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


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RATINGS: 1026   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9690) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a large but diminishing tan head. Aromas of spice, fruitiness, brown sugar, pepper and light toffee. Palate was medium bodied crisp and warming. Flavors of spice, dates, raisin, carmel and candi sugar with a crisp warming lingering sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2008
bottle (thanks to my secret santa).....pours an opaque dark brown with a hefty tan head that was quite persistent.....aromas of dark fruit, raisins, and very light on the spice. a little yeasty.....flavors didnít stray too far from the nose. more caramel malt, dark fruit and peppery spice. carbonation is a little bit too aggresive but the mouthfeel was full and creamy. finish was somewhat boozy and it also left a little bitterness in the mouth.....in all, a very high quality bsa that should be tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2008
One year old. Cellered, it went better than many of the other christmas beers. It was the winner this year with beatiful notes of alcohol, spices, caramel, smoothness all in all in a very great way. Iíll be looking for some cheap of them here in january for next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10933) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Aroma is sweet spice. Not quite gingerbread, but nice. The head exceeds the body, and it qualifies as rocky. Full bodied with creamy, but rough, carbonation. The flavor is marvelous. It is sweet, tart, chocolate, cherry, various dark fruits, amazing. The finish has harsh roasted malt in a minor way, and yeast. This is something that is more year round than winter. Itís really pleasant - i.e. pleasing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells very chocolatey with a nice compliment of cherries and winter spices. Tastes roasty with some hints of tartness, lots of chocolate, some raisins and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied and the finish on this one reminded me of hot chocolate. Excellent Christmas beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (1763) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle. Hazy dark amber colour with large creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Sweet bitter flavor. Oily palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Poured, this looks like a goblet of cola except that it has a tall tan head, which doesnít last very long. Who cares? Smells great, with scents of dark cherries and grapes, toffee, rose petals, dried fruit, and warm brown spices. Itís moderately carbonated yet very smooth feeling in the mouth. The flavor is reflective of the nose with a touch of the strong alcohol content creeping in midway and a light floral bitterness that appears near the finish. Very satisfying and warming.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Happy New Year to me. Caged and corked, this pours with the lively appeal of a tower of congregating foam that hangs around like those relatives that came for the holidays but now they wonít leave. The aroma is a bit tame, but has a glimmer of raisin and sugar. The flavor is complicated, simmering with warm fruits like grapes and more grapes, a swirl of yeast and a slice of pear. Quite flavorful. Whereís the Chrismtas ham? (#3263, 1/1/2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Deep burgundy-brown hue covered by a fully lasting light beige head. Good looks, fed by very heavy carbonation. Intensely yeasty nose, weíre talking a spicy, lightly sour, highly bready yeastiness with fair, warming and fitting alcohol. Interesting pear nuances and the usual St.Bernardus grapey notes. Well-textured malts, not too thick, but the carbonation is hugely expansive, to the point of seemingly stealing a bit from the flavour development. Efficient and satisfying Christmas beer, but Iíd rather have a less intensely yeasty product. Yeast+minerality just seemed to take the show by sheer force while the texture of the malts hinted at the fact that some subdued complexity must have been hiding in there, it just was hard to find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1166) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Consumed on New Yearís Eve 2007. Darker brown color versus the Abt 12. Yeasty bread, vanilla, orange, pear, and some cinnamon spice. A very nice complex beer. It starts out spicy, then fruity (I detect grape), and finishes with a nice bite. Very nice beer.

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