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

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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1221) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours watery murky red with a thick and super creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is banana, clove, and yeast. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malts with slightly spicy finish. The 10% abv is well concealed. Funny that this qualifies as a Christmas beer in Belgium, doesn’t taste much different from a standard dubbel. Nice beer, all the same.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3145) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Thx JSP Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of sugar, spices, belgian yeast. Taste is of sugar, spices, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Good, tasty, strong. Not overdone. Nice yeast indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1648) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
750ml bottle. Dark mahogany body with a medium head. Plums, dried fruit, spices, syrup, candid sugar, some earthy notes. ABV pretty much not noticable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wolfcarnival (220) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2016
drunk in beergeek bar around xmas. pours dark brown with a tan head, thick lacing. deep aroma of dark fruits, spices, caramel. tastes creamy and rich, with plums, apple, toffee, cinnamon, candied orange. real tangy yeast flavour to finish. totally great. just my type of boozy fruity burnt toffee ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NordicV (1749) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2016
Dimmig brun öl med inslag av rött. Stort beige skum. Dofter av malt, torkad frukt, kryddighet och jäst. Samma återkommer i smaken.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (366) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours dark brown with creamy head. Aroma is raisin, caramel, some sourness, light grass. Taste follows and is quite complex - some sweetness, raisin, spices. Super good beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntoineGRD (76) - - MAR 25, 2016
La St Bernardus Christmas Ale est la petite dernière de la brasserie Saint Bernardus. Dans le style des fameuses "quadruples" d'abbaye, cette bière exceptionnelle utilise la même souche de levure depuis 1946. Rivalisant de complexité avec la non moins célèbre St Bernardus 12, elle a de plus été finement épicée afin de constituer actuellement l'une des meilleures bières de noël ! Ainsi, cette bière belge se présente dans une robe brune intense, surplombée par une magnifique mousse colorée, persistante et généreuse. Le nez propose lui une très belle complexité aromatique, entre notes de raisins, de caramel et d'épices. En bouche, cette complexité s'intensifie encore un peu plus avec une belle douceur ainsi que des saveurs de fruits confits et un final bien soutenu par l'alcool. Cette magnifique St Bernardus Christmas Ale est une superbe bière de noël, qui égale bien des bières en termes de complexité aromatique et gustative. Le plus intéressant étant surement de gouter la St Bernardus 12 pour se forger son propre avis !

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentAnthony (35) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel brown sugar and and berries. Pours a dark rich brown amber with a creamy beige head. Taste is delicious and delightful with sweet malts and dark fruit and toffee caramel and bright carbonation and a little alcohol and a lot of complexity. Very warming and satisfying!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (643) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 6, 2016
F: big, off-white, average lasting. C: dark brown to black, opaque, dark red against the light. A: fruity, apple, pears, overripe prunes, molasses, malty, yeast, light spice. T: malty, alcohol warming, molasses, sweet vinous tones, prunes, cherries, apples, light spices in the background, cinnamon, star anise, hint of mint, candy sugar, full complex body, good carbonation, great drinkability, interesting winter BSA worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Beer Temple in Brussels.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KykoPatykar (20) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2016
Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, gingerbread. Appearance: Brown, hazy, tan 2-finger head. Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter, light spicy-gingerbread, very complex. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Very well balanced, very tasty, great example of belgian "christmas" beers.


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