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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1397   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 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.

   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15642) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some amber sort of highlights and an appropriately large off-white head. S: A really rich, luscious nose of caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, and toffee. Tons and tons of fruits too, like cherries, figs, and plums. T: The flavor is just as wonderful. Sweet brown sugar and caramel lead the way with plenty of cherries, plums, and raisins to provide further sweetness. There’s some clove and nutmeg flavors as well as a nice yeastiness. M: The body is medium with a really full and rolling carbonation. D: Maybe the best of all the Belgian Christmas beers I’ve had to this point. This is pretty much what I think of/look for in this kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Dark brown and very hazy with a thick, off white head. Aroma is dark fruit and apples with some sourness to it. The feel of the taste is thick or heavy with plenty of caramel, candy malt in the front with some sweetness, then spices and candy fruit at the end. Even later, then feel of the alcohol comes through. It’s a really good holiday beer - probably one of my favorites in recent memory. I’ll be looking for more of this to have on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2008 vintage. I enjoyed this at Delilah’s 12th annual Winter Beer Tasting in Chicago, IL. Appearance is copper with not much head. Champagne (fruity & boozey) aroma, taste slightly sweet with fruit notes, decent carbonation, somewhat of a champagne flavor surprisingly to me. Not bad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldPeculiar (12) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2010
Incredibly fragrant and distinct taste. An explosion of flavors in your mouth. Sweet, but with plenty of character and integrity. Definitely a sipping beer if there ever was one. Keeps giving and giving... A beer in true Christmas tradition. Fantastic (but one is enough)!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
strongpieman (1647) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Deep red to brown color, clear, nice head. This didn’t work for me as the combination of the taste and alcohol made this reminiscent of syrup. Too sweet and overpowering to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (3876) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Top-of-the-line winter warmer. A great Belgian Ale with the addition of candied fruitcake. Fizzy, warm, sweet, with a huge, smooth finish. An exceptional drink from a top brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Hazy mahogany pour with a big, foamy light tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, cherries, raspberries. Deep roasted malts, candi sugar and some spice. Flavor is very intense. Tons of sweet fruits come through, lots of cherry. A faint hint of wood in what is otherwise a very clean finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with a perfect carbonation level. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2010
On tap at the Nook in Hunstville, AL. Pours dark brown with a low head. The lacing covers the whole glass and isn’t going anywhere. The aroma is similar the the Abt. 12, but with a note of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a slight bitter aftertaste. The body is medium to heavy, and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly acidic. Definitely a beer worth sipping and enjoying.

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