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


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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 (1598) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Rating #1376 - 12.12.2014 - Sample from @HorizonKyle. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head that fades to a ring in my St. Ambroise chalice. Aroma is toffee,black licorice, toasted fennel. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, licorice, fennel - a nice mix of sweet, and tart. Beautiful Christmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fujimo2000 (31) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Pours dark Amber with off white lacing. Smell is dark fruit. Taste is mild cherry, dried fruit and malt. Very smooth and warming after taste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (957) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Red with "fizzy" sounding tan head. Raspberry, cherry, caramel and Belgian yeast. Sweet, sticky, cloying, earth, dry and spicy finish. Overall: Overrated, average and over-carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Draft at uber. I was inspired by Crow to finally start plugging the gaps in my "classic Belgian" beer list. Clear ruby-tinged mahogany pour. Small head, some lacing. Aroma is quite fruity, in that Belgian cherry redvine kind of way. Caramel, some spice (clove mainly). Tastes rather sweet, almost syrupy but dries out enough in the end to remain drinkable. Full body, velvety syrupy texture. Overall: missing that extra something to draw me in for a repeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1079) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from G&B; Hammel. Pours dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet malt, dark dried fruits, toffee, brown sugar, yeast. Lively carbonation. Sweet warning finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ABS (772) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Dark brown. Light tan head. Candy sugar nose. Some ester and alcohol. Sweet. Full body. Very lively carbonation. Candy sugar and banana flavour. Fruit. Slight hint of cherry. Brown sugar. Very, very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacchus66 (56) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2015
From 330ml. Pours dark brown with a ridiculous head, seriously, took like five minutes to get this into the glass waiting for the thick pillowy head to subside. The nose features a nice whiff of spice and malt, while the complex flavors are all over the place - cinnamon, coriander, clove, raisins, caramel and banana. The warming alcohol makes this a good choice for cold winter nights (with or without a fire). Outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2454) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from The Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep Ruby colour with a tan head. Spicy fruit and slight yeast aroma. Taste light fruity sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (1217) - SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2015
Flaska inköpt förra året. Intensiva dofter av dadlar. Kan även urskilja aromer av fruktkaka och russin. Värmande och fyllig munkänsla. De 10% är som bortblåsta från bryggeriets karta. Söt men inte översöt. Fruktig utan överdrift.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lore (1658) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 20, 2015
dark mahogany colour, large, creamy beige-ish head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of dried figs, plum, maybe some cherries, too, raisin notes, herbs, hints of anise, gingerbread and candy sugar; taste is the same, though a little bit masked by a bit too agressive carbonation; would be perfect with a bit less CO2

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