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

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RATINGS: 1394   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.


4.1
   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. Itís a really good holiday beer - probably one of my favorites in recent memory. Iíll be looking for more of this to have on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2008 vintage. I enjoyed this at Delilahís 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!

4.7
   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)!

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 didnít 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 (3747) - 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 (1845) - 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 isnít 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 (6050) - 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 (8924) - 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 shouldnít 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.


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