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

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RATINGS: 1034   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] Burnt caramel pour with a large tan head. Aroma of bready yeast and candi sugar. Initial flavor is tart apples, followed by the spices, caramel, and some alcohol burn. Pretty complex flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2008
[Bottle] Pours hazy reddish-brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is very yeasty with caramel and brown sugar also in there. Taste is also big on yeast with a little banana and caramel. Medium-thick mouthfeel and smooth. A nice beer that I will have try again in a non-tasting setting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2008
750 ml corked and caged. Pours a dark orange red with a large, long lasting carbonated head. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel noted. Yeast taste noted with some spiciness as well. Alcohol was there but just a slight hint of it. Well balanced and smooth going down. Another great brew from the Grinning Monk.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
A solid beer. Huge christmas spices with brown sugar, caramel, and yeast. Ripe fruits, christmas spices, and belgian yeast in the body. Dark amber color with decent head.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Rust-colored pour with enormous and defiant 3-inch eggshell head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, and cherry blossom. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the flavor along with fresh baked bread and ripened Bing cherries. Well hidden alcohol...delicious!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours a rich ruby brown with 3 fingers of off white head. Aroma of spices, caramel, yeast and fruit. Flavors of fruit, spices, yeast and malt. On a lot of these christmas beers the spices are overdone, but this one is very well put together. Quite delicious stuff, one of the better seasonal belgians i’ve had. Yum!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (811) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Cork had a nice pop...color is ruby brown...big head of amber bubbles. Caramel and spice aroma. Big flavor with that distinctively smooth St. Bernardus yeast effect, yet it also has flavors of rich dark malts, funky tart tropical fruit, bitter fruit rind, burnt toffee, black pepper, alcohol, slight cinnamon...yet all in all is quite tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Another solid beer from St. Bernardus. Poured a dark redish color with massive hear and perfect lacing. Aroma was fruits flowers and cherry. Flavor was much the same with lots of spices in there, not over done though, yeast as well. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Hazy dark amber copper body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet fruity, spicy, candi sugar aroma. Sweet sugary flavor, caramel, candi sugar, light fruit and spice flavor. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2901) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, mabel, jerc & mds - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Slightly hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. Mice malt and spice aroma, with some cherry, dark sugar and yeast - yummy! Soft mouthfeel. Flavour of sour fruit, sweet malt, spices (clove, cinnamon), and faint yeast in the moderately bittter finish. Hides that 10% very well. Nice!


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