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

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RATINGS: 1234   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2009
An excellent sweet Belgian Dark. Was happy to find this on tap at the local Beer Bar. Pours a dark reddish brown with little if any head. Smell is of sweet friuts, figs, raisins, and some spice. The sweet smells over shadow light notes of malt, chocolate, and there is little if any alcohol in the smell. Taste starts sweet with fruit and spices in good balance, slightly overshawdowing the malt. The sweet flavor last right through the end, but never is overwhelming to the flavor of the beer. The finsih is mildly bitter (very mild), slightly alcohol warm, and unexpectedly crisp. Taste is almost a 5 just a little sweet for me. Overall one most unique beers that I have truely enjoyed with the combination of subtle flavors and balance making this a winner! The mouthfeel is heavy and consistent with the style. Drinkability is excellent for such a strong beer, but after a couple you really start to feel it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KornDogg (546) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Deep and Dark with large tannish red head...strong fruity aroma ... the sweet fruity flavor balances out the alcohol and warming power... great Ale, not really sure what the difference is between this and the regular abt 12

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Dark red amber color. Creamy offshite lingering head. Sweet. A bit of booze. Banana belgian yeast aroma. Wonderful beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1810) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Julio’s Belgian Beer Festival. Sample. St Bernardus has not dissapointed me yet. They had this one on draft for sampling. Pours a deep dark with a nice head. Surprisingly little alcohol taste for a 10%.. As with their other offerings a very complex taste with alot of subtle flavors that change as the beer warms. I am getting several bottles of this for the holidays.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(Review written December 2008) 75cL bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a hazy but still translucent dark copper with a half inch of light tan head. Smells intensely fruity and spicy, with banana, nut, and chocolate notes. Tastes fruity, chocolatey, and spicy, with an underlying toastiness. Banana, nut, cherry, dates, and cloves all play nearly equal roles. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. More of a sipper, though one sip most definitely invites another and this beer was gone long before I wanted it to be. Wow. Quite possibly the best beer this brewery makes, a phenomenal Christmas beer, and one of the most flavorful and complex beers I’ve had all year. Amazing!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9193) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Christmas in August. 750 mL (split) into an Orval chalice. Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany with amber highlights with a one-finger tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Sour aroma with some overripe fruits, candi sugar, mustiness. Dark chocolate and cocoa taste with a fairly dry palate. A bit fruity and perhaps a bit too sweet. Spices show as it warms. 10% well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is banana, spice, dark fruits and candi sugar. Flavor is nice estery banana, with caramel and roasted malts as well as a little bit of spice. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark opaque brown, nice tan creamy head. Nose is slightly sour, dark dried fruit, banana, and spices alongside bready yeast. Taste is mild Christmas spices, bready and biscuity yeast profile. The finish is spicy, creamy, sweet and velvety. The alcohol is SO well hidden in this one. A very good Belgian beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2009
HAzy dark amber color with great head. Citrus aroma and citrus flavor. Nice palate (backlog entry).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6317) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’épices et de caramel avec une pointe d’agrumes. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée brunâtre avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de clous de Girofle et de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe de pamplemousse. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de clous de Girofle en arrière goût. (Rating #2560)


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