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

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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours out a dark brown to settle a nearly mat black with a small sense of brownness to its body. Very heavy looking and an impressively tall capping to top it off of light crispy brown foam thats a bit rough and tumbled. Kinda crunchy looking at first but developes into a moderately creamy bubbleness and density as it sits. It keeps well and stretches all sorts of wonderful lacing that looks of wet powdered sugar. Nice lofty aroma of cookie dough and spice. Crisp yet round with a full on malt tilt of breads and dark fruits. Mostly figgy, touch of raisin, perhaps some dates and molasses covering the big breadyness. Nice yeastyness to it which seems to be adding a root beerish type of hints to its dryness. Slender hops add some grassyness to its spicy complexity which included some anise, cinnamon, mint, and ginger cookies. Flavors are bold, lasting and carry alot of what the smell leads to with its big maltyness and yeastified balance. Firm grip of dark candish malts leads right in with a nice holiday cake-like dimension of figgyness first, then dark cherry, dates, chocolate covered raisins, and then the peppy spices. Notes of root beer, anise, pepper, carrot cake, and ginger make their way in and out of the malty doughy darkness but linger mostly across its finish with a slender, delicately woven dryness of grassy hops. Pretty damn solid! Perhaps not quite a match to the Abt 12, but damn if its not close! Feel is big, bold, and beautiful. The girth is massive in the body of this stuff. Heavy yet smooth, crunchy and crisp yet creamy with a whole lotta malts to create an exceedingly thick bread/cake-like structure of body. Not to mention the subtle details of yeasty play, dark fruity tang, perfectly intensed warmness, hoppy dryness, and spice. Which all lasts forever and a day the second it spills on to your palate. Wow! Great stuff! No big surprise really. St. B knows how to impress and this is perfect for the holidays!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (853) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 11, 2016
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale - uzupełnienie ocen piw pitych przed używaniem ratebeer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McDear (40) - Napoli, ITALY - JUN 11, 2016
Una birra veramente particolare che mi ha dato l’immediata impressione dei profumi e dei sentori del Natale. Un immediato amaro di luppolo che cede quasi subito ad un intermezzo di malto e caramello con un finale dolce con decisi aromi di coriandolo e cannella. Schiuma abbondante di colore rosa, alcol forte e deciso a 10 abv come è giusto che sia per una birra natalizia. Un rara opera d’arte brassicola. Per veri intenditori.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (2080) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Dark cola brown with a dense tan head of very tiny bubbles. Aroma is rich cola notes, and taste is the same, with slight cherry funk on a strong dark base. Can’t believe I’ve had it so many times, and am just rating it now. VGF #2, she made a funny face

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (342) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Had this one stewing for over a year. Finally. Racked it open. Pours a rosy brown with lees cloud. Thinner head that breaks down rather fast. Nose of brown sugar, malts and prunes. Similar taste of carmel malts, dried fruits, booze and mild yeast. A little thinner on the palate than I expected but a very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3204) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Thx JSP Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of sugar, spices, belgian yeast. Taste is of sugar, spices, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Good, tasty, strong. Not overdone. Nice yeast indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1738) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
750ml bottle. Dark mahogany body with a medium head. Plums, dried fruit, spices, syrup, candid sugar, some earthy notes. ABV pretty much not noticable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wolfcarnival (231) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2016
drunk in beergeek bar around xmas. pours dark brown with a tan head, thick lacing. deep aroma of dark fruits, spices, caramel. tastes creamy and rich, with plums, apple, toffee, cinnamon, candied orange. real tangy yeast flavour to finish. totally great. just my type of boozy fruity burnt toffee ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NordicV (1821) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2016
Dimmig brun öl med inslag av rött. Stort beige skum. Dofter av malt, torkad frukt, kryddighet och jäst. Samma återkommer i smaken.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (518) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours dark brown with creamy head. Aroma is raisin, caramel, some sourness, light grass. Taste follows and is quite complex - some sweetness, raisin, spices. Super good beer!


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