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

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RATINGS: 1029   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
draft at redlight redlight

normally a big fan of the st. bernardus stuff. fruity nose, creamy mouth feel (did i just say that?)... it’s not bad. definitely not my favorite of their stuff. raisin plum and the like... i wouldn’t say impressive necessarily... but okay.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HammerTroll (493) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2014
Cloudy brown color, big off-white to tan head. Huge lacing. Dark fruits, biscuit, brown sugar, malt and berries aroma. Boozy. Heavy sweetness. Full body, flat carbonation. Creamy texture. This is like Christmas cake with alcohol and fruits.
(Svijet Piva 0,75l bottle)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
azzie (232) - - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with big yellowish head. Medium to full body, medium to light carbonation. Very sweet. Fruity and alcoholy. Something like wine in aftertaste. A bit hard to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2189) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle shared w/ Tim. Dark ruby brown off-white lacing foam. Sweet caramel aroma and taste, bit too sweet. But may be I should not drink a Christmas beer in August. (Efteling 201408)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (523) - CROATIA - AUG 26, 2014
Cloudy brown color, big tan, uneven, staying head. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar, malts, yeast, banana, mulled wine, dark fruits. Medium sweet taste. Very good christmas ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (258) - NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
DWF; Bottle from Cardinal, Bottle 1,5l. White thick head.Aroma is malt and caramel, fruity, alchol and yeast.Taste is sweet and sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11844) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Amber brown, thin light tan head, scant malty aroma. Full mouth, light chocolate start with caramel, but not too sweet. I’d like to try this one after laying it down for 3 or 4 years - hopefully will become more complex

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjik83 (137) - - AUG 18, 2014
33cl flesje via Être Gourmet Alcoholpercentage van 10% Uitgeschonken in Leffe glas Uiterlijk: hazelnoot kleurig, minimale schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: banaan, donker fruit, kruidig, caramel Conclusie: lekker bier, maar niet helemaal mijn smaak. Ook geen kerst nu natuurlijk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – The beer was served a deep mahogany colored brew with a decent haze and a thick one finger head. The head faded holds on for some time, eventually fading to give a decent level of lacing. Smell – The aroma was heaviest of dark fruit aromas of plum, raisin and some fig. Mixed with these aromas is a very subtle spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) aroma as well as a yeast aroma and a little bit of banana. Taste – The taste begins with the dark sweet fruits that were detected in the nose. The raisin and prune character of the taste are soon joined by a yeasty taste as well as a spice flavor. While the spice starts off on the weaker side it soon grows stronger with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg becoming more potent. Flavors of a banana nature and some bready tastes then come to the tongue. These flavors all mingle together to in the end , with the advent of some alcohol taste, leave a warming fruity spiced taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite creamy with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. The creamy body is fantastic as it baths the tongue in the fruit, bready, and warming alcohol flavors of the brew. The carbonation seems to add just the right excitement to the mouthfeel to complement the spice tastes. Overall rather pleasant. Overall – Quite tasty of fruit, warming and just the right amount of spice. A delicious winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een deftig kerstbier zoals het hoort te zijn, met veel smaak aan. Er zijn er betere maar zeker ook slechtere.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (716) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
DWF; Bottle from Cardinal, Bottle 1,5l. thank you! Aroma is special malt and caramel, ripe fruit, alchol, complex and spesial. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, warming and sweet lasting. Body, texture and carbonation is it.


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