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


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RATINGS: 1029   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5748) - 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 won’t 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. Where’s the Chrismtas ham? (#3263, 1/1/2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6130) - 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, we’re 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 I’d 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 (1175) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Consumed on New Year’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhliesen (736) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5286) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11943) - 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.

   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.

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