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


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RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rane (974) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle Dark brown with pale brown head, a little unclear. Aroma sweet malty, spices, dried fruits. Taste quite strong alcohol at first sip but then dangerously easy to drink. Sweet, spiced beer with notes of dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7180) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle shared by Pinball. Brown body with a medium off white head. The aroma is sweet malty, spices, caramel and dark fruit. Yeasty flavour with xmas spices, sweet malt, caramel, brown mollasse and prune. Sweet spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Hazy dark ruby - thick, foamy head - fairly sweet in the nose, with a complex mix lavender, dried herbs, rose water, a light bit of earthiness underneath - full carbonation in the mouth - not as sweet at the aroma suggests - quite a bit of herbal character (thyme, mostly), as well as some wildflower notes - warming spiciness and a touch of alcohol warmth - clean sweetness and fruity character through the middle - a touch of funkiness and the faintest hint of phenolic character on the back end - lingering dried herbs in the finish - pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbrock81 (314) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2009
750 mL bottle. Pours nearly opaque, cola brown. Some head that doesn’t really last. Aroma is of sweet malt and sweet fruit, plums, raisins, and a hint of pineapple. Flavor is just as sweet as the aroma, not so fruity, but with the malt really coming through. The fruit reappears on the finish. Palate is very thick. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle Pours a good dark brown with a big frothy off white head. The head is foamy and lasting. Produces some good lacing. Has a good aroma of spices, dark fruits, Bubble gum, and brown sugar. Has a high carbonation. The flavor is real good. Sweet but not over done. Good spiciness with a good balance of hops and malts. The alcohol is hidden well and its blended to perfection. Has a medium to full body. The mouthfeel is excellent. Has a dry texture. The finish is great with a very pleasing aftertaste. This is just a great beer, Merry Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3732) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2009
Thick frothy head biege in colour,ale is red / purple or ruby red colour aroma rich fruits(dark)spice brown sugar port plum,flavour very smooth port wine plum fig cinnamon brown sugar clove a bitter to match,yeast touch raisin cherry really top stuff,finish dark fruit full flavours knock out the alcohol strength,Christmas in a glass tops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
hazy brown, small white head. aroma is sweet spicy, dark caramel. faint aroma flavor is sweet fruity, mild dark fruits, raisins, christmas spices, almonds. nice brew, but nothing spectacular like the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Poured a dark brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is lots of spicy yeast and some dark, sweet fruitiness. The flavor has a nice kick to it, with lots of spicy yeast and some light fruitiness up front. There’s a bit of earthy funk and some pine and spruce as well. Has a long, warming alcohol finish. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Deep amber pour with some head. Aroma of doughy yeast and spice. Flavor is subtly spicy, sweet, malt forward. Light spruce, bread dough, some clove and ginger and alcohol. Dark fruit and brown sugar. Nice mouthfeel, full boied with great belgian carbonation. Finishes with raisins, light alcohol. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle split with Ryguy. Pours a dark, hazy brown body with nice sediment, and a thick rootbeer float head. The aroma is spicy, notes of sugar and malt. The taste reveals the nice carbonation of the brew, pleasant mouthfeel. Flaviors of rich malt, sugar, and dark fruit. Slight alcohol burn, but more of a mouthfeel rather than taste.

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