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

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RATINGS: 1236   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1537) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Malt, raisins, portwine and nuts in aroma. Unclear brown colour with light brown head. Sweet spicy flavour with a bitter finish. Plums, dates and figs - very Christmas like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Cork and cage bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan foamy head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, plums, spices, figs and yeast. Flavor is fruity, yeasty, cinnamon, brown sugar. Creamy mouthfeel with nice bubbles.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Draft. Pours deep chesnut brown with a thin, porous, tan head. Aroma is magical; vanilla, fig, barley, bread, spice, apple, and hints of cherry and pine. Full bodied with a rich, warm mouthfeel. Strong, slow finish. Delicious Belgian strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chmurarz (518) - Legnica POLAND, POLAND - NOV 11, 2009
christmas ale 2009, 0.75 l bottle, very strong beer, 10% alc, alc is not dominant though, mildly sweet, typical for strong belgians aroma and taste, heavy and orangy, there is some caramel, citrus as well, very nice top, dried fruits and syrup, alc is quite strong, kicks in the head

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Very similar to the Abt 12, but a bit more fruity. No disappointment here at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6761) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap in an abbey glass. Pours a reddish brown with just about no head. The aroma is musk, a bit of yeast, dark fruits, and a hint of malt. The flavor is quite sweet with a big dose of malt. There are dark fruits and jammy grapes in there as well, with a touch of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2009
This is a pretty uninteresting Belgian ale. The bottle popped under some real extreme pressure, which turned the first half of the glass into nothing more than a thick and bubbly head. There isnít much to the nose, with only slight notes of caramel malt, candi sugar, dark fruits and yeast. The body is light and smooth. The flavors are a little on the bland end, with some notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast and bread. The finish is a little sour and semi-fruity. This certainly isnít the best Belgian or Christmas-seasonal beer Iíve sampled.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Fruity, yes. Very fruity. Pours a brown sugar-brown with frothy, soapy, sudsy tan head. Aroma is very fruity - notes of fig, raisin, apricot and other dried fruit. Also notes of must. Has just a touch of brett in it - from what I can tell, which gives this beer a very dry flavor on the palate. Not sure if this was intended or not, but at this point is very welcome, as it has not going full steam. Ends clean.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1553) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle caged and corked, picked up at Stateline. Muddy brown/red-ish color, big head. Nice aroma of some spices, dark fruits. Taste is great...just what I was looking for in a holiday ale. Really nice spice, banana, fruity, cinnamon and some light roasted maltiness to it. Each sip, gets better. It has a creamy smoothness that makes it way to easy to drink for being ten percent. Overall a great beer to sip on a cold rainy night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 28, 2009
On tap, Wurstkuche. Pours brown-ruby, slightly opaque, and with a small beige head. Aroma has initial bready, sweet malt, then moves into the Christmas spice cabinet: nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Palate is similar to Abt 12, but less creamy. Flavor starts with a bite of sweet malt and brown sugar. The noel spices really come into their own in the finish, a bit heavy-handed if you ask me. The finish is peppery, boozy, with strong cinnamon. Just doesnít come through with the smoothness I wanted from a winter warmer. Fittingly, this beer tastes like a Belgian version of Anchorís Our Christmas, but less well put together. Doesnít even compare when put next to Abt 12. Perhaps better bottle-fermented than on tap.


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