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

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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 8, 2008
Has a dark brown color with a beige colored head. Aromas of fruit, spice, baked bread, and caramel are present. Flavor is full bodied with spices and fruit along with a strong malty background of chocolate, caramel, and bread.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Rich amber/brown, huge fluffy tan head. Nose is a slightly spicy raisin malt, rich oakey cherries, fruitcake. Lingering roasted/burnt fruit finish. Flavor is toffee, raisin, fruitcake spice. The alcohol isn’t overpowering but helps to dry it out. Toffee, light cork, oxidization, fruit in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
75cl bottle from World of Beer (Westchase). Rated on 3/25/08. Pours a dark brownish-red with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and sweet molasses. Flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malt, candy sugar, and bread. Lively carbonation and medium to full-body. Well-balanced generally but the alcohol comes through more as it warms.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
750mL bottle from World of Beer in Tampa. This was one of the best finds I have made at WOB. This beer pours an amber-brown color with a small amount of frothy head. It had an aroma much like the ABT 12, but it had a sugary caramel and dark fruit flavor to it. Heavy in the mouth and in the stomach, but very sippable. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2008
Big bottle. Giant fluffy head. Spicy bread pudding nose. Dry spicy Belgian toffee and coffee cake taste. Amazing licorice, molasses and allspice taste.

3.6
   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!

3.5
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1440) - 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.

4
   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.

3.6
   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.


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