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


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RATINGS: 1259   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2390) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle.Pours copper brown with a big fluffy off-white head.Aroma of spice , yeast, dried raisins and wheat with some notes of bubblegum,caramel and sugar.Flavor is sweet an malty with some notes of yellow apples and spice.Dry finish,medium body,lively carbonation.Very nice and complex Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4047) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Dark, cloudy, rich amber color. Small off-white head. Cheese, cracker, and salami aroma. Overly sweet taste. Background, belgian yeast flavor. Tart and dry finish, burns the back of the throat a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4900) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle, served at the brewery from a batch meant for shipping to the U.S. :-) Pours a dark brown body with a big tan head. Aroma is dark malts, figs, raisins and hints of ginger. Pretty Christmasy. Taste is similar, with lots of dried fruits and also clove and peppery notes coming in along the way. Deliciously complex, with a good balance of spices. A bit immature perhaps; some young yeasty tones indicate that a few month’s more storage could be beneficial. Those opening this for Christmas - or next Christmas - should have a bountiful holiday ale; full bodied and matured. Still, this is pretty freakin’ good; another classic from St. Bernandus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Dark concord grape, prune and fig dusted with cinnamon. Sugar plums. Robust velvety chestnut in the glass with a creamy tan head. Woodsy and heavy with a persistent raw alcohol sting coupled with more fig and dried dark fruit. Gets more sharp in alcohol in the finish, more harsh than I recall in the past.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3070) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
750ml brown bottle, corked. BBD 06/08/12, purchased before Xmas ’08 I believe. A bit of a gusher when opened. It poured dark reddish brown with lots of small white yeast floaties. Small tan head flecked with dark brown yeast. Nose has cherry like fruitiness and sweetness. Flavour is of chocolate malts, light spicy yeast character, hints of cherries. Light alcohol notes, some warming. Choolately aftertaste. Medium bodied, tingling persistent carbonation. Sometimes you need Xmas in July.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Tasted just like abt 12 but with a bigger candi sugar and spice profile. i like the regular one more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
scooped this up at tops. consumed 3/19/10. there’s some stuff floating around in the rich auburn colored pour. it is capped by a wispy tannish off white head. it has a bunch of warm cooking spices on the nose... cinnamon , clove, caramelized brown sugar, skunky noble hops, bubblegum, a little yeast, malt and dark dried fruits. the palate is super malty yet remains bone dry. the flavor is much like the aroma... it develops yeasty richness and warming spicy alcohol as it warms. the body seems much thinner due to the crisp texture, prickly mouth feel and dryness. it definitely doesn’t feel like 10.5%! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
In my humble opinion, St. Bernardus does nothing but make great beers. Every style they make is superb. I’m hoping their Christmas beer meets the same standards. Murky brown in the glass with just a hint of a wispy brown head. Licorice and dark fruit aromas and mulling spices. Rich dark fruit and bready dark malt. Some warming alcohol and anise. Very thick and malty, lots of black currant and ripe plum, More licorice in the finish and aftertaste. Yummy! Great stuff. I need to get some more.

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