicately woven dryness of grassy hops. Pretty damn solid! Perhaps not quite a match to the Abt 12, but damn if its not close!
Feel is big, bold, and beautiful. The girth is massive in the body of this stuff. Heavy yet smooth, crunchy and crisp yet creamy with a whole lotta malts to create an exceedingly thick bread/cake-like structure of body. Not to mention the subtle details of yeasty play, dark fruity tang, perfectly intensed warmness, hoppy dryness, and spice. Which all lasts forever and a day the second it spills on to your palate.
Wow! Great stuff! No big surprise really. St. B knows how to impress and this is perfect for the holidays!
Aromă dulce-acrișoară, cu multe pomușoare negre ușor acre și puțin fermentate, malț, dulceață de fructe negre, puțină caramelă.
Gust ușor, bine carbogazat, specific acrișor și pișcător, puțină dulceață de fructe negre, malț caramelizat, puține condimente, ceva drojdii.
Foarte bună, fără urmă de alcool (10% declarați) în gust sau aromă. Mariox (298) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Fajny aromat ciemnych owoców takich świątecznych, karmelu i przypraw korzennych, ale bardzo niewiele. Estry dobrze się komponują wśród delikatnych fenolowych nut. wysycenie i alkohol nie wychodzą na pierwszy plan. Smithld1 (311) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle. Interesting. Tastes better than it smells. Lingering aftertaste. Decent booze hit with Christmas fruits. The carbonation makes it less than smooth. It's ok. higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
November 2016. I am writing this the day after. I quite enjoyed it, quad like. Strong notes of fig. Prominent Belgium yeast. Effervescent.
I have had this a number of times since. Probably my favorite quad after Rochefort 10
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Michael27 (2290) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Händlerlieferung). Tiefes Braun mit viel Schaum im Glas. Im Antrunk nicht doll, das Weihnachtliche kommt spät. Wo bleibt der viele Alkohol?
PhillyCraft (7739) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Backlog. Many draft and bottles over the years. Color is brown with some red hues mixed in. Nose is rich cherry, raisins, fig, candy sugar, christmas tree, pine, and oak. Flavor most of the same with tons of complexities and rich belgian yeast/fruit notes. Warming but not boozy. One of the best Christmas beers. Lager43 (54) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Superb Christmas Ale. Be sure to serve at about 50 F. Very full effervescent taste.
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So maybe I should not be sampling Christmas Ale the first really hot weekend of the summer. But it is St. Bernardus, why not? Put away after a spring trip to eastern New Mexico, saved until now. The 750 ml bottle gives an amber-brown body and a healthy beige head. An inviting nose, I detect yeasty bread and tropical fruit, maybe a little floral. I taste to get currants, figs, some hard candy sweetness. It finishes dry in the mouth, very little bitterness. Glad I got a try at this. Other Belgians deliver more. BREWMUSKCLES (2731) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2017
dark dried fruits and caramel with good alcohol. luscious and deep with a morphing finish as it is complex. surprisingly mellowing as is expected by the style but not anticipated in the taste. good winter spice. dorain (519) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-04 getrunken. Ein tolles, durchgereifte Christmas Ale was zur kalten Jahreszeit sehr gut paßt. Ich hatte schon lange dieses Bier nicht mehr im Glas und bin nicht enttäuscht worden von diesen Klassiker. Kaum Süße und eine runde, aber tiefe Malzigkeit. Lecker!