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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1400   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2544) - 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 I’m 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 (2724) - 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 (3329) - 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 (9188) - 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 wasn’t all that impressed...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3624) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
750 ml. bottle shared at a monthly tasting. Poured to a sampler with a brown/amber color, bountiful, off white/light cream head foam, and silky waves of lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of fruits, notably banana, with orange zest, spice, and soft malt. The flavor was caramelly sweet, but not cloying, with some light tartness, and definite alcohol warmth. Medium+ bodied, and a nice dose of holiday cheer!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1854) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2011
75cl bottle at home. Cloudy cokebrown with medium head. Smell is overripe fruit and blackberries. Taste overripe fruit, cherry, some licorice and spices. Tastes very winterish. Good carbonation, pretty firm body. Nice winterbeer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours a honey brown color with a huge head. Aroma of malts, caramel and some fruits. It has a full abbey flavor going. Honey and apricots are the most noticeable. It has a richness to it and leaves me wanting it to be more rich. Smooth finish.


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