rangerred (936) - 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.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml served in a La Trappe Trappist chalice.
A: Pours a dark amber to brown color with a big creamy fluffy beige head. A bit cloudy. Good retention. A thin layer is always there and many lacings are left
S: Mainly dark fruits and caramel. Plums, dates, figs and raisins. Caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, toffee and alcohol in the end
T: Follows the nose: Dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts and Belgian yeasts. Sweet taste and mild on bitterness, quite bready as a traditional Belgian strong Ale. Alcohol can be also felt in the end
M: Full creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Alcohol in the end
O: Very drinkable and tasty beer. Exactly what you expect from a St. Bernardus beer... An excellent beer! ;)
[ BA Review @ 2/5/2012 ]
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Julie thinks it is a very. nice Belgium mild on the spices she gives a 4
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
markoijelena (433) - SERBIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark colour with medium white head.Taste and aroma of caramel, raspberry, blueberry, brown sugar.Very good only I think to need a little bit more complex flavour.
Alengrin (2066) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas beer from Sint-Bernardus largely destined for export to Danemark (unfortunately, I hasten to add). Tasted at ZBF last year. Light beige head, dark burgundy colour, complex fruity and malty aroma, chocolate, raisins, grapes, cloves, liquorice, cinnamon, caramel; complex taste, deep and soft malty, spicy but fortunately in a subtle way adding to the complexity, sweetish but never cloying, full and creamy mouthfeel, herbal hoppiness in the finish along with warming alcohol. Not very creative for the style but, as usual with this range, very well crafted and complex. Great beer, in other words.
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"another very solid ale from St B, but i’m afraid i still think they are a touch overated...good, but definitely not one of the best. heavier feel, carbonation too high. lots of spicy and fruity belgian yeast character. good but not great."
HammerTroll (515) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color, big off-white to tan head. Huge lacing. Dark fruits, biscuit, brown sugar, malt and berries aroma. Boozy. Heavy sweetness. Full body, flat carbonation. Creamy texture. This is like Christmas cake with alcohol and fruits.
(Svijet Piva 0,75l bottle)
azzie (232) - - AUG 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with big yellowish head. Medium to full body, medium to light carbonation. Very sweet. Fruity and alcoholy. Something like wine in aftertaste. A bit hard to drink.
vipinvelp (2245) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared w/ Tim. Dark ruby brown off-white lacing foam. Sweet caramel aroma and taste, bit too sweet. But may be I should not drink a Christmas beer in August. (Efteling 201408)
veceo (544) - CROATIA - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color, big tan, uneven, staying head. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar, malts, yeast, banana, mulled wine, dark fruits. Medium sweet taste. Very good christmas ale.
k92488 (264) - NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWF; Bottle from Cardinal, Bottle 1,5l. White thick head.Aroma is malt and caramel, fruity, alchol and yeast.Taste is sweet and sour.