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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Older bottle, not sure how old but it’s gathered some dust over the years. Really nice mahogany copper color. Age has hurt the head potential here. Rich malty nose, some dark fruit and slight alcohol present. Alcohol burn up front is distracting as is prickly carbonation. Malt flavor and body are big here but I’m still struggling with. Tobacco, cocoa flavors, a bit yeasty/bready flavor round things out a bit. I feel the handling of this bottle (sub optimal) has lead to some deficiencies. I’d certainly welcome the opportunity to try this again as this is no fly by the night brewery.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunn4040 (92) - Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2014
Time for a little Christmas in April. Saw this single bottle sitting on a shelf at a local store and couldn’t help but to pick it up. Pours a deep mahogany with a thick and fluffy cream colored head. Looks fantastic. Aroma is fresh dough, slightly earthy, fruit cake, and maple syrup. Flavor is dark fruits, holiday baking spices, booze, brown sugar, and a bitterness that lingers throughout. Quite tasty. Perfectly carbonated and feels prickly on the palate and goes down smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1319) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
Det här var intressant, aromen hintade om tuggummi men inget tuggummi kunde hittas i smaken. Däremot kunde jag hitta belgisk jästkultur, råsocker och jord i smaken, kroppen var stabil till tisen och balansen var riktigt fin den också.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
richc1983 (8) - - APR 19, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark brown with a creamy head, floral nose with a hint of plum. Alcohol doesnt power thru as much as the abt. Great beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (228) - 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 (213) - 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 (164) - 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 (742) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Looks the part, smells the part, feels the part........but it didn’t taste the part. I don’t 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 (945) - 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 (29) - 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 don’t feel like experimenting.


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