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

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RATINGS: 1238   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4201) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (1000) - 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

4.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (973) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2015
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brownish colour. Small beige head. Big alcohol nose. Good job, nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (796) - , 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1862) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2015
[Bottle] Hazy dark brown pour with a large pillowy head. Nose is of sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, clove and molasses. Flavors include Christmas spices, caramel, fruitcake, figs, plum, toffee and brown sugar. Nicely balanced. Rich palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (421) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark caramel with tan foamy/mountainous head; seafoam lacing. Aroma is sugary sweet with light dark ripe fruit, toffee and Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet with warm from the alcohol. Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice winter warmer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ermaki (29) - - FEB 6, 2015
Cerveza típica navideña, sabor intenso con leves toques de caramelo, no se nota su fuerte graduación, para mi gusto se hace pesada ,es una cerveza para compartir.Me sigo quedando con la bernardus normal

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hinez57 (190) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - FEB 5, 2015
11 oz bottle in tulip glass. Banana bread powerful, clove, vanilla pudding, carmel sugars and fig with hints of other fruits on the nose. Ruby-brown, clear, toasty head, steady head, little-no lacing. Flavor is complex malty-grainy base. heavy sweetness, low bitter, cleaner flavor than aroma profile. Quite alcohol forward. Low spiciness compared to aroma, no trace of clove with subtle earthiness/vegetal flavor that’s very nice. Drinks easy, to style, for a 10% brew. Overall not disappointed at all. Not as complex as one expects from a St Bernardus ale. Will drink again, enjoyable, would pair wonderfully with roast meats, and pulled/chopped pork bbq.


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