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


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RATINGS: 1396   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maledictum (745) - 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.

   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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (16417) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Sehr prickelnder Antrunk, stark kräuterartig malzig. Würzig bleibend, sehr leicht bitter. Die Malzigkeit ist angenehm, die beinhaltete Würzigkeit könnte aber stärker sein. Süß-röstig, im Abgang leicht alkoholisch brennend. Ausgewogenes Bier. /10/8/10//10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (5366) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 13, 2011
(bottle) pours a hazy dark ruby colour with a billowing frothy beige head. aroma of gingerbread and bubblegum, very spicy and fruity, with notes of herbal hops, caramel and milk chocolate. flavour is the same, lots of dried fruit, pear and caramel, with a yeasty finish, no alcohol detectable. medium to strong-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Poured a cloudy chestnut brown with a slight orangey tint and a large light tan head. Aroma was nutty with a musty yeastiness. Very smooth mouthfeel, but very deep palate. Caramelly taste up front with a pleasant fruity note. A bit of yeastiness in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
750 mL bottle from the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, served in a Trappist glass. Pours hazy mahogany with a moderate, frothy tan head. The head remains and leaves lots of lace on the glass. The aroma has tonnes of raisins, molasses, flowers, yeast, and fruit along with a tiny hint of spice. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with fruit, raisins and spice. The finish is a little more bitter, with Christmas spice. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an exceptional Belgian ale with a deep malty character and fruity, spicy accents. A great way to warm the coldest of winter nights. 2011-04-01

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Saw this on tap at Local Option last night, couldn’t pass the chance to finally tick a top Belgian...Dark brown pour, but a really deep hue that I like. The head is light tan, creamy with good retention and lacing...Finally a Christmas beer aroma that doesn’t overpower the senses. Dark fruits with spice, but spice is an accent not the center of the beer. The taste is the same, dark fruits with spice. Worth trying, great winter Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, yeast, spices, alcohol, prunes, and a bit of wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, over ripe fruits, prunes, and yeast, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol prickles the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vikingguy (1050) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Dark brown color with thick white head. Sweet fruity, brown sugar aroma. Rich, layered taste. From a high level, it’s sweet belgian malt with spice. Digging lower you taste cherry juice, figs, caramel, vanilla, molasses and some spicy nutmeg. Pretty sweet but also a tad sour and some balancing bitterness. Nice body, a little creamy. This is really good. I think this tastes similar to the Ommegang Three Philosophers.

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