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


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RATINGS: 1404   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2010
26/12/2010 - from tap @ Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw (Belgium)

Cloudy dark brown beer, light beige creamy head, adhesive. Aroma: caramel, chocolate, gingerbread, licorice. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bitter chocolates, caramel, red fruits (cherries). Aftertaste: fruity, little sour, bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Poured deep, reddish/burgundy with a beige head. Lots of toasted, caramel tones, malts, figs, prunes, and other dark fruits. Alcohol was mild with lots of oak, vanilla, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at Churchills in San Marcos. Another classic from these guys - thought the spices can be a bit overpowering after a while. Delicate yet powerful this is the perfect Christmas accompliment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. A - Hazy chestnut brown with a good amount of sediment. Smaller, bubbly, foamy, light, off-white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a wispy ring of lace. S - Classic BSDA aroma with a bit more spice that others. Dark fruit, dark bread, and some spiciness (both Christmasy and BSDA spice). T - Like the aroma this has what you would expect from a BSDA. Plenty of raisin and some dark bread. A good amount of spice including some earthy spice, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and a touch of orange peel. Some Belgian yeast flavors come out. More bitter than I was expecting. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Has a bit of a zesty feel and less creaminess than I was expecting. D - It made for a nice holiday sipper. Lots of spice and typical BSDA flavors. A little strong with the spice and bitterness cuts down on how easy it is to drink. Notes: A BSDA with plenty of spice and bitterness. Good beer but I was expecting a little more. I enjoyed it for a holiday sipper for a winter day with family. Good beer overall.

   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 (2595) - 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 (6538) - 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.

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