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

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RATINGS: 1024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMilly8 (389) - 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 (5218) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Řlfestival Horsens 2006. Dark brown with a nice head. Both aroma and flavour are fruity with notes of citrus and spice, but in a sort of edgy way and a bit disharmonic. The flavour also has sweetness, yeast and I do not feel the alcohol. The finish has a nice bitterness, but the grapefruit acidity is a bit dominating. 1627

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 Bottle from SL, shared by bfeldmann. The pour was burgundy in color, huge off-white head, lots of continuous lacing while consuming, pillowy, all that good stuff. The aroma was soapy floral, fruity, cherries above all things, candy cherries. The flavor was floral, fruity, cherries, plums, light spice, all nicely blended together. The mouthfeel was full, airy, yeasty dry to finish, almost dubbel like in that regard. A nice brew. Re-rate, 12/09: on draft at SL. Not much else I can add, other than the fact that this thing came across a bit better. Spices also present along with the previously mentioned STUFF. Thanks, Robert!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9666) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a large but diminishing tan head. Aromas of spice, fruitiness, brown sugar, pepper and light toffee. Palate was medium bodied crisp and warming. Flavors of spice, dates, raisin, carmel and candi sugar with a crisp warming lingering sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2008
bottle (thanks to my secret santa).....pours an opaque dark brown with a hefty tan head that was quite persistent.....aromas of dark fruit, raisins, and very light on the spice. a little yeasty.....flavors didn’t stray too far from the nose. more caramel malt, dark fruit and peppery spice. carbonation is a little bit too aggresive but the mouthfeel was full and creamy. finish was somewhat boozy and it also left a little bitterness in the mouth.....in all, a very high quality bsa that should be tried.


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