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

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RATINGS: 1377   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (prunes, léger de dates, notes de raisins et de bananes), malté de caramel, de pain, léger de gomme balloune avec des notes de sucre brun, d’alcool et d’épices (cannelle, traces de pain d’épices) et des traces de miel. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (prunes, moyen de dates, léger de bananes et de raisins, traces de cerises) et légèrement épicées (léger de cannelle, notes de pain d’épices et de clou de girofle) avec des notes de gomme balloune lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel aux faibles notes rôties, moyen de pain, léger de sucre brun avec des petites notes de sucre bonbon et des traces de chocolat. Parallèlement l’on retrouve un moyen-léger goût d’alcool réchauffant jusqu’en finale avec des notes de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long-moyen, légèrement amer d’alcool réchauffant avec des notes de rôti et de houblon herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées (pelures de prunes, léger moût de raisins, notes de pelures de bananes).

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (880) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours brown with white head. Bread, fruit, coriander, figs, spicy. Full bodied beer to keep you warm on a cold winter day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2011
So it is a little bit past Christmas but I can still enjoy this beer. Corked large bottle. When popped had some nice smoke and just a slight foam up but was easily managed. Deep red. brown color with a huge specked head and a slight bit or carbonation and sediment seen int he glass. The aroma was a bit citrus and bread almost reminded me of lemon poppy muffin but also some holly and spice aromas. perfume and fruity. The taste was sweet and a touch sour with with that great soft Belgium carbonation. After taste is a little odd and is kind f like sucking on the pit of a fruit. Touch of booze left on the tongue but part of a 10abv beer experience.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Slightly murky brown with great tan head nice retention... Very very very non-deScript aroma... Strong flavors some big spicing belgian yeast and some winter spices... Slight sweetness in the finish a little dry very very lively...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3572) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Traded 75cl US bottle. Pours a hazy brown with amber highlights. Small tan head that settles quickly with no real lacing but noticeable legs. Nice Belgian, perfumey aroma but also a touch of tart, fruity funk at the end. Flavor is a little muted behind the 10ABV at first but improves as it warms. Pretty classic BSA taste that leans almost towards a quad plus some heavier roasted malt than expected. Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours hazy brown with a small head. Nose shows doughy yeast, golden syrup, caramel, figs, raisins, cinnamon and a little alcohol. Pretty much Christmas pudding in a glass. Similarly rich and sweet flavours, the alcohol is a little too much but otherwise very nice. Carbonation seems a little too high for these flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4317) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
Le liquide a une couleur brune rougeâtre. La mousse est abondante et flotte éternellement. De larges dentelles sont observables. Les parfums débordent de cerises et apportent dans leur souffle des vapeurs de pain subtilement chocolaté. Les épices sont introuvables, perdues dans des effluves de bonbon au sucre candi et de dattes séchées. Le goût est fidèle aux arômes, extrêmement doux de malt légèrement rôti, très fruité et pratiquement inatteignable par le degré d’alcool élevé et les épices. En bouche, étonnamment, le liquide est de moyenne densité avec une effervescence modérée et une texture très crémeuse. La finale est longue de fruits qui réchauffent l’intérieur de la bouche.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
dark murky brown/red with a foamy head. dark fruit, plum, creamy, sweet malt, cinnamon, cloves. Yummy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Served on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Pours a dark red-brown that is rather murky. A thick tan head that remains for much of the time. Aroma of bubblegum (Juicy Fruit, actually), esters, and honey. Flavor is amazingly sweet throughout, with a banana bread and spice character. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but lively. In sum, a wonderful Christmastime ale that should be on anyone’s list who is looking for a holiday beer. Gets an extremely high recommendation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Brought to a christmas party to share with friends and family. Really great beer. Pour was medium hazy orange. Aroma and flavor full of really fruity figs and cherry. Some light malts and sweet hops lingered. Really great brew


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