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


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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1501) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale has a thick, frothy, light beige head, made up of very tiny bubbles. The appearance is brown, with evident tiny bubble streams up the side of the glass and a nice lacing sheen. The aroma is of a strong, yeasty, fruit (plum, raisin, dates), brown bread, and a mild spiciness. Taste is similar, with even some banana showing up. There is an underlying alcohol presence, which, however, is not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale finishes mostly dry, mellow, and drinkable. One can certainly detect brandy-wine type qualities here, and it’s nice to see a Christmas beer without all the offensive, over-the-top flavoring. Overall, this is a world class beer! A true beer fan must try it! RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of banana, candy, caramel, banana candy, those yellow banana sweets. Sweet flavour, caramel, light bitter, apple and banana. Sweet finish, apple brandy, strong banana sweets.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
xpndbl (1) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Houterig . In de nasmaak metalig . wel bekende volmondige smaak . Rook ervaar ik ook in de mond .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (540) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown, a little hazy with minimal tan head. In aroma very complex, malty, caramel and toast, bread, dried fruits. In taste strong malty base, sweet, caramel, dired fruits with low mint finish. Medium bitter, full bodied, soft carbonation, alcohol present in good way. Very good quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8428) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (388) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1894) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
6.12.2014. Dark brown beer. Spicy aroma with plums, dark fruits. Taste is quite intense, dark fruits. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2676) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2015
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
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.

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