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


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RATINGS: 1146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Dark brown color with large tan head. Aroma and flavor have nice strong malts, spices, and deep rich fruit and vinous notes. Cmplex and full bodied, yet balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
javiercrasher (179) - Granada, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2014
Fruta madura, licor, especias y la levadura de la casa. Dulce y licorosa. Un poco más de cuerpo la haría más compensada y redonda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at home, Nivala. BBE 16 09 18. Colour is dark brown with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavors: Dark fruits, plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, some spices, hints of alcohol and malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syfher (116) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle of 75cl, in a Trappist glass; from the fridge. Very nice Christmas Ale, with hot spicy and sugar notes, beautiful brown appearance. Nice aroma and taste of Trappist yeast, moderate sticky palate. Love it

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_fernandes (11) - - DEC 27, 2014
Boa cerveja, com um bom final, sabor de aparência. Boa carbonatacao, não se sente o álcool na boca. No geral, uma boa cerveja!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
750 bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with three fingers of dense tan head that lasts a couple of minutes. It then fades leaving little lacing.

Aromas: Belgian yeast, appricots and candied fruit.

Flavours: Candied fruit, Belgian yeast, prunes, plums, figs, hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate viscosity with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice quadruple with lots going on in the way of aromas and flavours. It isn’t something I would want to drink all the time but it is nice on occasion like at Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (751) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Lite dimming och brun aktig med ett brun-orange skum. Doft: Belgo, örter, kola, frukt, "godis malt", läsk. Smak: Malt, must, belgo, läsk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (498) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
bottle. Earthy red colour and large lively head. Malty, breads and caramel, dark fruit and apple. Spicy and boozy. Very lively carbonation. Nice winter warmer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3268) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore
hazy dark chestnut with beige head collapsing to lacing. Fruity prunes, dates and candy sugar. Lively carbonation, fruity full bodied, sweet, apple. Fairly light bodied and not Ott on yeast esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Imposante mousse ŕ la surface de cette bičre rougeoyante mi-épaisse, qui présente aussi un nez acidulé qui rappelle męme un peu les levures bretts, avec quelques fruits (baies, cerises) pour terminer. Bouche en punch aux fruits, riche et décadente, savoureuse et complexe, superbement balancée. Elle est un peu trop pétillante, comme c’est souvent le cas pour cette brasserie, mais il s’agit d’un de leurs fleurons, un délice de tous les instants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (673) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours a deep, hazy brown with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is lots of spices like cinnamon and coriander with some dark fruit as well. The flavor is spices and rich malt up front with a solid backbone and slightly sweet finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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