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

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RATINGS: 1105   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctiry (99) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
Guys befote rating this one waaaait few minutes and give this beer the needed time to become much better after 10 or more minutes after pouring. Fruits and spices in the nose. Dark hazy colour with white head. Taste: seconds after pouring is very spice of sweet bakery. Than become more fruity...malty...better and better. Full body, small carbonation, hidden alcohol...pure x-mass happiness

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PalCabral (124) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
75cl bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dirty brown with some festive red tints in a rather dull looking beer with practically no head. Roasted notes and chocolate in the nose, but discretely. The taste is sweet and yeasty, with some very powerful notes of licorice that provides a bitter backdrop. The bitterness linger in the aftertaste. The effervescence is very high, almost overly so. Itís not a bad beer by yards, this, but not the best beer from the folks at Watou either.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (398) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Dark brown color with a light beige head. Aroma is fruity, ripe bananas, Belgian yeast. Taste of ripe dark fruit with boozy background.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fombe89 (30) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2014
Barril @Cerveceria Suco. Valladolid ......................................... 07/12/2014

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle. Trembling Madness Drinks Shop, York. Hazy amber. Thin, bubbly, tan head. Nutty, spicy, dark fruit. Sweet, cakey malts. Dried stone fruits. Figs. Dates. Mixed spice. Very festive. Taste is fruity dry. Lots of chewy sweetness. Just a hint of bitter at the end. Feels way under the ABV. Too much carbonation at first, but settles down after half an hour, at which point it matches the beer better. Finishes chewy sweet. Fruity dry. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (837) - CROATIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle 750 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours reddish brown with white head. Dark fruits, bit yeasty, caramel, spices. Sweet. Warming alcohol. Good beer, but canít say Iím thrilled.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (404) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Tap at Muddy Pig. Tulip glass. Sediment filled, hazy cola like color. Sweet aroma...almost a dark fruit with elements of earthiness. Taste is super smooth. Dark, tart fruits and hints of cocoa. Almost a milkshake in the mouth feel. Some sourness expected from high alcohol Belgian ales. Too rich not to savor. Iíll awesomely seek out again. Merry Christmas to YOU, St. Bernardus!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Fruity, spicy, some caramels, the yeast strain seems to do a lot of the heavy listing. Almost a little tart from just how fruity it is. Maybe my favorite St. Bernardus release?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minutemat (1878) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours deep dark brown with a sweet malt and caramel aroma. Taste is moderately sweet, with soothing dark elements.. brilliantly balanced and hugely enjoyable from beginning to end. Found it hard to differentiate between this and the Abt12, apparently more spice in this.. I guess Iíll have to try them both again to compare. Outstanding beer anyway and reaffirms St Bernardus as making some of the finest Belgian beer in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kespecial (29) - - DEC 14, 2014
A delicious beer if not exactly my style, as itís fairly sweet. A treat for Christmas, nonetheless. Dark cloudy brown with white head and beautiful lacing in the specialized glass. Aroma is booze, raisin, hint of funk. Taste is molasses, currant, raisin, a range of sweet dark fruit, medium spice. Finish is dry enough not to cloy. Would be great with a caramel dessert.


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