BiddleBrau (993) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Older bottle, not sure how old but itís 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 Iím 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. Iíd certainly welcome the opportunity to try this again as this is no fly by the night brewery.
Bulk_Carrier (2429) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger sustaining white foamy head that concaves a bit but holds its own for a good two minutes before dissipating ever so lightly.
The smell had a sweet to lightly spiced combination of cinnamon and ginger running into a sweet biscuity/bready goodness. Subtle hints of cocoa allocate nicely in and around my nose.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and flavor a sweet bready aftertaste leading into a semi - wet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality running about. Carbonation seems to run smooth and semi-dry.
Overall, as a Belgian Strong Ale, itís awesome to me itís still awesome. Would love to have again for Christmas!
Diablokev (161) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is crisp maybe of caramel. The appearance is a nice amber with a thick tan head. The taste is a bit strong of alcohol, malty, caramel. Heavy to drink, probably can only do one of these in a night. Overall not that bad, but could have been better.
PlutonowyMan (51) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piana pojawi?a si? na u?amek sekundy i od razu znikn??a, nie pozostawi?a po sobie ?ladu, nawet nie pobrudzi?a szk?a. Na powierzchni ta?czy?y tylko drobne b?belki.
Bukiet to wyra?ne go?dziki, pomara?cza, przyprawy nieod??cznie kojarz?ce si? z zim?.
Smak mocno wytrawny, ?liwki i wszystkie atrybuty aromatu, ktůre przywodz? na my?l grzaniec, jest tak?e masywny i ci??ki, no i oczywi?cie alkohol, ktůry niesamowicie rozgrzewa.
Mimo swojej mocy (10% Alk.), alkohol w piwie jest bardzo dobrze schowany. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale czaruje goryczk?, ktůra jest sucha, wytrawna, "pestkowa".
Mo?na odnie?? wra?enie, ?e to piwo jest "t?uste", tre?ciwe, a jednocze?nie ?atwe do picia, wysycenie wi?cej ni? ?rednie.
Bardzo polecam na zimowe wieczory, przy kominku z dobr? ksi??k?.
cfrancis (2612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky dark brown with a nice pillow beige top. Aroma is a slight spice of nutmeg and cinnamon and sweet caramel malt. Taste is much the same, spice is not overpowering just a nice accent to a well balanced winter warmer.
jamesie1857 (1532) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Belgium in a Box - Chunky dark chestnut brown body, with a lasting two finger beige head, very good lacing. Rich, full aroma of banana bread, toffee, dark fruits, and some floral notes. Medium body, velvety, smooth. Fantastic banana bread flavor, nutmeg, spice, caramel, some very light floral and grassy notes. Love it.
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
red brown pour dense foam that vanishes. Aroma cola, cherries, barley, sour tang. Tastes brown sugar, cola, pears, orange blossoms astringent like a ginger ale. Light fast drinking slight creamy effervescent.
dexzappa (2) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a treat. Great Christmas beer, but I can obviously see this bee delicious at any time, especially in winter. Similar to ABT12, there are resemblances, but this is itís own beer through in through with the butterscotch being the star.
kbudd19 (803) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle had this many times but never rated it. Apperance is muddy brown with plenty of head and good retention. Aroma is cinnamon, fruit cake, and rasin bread. Taste is clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, followed by raisins some malty sweetness and a touch of light bitterness. This is a classic, my favourite Christmas beer.
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,75 Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Fruits, light raisin, spice (cloves and cinnamon) in the nose. Flavour of dried fruits, alcohol, spice, ligth cocoa and liqourice. Full bodied. Marcipanny alcoholdense end. Exellent beer. Gonna age nicely also
joeneugs (3727) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home while cooking some carbonnade a la flamande. It pours a cloudy brown color with a large, fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very sweet with baked bread, over ripe plums, apples, raisins and some cinnamon/baking spices. The flavor is very full bodied and rich with more intense fruity flavors of plum, raisin, dates, fig and nice baking spice notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but not oppressive. The finish is sweet with more baking spice especially in the aftertaste. Warming and comforting, just like the Abt 12.