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

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Intense nose of apples, a touch of musty spice, banana bread, cider, apple pie filling...pretty damn apple-like. Cloudy orange-tainted chestnut with lacey tan head. Malty and apple-like flavors, somewhat boozy yet effervescent...Yeasty backdrop gets somewhat thick and the malts stay adequately if not maybe just a small touch too sweet. I dig it but thought it was slightly too hot, slightly too sweet, and slightly too yeasty...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at Capone’s. Pours out a dark/cloudy brown with a small lacing off white head. Aroma is of cherries, spice and some other sweet notes. Taste is complex with a nice balance of flavor. Fig, raisin, cherries and some other sweet notes mix together and finish off with a slightly bitter/alcoholic finish. Once again, well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Poured a muddy opaque brown color with a finger’s worth of off white head. Aroma was malt and dark fruit, maybe a little cherry? Flavor was more of the same. Very malty, and almost a touch of something sharp. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Dark brown color and a nice lofty cream head. Aroma is thick and bready, hits of gentle spice and plum notes. Flavor is chewy with the malt, and a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar. Palate is pretty smooth, nothing overly exciting, but very drinkable. The bitterness hits right after the initial flavoring, so its easy on the senses all the way around.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maverick34 (2184) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
.75L bottle. Pours a dark dark brown with a copious and pervasive head. Aroma is spicy raisins...Taste is malts with a bit of hops bitterness. Well done as usual from St. Bernard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft. Pours chocolate brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is dark fruits and spices, and has an almost whiskey-like sweetness to it. The body is very smooth and the flavor touches on raisin and plum sweetness, before yielding to toasty, spicy, and earthy notes. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Tasting at Brewtopia and a tap pour at Brother Tuckers. Reddish Amber pour. Tan head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with some notes of caramel and wood. Taste is of dark dried fruits, caramel, candy sugar and it finishes with a tiny twinge of tartness. Very nice holiday brew. This one would be great in cold weather!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2008
bottle - Pours dark amber with a huge, fluffy tan head. It smells of caramel malt, holiday spices, and some yeast. It tastes of malt, dark fruit, and spice. The finish is on the dry side with spreading alcohol warmth and lingering spices that really fit the cold months and the holiday season. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
On tap at Redlight. Slightly cloudy ruddy brown color with a small circle of soapy white head. Sweet Belgian malts and caramel aroma with spices and mild yeasty notes. Sweet taste, alcohol apparent but not overwhleming, nice spicy component and mild tartness at the end. Nice winter brew.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benwah22 (14) - , Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
I’m pretty sure my nose is working, but I really did not get much aroma out of this at all. I had to almost stick my nose in the beer to get anything out of it. I will say it looks great in a chalice though. Deep amber with a hue of red and nice lacy khaki head. The flavor on it is similar to the other St. Bernardus ales. Sweet, dark brown sugar flavors with an alcohol/metallic finish. Surprisingly light mouth feel with high carbonation for a 10% beer. Definitely enjoyable and a good one to try... but not a favorite.


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