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


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RATINGS: 1246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3619) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1739) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1782) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2503) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Great purply-black pour with moderate off-white head that tends to linger briefly then fades into a light lacing. Very rich roasty aroma, burnt grain and lightly spiced highlights. The flavors are roasted barley malt, coffee, dark sweet fruits, plums, carmel, toffee, and hints of holiday spices. Very creamy texture, not clying or overly sweet. Very well balanced and luxurious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2009
On draft Pizza Paradiso Dupont circle. Pours dark brown with tons of head/lacing. Tastes like candy sugar, honey, chocolate, and some citrus. Goes down easy. This beer is excellent.

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