gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(75 cl bottle brought home from Denmark) Shady brown color with yeast particles, huge foam settling to a creamy tan head. Lots of CO2, the cork almost killed me... Fresh scent, spicy and some alcohol, sweet as well. Full and also spritzy mouthfeel. Spicy and Belgian ale yeast taste with a warming alcohol feeling.
Habanero (2667) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Hazy, nut brown body with a nice beige, lasting head and lacings on the glass. Nose of malt, dried fruit, spices and a touch of yeast and alcohol. Balanced sweet flavour with roasted malt and coffee. Medium to full bodied. Alcoholic finish.
Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Characteristic from St. Bernardus is to be found in this one as well, with a slight Christmas spicy feel to it. Reddish brown colour with a big head. Mostly lasting and left some nice lacing. Mouth feel has much more alcoholic appearance then the ABT 12. It is impossible not to compare it with one of my all time favourite beers. Aroma is medium malty with some hops to it. Caramel, liquorish, candies, cinnamon and dry fruit. Medium bodied as it lacks the complexity of its bigger brother. Slightly syrupy texture with a lively carbonation. Medium sweet with a medium sweet finish. Kind of disappointing when you had the ABT 12 to compare it with.
yespr (31485) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours muddy brown/amber red with light brown and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is sweet, hops and caramel malt and elements of alcohol. Taste is caramel, fruit, alcohol and malts. Beer is slightly over-carbonated, might however be a good thing for the heavy x-mas food. Does not have a complex taste and after-taste as the description indicates. Ordinary belgian x-mas ale.
pubbe (493) - Hřjbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are dominated by cinnamon and orange. Sour sweet. Nice!
JoeinDahlem (1329) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Re-rating after KBF 09. Quite sweet with a light bitterness and loads of cinnamon. Lots. Takes a great classic and ruins it with too much spice. Old rate: Last gulps from the last bottle of it at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen. I had high expectations, since the St. B 12 is one of my all-time favorites. But here I was disappointed. It’s lighter, clearer, much less complex in flavor. Its dominant, saving trait is a spiciness. Decently bitter finish, notable alcohol. Little malt. Maybe there is a reason they didn’t want to sell it in Belgum... Glad I could try it, anyway.
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear brownish colour with a huge mostly lasting of white head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, fruits and spices with a alcoholic finish. good, but strong.
JorisPPattyn (7978) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, but shortlived yellow head over dark-mahogany beer. Nuts, peanuts, alcohol & fusels, and some caramel-like sweetness, but fading out. Sweet taste, with a hint at sourish fruitiness. Dark malts, dark - nearly outfermented - candi sugar, and some fatty acids in the finish. Very full-bodied, alcohol in the retronasal build-up. Basically quite good, but not overwhelming beer. St. Bernard is a brewery that, IMO, does it regular beers better than its specials.
SHIG (3603) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HenrikSoegaard (10620) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.