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

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RATINGS: 1206   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.


ACHops' rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (798) - 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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
audinerd17 (24) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Amazing holiday beer. One bomber. Two people. Celebrate in front of a fire. So warming, rich. An amazing Belgian beer from an amazing brewery. Highly recommended. A treat once a year. - pixels sent via Beer Buddy on iOS

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (895) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Classic xmas beer. Dark brown. Dark fruit, booze, sherry in the aroma. Creamy big mouthfeel. Lots of spices and fruits dancing around. Heavy but delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (353) - - JAN 24, 2015
A rich, burnt, dried fruit of a beer that is perfect for Christmas. Smells of sweet sherry & tastes of caramel cake. Rated by BrewTom

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StueyD (1279) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
A dark reddish brown coloured beer with a fan coloured, frothy head. A heady alcohol led aroma, with ripened forest fruits, spice and treacle. Strangely light bodied for it’s strength and a fizzy mouthfeel. A mouth filling taste, boozy, cherry and plum ripened fruit, treacle and dark caramel flavours bring on a mild clove spice. The finish is long, fizzy and full flavoured.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jorn69 (1236) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
@ Havregatan 150124. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty, fruity and caramely with spicy and alcoholic notes, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet and fruity with spicy notes and some alcohol warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rossta (9) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015 does not count
Started cold and went to warm, out of a 750. Had several separate flavors at first. Fig is a definite flavor through out the whole experience. As it warmed up everything started to come together. Smooth, flavorful, delicious. Tongue feel still had some fizz to it which took away the full effect of smoothness.. Overall do it again. Thanks

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1101) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pretty cool burgundy pour w/ a huge foamy tan head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a little boozy, a touch sour, & full of malt. The taste is well balanced w/ some caramel malts standing out. My only knock would be that it finishes a bit thin for such a strong beer. However, it’s tasty & highly drinkable at 10%. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1631) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 21, 2015
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is brown. High carbonation. High sweetness. Aroma is banana, spices, malt, coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4316) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Blackish brown beer with a strong slightly off white head. The aroma is spiced and vinous, the flavour is spiced with a vinous roastedness, with yeasty hints. Overall a nice strong Belgian ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2726) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Vertical of 2010-2013 shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris! Copper brown body with a broken beige head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, caramel malt, well water, mineral, raisins. Smooth flavor, showing some signs of age (’10, ’11). Medium bodied with soft carbonation on all vintages, with the most recent perhaps a bit more vibrant. Lots of flavor. Slightly sweet, with subtle spice and a touch of brown sugar. Tasty.


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