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


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RATINGS: 1404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11424) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle 750 ml. with cork stoppers. Dark brown pour, with a large off-white head, long shelf life. A complex beer with many impressions. Aroma of malt, yeast, banana and and hints of Christmas spices and dough. The taste is sweet. Sweetness continues well into the end. A little sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2011 Shared a bottle of this with a couple of friends to celebrate the birth of Steveís son, Telfer. Feels nice to crack open a great beer for a special occasion, doesnít it? Well, Iíve been a huge fan of St. Bernardus Abt 12 for a while, and after being told by many people this was even better, I was antsy to try it!! Popped the cork and poured into a Trappist glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, frothy off-white head with speckles of what appears to be spices. So far so good! Aroma is very intriguing. Huge hits of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark fruit, caramel, bread dough, vanilla, and even a bit of clove in there. The taste is very similar; notes of pumpkin pie (probably from the nutmeg), bread dough, chocolate, banana, and caramel. Very complex beer. Has a strong malty backbone overlaid nicely with the spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and velvety with light carbonation. Finishes like a bite of fresh pumpkin pie. Iíve got to say, Iím pretty impressed with this beer. Iím a huge fan of winter warmers, and this is a perfect example of one. Better than Abt 12? Maybe... theyíre both phenomenal in their own right. All Iíll say is Iím glad Iíve got another one of these waiting in the beer fridge for next year!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2011
I enjoy a good winter ale that seems warming and pleasant and so complex that you are not sure what you are actually drinking. I noticed fruity qualities and enjoyed the complex palate of this brew and chose it in a taste test over similarly interesting Terrapin Tomfoolery as I had this brew on tap from the J. Clyde in Birmingham. I must confess I was not exactly sure what all I was tasting. I wouldnít mind having this again though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2011
750ml bottle, corked and caged, courtesy of Cavie. Pours a dark ruby/plum color with a 3 finger creamy beige head. Glad I was using a Trappist glass. Belgian yeast aroma with cherry and plum notes. As the beer warms, some raisin and brown sugar notes. Medium palate with highly aggresive carbonation. Finishes clean and dry. Taste is dominated by flavors of dark fruit. Raisins, figs, cherry, plums all backed with that wonderful Belgian yeast. Quite complex. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2011
2006 bottle, age has done wonders for this beer, the relaxed intensity of the quad malts tie in perfectly with the belgian yeast fruity flavors. Iím just curious if the aging has killed the additional spices added to the christmas ale or is it too substle to notice? Very close to the abt 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevman7 (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle poured in tulip glass. Dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma of banana, malts, and dark fruits. lively carbonation and a full body. Taste of dark fruits and bread. This was a good Christmas brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3896) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle - 750ml. Hazy dark brown body with a thick beige foamy head. Complex, well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, fruity, and caramel hints. Alcohol is well hidden. its robust taste carries vineous, brown sugar, and some woody notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Very good winterwarmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17836) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
Hazy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, heavy malty, dried fruit, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is rather sweet. Full bodied and soft with a warming alcoholic finish. 261110

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2011
Aroma is fruit, malt and some spices, but the caramel really shines. Flavour is deep malty fruity goodness, caramel, spices. Full and long lingering. Nothing new, just a proper Christmas ale.

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