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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhliesen (719) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle--I was thinking a dark, deep red color, but I’ll go with the other reviewers that call it mahogany. Nice foamy head with a bready aroma with a base of malts. Nice mixture of malts, sweetness and cinnamon that jump around depending on the sip. Some of the alcohol taste jumps up and dips down along the carbonation. Yum, was just perfect for our Christmas dinner.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours deep mahogany with fluffy tan head. Mose is rich with caramel and dried fruit. Flavor is complex and sweet from malt and raisin. Smooth aftertast and all around great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2007
(Bottle) Pours deep dark brown with reddish hints. The aroma is of spicy and fruity yeast with tones of white pepper, clove, dark fruits, pears, apricot and oranges. The nose is very sweet with hints of marzipan. The flavour is malty, yeasty, spicy and fruity. The mouthfeel is creamy and doughy. Also some hints if green grapes and a bit floral. Medium to full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2007
750 ML Bottle-Deep ruby red/brown color w/a huge foamy head. Great lacing. Classic Belgian aroma. Sweet flavors of candied sugar, beets, toffee, caramel, & brown sugar. Just a touch of spice, not strong at all. Pretty good stuff which packs a wollop; alcohol is well hidden. Not as good as the 12 but very drinkable. Cool brew to pull out w/friends @ Christmas; even the non beer geeks will enjoy it & the happy monk puts everyone in a holiday mood!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a muddy deep brown color from a cork finished 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, figs, ginger and other spices. A medium bodied BSA. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of caramel and brown sugar. Nice spicing, ginger, clove and coriander. Very smooth taste, excellent mouthfeel. Again a nice beer to sip on that cold winter evening. Touch of alcohol bite at 10%. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth. Aftertaste is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of dark fruits (raisins, fig), brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, vinous, and toastiness. Flavor of raisins, toasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, bubble gum, and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle from Kevin. Body-dark cola with a lasting foamy head. Very nice looking. Nose-light banana bread, foamy, very Belgian. Taste-bready, raisin, light fig, sourdough starter like alcohol, light bubblegum, raw brown sugar, light dark fruit, lightly Earthy, medium to high CO2, bready malt dominates, apple, some pear. Good, but I much prefer the regular SB 12.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Dark brown with offwhite head (actually consumed on Christmas day). Fruity nose of plums, prunes, raisins, apples, vinegar, sherry, brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor is sweet and sour fruit over brown sugar and bready yeast, with quite a bite in the carbonation. Tasty, and not full of "Christmas spice," as I had feared it might be.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Dried and ripe fruit, some carbonation, lots of raisiny rich mouth coating flavor. Good ale for the winter months, good ale period!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy brown body with big head. Aroma is light spices, bubblegum, dried fruit. Flavor is the same, very carbonated. This reminded me of a belgian version of OSA.


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