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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1403   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.


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 (4293) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2011
Year old bottle at the 2nd East Croydon Beer Tasting, from Nelson Wines. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is wood, nut, fig, syrup, Christmas spice, light smoke, pear and booze. The taste is fig, wood, dryness, raisin, currant, prune, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate and warming alcohol, with a dry woody finish. Full body, fine carbonation, good balance and depth of flavour. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle at the East Croydon Beer Tasting, October 2011, thanks to Paul. Pours cloudy brown with a full, off-white head. Candi, booze, caramel malt, light yeast aroma. Very sweet flavor, berries, candi sugar, caramel and toffee. Medium to full bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Warm finish with slight sting, great fruit character, raisins, figs, plums and grapes. Light spices. Pretty superb stuff. Highly, highly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Yummmm! Delicious blend of raison/grape fruit tones in a sweet belgian yeast which has a very complex envelope of leathery slightly vanilla spicey tones. Love this beer and have to thank Ron S. for it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (5682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 750mL corked bottle poured hazy brown with red highlights when held up to a light source. Aromas of caramel and roasted malts with some chocolate and spice. Tasted malty sweet with some yeast and spice and some hops in the finish. A very well done Christmas ale to enjoy for the holiday season.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
750ml bottle from 2010. Red/brown with frothy biege head. Wasn’t a gusher but I loosened the cage, got distracted, and then it opened itself. Belgian yeast with some fruit, spices and alcohol. Highly carbonated and lively, medium bodied, sweet and spicy, warming on the way down, nice lingering spice taste. A very good Christmas beer - could probably age for a couple of years with good results.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maledictum (754) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUN 6, 2011
75cl bottle at home. Pours a transparent rootbeer color with off-white persistent head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, spices, licorice, and alcohol. Sweet with a mild tartness and flavors matching the aroma finishing lightly dry and spicy. Lively carbonation with light to medium body. Very rich, but balanced and well-integrated. Overall delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 Slightly tart, fruit flavor. Prunes/berries, bananas, yeast, spices, lemongrass, and all that Belgian stuff. Good..


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