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


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RATINGS: 1026   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle: I feel honored off the bat as the first none person from Denmark to rate this thanks to Kerstbierfestival! It pored a hazy dark brown with a creamy off white head, The aroma was fruity and complex spice. It finished similar with fruit and a dry tangy spice/alcohol zip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10479) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull complex spicey aroma and flavor. Long finish. Creamy palate. Nice beer but not my favorite belgian christmasbeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13852) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are dominated by cinnamon and orange. Sour sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy, nutty brown with a tall, creamy, off-white head leaving a pretty lacework. Vinous, port-like aroma with notes of dried fruit. Quite a full and rich body with lightly sweet, dark malt accents. Touches of yeast and a lot of dried fruit. Never gets overly sweet. Quite a complex brew. 081206

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (6964) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle. Very small and surprisingly low white head. Beer too cold maybe. Hazy dark brown body. Dry and spciy barley malt aroma (promising). Quite sweet actually, flavor interesting though with raisins, plums, caramel and maybe juniper berries. Alcohol percentage well hidden. Liquorice - sorry no, mates.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle at Dæmningen 37 - shared with Karen, Henning & Mette. Dark brown - offwhite head. Yeast, raisins, licorice, hop, spicy, burning tongue feeling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
@ Horsens Ølfestival 2006. Muddy deep amber colour with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a spicy and fruity note. Malty, dark fruit sweet flavor with notes of liqourice. Dry and light alcohol sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11055) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Raised numbers at 2007 re-rating. Muddy red brown with a big off-white head. Malt and yeast aroma with caramel and a hint of spice, cinnamon and vanilla. Complex spicy-fruity flavour, sweet but with a licorice-y dryness. Too fizzy for my taste, but if it’s designed for the Danish market, that might be a clever move. Less fizzy in 2007?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Draught. Hazy orange brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, spices and caramel. Flavour of fruits, spices and caramel. Fizzzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a small beige head. Sweet malty, dark fruits aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

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