ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 itís 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
gopherfan99 (42) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle that pours reddish brown with a big head. It was more carbonated than I expected but that does not take away from the beer. Malty with hints of spices, a very tasty Christmas ale.
ross (2042) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark color, tan head, huge carbonation. Smell is fruity, yeasty, spicy; similar to the 12 with a little more cinnamon in it. Taste is very similar to the 12, so it canít be that bad, right? Good beer, of course. I dont think they make a bad one. 1000 people before me talk about how good it is, so something can be said for that.
sinte (297) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with a huge, creamy, tan head, fully lasting with nice lacing.
Moderate malty aroma (caramel) with notes of dark fruits, nuts, raisins and light spices.
Moderate-to-heavy and nicely balanced bitter/sweet flavour.
Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation; light alcoholic warming in the finish.
fugitive (1227) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Color red brown with large head. Aroma dried fruits, yeast, spicy. Taste caramel, fruits, alcohol, yeast.
Dazz3 (1465) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours cloudy brown with a small brown head. Smells candy malt, chocolate and some apricot. Tastes sweet candy malt, apricot and roasted malt with a similar finish.
Landmonger (152) - USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a. 750 ml bottle into a trappist glass. The color is brown with reddish tinge, aroma is light not overly spice laden, small head, some tang followed by sweetness and a residual spice finish with the warmth of the alcohol
jookos (1462) - FINLAND - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
.75 bottle. Brown. Dark musty, plummy spicy cinnamon, dark bread, syrupy nose. Full bodied, soft, nice smooth mouthpfeel. Dark bread, some dark fruits, cinnamon, some clove. Really nice smooth xmas beer. Not overly spiced though, but well enough to make a difference.
AndySnow (2261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Light brown colour with a big tan head.
Aroma: Malt, spices, dark fruit, plum.
Body: Medium body, high carbonation.
Flavour: Dark fruit, spices, malt, caramel, plum.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a Xmas ale it's good. Nice brew on a cold day. Doesn't have that warming feeling in the gut so it's pretty light.
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arkurzynski (1373) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola colored pour with red-amber hues. Nose of soft toasted malt, plum, faint cherry, and spice. Flavor is plum, dark cherry, toasted malt, and powdery cocoa in the finish. Well-attenuated. Spot on.