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

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RATINGS: 1103   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5759) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2008
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2008
On tap tonight, winter sampling at Acadia. Appealing reddish brown pour with little carbonation. Smell was enticing; sweet, spicy and overtones of figs. Taste was excellent, smooth mouthfeel, subdued dark fruit flavor with a warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1406) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Rating 450 - Slightly sweet aroma, with strong cherry notes. Pours a clear dark red, with a huge light tan head. Very light in the mouthfeel with high carbonation. Flavor has spice, hints of fruit, and the alcohol is amazingly well hidden. This is something I am glad I had, and I will pick up more of it this season.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney, TX. Pours a very clody brown with beige head...Great aroma of wild yeasties.....has a tart, fruit aroma to it. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, the yeast flavors come through good, faint bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with high carbonation. Overall, good beer....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 @ Kerstbierfestival Essen (B). A clear red/brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of nuts with caramel and dried fruit. The taste of dark malt with fruits like prunes. A little spices and alcohol in the back. The beer is in a way fresh bitter. After a time it gets warm.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Intens brown beer with a fantastic frothy beige head. Nose is rich, malty and has loads of complex hints of spices, Port wine, honey, raisin-bread and rich candy sugar. It has a complex rustic accent of wood ? and a fantastic touch of dried fruits such as plums and raisins. Typical for the Bernardus beers is the rich bready texture and the rich and silky mouthfeel. The slight hoppyness lifts it up in the long lasting finale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. brown with a ywellowish white head and a sweet an grassy aroma. The taste is very sweet with notes of sugar, soy sauce, ripe prunes, lots of hops, cinnamon, cherries and lots od molasses. The finish is tickling spicy. Very good, but not as good as some other St bernardus brews

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3476) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
This comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a thick pale tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and spicy, inviting a taste. Flavor does not disappoint - it is mainly hoppy with spicy overtones and a spicy, evergreen aftertaste. Texture is very smooth and cooling. An excellent winter brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap pours very dark brown with off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, fruit, and brown sugar. Has a light body. Flavor is a bite of cinnamon, cherry, prunes, apricot, dark brown sugar and molasses. The flavors linger into the finish. Overall a solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Poured on tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours deep dark semi opaque brown with crescent moon shaped off white head. The mild aroma has spices, brown sugar, cherries and apples. It is a little too light to really pick out all the aromatics, at least for me. The taste has an initial pulse of varied winter spices quickly followed by sweet malts and a touch of molasses. By midway the dark fruitiness over powers the other notes with prunes, red apples, a hint of cherry and apricot. It ends with lingering fruit sweetness, cinnamon and malt.


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