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


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RATINGS: 1034   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2667) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31485) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pubbe (493) - Hřjbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are dominated by cinnamon and orange. Sour sweet. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeinDahlem (1329) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7978) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3603) - 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 (10620) - 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.

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