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

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RATINGS: 1397   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10359) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Coriander and malt aroma. Medium brown color with big head. Sweet coriander malt flavor with a moderate alcohol finish. Very nice - really like the witbier characteristics.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yackery (165) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draught taster. No head or lacing. Body is hazy brown. Aroma is banana candy. Taste is sweet and salty. Palate is full and lively but less than abrasive. Not my style but good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Wow this is a winner right here. Aroma is full of heavy Belgian spice. Pours a dark brown with a prominent off white foam. Smells like spice and rye bread. Flavors are clovey spice, fresh bread, and a dash of dark fruits. Fairly carbonated, this drinks a quad-lite, though it weighs in at a mighty ten percent. This is dangerously easy to drink and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (6929) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Tap @ Vine St. Slightly hazy burnt copper with a nice foamy off-white head. Nice aroma of dark malty Christmas spices, burnt caramel, and honey. Nice full beautiful flavor of caramel malt, cherry, cinnamon, dark earthiness, dark tones of belgian fruit, a fair bit of raisins, and a yeasty fruity finish. Outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014
75 cl bottle @ home, BBE 17.09.2015
Pours a big, cloudy head, dark red amber colour. Nice aroma with belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits, orange peel and some spices. Flavour feels like an aged belgian ale with yeast, orange peel, apricot and hints of spices. Dry finish with non-disturbing alcohol. Foamy palate with a bit too much CO2. Becomes a bit too sweet and sticky towards the end of the glass. However, nice and warming christmas beer!

75 cl bottle @ Nurmo, BBE 17.09.2015
Quite intensive and malty – but a bit harsh. Seems that aging did not bring anything extra to this one. Harsh score estimate: 3.6

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (812) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle at Thanksgiving. Pours a ruby brown with lots of head that fades. Nose is corn sugar, cherries, bread and yeast. First sip is fresh malty flavors with yeasty honey flavors. Finish is sweet with somewhat tartness.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
artiesattic (11) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2011
more carbonation then I like,best severed at 57 degrees,smooth delicious ale,pours dark with delicious palate,

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1159) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Poured a very dark chocolate color with a large foamy off-white head. Lost of yeast and fruit in the aroma. Raisins and plums with some alcohol too. The yeast also has a slightly banana note. Taste is fruity and sweet with caramel and spices. Quite carbonated. Finish is fruity with some veggies and more caramel. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Overall very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle pours dark chocolate brown with generous off-white head. Aroma dark fruits, malts and spices. Taste dark fruits and candi sugar, vanilla, spices. Palate full, moderate carbonation. Finish brief with slight hops. Alcohol well disguised.

Another hit for St Bernardus. Reminded me of the Abt 12 in a good way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
bottled. pours dark mahogany with a huge off white head. aromas of cherry, raisin, yeast and caramel. flavors of caramel and dark pit fruit. moderately sweet. full bodied with a creamy smooth mouth feel. relatively lively, with a lasting feel of overripe cherry on the tongue. pretty good beer.


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