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

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RATINGS: 1142   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Rich and Thick. The flavors area an ever-changing sensory experience. It begins with a wine-like grape flavoring and then caramel and sugars step forth. Also bread, cinnamon, and a few other random taste thrown in.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seta18 (12) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Much like the other St. Bernardus beers, they will not dissappoint. Color is dark, taste has hints of various spices. The aroma also gives you the smell of these spices. Had on tap, will have in bottle soon to compare.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
(Bottle) Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. Small head with deep amber body. Little carbonation. On the palate, lots of malt ad spices. Becomes sour midway through. Lots of deep dark fruits appear. Impressive beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Color is a dark hazy brown. Carbonation is fizzy, creating a fluffy off white head. Aroma has a spiciness to it with some yeast and fruit. Taste is rich and spicy. Starting with a medium body it goes down fizzy with a lighter feel then I was excepting. Finish is a creamy toffee with a touch of cinnamon then some dry apple that has an almost sour feel to it, this is followed by fruity yeast esters and a nice bitterness. In the after taste the yeast seems to hold on leaving you that classic Belgian feel. Overall I think its a great Belgian strong and also a great Winter brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle 750 ml, Appearance: dark brown center with lighter sides , medium creamy top. Aroma: light, aromatic, yeasty nose. Fruity centre , apple , plum and peach covered with creamy cover.7+ Flavor/Palate: carbonated short burst , mid brown malts with yeasty feel. Slight dry fruitiness with dry burn finishing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Wow this beer is amazing. I enjoyed the abt 12 but didnt think it could get much better than that. Aroma is spicy with rasin, alchol, and other spices. Beer pours dark with a sticky tan head. Flavor is very balanced with a deep toffee roastiness. Beer has a lot of complex flavors going on which is excellent. I look forward to having this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2008
Aroma of almonds and malt, burgundy, with a small toffee head. Flavour is pitfruit, toasted malt with notes of wood. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter and easily drinkable. Terrific!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (2761) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Why can not Christmas be all year long. Beautiful cloudy brown like mud. Aroma more like wine than beer. Flavor sweet with some sourness in there and an alcohol burn. Wonderful stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle given to me by my folks for Christmas. A nice gift. Pours a hazy shade of brownish red with a fantastic head and some sticky lacing. The aroma is of fruit cake, dark fruits, alcohol, candy sugar. Flavors of sweet over ripe fruit, dark sweet bread, sugar, candy, Belgian yeast, spice. Just a ton of shit going on. Some booziness in the finish that lingers on the palate. Sweet, spicy, yeasty, warming. Lots of carbonation, sticky dry finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2008
No better way to spend a Christmas evening than sipping on a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. 750mL bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a deep, murky brown with ruby hints around the edges. The head is a full three fingers and shows no sign of receding, leaving tons of lacing down the glass. The nose doesnt surprise too much, though there arent lots of spice presence that I may have expected from a Christmas ale. The main aromas are the Belgian yeast and candi sugar that form the base with hints of dark fruits and bread as well. The taste is also mainly that of a dark Belgian with tons of sweet malts, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. However, I definitely get more spices than the aroma would suggest as well as raisins and plums. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste along with some alcohol burn that warms me up a bit. The mouthfeel is creamy but with tons of carbonation that helps coat the palate with the sticky sugar sweetness that dominates. The finish is just a tad dry. Ive always been a big fan of St. Bernardus, so I was expecting a great beer and it delivered. One of the best holiday beers Ive had recently. Highly recommended!


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