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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2862) - 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 (415) - 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 (25) - - 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 (188) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Sensing clove, ginger, caramel, and roasted malts. Dark brown medium bodied carbonated with a fizzy feel. Definitely hits the high mark on a Christmas ale and highly recommended.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (202) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Pours hazy reddish brown with a massive white head. Aromas of yeasty apple, ginger, plum, cinnamon, raisin, biscuit and brown sugar. Flavors are clove, ginger, plum, chocolate, coffee, and yeasty, bready tones. Finishes with chocolate and ginger. Peppery mouthfeel. Delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2963) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2015
(St. Bernardus Christmas Ale) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a tulip. ABV 10% Mahogany brown colour on the body, big tan head, thin but with good retention, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, spices, candy sugar, light dark fruits. Tastes really good, a bit sweet but nothing extreme, dark fruits, light vanilla, caramel, some alcohol, wine notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Pretty good, definitely a winter warmer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
audinerd17 (27) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Amazing holiday beer. One bomber. Two people. Celebrate in front of a fire. So warming, rich. An amazing Belgian beer from an amazing brewery. Highly recommended. A treat once a year. - pixels sent via Beer Buddy on iOS

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1372) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Classic xmas beer. Dark brown. Dark fruit, booze, sherry in the aroma. Creamy big mouthfeel. Lots of spices and fruits dancing around. Heavy but delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (389) - - JAN 24, 2015
A rich, burnt, dried fruit of a beer that is perfect for Christmas. Smells of sweet sherry & tastes of caramel cake. Rated by BrewTom


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