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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1394   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1840) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2513) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6458) - 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.

4.6
   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 !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4836) - 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 (2108) - 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.


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