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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1403   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Deep plum pour thin off white bubbly beige head sticky striped lacing .... aroma of dark fruits plums, figs .... taste is of dark fruits (plums and figs) with some spices and caramel malts that flows into the backbone .... mouthfeel is soft and very fresh ..... only slight warming in the finish but abv is hidden well .... amazing brew nice to see it on tap

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Draught at Churchkey. Deep mahogany pour. Prevalent notes are of cider, plum, fig, apple skin and fruit, and beautiful sweet bosc pear. Rich, decadent mouthfeel, but it still goes down quite smoothly. Absolutely luscious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2594) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Hazy reddish-brown with a small beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of figs, raisins, other sweet fruits, caramel, candy, spice and yeast. The flavor is sweet fruit and malts, with a bit of spice and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Full bodied with low carbonation and a very mild dryness to the finish. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2011
On the First Day of Christmas 2011 the beer gods gave to me... This special Christmas Ale. Pours a brownish dark red color with a super thick creamy off white foam head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and spice. A creamy velvety caramel taste with spice, dark fruit, and perhaps a hint of chocolate on the finish. Perfect body, perfect finish. Damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2011
cork popped off immediately after undoing metal casing. hope Im not dealing with skunked beer... pours hazy, cranberry, dark brown, huge tan, fluffy three finger head in my Duvel glass. nose- fermented cherries, esters, cola, Belgian yeast, caramel malts. through taste- yeast, vanilla, fermented cherries, spice and a bit of a cream soda aftertaste. slightly dry and medium finish. a fireside beer for sure. nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2738) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
On draft at Issacs. Thick, dark brown pour with aromas of cinnamon, belgian spice, bread and rye. Flavors match the aroma , but with a clove and dark fruit finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3378) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap at the District. Murky chocolate pour with an off white head. Caramel malt and chocolate aromas. Malty with light chocolate and dark fruit notes..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9276) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2011
75 cl bottle. BBE 17.09.2015
Pours murky red-brown colour with medium head. Aroma of strong spices, lots of berries, ripe and dried fruits, belgian yeast, caramel malts and mild plum notes. Flavour of spices, caramel malts, yeast, cherries, ripe fruits, earth, mild berries and distant toffee notes. A bit disappointing but still decent christmas beer.
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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Poured into tulip at Uber in Seattle. Appears dark hazel with very little head. Nice lacing. Aroma seemed a bit weak. Slightly malty, and a small fruit aroma. Very subtle. Taste was a bit bitter with a small alcohol burn. Somewhat complex, but nothing really stood out. Palate was a bit grainy with little carbonation. Not sure what was going on with this, but I wasnt all that impressed...


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