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

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RATINGS: 1235   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pecan (49) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Pours a dark chestnut brown that you can barely see through. Frothy white head substantial and dissipates in just a bit of time. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and some spices. Initial taste of sweet malts and spices subsides to the taste of brown sugar and dry fruits. Fruit taste carries the finish to a delicious ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
bottle. Pours a dark brown with a big, tan head and great lacing. Nose is of yeast, funk and spice. Somewhat saison-like. Taste is more quad-like, with raisins and dark fruit, along with some spice. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, dry and carbonated, with slight alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Mahogany with a large, foamy beige head that tries to escape the glass. Yeasty nose to the point of musk, also rich malt leaning towards Westy 8. Apple and brown sugar are additional aromas. The flavor continues the malt, fruit, and candi sugar. This review sucks, but this beer is great. Think Abt 12 with malt and fruit covering the alcohol and filling in the formulaic gaps that shows so noticeably in St. Bernardus’ flagship.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3740) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2009
Drought. Pours a clear dark ruby red, with a small creamy white head. Faint spicy fruity aroma. Sweet taste of bread, spice, fruit, slightly bittersweet finish. Well balanced. Long decent bittersweet finish. Great palate

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4980) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2009
650 ml bottle sampled@RBNAG 2009, Vatlandsvåg. Hazy dark orange body with a fine beige head. Mild aroma of sweet fruit and yeast. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit, some acid, spices, yeast and brown sugar. A very nice Belgium beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4542) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Draft at High Street Grill. Poured a dark brown with an average size frothy light beige head. Aroma is loaded with yeast and fruit notes. I was suprised that this was more of a sweet tropical fruit note then the usual dark fruits that are associated with most of the dark Belgians I have tried lately. Flavor is great with lots of fruit and yeast, strong dark malts and just the tiniest trace of alcohol. This was one nicely done Belgian Strong Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bontus (675) - Flanders, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2009
Draught @ Den Toogoloog. Pours dark brown, floating creamy island of foam in the middle. Sweet candy nose, some spices but not outspoken. Strong malty aroma’s, well balanced. Very drinkable, ABV very well hidden. Not better than the abt, but still rather good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanEric (1108) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle @ Mitra Meppel. Red brown, thick dense head, beige-coloured. IN nose it’s fruity and malty. Full bodied taste, hoppy and fruity, with hints of berries and cassislike juices.Long finish, jammie!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5239) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2009
75cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Clear reddish brown colour, huge dense and fluffy light beige head. Aroma of some christmas spices like cinnamon and cloves, but they are a bit stale and papery already, dark fruits and lots of malts. Flavour is malty, sweet, dark fruits, spices emerge in the light bittersweet finish. Not as fullbodied as the Abt, still medium to fullbodied. Very nice Christmas beer though, and very glad to finally have tried it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2009
750->Trappist: Pours a medium, rocky, diminishing, off-white head atop a dark brown body. Good amounts of carbonation initially. Aroma of clove, gingerbread, and brown sugar. Body is medium, taste duration is medium. Moderately sweet and finishes with an creamy mouthfeel. A truly wonderful wintertime beer.


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