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

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RATINGS: 1029   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.


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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2008
750ml bottle, amazing head, Very fruity aroma, strong clove chocolate and grape flavor, too alcoholic.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8503) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2352) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a rusty muddy brown with a thick creamy beige head. Spicy aroma of nutmeg, dates, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and bread dough. Taste of nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, dates, caramel, and raisins. Very good but not as good as the original.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 17, 2008
Popped the cork and was greeted with an almost mythical styled mist emitting from the open mouth of the bomber. Poured a hardcore ruby brown/black with a massive bobbing foamy crown. Smell was predominately that of marshmellow and spiced melon; with a little bit of toasted caramel in there. Flavour is quite delicate and fairly complex here...sometimes differing from sip to sip and certainly changing with temperature adjustment, etc. Some things that I noticed: coffee, toffee, taste of autumn leaves and snow (i mean that in a good way), gumdrops, apples, licorice, pepper, jasmine, Earl Grey tea, and even a slight bite of bitter honey. Not much of a finish..and to tell you the truth, this could have benefitted from a bit more body--but overall...supremely drinkable and worthy of your next festive time--you lousy stinking drunkard!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 Bottle: very malty, loads of dried fruits but mainly dates and some raisins, caramel, some faint chocolate and coffee notes, delicate alcohol all the way through, late mild hoppy bitterness, very rich, very complex, very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5427) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2008
75cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex, balanced, hazy, good head, one of the best X-Mas brews, a topper!


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