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

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RATINGS: 1009   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.


oldrtybastrd's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (217) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
Wow, wish I had more of these, aroma is fruity to piney, spruce Christmas tree with some fruitcake, taste is malty, somewhat fruity, slight spice, alcohol, moderate lacing present, medium aftertaste. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (181) - Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown beer. Good cream colored head. Taster is crisp. Nice dry malt cream. Some nice spice. Just a half step below Abt 12.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (162) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
750 ml. bottle poured into a schooner. Pours a reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of raisin, sweet malt, alcohol, cherry, and plum. The flavor is not very distinct, very malt forward with a slight sourness from the yeast and hardly any spice. It has fruity esters and is a rich beer but something is missing. I do detect some cinnamon and ginger, but very slight. It has a medium to full body, fairly light texture, lively carbonation, and long, sweet, alcohol laden finish. Very fizzy on the palate. Kind of boring, actually.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (741) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Looks the part, smells the part, feels the part........but it didnít taste the part. I donít know, I feel wrong for not tasting much in this besides a little bit of spice and dark fruit but I was disappointed with the lack of flavor. However, it did smell great, look great and had a nice full body with a smooth finish. A pretty good beer but............

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (934) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Ruby coloured with a vigorous pale head. Aroma is dark fruit, ginger, anise, brown sugar. Full bodied, sweet on the palate with a big Belgian yeast finish. Taste is christmas spices, raisins, dates, coriander, ginger. Tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
As it is a young beer, is its wine equivalent the Beaujolais Nouveau? Pours dark brown. Grapey scent and sweet dark fruit flavors. Mid bodied and quite live. Draft - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scampycampy (27) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
pours very dark, almost black and appearing cloudy with thick foamy head. smells of spice and fruit with some alcohol scent (it is 10% afterall). Tastes the same with a moderate alcohol finish with end of spice. A very tasty beer and a go to if I donít feel like experimenting.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (201) - CROATIA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle that pours reddish brown with a big head. It was more carbonated than I expected but that does not take away from the beer. Malty with hints of spices, a very tasty Christmas ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark color, tan head, huge carbonation. Smell is fruity, yeasty, spicy; similar to the 12 with a little more cinnamon in it. Taste is very similar to the 12, so it canít be that bad, right? Good beer, of course. I dont think they make a bad one. 1000 people before me talk about how good it is, so something can be said for that.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinte (301) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with a huge, creamy, tan head, fully lasting with nice lacing. Moderate malty aroma (caramel) with notes of dark fruits, nuts, raisins and light spices. Moderate-to-heavy and nicely balanced bitter/sweet flavour. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation; light alcoholic warming in the finish. Very satisfactory!


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