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

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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjorsvdg (338) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Een donkerbruin bier met een rijke, volle smaak met een vettig mondgevoel. Specerijen, karamel, rijp fruit in de smaak. Hartverwarmend in de winter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daanminator (476) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2016
Mooi donker bier maar kleine schuimkraag. Smaak is opzich goed maar niks uitzonderlijks.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (510) - ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
Ambra scuro con schiuma non esistente. Aroma etilico e caramelloso. Al palato è ben sostenuta da una vivace carbonazione, dolce ma con una vena secca, note speziate leggere. Una birra di natale molto semplice ma non per questo immeritevole di un bel voto.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle. Dark red with a huge head. Pine Christmas notes with dark fruit. Spiced red winter Flemish style. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2016
At home bottle shared by Maakun. We have a gusher. Dark brown with fluffy off-white head. Gumball coating, Christmas, pine tree resin, spices, yeast, cardboard. Sweet, with some sour. Body is medium. Carbo is over medium.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2906) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle shared. Gusher. Fizzy beige head and dark brown pour. Quite some spices, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried orange peel, Christmas cake, banana bread, brown sugar. Very sweet and light bitter finish. Over medium bodied with slick feel. Pretty good, I wonder where the gushing came from as there aren’t really any infected notes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildfruity (4) - Aylesbury, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016 does not count
I am not normally one for Christmas ales, they normally seem like a good excuse to add some masking spices to a second rate ale and make saleable, but St. Bernardus is an exception. Thoroughly enjoyable and without the sickly sweetness of many exceptionally strong ales. This is a well deserved excellent merry christmas ale. I can see why it is sold in small bottles, but reckon I could manage a 500cc one for an even more merry Christmas.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabuzzer (488) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2016
330ml bottle. Dark brown, cloudy, wirh a good off white head that stayed to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is yeast, alcohol, fruit and spices. Taste is bready, fruity, spicy, warming goodness. Excellent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (1552) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2016
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy dark brown, medium size tanned head, good lacing. Dried fruits aroma with caramelized sugar, booze, dark bread and bitter orange. Medium carbonated, alcohol-sweet and silky mouthfeel. Raisins and dark dried fruit in the taste, fruit cake, yeast, herbs, clove, bitter orange and banana. There are several flavors and the alcohol notes are always present and warming.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (135) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2016
What luxury! What pleasure could enjoy Christmas with a beer like this. Actually, the brewery St. Bernardus beers is capable of great quality to fully enjoy the festivities.


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