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

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RATINGS: 1238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4042) - 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 (1603) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3496) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2009
04-DEC-2009, bottle, Ulkløbben @Michael. Brown/hazy/red, nice light brown head. Belgian like, very very spicey in an X-mas way. High carbonation, very lively, sweetness integrated, and perfect. This is how X-mas beers should be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Parket (578) - Bruges, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2009
75 cl bottle, hazy dark reddish/brown colour with beige/white head. Smell: dark fruits, plums. Taste: banana, artichoke, candysugar, yeasty, alcohol and light bitter finish. A warm feeling in the aftertaste. Brilliant Xmas ale!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown, with a large, tan head. Aroma is malt, spices, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt, spices, and dark fruit. Body is a little thinner than I expected. Ends a dry. Rating #1299.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2009
poured brown with a nice white head that faded quickly. smells sweet with a slight sourness if you look for it. tasted sweet to start finished with a sour tastre and an alcohol aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Chestnut brown with a decent head. Super sugary sweet malty cloved aromas with a touch of the spiced Christmas spirit. Body was a tad viscous and the flavor itself was rather sweet, almost to the point of cloying. A bit of caramel, peppermint and cinnamon are there for indulging upon. A nice offering, yet a little too festive in the exuberant spice department and its lingering sweet finish. drinkble though

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1755) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Aroma of rum balls and roasted caramel. Appearance was dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Flavor of rum cake, molasses and dark chocolate. Palate was bubbly. A masterwork.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Reminds me a lot of pannepot. Pours a nice mahogany color with a medium to large sized foamy tope colored head that does not persist. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, with belgian candi sugar, dark brown sugar, banana, chocolate, and yeast. Very well balanced, with a nice medium to thick mouthfeel. Cleanses the palate well. Nice beer.


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