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

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RATINGS: 1394   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4033) - 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 (2152) - 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 (16837) - 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 (2059) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Pours a hazy dark brown with a 2 finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, stone fruit, dark caramel, a hint of roast, toffee, musty earth and some planty grass. Flavor is dark fruit, dusty raisins, yeast, caramel, slightly tart vinous notes, hints of earthy bark, light fusel notes, musty leaves and peach flesh. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, pretty creamy on entry, drying out somewhat near the finish and has a heavy, but velvety smooth carbonation. Tasty BSA, a little too raisiny and vinous for it’s own good, but still damn nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Outstanding. Pours a dark walnut brown color, aroma of spices and dark malt. Taste of caramel malt, carbonated palate, and a nice spicy but smooth taste that lingers nicely on the palate. One of my favorite Christmas beers that will be near the top of the annual holiday rotation!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Perfect dark brown with foamy head. Fruit rather than alcohol after taste. caramel/butterscotch

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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 (884) - 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.


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