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


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RATINGS: 1232   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2015
red brown pour dense foam that vanishes. Aroma cola, cherries, barley, sour tang. Tastes brown sugar, cola, pears, orange blossoms astringent like a ginger ale. Light fast drinking slight creamy effervescent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexzappa (2) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
What a treat. Great Christmas beer, but I can obviously see this bee delicious at any time, especially in winter. Similar to ABT12, there are resemblances, but this is it’s own beer through in through with the butterscotch being the star.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (817) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
750 ml bottle had this many times but never rated it. Apperance is muddy brown with plenty of head and good retention. Aroma is cinnamon, fruit cake, and rasin bread. Taste is clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, followed by raisins some malty sweetness and a touch of light bitterness. This is a classic, my favourite Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
0,75 Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Fruits, light raisin, spice (cloves and cinnamon) in the nose. Flavour of dried fruits, alcohol, spice, ligth cocoa and liqourice. Full bodied. Marcipanny alcoholdense end. Exellent beer. Gonna age nicely also

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3794) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle at home while cooking some carbonnade a la flamande. It pours a cloudy brown color with a large, fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very sweet with baked bread, over ripe plums, apples, raisins and some cinnamon/baking spices. The flavor is very full bodied and rich with more intense fruity flavors of plum, raisin, dates, fig and nice baking spice notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but not oppressive. The finish is sweet with more baking spice especially in the aftertaste. Warming and comforting, just like the Abt 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (876) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 19, 2015
Cant say this one is much about christmas - light "christmasy spices". Otherwise, very nice Belgian strong ale. Intense dried fruitiness, ripe fruits. Lovely malt orchestra in background, caramel, light roast, candy, bit yeast. Bit warming alco kick in finish Bit overcarbonated for my like, but anyways - very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WonBall (17) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2015
A respectable strong Belgian ale, more outwardly flavorful and less subtle than the St B 8 that I like so much. Worth having when it is available. 2014 edition sampled in DFebruary 2015. Perhaps I should have waited a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (872) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2015
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brownish colour. Small beige head. Big alcohol nose. Good job, nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (690) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
750 shared with a work buddy... 2014 bottling.. Pours a deep walnut but still shows good clarity, khaki head sticks around forever with nice lacing. Toasty with a bit of spice cake essence.. Not as rich as some of the other Quads but still very respectable.. Very high carbonation IMO, pretty burpy.. With warmth, the spices bloom a little more than I appreciate.. Nothing wrong with it, I just prefer the Abt 12 better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1712) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
750ml to stem. Amber brown with huge frothy offwhite head. A: dark fruit, malt, spice. T: zesty fruit, spice. Perfect balance. Outstanding.

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