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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, yeast, dried fruits, red grapes. Taste is light fruit, some yeast, light alcohol, nicely malty. Body is a bit overcarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1217) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Dark brown ale, big creamy rocky head. Malty nose, with deep malt flavors, hints of raisin and caramel. Yeasty, sour burst with a malty finish. Yummm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
Another big thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this one that for some stupid reason never got distributed to New York City... whatever, here it is. Deep brown beer with a soft orange ruby tint. Huge moussey sticky head that last all the way through the glass. Aroma is like all of the Bernardus beers, which is to say, amazing. Heavy fruitiness with cherry, plums all wrapped in a blanket of soft Belgian malts and milk chocolate. I’d say there is more fruitiness here than in the regular Bernardus 12, but all of the other components are there. Rich spicy yeast with a fruity complexity that is hard to describe accurately. Light clove/nutmeg and black pepper on the palate. The spiciness is accentuated when it’s cooler, but the fruit begins to dominate as the temperature increases. Lingering herbal/spicy finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours a clouded dark brown with a good sized creme head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is spices and yeast. Flavor is extremely heavy on the spices. Just buckets and buckets of them. Dough rests in the background. Carbonation is extremely full and attacks the tongue. Liquid is as it should be. This is definitely a winter style brew. It is so spice forward and heavy on the body that it is to be sipped and savored over time. A nice brew for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice thick head. Strong spice scent and a very malty, yet Christmas-y flavor. Finish leaves a bit of alcohol, warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Murky brown pour with a decent tannish head. Good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, spices. Semi creamy mouth feel. Tastes of mild yeast,dark fruits such as raisins,plums,spices hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet. ABV well hidden. Aroma should be more pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2008
Bottled. Thanks to Reinhard. Hazy brown colour with big head. Belgian yeasty in aroma, along with candisugar, higher alcohols and bit fruity. Flavour is sweet at first, up next is pomerance, Belgian spicy yeast and darker fruits. Soft, rounded mouthfeel with goof malt balance. Finishes pretty short and is dry at that point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
Very pleasant aroma of spices,chocolate, malt and licorice with some sweetness. The pour reveals a murky brown color with a medium tan head. Excellent flavor of spices, licorice, chocolate and malt. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (4090) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2008
Hazy brown colour with medium head.Taste is strong and fruity really power full Christmas beer,feels vinous and are well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with some rust highlights when held against sunlight. Moderate, creamy and bubbly light tan head that lasted until about mid-glass. Very pleasant aroma of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, cardomom and alcohol. The flavor is caramel with just a little bit of brown sugar along with some cardomom and raisins. The finish is very much like a brandy with plenty of wamrth from the alcohol. A very enjoyable winter beer.

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