rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
rosenbergh (7854) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. I can’t remember where I got this...
Cloudy dark red colour with a small off-white head.
Fruity, cherry, tart, sourish and mild metal notes in the aroma. Lambic-ky.
The flavour is sweetness, syrup, malt, alcohol and mild dry fruits.
The lambic notes in the aroma makes this quite fresh. The flavour could have more of those elements.
Koskela (354) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet earthy and fruity aromas come from this deep red and hazy brew with a beige head. Full bodied malty sweet crisp with a ton of tiny carb bubbles. This is an abbey and well done.
Vighals (1678) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mørk brunorange tåkete med høyt beige skum. Mørke frukter, svisker, gjær og karamell. Mest fruktig søtsmak, markert sviske, toast og noe brent karamellburterhet. Krydderier. Fyldig. Litt salt i avslutningen. Mye kullsyre
maxwelldeux (4073) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Overflowed a bit when I opened it. Pours a hazy darker brown color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some hints of bread to it as well as some candied figs. Taste is slightly sweet and has some dark fruits coming through. OK, but not really my sort of thing.
nihtila (1279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6.12.2014. Dark brown beer. Spicy aroma with plums, dark fruits. Taste is quite intense, dark fruits. Tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger sustaining white foamy head that concaves a bit but holds its own for a good two minutes before dissipating ever so lightly.
The smell had a sweet to lightly spiced combination of cinnamon and ginger running into a sweet biscuity/bready goodness. Subtle hints of cocoa allocate nicely in and around my nose.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and flavor a sweet bready aftertaste leading into a semi - wet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality running about. Carbonation seems to run smooth and semi-dry.
Overall, as a Belgian Strong Ale, it’s awesome to me it’s still awesome. Would love to have again for Christmas!
Diablokev (161) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is crisp maybe of caramel. The appearance is a nice amber with a thick tan head. The taste is a bit strong of alcohol, malty, caramel. Heavy to drink, probably can only do one of these in a night. Overall not that bad, but could have been better.
PlutonowyMan (74) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piana pojawi?a si? na u?amek sekundy i od razu znikn??a, nie pozostawi?a po sobie ?ladu, nawet nie pobrudzi?a szk?a. Na powierzchni ta?czy?y tylko drobne b?belki.
Bukiet to wyra?ne go?dziki, pomara?cza, przyprawy nieod??cznie kojarz?ce si? z zim?.
Smak mocno wytrawny, ?liwki i wszystkie atrybuty aromatu, które przywodz? na my?l grzaniec, jest tak?e masywny i ci??ki, no i oczywi?cie alkohol, który niesamowicie rozgrzewa.
Mimo swojej mocy (10% Alk.), alkohol w piwie jest bardzo dobrze schowany. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale czaruje goryczk?, która jest sucha, wytrawna, "pestkowa".
Mo?na odnie?? wra?enie, ?e to piwo jest "t?uste", tre?ciwe, a jednocze?nie ?atwe do picia, wysycenie wi?cej ni? ?rednie.
Bardzo polecam na zimowe wieczory, przy kominku z dobr? ksi??k?.
cfrancis (2635) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky dark brown with a nice pillow beige top. Aroma is a slight spice of nutmeg and cinnamon and sweet caramel malt. Taste is much the same, spice is not overpowering just a nice accent to a well balanced winter warmer.
jamesie1857 (1548) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Belgium in a Box - Chunky dark chestnut brown body, with a lasting two finger beige head, very good lacing. Rich, full aroma of banana bread, toffee, dark fruits, and some floral notes. Medium body, velvety, smooth. Fantastic banana bread flavor, nutmeg, spice, caramel, some very light floral and grassy notes. Love it.