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

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RATINGS: 1391   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rand (1470) - 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 !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2010
Dark brown color, . Notes of yeast goign on in the nose with excellent notes of ainseed, milk chocolate, cherries, liquorice, molasses. Not so sweet, but very warming finish. Rounded, but still could use a few years for the flavors to meld. Would be very good in 3-5 yrs. Decent stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2010
head: beige
colour: dark orangy brown
smell: anis, alcohol, jaegermeister , candy sugar, banana, licquorice
taste: sweet malty in start ,carbonation burst, bloody/irony afterwards, anis, candy sirup, licqour undernot, bitter finish, aftertaste grassy

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmongoose (2074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2010
on draft and it was a dark pour with nice head. great flavor of fruits and light malt. let it sit and get warmer and the flavors just jump out at you. the body was light unlike what i thought . not a real alcohol burn either. very drinkable and very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
the st,brenardus christmas is great at this time of the year just had it the other day and it was awesome really high in the alc contnen creamy but thick reall good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Like many St.Bernardus beers this one was highly dominated by the yeast. Dark and cloudy with a thick head. A lot of fruity characters in the aroma, mostly dried fruits such as apricots and raisins, but it also had some bready qualities as well. The body wasn’t over the top, it didn’t exhaust my palate, but it wasn’t light either, somewhere right in the middle. A lot of the flavors were yeasty and fruity, as the aroma suggested, and most everyone seemed to enjoy it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brp10 (59) - USA - DEC 18, 2010
My favorite Christmas Ale with Delirium Tremens as well. Simply amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
On tap at Trappeze in a 6 oz wine glass. This is not to be confused with the brewery’s amazing Tripel or Abbott. Nonetheless, it is a fine example of holiday festivity, retaining the abbey’s signature cream head and incredibly smooth body. This smells of stone fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and juniper berries, and its flavors follow suit, but how could you worry about nose/taste with a smooth-sipping beauty like this? It could taste like New Coke and still be a pleasure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (865) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Sample tasting at Lukas Liquor in MO. Pours a dark brown. Aroma of bread, dried fruit, coriander. Flavor is spice, fruity, bread and molasses. Finish is dry. I was impressed overall with this beer. A nice balance and mixture of flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1454) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle; Pour is a hazy dark brown with a nice off white/beige head. Nice retention - very light lacing. You just have to love the dark fruits on the nose, Belgian sugars, spices; There is an almost soapy feel initially , which seems to be fairly typical. That gives way to a creamy sweet and sugary flavor profile with a dark malty fruity and certainly spicy notes. Fantastic, to be sure. Love the creaminess from the head. Love it all really -


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