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

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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2976) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
750ml brown bottle, corked. BBD 06/08/12, purchased before Xmas ’08 I believe. A bit of a gusher when opened. It poured dark reddish brown with lots of small white yeast floaties. Small tan head flecked with dark brown yeast. Nose has cherry like fruitiness and sweetness. Flavour is of chocolate malts, light spicy yeast character, hints of cherries. Light alcohol notes, some warming. Choolately aftertaste. Medium bodied, tingling persistent carbonation. Sometimes you need Xmas in July.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Tasted just like abt 12 but with a bigger candi sugar and spice profile. i like the regular one more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
scooped this up at tops. consumed 3/19/10. there’s some stuff floating around in the rich auburn colored pour. it is capped by a wispy tannish off white head. it has a bunch of warm cooking spices on the nose... cinnamon , clove, caramelized brown sugar, skunky noble hops, bubblegum, a little yeast, malt and dark dried fruits. the palate is super malty yet remains bone dry. the flavor is much like the aroma... it develops yeasty richness and warming spicy alcohol as it warms. the body seems much thinner due to the crisp texture, prickly mouth feel and dryness. it definitely doesn’t feel like 10.5%! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
In my humble opinion, St. Bernardus does nothing but make great beers. Every style they make is superb. I’m hoping their Christmas beer meets the same standards. Murky brown in the glass with just a hint of a wispy brown head. Licorice and dark fruit aromas and mulling spices. Rich dark fruit and bready dark malt. Some warming alcohol and anise. Very thick and malty, lots of black currant and ripe plum, More licorice in the finish and aftertaste. Yummy! Great stuff. I need to get some more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Murky medium chocolate in appearance. Lotsa floaties. Flavor crystals. Good head that dissipates with decent lacing. Overripe orchard and rainwater with some caramel and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel on the smooth side. Taste is similar to nose, very clean with spicy caramel and candy, then... just a hint of that alcohol comes through, which to me, may be the only Christmasy thing to come through in this brew. Is it awesome? Yes. Is it Belgian? Yes, an overwhelming Yes, it might be the prototypical Belgian with it’s characteristics. Still I wonder if there was a need for this beer from this brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2418) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is yeast, candy sugar and notes of alcohol. Flavor is also yeast, caramel and alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2010
Bottle at RBNAG-2009. Copper colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cellar, dried fruits, caramel. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, cellar, dried fruits, caramel, yeast. Full bodied nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2010
Bottle, 75cl corked, at RBNAG -09. Courtesy of Beer2000. It’s a hazy, copper beer topped by an off-white head. Cellar, dried fruits, prunes mostly, and some caramel sweetness on the nose. The flavor has dried fruits, cellar, some caramel, and sweetness. Full-bodied and warming, finishing with a nice bitterness. A quite lovely beer, but nothing special about it. 091107

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11489) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 750ml cage & corked, from Ghent. Dark Brown with mid beige head. Another great beer from this Brewery, rich, fruity silky, smooth and silky. Loved just luxuriating in its spiciness that doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Good stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeinfl (5) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010 does not count
This is, quite possibly, the best beer ever created. Smells delicious, tastes like Christmas. I need to find a way to be able to buy it year-round.


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