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


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RATINGS: 1106   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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ForlornHope (98) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
33 cl bottle at home, BBE date July 2018. Pours a deep red-brown colour, thin head which soon disappears. Aroma of fruit, sweet malt and just a hint of the usual spices. Taste is of juicy sweet malt and fruit soaked in booze. Again, there is spicing in there, but it is subtle and not overpowering. On the palate the beer is quite effervescent to start, making a lively drink, but it soon settles. Nice dry finish. Overall, not bad. I think this would mature quite nicely, so the others go back into storage for a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctiry (99) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
Guys befote rating this one waaaait few minutes and give this beer the needed time to become much better after 10 or more minutes after pouring. Fruits and spices in the nose. Dark hazy colour with white head. Taste: seconds after pouring is very spice of sweet bakery. Than become more fruity...malty...better and better. Full body, small carbonation, hidden alcohol...pure x-mass happiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PalCabral (124) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
75cl bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dirty brown with some festive red tints in a rather dull looking beer with practically no head. Roasted notes and chocolate in the nose, but discretely. The taste is sweet and yeasty, with some very powerful notes of licorice that provides a bitter backdrop. The bitterness linger in the aftertaste. The effervescence is very high, almost overly so. Itís not a bad beer by yards, this, but not the best beer from the folks at Watou either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (398) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Dark brown color with a light beige head. Aroma is fruity, ripe bananas, Belgian yeast. Taste of ripe dark fruit with boozy background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fombe89 (30) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2014
Barril @Cerveceria Suco. Valladolid ......................................... 07/12/2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle. Trembling Madness Drinks Shop, York. Hazy amber. Thin, bubbly, tan head. Nutty, spicy, dark fruit. Sweet, cakey malts. Dried stone fruits. Figs. Dates. Mixed spice. Very festive. Taste is fruity dry. Lots of chewy sweetness. Just a hint of bitter at the end. Feels way under the ABV. Too much carbonation at first, but settles down after half an hour, at which point it matches the beer better. Finishes chewy sweet. Fruity dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (840) - CROATIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle 750 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours reddish brown with white head. Dark fruits, bit yeasty, caramel, spices. Sweet. Warming alcohol. Good beer, but canít say Iím thrilled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (409) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Tap at Muddy Pig. Tulip glass. Sediment filled, hazy cola like color. Sweet aroma...almost a dark fruit with elements of earthiness. Taste is super smooth. Dark, tart fruits and hints of cocoa. Almost a milkshake in the mouth feel. Some sourness expected from high alcohol Belgian ales. Too rich not to savor. Iíll awesomely seek out again. Merry Christmas to YOU, St. Bernardus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Fruity, spicy, some caramels, the yeast strain seems to do a lot of the heavy listing. Almost a little tart from just how fruity it is. Maybe my favorite St. Bernardus release?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minutemat (1878) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours deep dark brown with a sweet malt and caramel aroma. Taste is moderately sweet, with soothing dark elements.. brilliantly balanced and hugely enjoyable from beginning to end. Found it hard to differentiate between this and the Abt12, apparently more spice in this.. I guess Iíll have to try them both again to compare. Outstanding beer anyway and reaffirms St Bernardus as making some of the finest Belgian beer in my opinion.

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