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


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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (598) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours dark brown with creamy head. Aroma is raisin, caramel, some sourness, light grass. Taste follows and is quite complex - some sweetness, raisin, spices. Super good beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntoineGRD (116) - - MAR 25, 2016
La St Bernardus Christmas Ale est la petite dernière de la brasserie Saint Bernardus. Dans le style des fameuses "quadruples" d'abbaye, cette bière exceptionnelle utilise la même souche de levure depuis 1946. Rivalisant de complexité avec la non moins célèbre St Bernardus 12, elle a de plus été finement épicée afin de constituer actuellement l'une des meilleures bières de noël ! Ainsi, cette bière belge se présente dans une robe brune intense, surplombée par une magnifique mousse colorée, persistante et généreuse. Le nez propose lui une très belle complexité aromatique, entre notes de raisins, de caramel et d'épices. En bouche, cette complexité s'intensifie encore un peu plus avec une belle douceur ainsi que des saveurs de fruits confits et un final bien soutenu par l'alcool. Cette magnifique St Bernardus Christmas Ale est une superbe bière de noël, qui égale bien des bières en termes de complexité aromatique et gustative. Le plus intéressant étant surement de gouter la St Bernardus 12 pour se forger son propre avis !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentAnthony (39) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel brown sugar and and berries. Pours a dark rich brown amber with a creamy beige head. Taste is delicious and delightful with sweet malts and dark fruit and toffee caramel and bright carbonation and a little alcohol and a lot of complexity. Very warming and satisfying!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (844) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 6, 2016
F: big, off-white, average lasting. C: dark brown to black, opaque, dark red against the light. A: fruity, apple, pears, overripe prunes, molasses, malty, yeast, light spice. T: malty, alcohol warming, molasses, sweet vinous tones, prunes, cherries, apples, light spices in the background, cinnamon, star anise, hint of mint, candy sugar, full complex body, good carbonation, great drinkability, interesting winter BSA worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Beer Temple in Brussels.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7460) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (5999) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2657) - SPAIN - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, España. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Malt, sweet, fruity / Malt, dulce, afrutado.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (906) - 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.

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