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


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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 19, 2009
750 ml bottle. A cloudy dark amber beer with a medium sized and persistent beige head. The aroma has a good maltiness and yeastiness with fruity (plums) and many spicey (coriander, cinnamon) notes. Also a bit sugary and alcoholic nose. The flavour is very sweet and lightly acidic. Overall the same notes of the nose with some chocolate. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, long finish with light to medium bitterness. One of my favourite products from this brewery, and good for a cold winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle from Trinity Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Aroma is peppery, malt, and alcohol. Pours maple syrup color...absolutely no head...does not look like your typical belgian strong...It looks like two different beers mixed together. Flavor tastes like typical belgian strong but with malt...weird. Pepper/alcohol finish. Weird coating on tongue...Warm. Overall...not what I was expecting from a Belgian Strong...Like a Bel. Strong mixed with malt...This beer is a mess...one sip tastes malty...the next tastes peppery...the last sip tasted like a shot of bourbon...Not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2009
750ml bottle, and my first beer of 2009. Start as you mean to go on. Ah. Sniff that. Lush Belgian snout of mysterious yeast, liquorice, massive juicy plum and red apple fruit. Slick, creamy and draped with lace. Murky ruby beer hanging with fine sediment. Slips down with mellow silk, plum, oak, mouldering apple peel yeastiness like an English BCA of half the ABV, caramel slickness, sprinkle of ash, marzipan, wheat, nectarine. Some nuttiness on the swallow. Lovely uncomplicated fruity-yeasty caramel sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Rich Belgian aroma, thick head, full bodied Belgian Strong Ale with flavors of raisin, spice, medium bitterness. Nice extension to the St. Bernardus line. Happily drank past two weekends in a row.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3068) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Pours dark brown with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar and bananas. Sweet flavor of dark fruits, yeast, candy sugar and slight warmth of alcohol. Medium body with lively carbonation. Another good beer int the St. B lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Reviewed 1/4/2009 (bottle dated 19/08/12): Pours a huge, active, frothy tannish colored head, with big bubbles. Body is a dark brown color, can’t see through at all. Very floral, sweet smelling nose. Dark fruit like plum or grape. Some spiciness too, and a little bit of alcohol. Not an overpowering aroma. sweet spicy, effervescent aftertaste, not too drying, thirst-quenching. A fruity taste, somewhat dark, but some light fruit present too, like pear and banana. Nice winter spices. Carbonated palate, somewhat creamy. Not too bad, tasty for a spiced brew. Even tastier as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by toncatcher. Lots of bready yeasty aromas and caramel character off this clear brownish red beer. Flavors were similar with touches of spice to finish it off. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750ml bottle. this was a great Christmas gift that drank on Christmas ’08. poured dark brown with creamy tan head. nose of plums, toffee, and esters. flavors of the same, some spices of clove. the alcohol was very well hidden. another solid St. B beer but if I would probably pick the 12 or 8 over this in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Had a small beer tasting at my house. This beat out Brown Shugga, Bourbon County Stout, and a Chocolat beer from Kirin. Smooth as velvet, beautiful fruity aroma. Taste of sweet spices. Simply wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a rich mohogany color with a beige head. Aroma contains lots of fruits, dominated mostly by grape, as well as sweet malt and spices. The flavor is a nice mixture of spices and fruit, again with grapes leading the way. The 10% is extremely well hidden.

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