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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17292) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (5478) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (1000) - 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.

4.1
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3510) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34322) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vikingguy (1064) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy, dark brown color with a fluffy, off-white head. The nose is powerful with notes of vanilla, clove, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramel, date, and dried fruits. Very nice indeed. The flavor is a mix of sweetness (brown sugar, dark caramel, raisins, date) and spice (nutmeg, clove, vanilla, and something I can’t quite place). The abundant carbonation lightens things up so it doesn’t seem heavy. Medium bodied with high carbonation leading to a slightly dry finish. Outstanding layers of flavor in this brew. Definitely a must try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2011
Bottled 75cl. Very sweet with a strong banana reminiscence throughout. Dissapointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
The cork rocketed off. It is another nice one from Uncle St. B, it has loads of malt, spices, and yeasty components. Rich, thick, and dark.


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