Oliva Serie V And St. Bernardus Christmas Ale Pairing

I love a nice Belgian ale, and with the holiday season I think now is the best time to take advantage of the Christmas ales for cigar pairings. The Oliva Serie V is a favorite of mine that I will often get a craving for. It’s smooth full bodied flavor with espresso, dark chocolate, and a great balance of spice allows for great pairing options.

In this tasting, I am pairing my cigar with the St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. The pairing made for an interesting balance and really made the subtle notes of the cigar stand out.

I’d be curious to try this pairing again after aging a bottle of the ale- beers from Belgium do well with aging and would be nice to age with cigars. Definitely something to consider!

Oliva Serie V

Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Jalapa Valley Ligero

Oliva Serie V

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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  1. Adam
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 18:19:30

    Man I really gotta try that cigar. Perhaps I’ll have to treat myself for Christmas. I’m not a beer person, maybe I’ll be pair with Eggnog! Thanks for the video Teresa.


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  4. Jacob Krell
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 12:15:34

    Awesome! This is my first visit here and I like your video and pics. Just picked up a Serie V two nights ago at an Oliva event. I had never had an Oliva cigar before so I have been sampling a new one each day and tomorrow it is the Serie V. Just smoked the Serie O and Serie G which were both good but I want more full flavor so that Serie V should be great.

  5. teresa
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 12:28:44

    Ooh, I do love eggnog! Could be an interesting mix, but definitely in the season’s spirit. Roasting marshmallows over the fire always makes me think of this time of year, too. A little Christmas spice in the coffee might be nice too, cinnamon and nutmeg maybe.

    Welcome, Jacob! What great timing, and I look forward to you enjoying your Oliva Serie V. If you are looking for some more full flavors I think you will be delighted. Let me know your thoughts- have a great one!


  6. Cigar Inspector
    Dec 11, 2009 @ 11:55:44

    Oliva Serie V is one of my favorite smokes..
    And that sounds like a nice pairing!

  7. teresa
    Dec 12, 2009 @ 10:09:09

    One of my favorites, too, Cigar Inspector! I think it has a lot of options for great pairings, and this one was a welcoming treat. Another to consider would be the St. Sebastiaan Dark or one of my personal favorites, the Chimay Blue Reserve.


  8. rasheedah sabreen
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 21:38:31

    I was wondering if you will be posting more information on beers that go well with cigars. I don’t drink often but when I do I drink beer. After I read the above comments I checked my cigar binder. Sure enough, I entered the Chimay Blue Reserve and the ST. Bernardus as two brews I want to try with a cigar. These two beers were reviewed last month on another site.

    I would appreciate any and all suggestions. I have a two week Winter Break coming up so I will have time to experiment.

    ~love and gratitude~

  9. teresa
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 19:24:20

    Awesome! I love trying pairings out with cigars and beer is a favorite of mine to pair. (Port is too if you want to give it a thought as well, a nice tawny port with a padron is a favorite of mine).

    I tend to be very fond of Belgian ales, though I will say Kostritzer is a German beer I admire for its crisp light texture but flavorful beer (it looks like a Guiness at sight but nowhere near the thick texture of one).

    I try to go with a lighter style beer (like a grand cru) for my milder cigars, and get more adventurous with my more medium to full bodied cigars on the various beers, since I know they can handle them better. I never want to overpower my cigar, only compliment it.

    Let me know what you try and what your thoughts are, I would love to hear your experiences!

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  11. OlivaSerieV
    Jan 10, 2010 @ 22:54:21

    Oliva Serie V… are those cigars any good? Just kidding of course they are excellent!

    I too think coffee is my first choice when smoking a Serie V. Vizcaya Rum would be my second choice. And if I am in the mood for a beer I think a Left Hand Milk Stout or a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout would be my choice to go with a Serie V.

  12. teresa
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 23:20:03

    Oooh, I do like the idea of a nice rum with a Serie V. Coffee is always wonderful as well, though I must admit I enjoy a nice Cuban espresso which never makes the length of the cigar, ha.

    I haven’t tried the Left Hand Milk Stout, though I know I’ve enjoyed Young’s Double Chocolate stout on many occasions. I’ll have to give that a taste. This pairing for the video was pure chance and I must say I enjoyed the results. It was going to be a hit or a miss and it was a pleasant surprise. Definitely put me in the Christmas spirit, too.

  13. Ruben
    May 14, 2010 @ 11:37:50

    Hi Teresa,

    I’ve been following your posts recently and, living in Belgium myself, I can only enjoy the cigar-beer pairings. That being said, I usually pair my cigars with two fingers of Havana Club (Barrel Proof) rum or a nice old Rhum agricole ClĂ©ment from Martinique. Cheers!

  14. Thanapan
    Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:11:01

    I walked into my cigar store. The store dislpayed the Oliva V right in front of the walk in humidor. I am always trying all types of cigars because when I was a small boy and being form an Italian family I could smell the aroma of the smoke from my relitives smoking cigars. It was such a sweet and unreal aroma. Since I have been trying to come as close to that aroma as possible. Well anyway, I thought I would give the Oliva V a try. I took it to my sons football practice and smoked it for 2 hours while I watched him practice. The first part of the cigar was everything I read about and throught the entire cigar. The end was a little strong, a perfect way to end a night. So to make a long story short, I am on my way back to my cigar store today to purchase a box. It’s a great cigar and a great smoke.Thanks OlivaMarkAtlanta, Ga.

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