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

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RATINGS: 1397   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2619) - 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 (3005) - 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 (5548) - 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 (840) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (252) - 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 (1372) - 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.


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