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

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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Thanks to moniesocal for bringing this to the Bruery’s Christmas 2009 Show and Tell. This rich, dark pour had some anise notes in the flavor. I’m not a big fan of anise, but otherwise, it was a well made beer. If you happen to like anise, you’d probably enjoy this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle.

Dark pour, ample tan head. Figgy, spicy nose. Best as I can tell, this is a spiced variant of the Abt 12 Not that this is a bad thing, per se, but I prefer the abt 12 straight up. The spices, while a nice homage to the season, do little to improve the beer beyond it base. If anything, they drag it down toward (but not all the way into) novelty territory.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Smells like a chocolate malt. Dark brown, creamy smooth head that lasts. Tastes like stewed prunes and plum pudding. Very smooth palate. Hop flavor emerges, with spice flavors following. A complex and delightful winter beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark, hazy brown with an extremely large, dense off-white head. Lacing is amazingly strong. Aromas of bananas, raisin, and malts. Mouthfeel is extremely lively, with a creamy middle and then a nice smooth finish. Tastes of bananas, port, and raisins abound. This may be the best Christmas beer in the world!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Dark brown pour with a solid, creamy, light tan head. Streaks of lacing. The aroma was lots of malts, dark fruits and cinnamon. The flavor was raisin, malt, yeast and cinnamon. Tasted like they tossed some cinnamon in their 12. Well done mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eManu (479) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2009
Had this one by draft at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. A dark brown color with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is a bit light on this one but still has good sweet fruits. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolates, caramelts, dry fruits like plums, brown sugars and spices. Low carbonation, with a nice ballance of flavors, a nice complex feel and a sweet and bitter dry finish. Very nice and enjoyable warm Xmas brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle, 75 cl, shared with friends. Dark, hazy beer, with a medium white head. An aroma of candy sugar, alcohol, spices and in the background something fruity. Taste is spicy, caramel, and also alcohol - not disturbing at all and even good in taste - making this a very well balanced beer. Another topper in the St Bernardus-series!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4007) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On tap at G Man FW. Murky brownish pour. Nice bubbly head. Light plum aroma. Some dark fruit but not much spice which I was hoping for. Some theatre backstage must. Taste is dry fruits, such as plum, grape and black cherries. Also has a wee bit of bubble gum flavor. Dry finish that is semi-wet. Not bad; certainly smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
back (1568) - Holstebro, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2009
nødder malt sødme ud.brun lidt skum uklar , smag malt sød alc brænd lidt cremet i mund

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Tap at Mugs. Poured an opaque black. Nose is sweet. Some sugars some dark fruits. Slight metalic hints. Some spice notes some sweet notes. A quad with some spices.


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