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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1403   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Traded 75cl US bottle. Pours a hazy brown with amber highlights. Small tan head that settles quickly with no real lacing but noticeable legs. Nice Belgian, perfumey aroma but also a touch of tart, fruity funk at the end. Flavor is a little muted behind the 10ABV at first but improves as it warms. Pretty classic BSA taste that leans almost towards a quad plus some heavier roasted malt than expected. Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours hazy brown with a small head. Nose shows doughy yeast, golden syrup, caramel, figs, raisins, cinnamon and a little alcohol. Pretty much Christmas pudding in a glass. Similarly rich and sweet flavours, the alcohol is a little too much but otherwise very nice. Carbonation seems a little too high for these flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5086) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
Le liquide a une couleur brune rougeâtre. La mousse est abondante et flotte éternellement. De larges dentelles sont observables. Les parfums débordent de cerises et apportent dans leur souffle des vapeurs de pain subtilement chocolaté. Les épices sont introuvables, perdues dans des effluves de bonbon au sucre candi et de dattes séchées. Le goût est fidèle aux arômes, extrêmement doux de malt légèrement rôti, très fruité et pratiquement inatteignable par le degré d’alcool élevé et les épices. En bouche, étonnamment, le liquide est de moyenne densité avec une effervescence modérée et une texture très crémeuse. La finale est longue de fruits qui réchauffent l’intérieur de la bouche.

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 (2312) - 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 (8127) - 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.


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