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

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RATINGS: 1012   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark reddish brown color with a nice huge white head. Yeast at the bottom. Nice aroma of dried fruit, yeast and a little notes of spices. Flavour is nice with notes of spices, yeast and with a warm feeling from the alcohol in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
75 cL bottle. Pours muddy brown/amber red with light brown and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is sweet, hops and caramel malt and elements of alcohol. Taste is caramel, fruit, alcohol and malts. Beer is slightly over-carbonated, might however be a good thing for the heavy x-mas food. Does not have a complex taste and after-taste as the description indicates. Ordinary belgian x-mas ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28463) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, yeast, spices, alcohol, prunes, and a bit of wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, over ripe fruits, prunes, and yeast, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol prickles the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy, nutty brown with a tall, creamy, off-white head leaving a pretty lacework. Vinous, port-like aroma with notes of dried fruit. Quite a full and rich body with lightly sweet, dark malt accents. Touches of yeast and a lot of dried fruit. Never gets overly sweet. Quite a complex brew. 081206

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2007
Draught. Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is lots of spices, some yeast and candy. Flavour is really much the same in a good balance. Wellbalanced and hides the alcohol well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (19671) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Draught. Hazy orange brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, spices and caramel. Flavour of fruits, spices and caramel. Fizzzy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18972) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled. Hazy mahogany colour, persistant head. Rich marzipan aroma. Mid sweet full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Candi sugar, banana and almonds. Some spicy hops surface in a mid bitter finish with some alcohol warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15596) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy oeange color with a small off-white head. Has a spicy malty aroma with hints of dark fruit and also some hints of yeast in the aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit flavor with spicy hints and some weak hints of yeast. Has a warming malty spicy finish with some hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13532) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
Corked bottle at Plan B
Mahogany color, creamy head. Belgian aroma, some malt yeast and vegetables, candi sugar. Medium body, a lot of caramel, some sweetness, but not much complexity. The alcohol warms a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13482) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are dominated by cinnamon and orange. Sour sweet.


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