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

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RATINGS: 1395   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.


4.2
   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 (867) - 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 (1469) - 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 -

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 15, 2010
Murky brown. Nose of red licorice, brown sugar, banana bread and a bit of tart cherry. Full bodied plump mouthfeel. Some holiday spice, banana and clove with hints of red fruit and Belgian candy sugar. I am also getting a slight anstringic metallic flavor on the finish, could be my bottle. Not a big fan of this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1463) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Hazy brown, full body, medim-high carbonation. Strong banana esters. Lots of brown malt. Hefty alcohol presence. Notable minerality. Complex flavor and esters. On the sweet side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4152) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
Bouteille de 750ml. Cette bière est d’un beau brun acajou, elle a une mousse beige durable. Au nez la bière est remplie d’épices, très agréable. En bouche elle est soyeuse, douce, malgré les 10%, elle est épicée à souhait.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5370) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle 75cl. An amber-dark beer beer with good head. Smell is on spice and alcohol. Aroma is quite sweet, very alcoholic and spicy, caramel body with spices, cinnamon what else ? Not very complex, but pleasant, some malt syrup taste and dry fruit flavor, bit disappointed not really great.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Cloudy red-mahogany with good, creamy, tan head / Nose of dark fruit and toffee / Medium to full body, malty, lightly sweet, and good balance and long finish / Flavors of fig, prune, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate, and nuts / Outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a cloudy brown leather in the glass; thick creamy head. Aroma consists of ripe bananas, brown sugar, some nuts and faint alcohol esters in the background. Fruitcake flavors and some kirsch notes as well. Very carbonated on the palate. Overall, it does taste ’young’. Meaning that the flavors haven’t had time to mix well yet. It might do well with some aging. Good stuff never the less...


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