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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (246) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a 2-3" fluffy head. This beer is very similar to Abt 12, I can’t see or taste much difference between the two. Both very good beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
(Bottle 12/11-2011) Very large lasting light brown head, slightly unclear dark amber color, spicy Belgium yeast aroma, smooth taste, slight alcohol aftertaste. BB date 08.09.16, most likely bottled in 2011.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle....It pours hazy dark brown with a very large fluffy tan head..... the aroma is caramel, sweet malty, spices and dark fruit......the flavor is yeast spices, sweet malt, caramel.... spicy and alcohol finish.....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1365) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Glass. Pour is nice and bubbly. I got a voluminous head that filled the whole glass without a huge pour, haha. Nice and dark, like a burnt bread color with a off white head. Smelled of spices; yeasty with notes of ginger and clove. Some banana in the mix. Very pleasing. Tasted similar and malty with tons of spicy yeast flavors. Very appealing with well hidden alcohol. Warming and soothing to the core. Nice and drinkable. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a nice bubbly brown body, looks like fire (intense carbonation). Smells like dried fruits, grapes and malt. There is a slight hop presence in the flavor, but otherwise heavy malts and dark fruits with a nice mellow finish. The high alcohol is hidden very well in the dry finish with just a hint of cloves.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madslaursen (11) - - NOV 4, 2011
God helstøbt juleøl med lidt umami-smag. Bliver dog lidt for sød i længden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
750ml bottle, dark brown-amber color, with a thick bubbly beige head, yeasty, spicy, chocolatey dark dried fruit nose, of dates, raisins, figs, with a sweet toasted, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, brown sugar accent, with a faint lavender, rose flower petal, fruitcake note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth, yeasty, fruity, spicy, roasty, toasted, caramelized, bready, biscuity malt, chocolatey character, with some coriander, brown sugar, cookie dough, faint candied orange, tangerine peel, dried raisin, date, fig, plum flavours, with some light chocolate chip cookie, brandyish liquor notes, and a brown sugar, faint molasses undetone sweetness, leading towards a warming, yeasty, fruity, spicy, light chocolatey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12328) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Sampled from bottle at Scopeys 2nd East Croydon Beer tasting, thanks to Paul. Pretty clear amber color, small off-white head. Smell is just sweetness. Taste sweet, alcohol, red fruits. High carbo, medium to full body. Decent beer, but too much carbo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Nose is sweet malts, phenolics, and cinnamon with other holiday spices. Flavor is sweet complex malts and dark fruits. Dry with alcohol warmth in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4056) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Big bottle courtesy of Lynn. Huge fluffy head that sticks around forever. Belgian yeast, dough, syrup and spices. Taste is cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruit, coriander and sweet. Warm burn on the way down. Nice sipper - spices aren’t overdone. Sitting by the fire on a cold night brew.


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