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

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RATINGS: 1234   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Dark reddish brown in appearance with an impressive layer of thick beige foam and lots of active carbonation trails. The aroma is a blend of caramelized sugars, figs, pears, yeast and panettone. The flavor offers up a healthy serving of toffee, toasted malt, raisins and black cherries in addition to some cinnamon, Belgian yeast and candi sugar notes. Also a moderate alcohol presence in the background that helps to keep the massive flavors in check. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy with naturally strong carbonation while the finish brings a final dose of caramel, malt and holiday spices. Overall, an exceptionally tasty brew to celebrate the holidays with.


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 .

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (348) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown, a little hazy with minimal tan head. In aroma very complex, malty, caramel and toast, bread, dried fruits. In taste strong malty base, sweet, caramel, dired fruits with low mint finish. Medium bitter, full bodied, soft carbonation, alcohol present in good way. Very good quad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8081) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
750 ml bottle. I cant remember where I got this...
Cloudy dark red colour with a small off-white head. Fruity, cherry, tart, sourish and mild metal notes in the aroma. Lambic-ky. The flavour is sweetness, syrup, malt, alcohol and mild dry fruits. The lambic notes in the aroma makes this quite fresh. The flavour could have more of those elements.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (365) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
Sweet earthy and fruity aromas come from this deep red and hazy brew with a beige head. Full bodied malty sweet crisp with a ton of tiny carb bubbles. This is an abbey and well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1715) - Srumsand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
Mrk brunorange tkete med hyt beige skum. Mrke frukter, svisker, gjr og karamell. Mest fruktig stsmak, markert sviske, toast og noe brent karamellburterhet. Krydderier. Fyldig. Litt salt i avslutningen. Mye kullsyre

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4099) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Overflowed a bit when I opened it. Pours a hazy darker brown color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some hints of bread to it as well as some candied figs. Taste is slightly sweet and has some dark fruits coming through. OK, but not really my sort of thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
6.12.2014. Dark brown beer. Spicy aroma with plums, dark fruits. Taste is quite intense, dark fruits. Tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2537) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger sustaining white foamy head that concaves a bit but holds its own for a good two minutes before dissipating ever so lightly. The smell had a sweet to lightly spiced combination of cinnamon and ginger running into a sweet biscuity/bready goodness. Subtle hints of cocoa allocate nicely in and around my nose. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and flavor a sweet bready aftertaste leading into a semi - wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality running about. Carbonation seems to run smooth and semi-dry. Overall, as a Belgian Strong Ale, its awesome to me its still awesome. Would love to have again for Christmas!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablokev (161) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
The aroma is crisp maybe of caramel. The appearance is a nice amber with a thick tan head. The taste is a bit strong of alcohol, malty, caramel. Heavy to drink, probably can only do one of these in a night. Overall not that bad, but could have been better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PlutonowyMan (88) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Piana pojawi?a si? na u?amek sekundy i od razu znikn??a, nie pozostawi?a po sobie ?ladu, nawet nie pobrudzi?a szk?a. Na powierzchni ta?czy?y tylko drobne b?belki. Bukiet to wyra?ne go?dziki, pomara?cza, przyprawy nieod??cznie kojarz?ce si? z zim?. Smak mocno wytrawny, ?liwki i wszystkie atrybuty aromatu, ktre przywodz? na my?l grzaniec, jest tak?e masywny i ci??ki, no i oczywi?cie alkohol, ktry niesamowicie rozgrzewa. Mimo swojej mocy (10% Alk.), alkohol w piwie jest bardzo dobrze schowany. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale czaruje goryczk?, ktra jest sucha, wytrawna, "pestkowa". Mo?na odnie?? wra?enie, ?e to piwo jest "t?uste", tre?ciwe, a jednocze?nie ?atwe do picia, wysycenie wi?cej ni? ?rednie. Bardzo polecam na zimowe wieczory, przy kominku z dobr? ksi??k?.


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