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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (939) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Looks the part, smells the part, feels the part........but it didn’t taste the part. I don’t know, I feel wrong for not tasting much in this besides a little bit of spice and dark fruit but I was disappointed with the lack of flavor. However, it did smell great, look great and had a nice full body with a smooth finish. A pretty good beer but............


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, booze. A: Dark hazel with very little head. Nice lacing. T: STUNNING! A sweet, bready, malt bomb with spices galore. Absolutely nothing I would change or add, it is perfectly balanced. ABV is completely hidden. P: ull bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish. O: My favorite Christmas beer. Another fantastic beer from St. Bernardus, deep and complex. A great beer to sip over a long evening.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Large bottle that had been aged 4 or 5 years in my refrigerator. Metallic aroma didn’t promise much. The flavor was worlds better with some great sweetness and fruits in the mid-palate. Dark brown, lots of head, great pop and distance from the cork, some alcohol obvious. But overall very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (3982) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Nice brown body with white head. Nose floral, bananas and sweet. Taste of caramel, fruits, bananas and bitter. Nice finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (92) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
(on Tap) Pours a medium brown with almost no head. Very smooth almost to the point of seeming watered down. It hides the alcohol content well. I wish it were a little thicker and the flavor lasted longer. The smooth syrupy flavor disappears too quickly to really enjoy it. Hard to savor it when it doesn’t hang around for long. Its not bad but it could be better. I like Belgian style ales but this isn’t one of my favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jawlo (163) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Aromat: gruszka, brzoskwiania i jabłko oraz delikatna przyprawowość. Wygląd: barwa ciemnozłota, piana potężna, ładnie zdobi szkło. Smak: sporo słodkich owoców - głównie gruszki i brzoskwinie - oraz wyraźne przyprawy, goryczka średnia, alkohol delikatnie grzeje w przełyku. Tekstura: średnio pełne, spore wysycenie. Ogólne wrażenie: bardzo smaczne piwo, świetny aromat i smak, alkohol jest praktycznie niewyczuwalny, co w połączeniu z dużym nagazowaniem oraz średnią teksturą, sprawia że piwo jest pijlane.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamaty (1355) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2015
Marrón oscura, de espuma media, blanquecina. Aroma de caramelo, licórico y algo especiado. En boca buen cuerpo y gas medio, y un sabor moderadamente dulce con evidente base acaramelada y luego una serue de elementos más complejo con frutos secos, hongos... Alcohol presente sin exagerar. Sabrosa, pero no entre las mejores Bernardus.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2850) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is very nice, doughy and yeasty, rich and fruity too, plums, booze, caramel, toffee, all sorts of good stuff. Marzipan. Taste is rich, delicious, fruity and yeasty. Can’t see much difference from the regular 12, but I haven’t had that for a while. Although maybe this is a bit fruitier. Imagined it would be spicier.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (349) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
Dark brown with frothy head. A: red pepper, boozy cherry aroma, generic plum/chocolate mix. T: christmas cake, red peppers, mixed with regular sb12. D: peppery, slightly boozy development with anise hints at the end. Aftertaste: bit peppery as well. I like the sb12 better, it has a deep sweet sensation that im missing here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3893) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of banana, candy, caramel, banana candy, those yellow banana sweets. Sweet flavour, caramel, light bitter, apple and banana. Sweet finish, apple brandy, strong banana sweets.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
xpndbl (1) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Houterig . In de nasmaak metalig . wel bekende volmondige smaak . Rook ervaar ik ook in de mond .


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