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

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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
strongpieman (1644) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (3618) - 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.

4.6
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1787) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (6001) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
bread, darkm sugar,brown, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Smells of malts, bananas, yeast and some sugar. Taste is like a banana and some sweet brown sugar and malts. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8844) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle from Tanakaya. 2-4 years old. Nice, rich aroma of dried plums, caramel, chocolate, raisins, spice. Chewy and appealing as hell. Dark brown with lots of orange glow, thin, lacy head. High carbonation, relatively light body for such a big beer. Fruity and spicy, plums, cherry, with a very earthy middle and a rather bitter finish. There is a fresh fruitiness that seems like it shouldn’t really be there. Flavor does not live up to the nose, though still a damn good brew....that was for the first pour of the bottle. It got much better. The body improved tremendously with the second pour, plus rich, thicker dried fruits and caramel. Wow. The first, second, and third pours where all completely different.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
On tap at the Saucer in San Antonio. Poured a glowing dark brown body with ruby highlights that was topped with a lasting, creamy tight head. Aromas of spices (gingerbread), fruity, wheat, yeasty, bready and is malt forward. Flavors of light to medium candi sugar, yeasty, muted spices, cloves, bready and very light floral hops. Medium mouthfeel with fine, soft carbonation. This is Christmas in a bottle!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with loads of head. Smells of pears, apples, bananas, vanilla and brown sugar. Tastes of apple cider with some spiciness. Tons of carbonation...almost too much. A good belgian with the typical Belgian yeasty taste and mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5306) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Apple, pear, and banana bouquet, with the latter dominant. Hazy brown, thick yellow lacing head. Candied plum (sugar plums, if you will) flavor, with a banana undercurrent. Alcohol very obvious.Simple, enjoyable, well made. Probably needs a little age.


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