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


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RATINGS: 1256   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2010
Bottle, 75cl corked, at RBNAG -09. Courtesy of Beer2000. It’s a hazy, copper beer topped by an off-white head. Cellar, dried fruits, prunes mostly, and some caramel sweetness on the nose. The flavor has dried fruits, cellar, some caramel, and sweetness. Full-bodied and warming, finishing with a nice bitterness. A quite lovely beer, but nothing special about it. 091107

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11928) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 750ml cage & corked, from Ghent. Dark Brown with mid beige head. Another great beer from this Brewery, rich, fruity silky, smooth and silky. Loved just luxuriating in its spiciness that doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeinfl (5) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010 does not count
This is, quite possibly, the best beer ever created. Smells delicious, tastes like Christmas. I need to find a way to be able to buy it year-round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7254) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
most of my bottle went to my girl for the night, ana... nice appearance, good belgian aroma.. wow, such a great flavour...a winner in all words.. so close..so very very close ...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - MAR 4, 2010
un color rame con bel cappello di spessore bianco e persistente .. L’aroma è molto Potente. molto distinto il malto il Caramello e le spezie. Abbastanza Luppolata L’alcol è incredibilmente forte ma Ciò non Rende questa birra imbevibile, anzi ....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2635) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Awesome stuff, on tap at McGregor’s, didn’t ask the bartender, but I guess I believe Zach that it is 2008 vintage. Thin glass, orange appearance, slight haze, thick head, heavy lacing. Oranges and spices in the palate, and spicy. I didn’t detect a lot in the nose, might be it was shot from the prior beer. Syrupy mouthfeel, I thought the alcohol was disguised nice. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zymurgeist2 (1413) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Hazy copper color with a taupe head. Nice spice on the aroma, but not as much as i would like for a Christmas ale. This has a full mouthfeel that coats the palate and follows through with nice all-spice. Full flavor but not well balanced. I was surprised I did not like this - perhaps I should retry in in December instead of late February!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3959) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
(draft @ MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY - 2008 vintage) Muddy copper with a thick tan head. Aroma is very potent. Fruity and caramelly with lots of malt and spice. A lot of alcohol present. Flavor begins with dark fruits and spice that mix with a heavy caramel and yeast middle. No hops present. Just likes of fruit and malt. Alcohol is incredibly strong for an almost two-year old beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
750 ml bottle on unknown vintage shared via Piscator34- pours with a decent ruby mahogony clarity with a frothy head. Nose- all spice and candi sugar. Taste- well balanced spicing of cloves, some cinammon. Quite sweet initially then dries quickly on the finish. Slightly boozy not bad for a 10% beer. A nice winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottled sample, consumed with oakbluff. Dark red in colour with strong carbonation.Aromas are of berry fruit, coriander, juniper berries, other spices, and pale malts. Well balanced in the mouth between the spice, fruity yeast, and malt elements. Fairly light bodied considering the alcohol content, but that just makes it all the more drinkable. An enjoyable holiday brew, but nothing too mind blowing.

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