RateBeer
overall
99
99
style
Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Watou, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Intens brown beer with a fantastic frothy beige head. Nose is rich, malty and has loads of complex hints of spices, Port wine, honey, raisin-bread and rich candy sugar. It has a complex rustic accent of wood ? and a fantastic touch of dried fruits such as plums and raisins. Typical for the Bernardus beers is the rich bready texture and the rich and silky mouthfeel. The slight hoppyness lifts it up in the long lasting finale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (797) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. brown with a ywellowish white head and a sweet an grassy aroma. The taste is very sweet with notes of sugar, soy sauce, ripe prunes, lots of hops, cinnamon, cherries and lots od molasses. The finish is tickling spicy. Very good, but not as good as some other St bernardus brews

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3198) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
This comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a thick pale tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and spicy, inviting a taste. Flavor does not disappoint - it is mainly hoppy with spicy overtones and a spicy, evergreen aftertaste. Texture is very smooth and cooling. An excellent winter brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap pours very dark brown with off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, fruit, and brown sugar. Has a light body. Flavor is a bite of cinnamon, cherry, prunes, apricot, dark brown sugar and molasses. The flavors linger into the finish. Overall a solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Poured on tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours deep dark semi opaque brown with crescent moon shaped off white head. The mild aroma has spices, brown sugar, cherries and apples. It is a little too light to really pick out all the aromatics, at least for me. The taste has an initial pulse of varied winter spices quickly followed by sweet malts and a touch of molasses. By midway the dark fruitiness over powers the other notes with prunes, red apples, a hint of cherry and apricot. It ends with lingering fruit sweetness, cinnamon and malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours a deep cloudy brown with red highlights. Towering rocky slow-to-settle head. Brown sugar and toffee and raisins and spice. Flavours of caramalized banana and toffee and spices. Slightly yeasty. Finish is warming but the alcohol remains discreet. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2008
750ml corked and caged shared by Kevin and ratman197. Thanks guys. Pours a semi cloudy, yeast was not settled, orange amber with a one inch head and nice retention throughout. Aromas of figs and other dark fruits, yeast, bread, and some spice. Flavors of dark fruits, figs, candi sugar, yeast, and some spices. Palate is bubbly and medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Dark amber brown, caramel, dark fruits, malty, candied sugar, little spice, little bready.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jwardell (23) - Newton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2008
On tap. Deep, sweet aroma. Sweet yet sharp taste that keeps getting sweeter towards the candy sugar aftertaste. Deep black appearance. Makes every other holiday brew jealous!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
750ml bottle from GM Liquors in my St Bernardus Watou glass. Nose very raisiny, plummy, with caramelly sweetness and clovey spiciness. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is sweet caramel, light alcohol warmth, lots of fruitiness, and a little peppery spiciness. Finish is fruity, spicy, and lightly sweet with a mild warmth.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 71 72 73  74  75 76 77 » 102


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50