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


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RATINGS: 1267   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is very nice, doughy and yeasty, rich and fruity too, plums, booze, caramel, toffee, all sorts of good stuff. Marzipan. Taste is rich, delicious, fruity and yeasty. Can’t see much difference from the regular 12, but I haven’t had that for a while. Although maybe this is a bit fruitier. Imagined it would be spicier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (396) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
Dark brown with frothy head. A: red pepper, boozy cherry aroma, generic plum/chocolate mix. T: christmas cake, red peppers, mixed with regular sb12. D: peppery, slightly boozy development with anise hints at the end. Aftertaste: bit peppery as well. I like the sb12 better, it has a deep sweet sensation that im missing here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of banana, candy, caramel, banana candy, those yellow banana sweets. Sweet flavour, caramel, light bitter, apple and banana. Sweet finish, apple brandy, strong banana sweets.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
xpndbl (2) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Houterig . In de nasmaak metalig . wel bekende volmondige smaak . Rook ervaar ik ook in de mond .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (1121) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown, a little hazy with minimal tan head. In aroma very complex, malty, caramel and toast, bread, dried fruits. In taste strong malty base, sweet, caramel, dired fruits with low mint finish. Medium bitter, full bodied, soft carbonation, alcohol present in good way. Very good quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
750 ml bottle. I can’t remember where I got this...
Cloudy dark red colour with a small off-white head. Fruity, cherry, tart, sourish and mild metal notes in the aroma. Lambic-ky. The flavour is sweetness, syrup, malt, alcohol and mild dry fruits. The lambic notes in the aroma makes this quite fresh. The flavour could have more of those elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
Sweet earthy and fruity aromas come from this deep red and hazy brew with a beige head. Full bodied malty sweet crisp with a ton of tiny carb bubbles. This is an abbey and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (2239) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
Mørk brunorange tåkete med høyt beige skum. Mørke frukter, svisker, gjær og karamell. Mest fruktig søtsmak, markert sviske, toast og noe brent karamellburterhet. Krydderier. Fyldig. Litt salt i avslutningen. Mye kullsyre

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Overflowed a bit when I opened it. Pours a hazy darker brown color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some hints of bread to it as well as some candied figs. Taste is slightly sweet and has some dark fruits coming through. OK, but not really my sort of thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
6.12.2014. Dark brown beer. Spicy aroma with plums, dark fruits. Taste is quite intense, dark fruits. Tasty.

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