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

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2008
(bottle) Dark brown body and huge, fluffy brown head. Powerful dark fruit aroma, sweet and vinous. Medium-full body is lively with carbonation on the tongue. Tingling sensation gives way to a very sweet brew - fruit, malt and some alcohol evident. Very sweet but complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4461) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2008
(750ml bottle) Purchased at Whole Foods in the Denny Triangle, Seattle, for $12.99. I was going to save this for Oakes weekend visit but his recent review clears the way for me to hoard this myself.. bah ha ha! Pours a lively, carbonated deep mahogany-brown beneath a lofty, foam beige head. Nose of prune, fig and Christmas spice. Taste comes across as thinly malted, iodine, pear, prunes, cherry, yeast and alcohol. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Delicious dark strong. Kind of middle of the road for style, but one of my favorite styles and breweries still. Dark fruits, spices, bread and overall goodness. Some heat from the high alcohol and thoroughly enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
Dark brown colour. Gorgeous head and lacing. Intense deep fruit - plum, raisin, breadcrust, chocolate and fresh apple - in the nose (yeah, those aren’t all fruits, I get that.) Big, strong, but smooth body with lovely fruit and milk chocolate character. Firm malty, alcholic and still fruity finish. Lovely brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
From bottle : Pours very dark with what seems to be hints of red. A huge head, that stays around forever, kinda a little annoying actually. But it is big and white and fluffy. Fruit and spice are the main smells, but not as nice of a complex nose as some of there other offerings. Taste is again fruit and spice, pretty good though, and no alcohol that i can detect. Suprising how light bodied, being a Christmas ale and all, but i know, its Belgian. Smooth palate, pretty good over all, just wish the aroma was a little more pungent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 With Oakes and Gary from Beveridge in Seattle; billowy pour, deep and dark, not overly aromatic. mild in many ways. Alcohol is well-disguised. smooth and easy yet complex at the same time. not "too" anything. hint of smoke. a characterful sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
[913-20071205] 750mL (w/ PhillyBeer2112, others). Weird fruity spice aroma has an earthy hint of orange zest alcohol. Dark dark red body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Still strange lightly spicy fruit in the flavour with a hint of sweet pencil lead and peppery chocolate. Medium body is lighter on the tongue than you think. Such a strange beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Deep ruby red body, tan big bubble head. Strong raisin, caramel, spice aromas. Good, tastes like a strong, dark Belgian should.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Medium sized head that dissolves quickly. Nice smell of dried fruit, spice, and malt with some alcohol and hops. Nico beer in a solid lineup of good brews from St. Bernardus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Cloudy brown body with a small light tan head. The nose is lightly sweet with caramel, plums and raisins. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with herbal hops, grapes, cotton candy and toffee. Medium body is soft with high, but gentle carbonation.


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