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

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RATINGS: 1131   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4157) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
Dark brown reddish color, nice foamy beiged colored head. The smell is alcohol, malts, toffee, candi sugar, fruits, and raisans. The taste is fruity, alcohol, rasians, candi sugar, malts, and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1970) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Huge fruity nose on this one. Plums, raisins, berries, awesomeness. Flavor isn’t as good but is still excellent in it’s own right. Put off drinking this one for a while for some reason, but I was very pleased with the results.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted and caramel, herbs for the hops, musty basement and earth for the yeast, and background notes of brown sugar, alcohol, clove, red wine, and slight boozy hint. Head is large, rocky, off-white, with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is murky, dark brown with a dense amount of small particles. Flavor is heavily sweet and moderately acidic to start and the finishes is moderately acidic and lightly bittersweet. Palate is medium, syrupy, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly alcoholic. A great, well rounded Belgian Strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
Soft Belgian aroma from the bottle, candied at times, doggy at others. From a tulip glass, I got the distinct aromatic impression of McDonald’s french fries with ketchup. Go figure. Good bottle, label, foggy brown beer with a lot of fizz and a fluffy tan head. Sweet and sour, earthy, astringent. Trailing witchcraft herb aftertaste. The middle was vacant, like a melted, watery chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream bar. The foam is unmercifully metallic. The Saint blew the shift here. MSL, on markdown.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma was malty and yeasty with dark fruit, raisins, candi sugar and a bit of caramel. Flavor is deep and rich with caramel, belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar and winter spices with a full body and a nice dry warming finish. Excellent xmas brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 5, 2009
bottle. pours a dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. looks like specs of cinimmon in the head. smooth. a little past christmas by now but still a good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
Brown bottle, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on April 4 2009; eye: reddish brown with caramel reflections, lightly hazy, good effervescence, voluminous beige head that falls and turns into a nice sheet, lots of lacing; nose: lots of caramel malt, spices, coriander, clove, liquorice, light tobacco, yeast, bread, sugar, candied fruits; mouth: lots of caramel malt, spices, light coriander, lots of liquorice, light hops, though I do not taste the alcohol I can feel it, sugar, candied fruits, clove, finale in liquorice with presence of malt and spices, full body, slightly harsh texture, mildly sweet, slight astringency, slightly bitter, rather carbonated; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 4 avril 2009; œil : brun-roux avec des reflets caramels, légèrement voilée, bonne effervescence, mousse beige abondante qui tombe et se transforme en une bonne couverture, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : beaucoup de malt caramel, épices, coriandre, réglisse, léger tabac, levure, pain, sucre, fruits confits, clou de girofle; bouche : beaucoup de malt caramel, épices, léger coriandre, beaucoup de réglisse, léger houblon, bien qu’on ne goûte peu l’alcool on le sent quand on boit, sucre, fruits confits, clou de girofle, finale en réglisse avec présence de malt et épices, corsé, texture légèrement rugueuse, moyennement sucrée, très légère astringence, très légèrement amère, plutôt carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimé

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle at Lee’s. This was a sweet one, but because of candy sure I feel like. Incredibly malty, and was a little hard to get down, because of the alcohol. Still, a very tasty beer. Can’t wait for next Christmas to try this again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3924) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Red brown in color with a lrge off-white head. Aroma is of candi sugar, nuts, malt, toast and caramel. Taste is of caramel, booze, malt, nuts, apple, raisin, and pear.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2009
The ale pours a cloudy dark brown with a two finger tan head. Aromas of malt, candi sugar, and green grapes much like those enjoyed off of the vine at a picturesque Finger Lakes winery entrance the nostrils. The flavour is quite nice, with a certain wine character that enhances the other notes of roasted malt and cardamom. The finish is dry and reminiscent of Champagne. Although the alcohol boisterously makes its presence felt, it is not overwhelming. This is a fine Saturnalian ale that would also be delightful with a nice roast for Christmas lunch.


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