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


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RATINGS: 1238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bready, yeasty, spicy holiday goodness. Pours out a dark orangish red. Really smooth caramel notes. Not quite up to the other bernardus beers that I have had, but it’s still a good beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
75 cl bottle. Pours a dark leather color. Medium sized, off white head. Aroma of cinnamon and honey. Very active carbonation, quite fizzy. Bready malt flavor. Peppery finish with hints of bananas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Not quite up to the Abt. 12, but this is incredibly tasty. Pours a deep, deep brown with a huge frothy head. Warm aroma with fruit (banana), bread and candy sweetness. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, spices, and a bit of a good banana bread. The earthy yeast flavors balance the fruits wonderfully well, creating a deep, complex and very, very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
nose of yeasty malts and chocolate; bread-like mellows to a banana-y scent. pours a dark ruby brown. large frothy white head with little lacing that doesn’t last too long. chalky, banana, pear with some dark undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] Burnt caramel pour with a large tan head. Aroma of bready yeast and candi sugar. Initial flavor is tart apples, followed by the spices, caramel, and some alcohol burn. Pretty complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1252) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2008
[Bottle] Pours hazy reddish-brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty with caramel and brown sugar also in there. Taste is also big on yeast with a little banana and caramel. Medium-thick mouthfeel and smooth. A nice beer that I will have try again in a non-tasting setting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2008
750 ml corked and caged. Pours a dark orange red with a large, long lasting carbonated head. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel noted. Yeast taste noted with some spiciness as well. Alcohol was there but just a slight hint of it. Well balanced and smooth going down. Another great brew from the Grinning Monk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
A solid beer. Huge christmas spices with brown sugar, caramel, and yeast. Ripe fruits, christmas spices, and belgian yeast in the body. Dark amber color with decent head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Rust-colored pour with enormous and defiant 3-inch eggshell head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, and cherry blossom. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the flavor along with fresh baked bread and ripened Bing cherries. Well hidden alcohol...delicious!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours a rich ruby brown with 3 fingers of off white head. Aroma of spices, caramel, yeast and fruit. Flavors of fruit, spices, yeast and malt. On a lot of these christmas beers the spices are overdone, but this one is very well put together. Quite delicious stuff, one of the better seasonal belgians i’ve had. Yum!

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