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

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RATINGS: 1236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uckelman (384) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
Dark, reddish-amber color, cloudy. Lots of carbonation. Slightly nutty flavor. Somewhat astringent on the finish, due to the high alcohol content.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2010
A murky brown beer with a nice lasting head. The aroma is fruity, alcohol, & malty. The taste is dried dark fruits, spicy, peppery hops, & a thick carbonated mouthfeel. Very smooth for 10% ABV that leaves a sheet of foam on the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Well lookee-here! Rating this brew only hours after Mr. Suds! Pours a nice semi dark amber colour. Not like a Saison at all. Spiciness is noticeable but colour- off. Aroma- on partially. Taste is fruity, again, bananna, tropical and grapefruity. Full. Well carbonated and very pleasent. Actually a totally enjoyable brew. Big suprise there! Not a typical saison, but a fantastic bier.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2010
750ml bottle
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a large creamy white head and lots of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Belgian yeast, fruits and bananaís
Taste: Yeast, bread, alcohol and fruits with a slightly spicy/bitter finish
A very good beer that I will sip on for awhile tonight and let it warm me up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2010
From bottle@RBNAG 2009, VatlandsvŚg. Hazy, amber brown. Mediumsized, dense beige head. Gently sweet, inviting aroma of refined malts, dried fruits, yeast and alcohol. Soft and creamy in the mouth, with fine fruits, rounded, caramelly malts, some mild spices, and pleasant alcohol warmth. Full body. Complex and balanced, very nice indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours brown with a beige head. Lots of extremely small, fine bubbles. The aroma is Belgian yeast as well as dark fruits and candi sugar. The taste pretty much follows the aroma, with lots of caramel malt. The overall flavor is pretty sweet and the alcohol is present and warming. Medium mouthfeel and highly carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4696) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malt flavor, ginger, caramel and nutty malt, perhaps some dark fruit esters. Nice xmas beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Shared by my father in law on Christmas Day. His favorite beer, and one of my favorite breweries. I love Bernardus Abt12 and this one is quite similar. Same appearance and palate. This has the usual Bernardus body with soft carbonation and great palate all around. Flavors are sweet with dark fruits and yeast followed up by some Christmas spices. Well done.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2010
2009 Bottle. A wonderful idea all around. Spice up St. Bernardus with Christmas spices. Iím giving them an extra point overall for the sweet freakiní bottling too. Strong Belgian ale in all its glory with more coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, and clove than you can shake a stick at. Slightly cloying, though thatís expected, this brew tastes wonderfully malty and festive. Great to drink with family and friends around the Christmas tree!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours hazy red with fluffy white head, aroma is cloves and fruity. Taste is cloves, banana, bread, and fruit that leads into a sugary finish with a bit of a spicy finish as well. A very decent holiday brew, from St Bernardus!


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