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

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RATINGS: 1053   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 (958) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xXbaptisteXx (61) - - NOV 23, 2014
De couleur brune ruby; la mousse et de couleur blanc cassé .. Au nez on va sentir des notes de café réglisses et alcool embouchoir on retrouve très légèrement le réglisse ainsi que le café L'amertume n'est pas trop présente Une très bonne bière de Noël !!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (506) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 17 Dec 2011 -- Sampled at a tasting. Very nice Christmas-y beer. Great for this time of year.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
siennaemerson (10) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Brown and unclear. Beige head, medium lasting. Spicy aroma, mint, cardamon. Lactic-acid notes. Too sharp and unpleasent. Rerate: Aged a couple of years, much more harmonic now. Aroma of faint spice and herbs, a lot of different ones, almost harmonic. Flavor is mainly sweet. More spice. Some mint, grain.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Murky brown with a creamy tan foam. Raisins and nutmeg on the nose with a touch of sugar. Body is full with fine carbonation. Dark fruit flavors with a bit of alcohol. Clean finish leaves me wanting more. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (641) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Super bomber into a pint. Pours a cherry cola murky amber red brown. Head is enormous at first, mounting a few inches, then subsides to a thin layer of white cream foam. Lacing is light and spotty. Aroma of spices of Xmas, orange, nutmeg, and coriander. Taste of sweet apple, orange, melded malt s of Belgium, and evasive hops. Great beer for the season.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (451) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 22, 2014
absolutely loved this one. despite the high alcohol, not too powerful. good fruity and sugary flavor. some raisins, brown sugar and cherries. very solid seasonal ale. wish i had more of this. near perfect brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Arômes réglisse, malt. Au palais biere plus légère qu'attendu. Palais réglisse, café. Bonne effervescence. Très bonne.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UrbanCaveman (55) - Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2014
750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature. A: Pours a rich, deep bronze-brown, and forms a fantastically thick head with good retention. Fairly clear, enough to see the bubbles rising from the bottom. Lacing is rather remarkable - this amount of froth and lacing should not even be possible for a 10% ABV beer! S: Sweet malt and yeast, wreathed through with plum, fig, and cherry notes. The candi sweetness is of course present, along with just a tinge of funk. T: So, that’s what a quad with cinnamon in it tastes like. There’s significant heat in this, from a combination of cinnamon spice with noticeable alcohol. Sweet malt, candi sugar, and dark fruits, particularly cherry, are all present, but beneath the spiceahol mix. The finish leaves a lingering burn. M: Rather thin and sharply carbonated for a quad, actually. I was expecting something stickier, given the head and lacing. O: I am rather underwhelmed by this beer, especially from St. Bernardus. The Abt 12 is spectacular, but this does not disguise the alcohol content half as well - instead, it disguises the underlying yeast flavors with alcohol and spice. I wouldn’t say it is a bad beer, but I would not go out of my way to have it again. Perhaps if I were to encounter it on tap somewhere for a decent price per pour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (536) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
750 mL bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a thick off white head. Aroma is fruity--decidedly more so than their ABT 12. Sweet cherry, plum, overripe pear and apple. Some light brown sugar tones, fig cake, yeasty brown spices. Sweet, balanced with high carbonation and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy palate. Very pleasent overall. A little hot, should cellar well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
750ml corked and caged bottle from the lcbo. Very dark, hazy brown, with a huge light beige head. Loads of dark fruit, plums, stone fruit, candied apples, light pear even some booze soaked fruit cake. Lively carb, but yet still soft at the same time. Loads of sweet bready malts in the finish, with more fruit. A great sipping beer, another great beer from St bernardus!


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