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


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RATINGS: 1117   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1334) - 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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1076) - 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

   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

   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 č lo stesso,con tocchi di anice improvvisi. Buono il finale,lungo e caldo. Corpo medio rotondo, tessitura quasi oleosa.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (449) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Igazi karácsonyi hangulatot árasztó főzet mind csomagolásában, mind elegáns megjelenésében, megnyerő illataiban. Elragadó szerecsendiós, szegfűszeges, éles kontúrú aromák kelnek útra, a vibráló ízjegyek hírnökei ezek. Magabiztosan hordozza megannyi fűszer, kandiscukor, vérpezsdítő vörösbor hangulatát, élénk teste a magas alkoholfok ellenére is józanítóan hat. Klasszikus ünnepi hangvételű alkotás, annak minden tökéletességével együtt. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (398) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Medium dark brown- huge tan head. Aroma is yeasty, musty, dried fruit with effervescent sweetness. Taste o candy sugar, banana, raisin, candied oranges, apricots. Finish is toffee and fermenting fruits. Unique, yet so very Belgian in character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (775) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish copper, creamy khaki head, islands of lace. Nose is spicy, malt, sugar, caramel. Tastes sweet, slightly bitter, decent spice, I’m getting a little cinnamon, caramel, a little hot. I like the spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1628) - - DEC 20, 2014
Draft. Dark reddish brown with little head. Lots of spice in the aroma but the taste is dominated by syrupy cherry fruitiness. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1142) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle from LCBO. Pumpkin spice aroma. Sweet caramalt and spice taste. Dry finish. Nice festive ale.

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