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


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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Corked and caged bottle foams over when opened. Dark chestnut body has clarity and ruby highlights when held to light. Large beige head settles into attractive classical sheet lacing on the St Bernardus goblet. Aroma has lots of dark fruits, nuttiness, bubblegum, yeast, and some red cherries. Smooth and satiny palate is full bodied. Taste is dark fruits(dates), caramel, milk chocolate, bubblegum, cherries, nuttiness, molasses, and a vague note of floral hops. Finishes with some dark rum alcohol warmth. Delightful!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Dark brown with a fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, caraml nose. Medium body, some tartness, dry at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2559) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Poured from a bottle. Dark amber brown color with thick foamy head. Smells of bread, spice and cinnamon. The taste has a lot of banana and doughey characters. I had this beer last year and this one was aged since then and something seemed off. Wasn’t as greatas before, but still a good beer for the style and season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Amber pour with large white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of some spices and malts/hops. Flavor had some hints of spice but not much more oddly enough. However, finished very smooth considering the ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750ml bottle from Tournament. Deep brown colored pour with a creamy tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit notes and some slight spiciness which apparently added for the Christmas version. Taste is dark fruit with a bit of candy sweetness. This is very similar to the St Bernardus 12 but with some additional holiday additions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6387) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
(Draught at De Heeren van Liedekercke / 2010/12/16) The beer poured dark brown and cloudy. Its head was medium sized, dense and white head. Palate was full bodird with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, aniseed, spiciness, liquorice, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was spicy and bitter. Good solid Christmas beer where nothing was overdone and all the components fitted together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is yeasty, a little fruity. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Yeasty, little fruity, Belgian candi sugar. Creamy, esasy to drink. Very tasty, nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2576) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Deep amber-brown in color with a nice light tan head. Hints of dry cherry over a strong dark Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6615) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a light chestnut color with an enormous tan head that lingered forever and produced great lacing. The aroma was Dr Pepper, licorice, nutmeg and faint cola. The flavor was semi sweet and spicy with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and a touch of anise. There was a strong bready undertone and hints of apple. The finish was long, malty and spicy. Fairly full bodied. A nice beer but I had hoped for greater.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle 50 cl from Le Grain d’Orge in Neuchâtel (CH). Nice brown-red with huge foam, laces on the glass. Complex fragances of malt, spices, candied fruits and toffy. The mouth is also spicy, stiff, caramelized with licorice, tobacco, dried fruits, hops and alcohol. Rather carbonated then really bitter, even if it is not too sweetened. A greediness of season. If Santa Claus was a brewer, certainly He would brew a similar one !

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