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

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RATINGS: 1105   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap @ La Trappe. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Big, *clean* aroma, dryer sheets and yeast. Medium body gives way to nutty malts, spiced, yeasty finish. Average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
vintage 2007. pours a dark brown with a large tan bubbly head. smell is of caramel, spice, malt, and raisins. taste is very carbonated, somewhat watery, dark fruits, spice, some caramel, end is tangy on the tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
Dark brown with a dense grey head. Nice christmas aroma of spice, caramel and dark fruits. The body is huge and the flavours are wonderfull sweet and spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
bottle, dark ruby brown color with strong foam head and lacing, nose is strong fruit and cocoa, flavor is a blend of dark fruit, chocolate, spices and wood, finish is nicely carbonated with minimal alcohol presence

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2008
On tap at Monks cafe, Philadephia in the company of Loz, Casey and Traci 15-11-08 Pours very dark brown with ruby glints. Soft in mouth, gentle bubbles, easy going spiciness and finishes drier than I expected. The alcohol was warming rather than harsh, nice dried fruits come through, lovely beer. Hard to write this beer up, in fact had to get Loz to do it as the back bar was so dark it was like being in the Bat Cave.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2008
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a deep red with brownish hues. Aroma has a red wine smell, apple, christmas spice, some cherry. Taste is apple pie spiciness. Some lingering bitterness/allcohol nip. Dried fruits are evident. Very balanced & well done. Great holiday sipper

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH. Tap. Pours a nice ruby/red, with tan head. Aroma has plenty of the Belgian yeast bread, and malts. Taste is very smooth and sweet. Notes of floral hops, and dark candi sugar. Overall taste just covers the whole palate, with lingering dark fruits that make this beer a very enjoyable seasonal. Can’t go wrong with this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Intense nose of apples, a touch of musty spice, banana bread, cider, apple pie filling...pretty damn apple-like. Cloudy orange-tainted chestnut with lacey tan head. Malty and apple-like flavors, somewhat boozy yet effervescent...Yeasty backdrop gets somewhat thick and the malts stay adequately if not maybe just a small touch too sweet. I dig it but thought it was slightly too hot, slightly too sweet, and slightly too yeasty...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at Capone’s. Pours out a dark/cloudy brown with a small lacing off white head. Aroma is of cherries, spice and some other sweet notes. Taste is complex with a nice balance of flavor. Fig, raisin, cherries and some other sweet notes mix together and finish off with a slightly bitter/alcoholic finish. Once again, well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Poured a muddy opaque brown color with a finger’s worth of off white head. Aroma was malt and dark fruit, maybe a little cherry? Flavor was more of the same. Very malty, and almost a touch of something sharp. Nice beer.


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