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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1403   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 (1356) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2016
330 ml bottle. Deep brown pour with light reddish hue, off white foam. Aroma is very fruity, very spicy, grape, figs, clove and cinnamon. Taste is rich, sweet, fruity, boozy with a long lingering spicy finish. Palate is full bodied with strong carbonation. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1612) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2016
Bouteille 330ml, gracieuseté de tom10101, merci Tommy! Couleur acajou foncé opaque, mousse beige foncée à fines bulles laissant une mince dentelle. Arôme de levure belge, pain aux bananes, malt caramélisé. Arôme de levure, malt caramélisé, épices, alcool, mélasse, un peu sucré, côté fruité. Carbonatation très élevée, corps moyen.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2016
- braun-schwarze Farbe mit leichter, schnell zerfallender Schaumbildung - leichte fruchtige Aromen nach Banane, Pflaume und Himbeere, aber auch der Alkohol macht sich bereits deutlich bemerkbar - die Carbonisierung ist mir viel zu hoch - geschmacklich dann etwas Rumtopf, Zimt, und Nelke - das prickelnde Mundgefühl durch die hohe Carbonisierung stört mich allerdings ungemein - im Abgang kommt dann noch eine angenehme säuerliche Kirschnote verbunden mit etwas Muskatnuss hinzu Fazit: Wenn der hohe Kohlensäuregehalt nicht wäre, wäre es ein erstklassiges Weihnachtsbier

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1371) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Aroma is figs, booze, caramel, toffee, dry, dark fruit, nice. Appearance is brown, light tan head, hazy. Taste is fruity, tons of fig, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, plums, really good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, crisp, fruit and booze aftertaste. Overall, this is great stuff, even better than Abt 12.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alomtnez (335) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Medium beige head with good retention. Hazy and muddy brown appearance. Spicy aroma, fruity, caramel (brown sugar). Very sweet flavour and very spicy (clove, pepper hints), some fruity and malty. A very spicy beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Hyvin tummanruskea olut melko runsaalla, aavistuksen beigeen vivahtavalla vaahdolla, joka jättää reilusti pitsiä. Tuoksussa tummaa hedelmää, ennen kaikkea luumua, sokerista makeutta ja lievää mausteisuutta sekä jollain tapaa viinimäinen yleisfiilis. Maussa joulu on vahvasti esillä, vaikkei tämä mikään maustepommi olekaan. Tumman hedelmäinen, vahvasti neilikkainen, kanelinen ja hieman aniksinen. Loppupuolellaan hieman maltaisen makea ennen kuivempaa ja mausteisempaa, jälleen varsin punaviinimäistä loppuliukua. Aika täyteläinen suutuntuma, sopivasti hiilihappoinen. Todella laadukas jouluolut.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (5305) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Finally had a chance to taste this on tap in the magic tree’s christmas in july happening. Darker ale. Neat how it appears as fairly flat but even without co2 there is a tad of cutting effects on the palette. Was expecting another over the top holiday beer but what I got was a milder, more civilized vesion of what was expected. This is a well balanced brew between a typical holiday spiced brew and a good civilized belgian. Yes, finally a holiday brew that I can respect. Right there in the league of good holiday ales like Reclamation Christmas Ale. Look, I don’t care for any holiday ales, but this is acceptable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 24, 2016
A 0.75 l bottle that poured a hazy copper body with medium sized ivory head. Aroma of caramel, cooked dark fruits, spices, including cinnamon and cloves, sour cherry and of course yeast. Flavor was lightly sweet and toasted and lightly roasted malts, caramel-coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, winter spicy (cinnamon, herbal). A little bit alcoholic. Full body with long, sweetish finish, sugary, spicy and also a bit perfumey. A fine Christmas beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark red/brown color. Dried fruit aromas, spices, oranges, gillyflowers. Dried fruits, oranges, caramel, yeast and spices. Something off in the taste/finish. Not really sure what. A bit too sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (998) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 11, 2016
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