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


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RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours cloudy brown with a big offwhite head, laces the glass. Smells sweet and slightly fruity with yeast, etc. Tastes the same, sweet and caramelly with lots of yeast character and fruity sweetness. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2010
75 cl bottle. HAzy brown/red with big tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5898) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
A true gusher during the pour. Dark brown and cloudy. A big funky looking light tan head leaves thick lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus and passion fruit with a bit of Fall spices. Flavor is dark fruit, yeast, alcohol, and bread. Feel is smooth. My only disappointment is not tasting any spice. Still, this was an excellent beer from a brewer that knows how to brew great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours dark reddish brown. Aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Flavour is sweet, though not too overburdening - with elements of figs / dates and burnt caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Dark Brown in color with a rocky head, Sweet Candied Pecans and Malts in the nose. Flavor is not as sweet as expected, but still sweet... then a little hops shows up. Very complex, and fairly long in the after taste. Great Mouthfeel!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Almost a clear brown/red brew with a tall off-white head. Scent is strong over ripe fruit. Taste is malty, fruity and bready. Not as sweet as I feared.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Murky brown with a thin khaki collar, he eventually settles under a paper-thin film which lingers throughout most of our tasting session. Bready and rich comes to mind upon putting my nose deep into his, so deep that when I come back up for air a droplet of Christmas dangles from the tip of mine. Pureed prunes, dates, and raisins settle into a rich sauce of caramelized sugars, brown especially, while his dark fruit presence weighs heavy upon my heart. I have a suspicion that my St. Bernardus Christmas is going to make up for the other’s lighter disposition in spades. Full-bodied and uber-creamy, I revel in the first of many slow and steady sups. Spice teases the back of my throat while warmth immediately starts her slow crawl through my chest. Heavy and dark sweet breads abound while all those wonderful dark fruits now find themselves getting happily drunk in a vat of aged rum. A hint of candied fruit and candied sugar sweetness pokes her head from under the dark delights, but she doesn’t last long which is fine and dandy with me. Quaff and repeat, I slowly savor his powerfully balanced palate of decadent Christmas delights. I wasn’t lounging with a snifter in front of a fireplace, but that sounds just about right.

St. Bernardus is an easy buy. You can never go wrong. All their beers are quite literally fanfreakingtastic. From the fluffy spiced Wit to the ageable Abt. 12 to a chewy holiday treat like their Christmas Ale, St. Bernardus is truly blessed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
holdan (260) - USA - NOV 4, 2010
Dark with nice head. Aroma malt, yeast, metallic. Taste sweet malt, yeast, christmas spices, some bitterness. Alcohol notable. Medium body, text thick. Not comparable to St B 8 or 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2389) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy color; Aroma of sweet malt, some yeast, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (notably plums & apples), caramel, raisons, and cinnamon; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, really good seasonal brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abio (1817) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle shared with Hans. Very dark brown, like black. A big beige head that holds nice and sticks nice. Smell is sweet; dark fruits, caramel, very spiced. Very sweet taste, some nuts, fruity, candy. A bit to sweet at some point. Warming alcohol, really a beer for the winternights. Nice brew.

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