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


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RATINGS: 1036   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (952) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (2967) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2014
Rotbraune Farme mit stabiler, beiger Schaumkrone. Malzig-süßlich-angenehmer Geruch. Der Antrunk ist schwer, aber gleichzeitig auch mild-weich. Malzig. Zum Hauptteil kommen sehr angenehm mild-malzige Aromen durch. Ein Hauch von Zimt und Gewürzspekulatius, zusammen mit einer angenehm-malzig-süßlicher Note. Mild-weich, die 10% sind nicht zu schmecken! Dunkle Früchte, tiefgehende Aromen. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, schön mild-weich, dunkel, malzig-süßlich, angenehm dunkel-vergorene Note.
→ ein klasse Weihnachtsbier! 13/13/14/14

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gbgbrouge (73) - SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
Poured from bottle, dark brownish amber with low creamy head. Aroma strong with notes of dark bread, dried fruit, spices and herbs. Taste is full bodied with notes of dark bread, honey, resin, dried fruit and herbs. Long lasting rewarding finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml served in a La Trappe Trappist chalice. A: Pours a dark amber to brown color with a big creamy fluffy beige head. A bit cloudy. Good retention. A thin layer is always there and many lacings are left S: Mainly dark fruits and caramel. Plums, dates, figs and raisins. Caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, toffee and alcohol in the end T: Follows the nose: Dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts and Belgian yeasts. Sweet taste and mild on bitterness, quite bready as a traditional Belgian strong Ale. Alcohol can be also felt in the end M: Full creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Alcohol in the end O: Very drinkable and tasty beer. Exactly what you expect from a St. Bernardus beer... An excellent beer! ;) [ BA Review @ 2/5/2012 ]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
outlawskies (967) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks it is a very. nice Belgium mild on the spices she gives a 4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (485) - SERBIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark colour with medium white head.Taste and aroma of caramel, raspberry, blueberry, brown sugar.Very good only I think to need a little bit more complex flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2203) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Christmas beer from Sint-Bernardus largely destined for export to Danemark (unfortunately, I hasten to add). Tasted at ZBF last year. Light beige head, dark burgundy colour, complex fruity and malty aroma, chocolate, raisins, grapes, cloves, liquorice, cinnamon, caramel; complex taste, deep and soft malty, spicy but fortunately in a subtle way adding to the complexity, sweetish but never cloying, full and creamy mouthfeel, herbal hoppiness in the finish along with warming alcohol. Not very creative for the style but, as usual with this range, very well crafted and complex. Great beer, in other words.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"another very solid ale from St B, but i’m afraid i still think they are a touch overated...good, but definitely not one of the best. heavier feel, carbonation too high. lots of spicy and fruity belgian yeast character. good but not great."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HammerTroll (518) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2014
Cloudy brown color, big off-white to tan head. Huge lacing. Dark fruits, biscuit, brown sugar, malt and berries aroma. Boozy. Heavy sweetness. Full body, flat carbonation. Creamy texture. This is like Christmas cake with alcohol and fruits.
(Svijet Piva 0,75l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
azzie (239) - - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with big yellowish head. Medium to full body, medium to light carbonation. Very sweet. Fruity and alcoholy. Something like wine in aftertaste. A bit hard to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2260) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle shared w/ Tim. Dark ruby brown off-white lacing foam. Sweet caramel aroma and taste, bit too sweet. But may be I should not drink a Christmas beer in August. (Efteling 201408)

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