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


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RATINGS: 1029   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinte (337) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with a huge, creamy, tan head, fully lasting with nice lacing. Moderate malty aroma (caramel) with notes of dark fruits, nuts, raisins and light spices. Moderate-to-heavy and nicely balanced bitter/sweet flavour. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation; light alcoholic warming in the finish. Very satisfactory!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1339) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle. Color red brown with large head. Aroma dried fruits, yeast, spicy. Taste caramel, fruits, alcohol, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1552) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Bottled. Pours cloudy brown with a small brown head. Smells candy malt, chocolate and some apricot. Tastes sweet candy malt, apricot and roasted malt with a similar finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - FEB 19, 2014
Poured from a. 750 ml bottle into a trappist glass. The color is brown with reddish tinge, aroma is light not overly spice laden, small head, some tang followed by sweetness and a residual spice finish with the warmth of the alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2148) - FINLAND - FEB 19, 2014
.75 bottle. Brown. Dark musty, plummy spicy cinnamon, dark bread, syrupy nose. Full bodied, soft, nice smooth mouthpfeel. Dark bread, some dark fruits, cinnamon, some clove. Really nice smooth xmas beer. Not overly spiced though, but well enough to make a difference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Light brown colour with a big tan head.
Aroma: Malt, spices, dark fruit, plum.
Body: Medium body, high carbonation.
Flavour: Dark fruit, spices, malt, caramel, plum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
For a Xmas ale it's good. Nice brew on a cold day. Doesn't have that warming feeling in the gut so it's pretty light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1519) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Cola colored pour with red-amber hues. Nose of soft toasted malt, plum, faint cherry, and spice. Flavor is plum, dark cherry, toasted malt, and powdery cocoa in the finish. Well-attenuated. Spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5714) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottled 750ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Dark brown coloured, big beige head, mild alcohol and spices in the nose. Moderate sweet malty, quite fruity and slight alcoholic with lots of spices and prunes. Also some alcohol in the finish. Really nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (148) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
75cl shared in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours (explodes) with a dark brown clear liquid and a huge white head that lasts. Unfortunately, for this beer my expectations far exceeded the experience. I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted to. The Christmas spices were all but non-existent to me and it tasted too much like an ABT to warrant the addition to the range. A very good beer marked down for the lack of specialness.

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