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


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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franksv6 (698) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
Unclear black beer with a white head, medium carbonation.Taste is fruity, raisins, herbs, caramel, medium sweetnes and some good slcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2015
Bouteille: Cloudy, deep ruby-amber coloured, very stable creamy off-white head; rather "unsweet" port-vinous and caramelly nose, several dried fruits - as expected - included, delicate traces of wood as well; moderate to solid sweet and also bitter flavour, full bodied, what else; lingering fruity-woody and caramelly finish. Complex and well balanced…

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
75 bottle from LCBO. %10 alc./vol. Pours an opaque brown colour with two finger of lasting head. Aroma of cherries, plums, and dark fruits. Taste matches the aroma with some Belgian yeast notes and finishes dry and hoppy. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duganc (20) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2015
I started buying and holding for 12 months before enjoying. This is my 3rd(4th) year doing so. It ages well. Good lacing and down to a small head after 15 mins in glass. Sweet yeasty candy nose with a long finish. Dark Amber appearance but with a nice clarity to it. Always pleased with this ale. Merry Christmas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (487) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of candi sugar, dried cherries, and caramel. Flavors were full-on sugary estery cherry cough drop magic. Mouthfeel was ultra velvet, almost creamy/foamy. Well-carbonated (came from a 750ml bottle under some high pressure). Reasonably dry finish. Alcohol barely noticeable. Really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JimmyBoy74 (493) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
75 cl systembolaget. En riktig goding som dracks till årets julbord. Kul med nya belgiska bekantskaper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drmet (615) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2015
L: -pours a cloudy brown with ruby tinges and a big,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head S: -plums,raisins,figs,spices,fruitcake,van the nose plus caramel and herbs F: -high carbonation -medium to full body -alcohol noticeable O: Very good Christmas Ale of the fruity variety.However theres quite a few better Belgian ones (Delirium Noel,N’ice Chouffe,Kasteel Winter)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (245) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2015
L: pours a dark burgundy, with a huge beige head of foam. S: a big bright aroma of Belgian yeast and packed with dark fruit. Like a Christmas fruitcake, very appetising. T: doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but follows it flavour-wise. Drinks a bit more like a triple to me, bright yeast esters, noticeable alcohol, fruity notes. F: the mouthfeel is medium-full, very creamy and spritzy at the same time. O: it doesn’t match the Abt, but made for a great bottle with Christmas lunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonBlok (101) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Pours chestnut brown with big beige head. Aroma: caramel, butterscotch, banana, red fruits. Taste: high sweetness with low to medium bitterness. Notes of banana and allspice. Texture is oily. Carbobation is lively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bikbo (49) - - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma a alcohol, hierbas. Color marrón, espuma poco abundante. Sabor a caramelo, lúpulo, ligero toque a frutos rojos.

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