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


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RATINGS: 1264   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours very dark with amber highlights. Lots of candy and winter spices in the nose, hints of malt, dark fruit, and sugared dates. Very nice flavor. The initial sweetness give way to good bitter finish. Spicy but smooth and very complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgiskOlklub (991) - Viby J, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2009
Large brown head. Brown body. Malty and nutty aroma. The taste is heavy sweet and light bitter - and not well balanced. One dimensional. Bernardus can do better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SamD (1) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2009 does not count
Brown coloured beer with small white head. Full palatewith a bitter sweet and spiced taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Xtreme Xmas at RnH. A delight and rich Christmas brew. Belgian influence all over the place. Ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Figs and dates .. One of the better beers of the night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
On tap at the Fort Worth Gingerman. Cloudy brown pour with a nice white head. Faint aroma is light and yeasty. Taste is roasted malts, yeast, lots of spice, and plum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
A modest smell because of low temperature. But a surprise in disguise. Some hand-warming did the trick. Round and full harmonic palate of bitters and sweets dance with some spices. Sticky sweets make after-taste hang round for long. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wim (3279) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy hoppy fruity aroma a sweet spicy yeasty hoppy fruity malty caramel sweet taste with a sweet alcholic bitter finish nice one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yves (2612) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2009
Brown coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation visible. Malty yeasty aroma with a fruity nose. Full palate slightly sparkling. Finish is bitter sweet and spiced. Quite long finish. Top beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Cloudy brown body with great thin lasting off white head. Aroma of sweet spices, nutmeg, bubblegum, yeast, malt. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel with good carbonated bite. Caramel and sweet malt notes, with belgian spices on finish. The first couple of sips i thought were a little sweet for me but it’s really quite nice once you start drinking it. Masks the 10% masterfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Thanks to moniesocal for bringing this to the Bruery’s Christmas 2009 Show and Tell. This rich, dark pour had some anise notes in the flavor. I’m not a big fan of anise, but otherwise, it was a well made beer. If you happen to like anise, you’d probably enjoy this beer.

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