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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (987) - SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Clear, red-brown ale with a thick foamy head. Spicy, fruity, slightly yeasty aroma. Lively on the tongue. Fruit is ever so slightly sour in the taste and there’s a bit of a bready quality to it as well. It doesn’t taste as strong as the ABV, and it’s rich and fruity. Dangerous but perfect for a seasonal winter beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (832) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle at home. Dark brown colour, foamy beige head. Sweet, roasted malty nose and taste, caramel, spices, liquorice, anise, dried fruits, pear, alcoholic warmth, even vinous/glühwein. Nicely winter-ish. Finish is sweet and spicy, lingers nicely. Lively carbonation, good body. Not exactly my style, but well executed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelM (167) - Málaga, Andalusia, SPAIN - JAN 3, 2016
La cerveza es brutal. Sabor magnífico y especiado. Casi mejor que la 12 si es que es posible.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hednom (139) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle 33 cl, pours a deep Brown colour with a beige head, Sweet aroma, caramel, medium Sweet taste

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (940) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2016
75cl. bottle at home (and at a bar a couple of days ago). Pours a deep red colour with a large foamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit and spices. Taste is of malt, caramel, spices and lots of fruity flavours. Full body and lively and high carbonation. Long caramel and fruit finish along with alcohol. Pretty good and sweet...but for some reason not as sweet as the one I had a bar a couple of days ago. Perhaps brewed different years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (1761) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle at home - Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: caramel and candy brown sugar domination. Caramel malt and spicy notes as anise and licorice. High alcohol feeling. Taste: full body with caramel malt and caramel brown sugar. Really sweet domination and sweet candied fruits. Anise and licorice notes. Good attenuation. Robust belgian ale. Aftertaste: caramel and alcohol finish. Candied fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (1087) - Airvault, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling clear dark black-brown beer to brown red at the bottom of my chalice glass ; medium beige head ; medium retention. Roast, toast, spice (clove), prune, pear, herb, alcohol, acid note. Light to medium sweet, light to medium dry bitter ; light warming background. Medium good body, medium texture and average carbonation, spicy warming lasting finish, light dry. Overall, a pleasant belgian strong ale ; powerful, but rough around the edges ; lack of elegance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (762) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle at home. Malty, toast, caramel, banana, raisins and christmasy spice. Lovely winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
venom666 (769) - Elche, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2016
Deep dark mahogany color with huge beige head. Sweet aroma, malty, yeasty, spicy, some esters, apple and pear. Light to medium body, rich carbonation. Taste follows the aroma, apple, pear, esters, yeast, dark fruits, almonds, spices and sweet malts are very present, with a smooth finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2240) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Large bottle, Ann Arbor, MI via Costco. Happy New Year. Opaque brown, thick frothy head. Aroma of prune, molasses, spice, faint metal. Sweet, smooth, very little alcohol. Initial bright sweetness gives way to a long, bitter herbal spice finish. Great.


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