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

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 18, 2014
Argh, I should’ve waited and tried to score the 1000th rating. 990 will do though. Huge thanks to Ogi for getting this! Poured a misty brown-amber body, almost a gusher, slightly off white head. Complex fruity and malty aroma, apricots/peaches, apples, slightly dusty, slightly sweet, overall lovely. Taste.... sweet, malty, light bubblegum, full taste supported by a light tartness - and supported well! Some banana too and very, very light mint. Another damn nice beer from this brewery, tasty, complex, drinkable - a winner!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3113) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Prawdziwe arcydzielo. Kolejny raz jestem zadowolony z jakosci i smaku piw z tego browaru. Wyglad ideal. Wspaniala wielka puszystsa i trwala piana zapach typowo swiateczny, gozdziki, cynamon troche sliwek i zwlaszcza daktyle. W smaku truflowo sliwkowe, jakby babcine powidla z dodatkiem niewielkiej ilosci cukru. Kolor intensywnie ciemno brazowy. No a metnosc na super poziomie, spora i oblepiajaca dno butelki 0,75cl. Korek zagrzmial glosno, dymek spory poszedl no i spore wysyceie jak to w dobrych belgijskich ale. Nic tylko polecac na swieta zwlaszcza.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
A decent drink. A little too bubble gum sweet for me. Disappointed really. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (667) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a very very dark brown with a white head. Yeasty smell with a hint of sweetness. Nicely spiced taste with nice amounts of alcohol.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (1217) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2014
The aroma of yeast and alcohol. Rich, fruity, very yeast and a lot of alcohol taste. The aftertaste is left long in the upper part of the mouth. No beer for me. But okay to drink. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (1866) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
750ml bottle. A nice rich belgian ale. Some fruity flavours, roasty, deep sweet ones. Caramel and spicy aromas. Pours dark copper, hazy, with frothy tan head. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (1977) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2014
Dark reddish brown with a thick tan head. Malty and spicy tones. Malt, spices, fruit and caramel. Full body with a balanced, warming finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (253) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark brown body, with big, stable, creamy, white head. Complex, sweet aroma of yeast, bubblegum, banana, dark fruits, marzipan, christmas spices, some roastyness. Taste with generelly the same aromas, also very complex and sweet, with a more present raisin. Full creamy mouthfeel, with a strong carbonation and a sweet, slightly sour and alcohol warming finish. Tasty! Although there is a lot of sweetness, it’s still greatly balanced, complex and releases more and more aromas the warmer it gets. Great winter beer!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (381) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2014
Flasche (75 cl, 1 Jahr gelagert). - Tiefes Rotbraun. Der Antrunk ist für ein Bier dieser Stärke unerwartet schlank und keß fruchtig, mit gutem Röstmalz und süßsaurer Fruchtigkeit; Noten von Lakritz. Samtiges Mundgefühl, etwas zu rezent. Deutlich hervortretende Gewürze, die an Lebkuchen erinnern. Der hohe Alkoholanteil ist harmonisch eingebunden. Im Abgang krautige Gewürznote, leicht kühlend-mentholartig (Anis?); nur leichte holzige Bittere. - Für meinen Geschmack etwas zu stark gewürztes Weihnachtsbier. Die anderen St.-Bernardus-Biere gefallen mir besser.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1073) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Sweet cloying malt heavy flavor, with cherries and bubblegum. Lots of carbonation. Some cinnamon and hints other Holidays-esque spices. Fluffy eggshell foam with murky brown color to liquid. ABV is evident and leaves a nice warmth as an aftertaste.


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