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

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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KykoPatykar (21) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2016
Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, gingerbread. Appearance: Brown, hazy, tan 2-finger head. Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter, light spicy-gingerbread, very complex. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Very well balanced, very tasty, great example of belgian "christmas" beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7019) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
pours dark mahogany with a giant frothy and creamy light beige head. sticky lacing. spicy and fruity toffee caramel - very grapey and particularly lean/svelt maltiness for its abv; red berry-plenty cranberries, but also dried fruits - raisins, golden ones too; very spicy - lots of cloves, mint and cinnamon, red and purple matter, red phénols - bubblegum; astringent grape seeds, slightly harsh booze, some sweetness - treacle and demerara. bright carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet, warming woodsy-spicy finish. a very christmas-ey offering. quite enjoyed with the missus!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (5380) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2016
330ml bottle. Clear dark chestnut color. Medium size, thick brown head, stays. Sweet, prunes, raisins, Belgian yeast, bit of dirty cloth in aroma. Belgian yeast, metallic, prunes and hint of gingerbread in taste. Sweet prunes and bit woody in aftertaste. Nice mellow gingerbread in late late aftertaste. Crisp carbonation. No hints of alcohol. Very drinkable brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2421) - SPAIN - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, España. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Malt, sweet, fruity / Malt, dulce, afrutado.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stacey5 (10) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma: Candy (apple), dried apricot, malts. Appearance: brown, amber, red glow, little yeast, medium lace. Taste: dried apricot, malts, candy, nice balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (888) - FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
Pullo @ Uba & Humal, Tallinna. Kaatuu trappistipikariin mahonginruskeana ja muhkealla, sihisevällä, noin kolmen sormen paksuisella vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on runsaasti tummaa ja kuivattua hedelmää, sokerista makeutta ja belgihiivan mausteisuutta. Hennommin on makeaa marjaisuutta ja vanilijaa. Maussa marjainen makeus ottaa vallan, loppumaussa taas kuivatut hedelmät ja makea päärynäisyys kampeaa pinnalle. Mausteitakin on, mutta ne ovat vähän taka-alalla. Maltaisuus tuntuu hieman makean puoleisena tuoden mukaansa alkoholin poltetta. Suutuntuma on yllättäen vain keskitäyteläisen puolella, alkoholi tuo hieman napakkuutta tuntumaan. Hyvä ja tasapainoinen belgiale, mutta suutuntuma olisi voinut olla vielä hieman tuhdimpi.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3017) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of spices, dark fruits and alcohol. Classic belgian quad. Taste is lightly sweet and boozy with nice raisin and fig flavors. Floral alcohol. Spices. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is creamy. Not too much hot alcohol overall, on par with the other world class belgian quads. Overall a really nice quadrupel, I think I will never grow tired of the classic quads.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2282) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle. Mahogany body with a light khaki head. Prunes, fig, earth and mineral in the aroma. More pudding and Christmas pie and fig in the taste. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2016
Dark amber with off white head - Dark malt and fruity aroma - Dark sweet malt with fruty tones - Dark sweet malt finish - Well hidden alcohol and tastes good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sureshpa (360) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2016
Aroma: Candy (apple), dried apricot, malts Appearance: Brown, amber , red glow, little yeast, medium lace Taste: Dried apricot, malts, candy, nice balance


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