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


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RATINGS: 1023   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5977) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9044) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3566) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Thanks to Redlight for getting this on draft. The black-amber pour almost comes off as a deep, dark, purple color with a good amount of carbonation. Smells super bready and malty with some winter spices. Going down, it is smooth and not too strong at all. The spice components are actually more in the background, with notes of nutmeg, allspice and some black licorice. Tasty brew, as you would expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3371) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2008
750ml bottle, amazing head, Very fruity aroma, strong clove chocolate and grape flavor, too alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caleb1035 (63) - , North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at monks in Philly. Aroma is chocalate with nutmeg. Dark color with nice caramel head...better than expected. Pretty carbonated, good beer. Slightly lees than its the St. B. abt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, lots of spices, dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, birch beer, and brown sugar. Poured medium-brown/slight amber in color with a huge, foamy, rocky, khaki head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Very sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, spices, birch beer, malts, dark fruits, light cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, light bitter hops, light cola, slight caramel, slight alcohol, and raisins. Medium to full body. Effervescent, chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, semi-dry finish with a hint of tar. A nice Christmas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep, dark reddish brown. with a large head, nice retention and wisps of lacing. Slightly tart fruity notes in the aroma with some earthy and bready notes. Fruity taste of berries and cherries with some brown sugar and spice. Full bodied and quite smooth with active carbonation. Very nice.

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