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

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RATINGS: 1207   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle, John’s Grocery, Iowa City. Rustic brown pour, dingy beige head that settles surprisingly quickly. Spicy cognac aroma, grape skin, fresh cut walnut, inky raisins. Brown sugar sweetness, dates, blackberry, quite a large dose of rum heat. Fairly dry menthol laden finish, but after all the sweetness up front the overall experience is still pretty sugary. A pleasant but rather young tasting beer. Another couple years and this might come together into something brilliant, but as sampled...has a ways to go.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2173) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle bought in a warehouse in the suburbs of Brugge. Deep brown pour with a large thick tan head on top. Dark fruity aroma. Caramel, dark fruit, malt, plum, Christmas pudding taste. Had this last week but also had 2 bottles last Christmas. Lovely seasonal Belgian heavyweight, I wish had some more left.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cirrhosis (1230) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
"Dark brown to Ruby red when held up to light a tall 4” cap floats on top and reduces to a thick skiff after a while. Aroma is smooth with mild spice notes some dark fruit, honey, and mellow roasted malts. Taste is very flowery with notes of rubbing alcohol. Tasty cloves give way to a hidden bitterness in the finish. Flavour has lots in common with fig Newton’s, can you even buy those anymore? Wow lots of chunks plopped into my glass during that last pour. Some cherry is showing up along with some metallic tastes. Dam why are these bottles so big my brain just exploded all over the basement. Simple enjoyable bla bla bla………"

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry fruit and fruity ester with some candi sugar and some nicer Belgian malt. Taste is a well balanced mix between some fruity ester, some dry fruits such as figs and notes of Belgian malt. Body is full with great carbonation and no appearance of alcohol. Very well done though it probably fell short of the ABT 12.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2009
Deep brown/burgundy with a thick frothy mocha head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is spices, dark fruits, caramel, herbs, a hint of alcohol and some metal notes. Flavor is spices, raisins, alcohol, roasted malts, toffee, a touch of wood, brown sugar and a hint of dark honey and some bitterness in the aftertaste. Much more interesting than the aroma let it expect. Full body with fizzy carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
On tap @ Map Room. Tasted like the Abt 12 w/ spices added to the mash. Nutmeg comes through clearly, but spices mask the more subtle flavors of the beer. Very tasty X-mas ale, but tries to improve on perfection.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4195) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
Dark brown reddish color, nice foamy beiged colored head. The smell is alcohol, malts, toffee, candi sugar, fruits, and raisans. The taste is fruity, alcohol, rasians, candi sugar, malts, and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1988) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Huge fruity nose on this one. Plums, raisins, berries, awesomeness. Flavor isn’t as good but is still excellent in it’s own right. Put off drinking this one for a while for some reason, but I was very pleased with the results.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2342) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted and caramel, herbs for the hops, musty basement and earth for the yeast, and background notes of brown sugar, alcohol, clove, red wine, and slight boozy hint. Head is large, rocky, off-white, with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is murky, dark brown with a dense amount of small particles. Flavor is heavily sweet and moderately acidic to start and the finishes is moderately acidic and lightly bittersweet. Palate is medium, syrupy, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly alcoholic. A great, well rounded Belgian Strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
Soft Belgian aroma from the bottle, candied at times, doggy at others. From a tulip glass, I got the distinct aromatic impression of McDonald’s french fries with ketchup. Go figure. Good bottle, label, foggy brown beer with a lot of fizz and a fluffy tan head. Sweet and sour, earthy, astringent. Trailing witchcraft herb aftertaste. The middle was vacant, like a melted, watery chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream bar. The foam is unmercifully metallic. The Saint blew the shift here. MSL, on markdown.


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