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

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RATINGS: 1391   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.


4.1
   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 (1155) - 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 (777) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours dark brown with a large rootbeer float looking head. Rich aroma and flavor of malt, vanilla, clove and dark fruit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2884) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served with a smallish, cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber. Aroma is super malty, vineous, yeast, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor’s very similar to nose with toffee, caramel, malt, yeast, carbonic tang all in the fore! Body and carbonation are faultless. Finish is malt, carmel, toffee and a touch of fruit while of average length. Luscious beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5434) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Effervescent yeast as well as a mix of citrus and dark fruit in the aroma. The flavor is a mix of dark fruit (raisins, plums, etc.) with a good maltiness and not too dominated by the alcohol. A great BSA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (823) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Nice dried fruit and nutty malt aroma profile. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth on the palate with just a touch of sweetness. Alcohol is well-concealed. Overall a rich, well made beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AD_debushatta (11) - - NOV 16, 2011
Nød denne øl i selskab med Camilla og Mads en hyggelig fredag aften, hvor vi virkelig (øl)nørdede igennem.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours very dark, with a way too much carbonation, so that the initial pour is all head. A slow pour yields an overcarbonated glass. Aroma is big, with vanilla and figs, and hint of spice. Flavor is more spicey, with sweat fig and raisin. This bottle finished with a slightly odd off taste, maybe cardboard, which is a negative. Overall, this is a nice beer, although I don’t know that it stands out from this brewers really great regular brews. I could see buying a bottle a year and storing one, but otherwise I’ll probably pass on this.


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