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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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


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RATINGS: 1051   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
siennaemerson (10) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Brown and unclear. Beige head, medium lasting. Spicy aroma, mint, cardamon. Lactic-acid notes. Too sharp and unpleasent. Rerate: Aged a couple of years, much more harmonic now. Aroma of faint spice and herbs, a lot of different ones, almost harmonic. Flavor is mainly sweet. More spice. Some mint, grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Murky brown with a creamy tan foam. Raisins and nutmeg on the nose with a touch of sugar. Body is full with fine carbonation. Dark fruit flavors with a bit of alcohol. Clean finish leaves me wanting more. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (641) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Super bomber into a pint. Pours a cherry cola murky amber red brown. Head is enormous at first, mounting a few inches, then subsides to a thin layer of white cream foam. Lacing is light and spotty. Aroma of spices of Xmas, orange, nutmeg, and coriander. Taste of sweet apple, orange, melded malt s of Belgium, and evasive hops. Great beer for the season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (451) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 22, 2014
absolutely loved this one. despite the high alcohol, not too powerful. good fruity and sugary flavor. some raisins, brown sugar and cherries. very solid seasonal ale. wish i had more of this. near perfect brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Arômes réglisse, malt. Au palais biere plus légère qu'attendu. Palais réglisse, café. Bonne effervescence. Très bonne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UrbanCaveman (54) - Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2014
750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature. A: Pours a rich, deep bronze-brown, and forms a fantastically thick head with good retention. Fairly clear, enough to see the bubbles rising from the bottom. Lacing is rather remarkable - this amount of froth and lacing should not even be possible for a 10% ABV beer! S: Sweet malt and yeast, wreathed through with plum, fig, and cherry notes. The candi sweetness is of course present, along with just a tinge of funk. T: So, that’s what a quad with cinnamon in it tastes like. There’s significant heat in this, from a combination of cinnamon spice with noticeable alcohol. Sweet malt, candi sugar, and dark fruits, particularly cherry, are all present, but beneath the spiceahol mix. The finish leaves a lingering burn. M: Rather thin and sharply carbonated for a quad, actually. I was expecting something stickier, given the head and lacing. O: I am rather underwhelmed by this beer, especially from St. Bernardus. The Abt 12 is spectacular, but this does not disguise the alcohol content half as well - instead, it disguises the underlying yeast flavors with alcohol and spice. I wouldn’t say it is a bad beer, but I would not go out of my way to have it again. Perhaps if I were to encounter it on tap somewhere for a decent price per pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (536) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
750 mL bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a thick off white head. Aroma is fruity--decidedly more so than their ABT 12. Sweet cherry, plum, overripe pear and apple. Some light brown sugar tones, fig cake, yeasty brown spices. Sweet, balanced with high carbonation and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy palate. Very pleasent overall. A little hot, should cellar well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
750ml corked and caged bottle from the lcbo. Very dark, hazy brown, with a huge light beige head. Loads of dark fruit, plums, stone fruit, candied apples, light pear even some booze soaked fruit cake. Lively carb, but yet still soft at the same time. Loads of sweet bready malts in the finish, with more fruit. A great sipping beer, another great beer from St bernardus!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1469) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle shared with Dad. Pours dark reddish brown, some purple color, creamy one finger white to off white head. Aroma has much more fruit character than the 12, with lots of sweet cherry notes, caramel malts, funky Belgian yeast of course, and candi sugar. Much more muted hop notes here than the 12 as well. Flavor follows the smell closely with big sweet fruit flavors--tastes like the added cherries to this one, but can’t find info on fruit additions--light spice, candi sugar and sweet malts. Very smooth and pleasant. Sweet but not cloying. Medium carbonation and plus body. This was really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Dal colore molto scuro, con schiuma cremosa, al naso sprigiona note fruttate. Ottimo equilibrio tra i malti dai sentori tostati e caramellati e il retrogusto leggermente speziato

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