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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1390   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Pour is deep chestnut brown with a largish bubbled but dense khaki head...smell is lightly fruity with plums, prunes, molasses, caramel, fresh bread...taste is sweet with peanut skins, prunes and grapes, pears, and yeasty mustiness....finish is lingeringly sweet...borderline cloyinging, but not quite...I canít taste the booze at all...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours brown with course, thick head. High carbonation. Aroma/Flavor is bread with an extra kick of burnt toast in there. The yeast has a slight spiciness to it, but phenols arenít individually apparent, but rather blend well with the darker maltiness. The hop bitterness is bold for the style, but little-to-no hop flavor. Yum, but not as good as the Delirium Noel I just had.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours dark with a good foamy light brown head and a potent, brown-sugary and slightly hopped nose (itís very delicious, mind you). Flavor is outstanding, frankly: brown sugar and caramel on the front, quickly transitioning to banana, coriander, and light hops on the back. Finish is long and sweet. This is very drinkable and tastes great. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3135) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
I finally try this gem. Very good beer, though I prefer their quad over this. Aroma was sweet. Dark fruit, brown sugar and spices. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown with a huge puffy 3 finger thick bubbled head. This beer LOOKS like winter. Taste was very good as well. Strong brown malt, fig, date and plum with a heavy yeast bite. Quite a bitter/near sour aftertaste that was welcomed. Good carbonation round the beer out. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Had this with Christmas dinner in 2009. Thanks to my parents for spontaneously picking this up and surprising my wife and I with it for the meal. Pours a dark caramel with a nice tan head and some good lacing. Nose is quite nice, dominated by plums, figs, dates, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of cinnamon, and some doughy malt. Lovely yeast character. Taste is just as complex and uber integrated. Like a nice holiday dessert without being at all overly sweet. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy; super smooth. Drinkability is quite nice. Will have to make this a tradition. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2010

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark auburn with a decent tight knit cap of white.

Aroma: Dark fruit, candi sugar, bread crust and bubble gum.

Taste: Vinous fruity note, spicy yeast, bread crust and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated to the point it was hard to taste. Medium bodied.

Overall: I seemed to have appreciated this in previous years. This wasnít a gusher, but it was definitely too fizzy for my enjoyment.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours a dark brown color with a white frothy head. Aromas are sour cherries, lemon, and yeast. The taste is medium sour cherries, caramel, and bread. This is a medium body, highly carbonated brew with a long slightly bitter finish. Very good and perfect for Christmas time.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Another excellent selection from the St. Bernard Brouwerij. Pours rich amber with a full voluminous head. Smooth, spicy and fruity taste in the perfect blend for a holiday beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Draft served in a tulip at International Tap House-Soulard. Pours a cloudy brown-amber color with a small tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, bubblegum, minerals, earth, caramel malts, and winter spices. Flavor of banana, Belgian yeast, caramel malts, copper, earth, rain water, and spices. Medium bodied, with a malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Pours a deep amber with a nice cloudy billowy lasting beige head. Aroma is light salty cheese, big fruity esters, plum, raisin, slight solvent as it warms, light peppery phenolic spicing, and a whiff of burnt diesel fuel. Flavor is sweet, candy sugar, toast, biscuit, cookie dough, raisins, caramel, toffee, nutty, big belgian yeast with hints of cocoa nibs, then more peppery phenols leading to a lively yet smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.


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