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

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RATINGS: 1400   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
dark murky brown/red with a foamy head. dark fruit, plum, creamy, sweet malt, cinnamon, cloves. Yummy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Served on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Pours a dark red-brown that is rather murky. A thick tan head that remains for much of the time. Aroma of bubblegum (Juicy Fruit, actually), esters, and honey. Flavor is amazingly sweet throughout, with a banana bread and spice character. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but lively. In sum, a wonderful Christmastime ale that should be on anyone’s list who is looking for a holiday beer. Gets an extremely high recommendation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Brought to a christmas party to share with friends and family. Really great beer. Pour was medium hazy orange. Aroma and flavor full of really fruity figs and cherry. Some light malts and sweet hops lingered. Really great brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
bottle at Biergasthaus Schiffner. Darkest reddish brown colour, light brown head. Velvety creamzy mouthfeel. spiced sugar plum nose and good deep botanic hops in the nose. strong but easy to drink. good stuff indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2010
Amber, brown colored brew. Spicy, malty aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Lot’s of fruity tones. Smooth beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2296) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 A Christmas ale to help you through any family gathering. Pleasantly spiced but not too much. Watch out as it the strength sneaks up on you. Yummy I say. Serving: Bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2010
26/12/2010 - from tap @ Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw (Belgium)

Cloudy dark brown beer, light beige creamy head, adhesive. Aroma: caramel, chocolate, gingerbread, licorice. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bitter chocolates, caramel, red fruits (cherries). Aftertaste: fruity, little sour, bit of chocolate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Poured deep, reddish/burgundy with a beige head. Lots of toasted, caramel tones, malts, figs, prunes, and other dark fruits. Alcohol was mild with lots of oak, vanilla, and a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at Churchills in San Marcos. Another classic from these guys - thought the spices can be a bit overpowering after a while. Delicate yet powerful this is the perfect Christmas accompliment.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. A - Hazy chestnut brown with a good amount of sediment. Smaller, bubbly, foamy, light, off-white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a wispy ring of lace. S - Classic BSDA aroma with a bit more spice that others. Dark fruit, dark bread, and some spiciness (both Christmasy and BSDA spice). T - Like the aroma this has what you would expect from a BSDA. Plenty of raisin and some dark bread. A good amount of spice including some earthy spice, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and a touch of orange peel. Some Belgian yeast flavors come out. More bitter than I was expecting. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Has a bit of a zesty feel and less creaminess than I was expecting. D - It made for a nice holiday sipper. Lots of spice and typical BSDA flavors. A little strong with the spice and bitterness cuts down on how easy it is to drink. Notes: A BSDA with plenty of spice and bitterness. Good beer but I was expecting a little more. I enjoyed it for a holiday sipper for a winter day with family. Good beer overall.


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