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

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RATINGS: 1219   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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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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (824) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 19, 2015
Cant say this one is much about christmas - light "christmasy spices". Otherwise, very nice Belgian strong ale. Intense dried fruitiness, ripe fruits. Lovely malt orchestra in background, caramel, light roast, candy, bit yeast. Bit warming alco kick in finish Bit overcarbonated for my like, but anyways - very nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WonBall (15) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2015
A respectable strong Belgian ale, more outwardly flavorful and less subtle than the St B 8 that I like so much. Worth having when it is available. 2014 edition sampled in DFebruary 2015. Perhaps I should have waited a year.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (823) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2015
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brownish colour. Small beige head. Big alcohol nose. Good job, nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (651) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
750 shared with a work buddy... 2014 bottling.. Pours a deep walnut but still shows good clarity, khaki head sticks around forever with nice lacing. Toasty with a bit of spice cake essence.. Not as rich as some of the other Quads but still very respectable.. Very high carbonation IMO, pretty burpy.. With warmth, the spices bloom a little more than I appreciate.. Nothing wrong with it, I just prefer the Abt 12 better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
750ml to stem. Amber brown with huge frothy offwhite head. A: dark fruit, malt, spice. T: zesty fruit, spice. Perfect balance. Outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2776) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2015
[Bottle] Hazy dark brown pour with a large pillowy head. Nose is of sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, clove and molasses. Flavors include Christmas spices, caramel, fruitcake, figs, plum, toffee and brown sugar. Nicely balanced. Rich palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (410) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark caramel with tan foamy/mountainous head; seafoam lacing. Aroma is sugary sweet with light dark ripe fruit, toffee and Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet with warm from the alcohol. Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice winter warmer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ermaki (21) - - FEB 6, 2015
Cerveza típica navideña, sabor intenso con leves toques de caramelo, no se nota su fuerte graduación, para mi gusto se hace pesada ,es una cerveza para compartir.Me sigo quedando con la bernardus normal


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