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

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RATINGS: 1400   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1886) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5539) - 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. I’m 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3790) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17417) - 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

3.8
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Semi-hazy dull amber brown pour with big foamy white head. Nose is sweet and very bready. Belgian bready sweetness flavor, anise, dark fruits. Very good for a belgian. Not too hot, but definitely has alcohol. Love to try this aged.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2011
State Line Liquors tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, spices and yeast. The taste is sweet malt and an array of spices with a rather dry, spicy and boozy finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Another excellent brew from St. Bernardus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17143) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
75cl bottle from Colchester Winter BF 2011. Very dark brown ruby colour with a thick beige head. Fruity Belgian quad aroma. Lots of malt, dry malt, some fruit. Bit of alcohol heat. Some very decent dark fruits, lovely dark cherry and some spice. But it is a bit boozy. Do I like it? Well the booze settles down and the dark cherry and dark plum flavours come through which are excellent. Certainly a decent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (2081) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours a light brown. Aroma is belgian yeast, dark fruits and bread. Sweet with the dark fruits of raisin and pears. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. Nice warming finish. Solid all around.


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