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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales by Brewery St. Bernardus. This specialty beer of 10% alc. vol. is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It's a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. The long winter nights are perfect moments to savour this ale with or without friends and to enjoy its unique, complex taste and after-taste.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with some reddish hues. Billowy tan head with incredible head retention and huge chunks of lacing hanging onto the sides of the glass. Instant Belgian character on the aroma with clove and banana from the yeast. Brown sugar and some molasses are present along with some toast. Licorice along with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark fruits. Lots of dark fruit in the flavor along with more banana and clove. More brown sugar with strong caramel notes. A very slight bit of tartness on the tip of the tongue. Moderate sweetness that perfectly compliments the other flavors. The finish is moderately dry leaving just the smallest hint of residual sweetness. Alcohol is completely hidden save for a slight bit of warming making this a pleasure to drink. Overall, this is really one of the best beers I have ever had. Just so much going on and all the flavors and characteristics are perfectly balanced. Dangerously drinkable and one to really savor during the holidays.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lotsalaughs (129) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
brown, clear, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter Purchased in winter 2012 and cellared for special occasion. Poured brownish ruby with short lived tan foam. Decent lacing. Big aromas of dark candied fruit and sweet bread. Bitter sweet initially with a dark rum heat slowly building to the finish. Average to light carbonation, with a mid range body. Seemed to stick on the tongue a bit, and coat the mouth - bitter sweetness lingers on well into the finish. Best $18 CAD beer I have ever had!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (2890) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milano. It pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet with cinnamon and raisins, with hints of X-mas spices. Taste is again sweet with notes of plum and raisins. Mild alchol booze in the finish. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very tasty

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aggiebob (26) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Light brown and heavily spice ale. High gravity is hidden in the smooth taste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joskevermeulen (23) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Een echt kerstbier, donker en zwaar. Heel complex met een heel gamma aan aroma’s en smaken.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (261) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Amber-brown color with small head. A tartness in the aroma is immediately noticeable. Fruity-sweet and spicy, a bit more tart than the Abt 12, but not as rich and complex. The fruitiness is more berries-like. A high-level brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timmwillum (80) - BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Anbefalet af Jesper Lyngholm. Helt mørk med et gyldent skær. Tykt fyldigt blivende skum. Syrlig næse med skovfrugt og en anelse humle. Starter syrligt bitter med lidt citrus og masser af kulsyre og krydderi. Lang sødlig eftersmag. Fin juleale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1078) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clear reddish copper with a long lasting thin off white head and lots of lace. Aroma is dark dried fruits, mild alcohol, perfumy, and some spicy/fruity Belgian yeast notes. Flavour is malty, dark dried fruits, rasins, perfumy, mild alcohol, spicy Belgian yeast. My kind of

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (258) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2014
From a bomber. Pours a ruby amber brown and makes a typical thick StB head. Aroma of dark fruits and cinnamon and maybe cardamom and yeast. Tastes of raisins, malt, and spice. A beautiful ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (184) - Montesarchio, ITALY - DEC 21, 2014
Buona bevuta. Scura,schiuma bianco sporco, panjosa. Odori di liquirizia,castagne e prugne. In bocca è lo stesso,con tocchi di anice improvvisi. Buono il finale,lungo e caldo. Corpo medio rotondo, tessitura quasi oleosa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1723) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
December 21, 2014. Bottle at home.
Murky amber/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, raisins, some spicy and earthy notes. Taste is sweet dried fruits and caramel with a light spicy bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.


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