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


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RATINGS: 1139   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 @ Kerstbierfestival Essen (B). A clear red/brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of nuts with caramel and dried fruit. The taste of dark malt with fruits like prunes. A little spices and alcohol in the back. The beer is in a way fresh bitter. After a time it gets warm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Intens brown beer with a fantastic frothy beige head. Nose is rich, malty and has loads of complex hints of spices, Port wine, honey, raisin-bread and rich candy sugar. It has a complex rustic accent of wood ? and a fantastic touch of dried fruits such as plums and raisins. Typical for the Bernardus beers is the rich bready texture and the rich and silky mouthfeel. The slight hoppyness lifts it up in the long lasting finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. brown with a ywellowish white head and a sweet an grassy aroma. The taste is very sweet with notes of sugar, soy sauce, ripe prunes, lots of hops, cinnamon, cherries and lots od molasses. The finish is tickling spicy. Very good, but not as good as some other St bernardus brews

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3506) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
This comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a thick pale tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and spicy, inviting a taste. Flavor does not disappoint - it is mainly hoppy with spicy overtones and a spicy, evergreen aftertaste. Texture is very smooth and cooling. An excellent winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap pours very dark brown with off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, fruit, and brown sugar. Has a light body. Flavor is a bite of cinnamon, cherry, prunes, apricot, dark brown sugar and molasses. The flavors linger into the finish. Overall a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Poured on tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours deep dark semi opaque brown with crescent moon shaped off white head. The mild aroma has spices, brown sugar, cherries and apples. It is a little too light to really pick out all the aromatics, at least for me. The taste has an initial pulse of varied winter spices quickly followed by sweet malts and a touch of molasses. By midway the dark fruitiness over powers the other notes with prunes, red apples, a hint of cherry and apricot. It ends with lingering fruit sweetness, cinnamon and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours a deep cloudy brown with red highlights. Towering rocky slow-to-settle head. Brown sugar and toffee and raisins and spice. Flavours of caramalized banana and toffee and spices. Slightly yeasty. Finish is warming but the alcohol remains discreet. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2008
750ml corked and caged shared by Kevin and ratman197. Thanks guys. Pours a semi cloudy, yeast was not settled, orange amber with a one inch head and nice retention throughout. Aromas of figs and other dark fruits, yeast, bread, and some spice. Flavors of dark fruits, figs, candi sugar, yeast, and some spices. Palate is bubbly and medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Dark amber brown, caramel, dark fruits, malty, candied sugar, little spice, little bready.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jwardell (23) - Newton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2008
On tap. Deep, sweet aroma. Sweet yet sharp taste that keeps getting sweeter towards the candy sugar aftertaste. Deep black appearance. Makes every other holiday brew jealous!

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