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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - 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 (1864) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Very very good, top level winter warmer. Not so far off a belgiam quad...dark with a little head, dark fruit all over, dry yeasty finish. Good to sip it, don’t drink cold, it’s better as it warms up.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5341) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Whole Foods, P St, DC 750ml ($13): Pours a brown color with a big beige head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and some mild malt. The yeast really stands out and gives it that unique aroma that only a few beers have, all of which are from Belgium. Taste is thick and complex. Mouth feel is almost gooey, and leaves a lot of stickiness in the mouth. There are notes of fruitiness, a bit of sugar, a mild, but strange, bitterness. It seems to me that the taste and aroma don’t exactly line up; I wish it did because I preferred the aroma. Alcohol presence is there, but in a nice way (in fact, I would go so far as to say that this beer has a unique alcohol taste). Quite good. This was a good reward for taking the LSAT today.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2011
A great seasonal. Brown with a medium body, off white head. An excellent seasonal spiked a generous dose of spices and orange peel. Bought in 2010 at Gomer’s in KC. Finally drank it in 2011.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10672) - 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 (7322) - 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!


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