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

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RATINGS: 1207   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2729) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Vertical of 2010-2013 shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris! Copper brown body with a broken beige head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, caramel malt, well water, mineral, raisins. Smooth flavor, showing some signs of age (’10, ’11). Medium bodied with soft carbonation on all vintages, with the most recent perhaps a bit more vibrant. Lots of flavor. Slightly sweet, with subtle spice and a touch of brown sugar. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (564) - - JAN 18, 2015
A vertical of 2010, ’11, ’12, and ’13, many thanks Chris. Pours a clear plum brown with active foamy light beige head that leaves spongy lacing. Aroma is complex - candi sugar, dark fruits, yeast spice character and sweet brown bread. Flavor is same - this beer is clearly meant to be aged. The ’10 is deliciously round and mellowed out, and the ’13 is surprisingly hot. Buy now, drink after at least 2 years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2009) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
A opaque brown body with a tan head that had good retention and nice lace. Aroma was a mix of dried fruits, cloves brown sugar and toasted malts. Flavor had a nice level of sweetness and dove to it. Nice cloves and sugar. Dark fruits and a light tannin in the finish. Nice mouth feel alcohol was well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (373) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Orange red pour, finger foam, not too much spice, just right, clear, hop finish slight creamy feel. Possibly my favorite Christmas ale of all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatthijsE (897) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
Tap @ de Natte. Murky amber/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, raisins, some spicy and earthy notes. Taste is sweet dried fruits and caramel with a light spicy bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zekada (320) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours her with a medium beige head. Nose is sweet with dates, brown sugar and malts. Taste is equally sweet and complex. Palate is thin and oily, very drinkable with a big fizz. Overall a good beer, nice for a Christmas dinner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (598) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
(750ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a lightly hazed pale cola color with a moderate frothy off-white head that recedes to a ring leaving little lace. Aroma toffee, caramel malt sweetness, canned cherries, red plum, banana esters, herbal, dark bread. Palate very sweet, caramel and brown sugar, candied red fruit, bready, yeast towards the finish where it gets a bit drier with soft spice, herbal bitterness, slightly chalky. A little alcohol heat. Medium full in the mouth with fairly prickly effervescent carb. A pretty tasty Belgian strong, maybe a bit sweet on the start but moderated later in the sip. Just doesn’t blow my mind.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (509) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2015
750ml 2014 years vintage brown corked and caged bottle, label featuring a jolly monk sporting a santa hat, poured into Tulip glass. Appearance is opaque dark brown with a huge beige airy frothy head, that settled fast leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried figs, cherries, dates, pears and black currants. Flavours of dried figs, caramel, dates, pears, prunes, black currants, spices and dark bread. Taste is medium-light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, smooth texture and lively carbonation. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is deep and complex, a delicious beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Aroma is sweet with dark fruits. Complex. Fruit, caramel. Nice Christmas ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4648) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
On tap @ De Baron, Eindhoven. 25cl sample. The aroma has caramel, raisin, nuts, spice. Dark brown coloured with a medium-big, off-white head. The taste is moderate sweet, has caramel, plums, nuts, mainly. Moderate carbonation. Bit sticky finish. Good in its style.


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