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

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RATINGS: 1018   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (770) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Cork had a nice pop...color is ruby brown...big head of amber bubbles. Caramel and spice aroma. Big flavor with that distinctively smooth St. Bernardus yeast effect, yet it also has flavors of rich dark malts, funky tart tropical fruit, bitter fruit rind, burnt toffee, black pepper, alcohol, slight cinnamon...yet all in all is quite tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Another solid beer from St. Bernardus. Poured a dark redish color with massive hear and perfect lacing. Aroma was fruits flowers and cherry. Flavor was much the same with lots of spices in there, not over done though, yeast as well. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Hazy dark amber copper body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet fruity, spicy, candi sugar aroma. Sweet sugary flavor, caramel, candi sugar, light fruit and spice flavor. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2848) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, mabel, jerc & mds - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Slightly hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. Mice malt and spice aroma, with some cherry, dark sugar and yeast - yummy! Soft mouthfeel. Flavour of sour fruit, sweet malt, spices (clove, cinnamon), and faint yeast in the moderately bittter finish. Hides that 10% very well. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, mabel, jerc & mds -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby with an average size lasting foamy off-white head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, spices, some brown sugar, yeast and fruit too. Flavour, also nice, is malty, spicy and yeasty along with a bit of alcohol and a pleasant spicy / bitter finish. Alcohol for the most part is well hidden. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
2008-02-26. Bottle. Dark brown body, with a fluffy beige head. Sweet lightly alcoholic aoma, sugar, caramel malt. Similar flavour with sweet sugars - caramel and brown sugar - simple but well executed. Smooth average to medium palate. (3+) QUite nice. Relatively straghtforward but quite lovely. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, biegaman, GregClow, mabel, mds and jerc - my bottle. Deep red-brown, large fluffy tan lasting head. Lovely sweet caramel malt, yeast and winter spices, lightly floral. Taste - same; floral/herbal, lush, yeasty, sweet but not aggressively so, just balanced and smooth. Soft, dry, smooth mouthfeel, lightly astringent from the spice, long sweet finish. Terrific.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
browned orange with a medium cream colored head. dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol aroma. medium creamy bodied, slightly sticky. honey bread flavors with pit and dark fruits, a nice cherry liqueur note. not my favorite of their offerings but still great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Btankey (11) - USA - FEB 22, 2008
Nice beer, subdued spice, caramel, yeast, dried fruits, milk chocolate, nice body

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16289) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy oeange color with a small off-white head. Has a spicy malty aroma with hints of dark fruit and also some hints of yeast in the aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit flavor with spicy hints and some weak hints of yeast. Has a warming malty spicy finish with some hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste.


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