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

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RATINGS: 1233   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
What a delightful winter beer. Lots of fruit (cherries and berries) and spices (cinnamon, clove). Great balance and mouthfeel. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden so pace yourself!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle sample at Dogbrick’s Christmas party. Cloudy and chunky brown pour with a medium tan head. Caramel and dark fruit nose with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, spice and another note that I can only categorize as spruce or mint. Read some other ratings to see if I’m off my rocker, and I must be. Definitely got that note though, in both nose and flavor. Oh well. Other characteristics of the flavor are syrupy sweetness, caramel and spice before a syrupy finish. Not my style, but glad I got to try it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours a murky brown with a very thick tan head on top that lasts for quite some time. Smells rather plumy, fruity, and a bit of a belgian yeast aroma coming through. As it warms a little, a sweeter dark sugar character is noticeable. Very heavy malts upfront show flavors of a belgian yeast strain, but also rich sweet fruits, sweet dark sugars, and a a bit metallic too (kind of weird, it’s a beer clean glass I’m using). It’s very smooth and very enjoyable! The finish is a little bready wtih the rich sweet malts noticeable through the end.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (965) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
750 ml bottle from BevMo while watching the Saints game. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a huge and long-lasting head. Aroma of tart yeast, bready malts, and some dark fruit. Flavor has rich caramel, more dark fruit, nice tangy spice, and a hint of chocolate. Medium body with generous carbonation. A hint of booze, but the high ABV is generally well concealed. I think this could do much better with some age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7442) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tap. Pours a murky brown with a soapy head. Aroma of raisins and a little booze. Taste is complex - raisin/plum, alcohol is present, and some spice. Very creamy. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2992) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Four year old bottle. Still quite live. Pours ruby brown with a fizzy tan soapy head. Aroma of dark fruit. Flavor of plums, raisins, and spice. Impressive lacing. Just velvety goodness in a glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Cloudy, almost muddy brown color with fast carbonation, making a healthy and frothy light-brown head. Wow... this beer looks murky and dirty! Aroma of dried or candied apples. Bright and exciting mouthfeel. An almost coke-like finish. Flavor of apples, touch of a little sourness. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
I got the very dregs as they ran out at Bavarian Lodge. So this isn;’t a representative sample and I hope to correct it first chance I get. Some muddy brown from yeast, about two ounces in its serving tulip. Still, there’s a big nose of dark fruits like plums and raisins. Also a bit of Christmas spice. There was very little carbonation in my pour, and my server, who said this was her favorite this month, said that was not usual. Still, in this form, it slides down like a cask pour. Very bready, with obvious Belgian sugars.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2009
750 ml bottle- aged 1 year...Finally get to open it. Pours dark mahogany brown, aroma is sweet caramel, cherry, apple cider. Taste is sweet, syrup, alcohol is front and center. This is rich- ginger spice, cinnamon, caramel, hint of anise. Definitely a "warmer"- almost a cognac quality to this- dried fruit, boozy, really complex. High rating reflects the complexity of this one- every sip reveals something different. Good night...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours very dark with amber highlights. Lots of candy and winter spices in the nose, hints of malt, dark fruit, and sugared dates. Very nice flavor. The initial sweetness give way to good bitter finish. Spicy but smooth and very complex.


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