Lager43 (48) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2017 rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours a hazy dark brown with some reddish hues. Billowy tan head with incredible head retention and huge chunks of lacing hanging onto the sides of the glass.
Instant Belgian character on the aroma with clove and banana from the yeast. Brown sugar and some molasses are present along with some toast. Licorice along with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark fruits.
Lots of dark fruit in the flavor along with more banana and clove. More brown sugar with strong caramel notes. A very slight bit of tartness on the tip of the tongue. Moderate sweetness that perfectly compliments the other flavors. The finish is moderately dry leaving just the smallest hint of residual sweetness. Alcohol is completely hidden save for a slight bit of warming making this a pleasure to drink.
Overall, this is really one of the best beers I have ever had. Just so much going on and all the flavors and characteristics are perfectly balanced. Dangerously drinkable and one to really savor during the holidays.
Superb Christmas Ale. Be sure to serve at about 50 F. Very full effervescent taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone KevinReddirt (181) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2017
So maybe I should not be sampling Christmas Ale the first really hot weekend of the summer. But it is St. Bernardus, why not? Put away after a spring trip to eastern New Mexico, saved until now. The 750 ml bottle gives an amber-brown body and a healthy beige head. An inviting nose, I detect yeasty bread and tropical fruit, maybe a little floral. I taste to get currants, figs, some hard candy sweetness. It finishes dry in the mouth, very little bitterness. Glad I got a try at this. Other Belgians deliver more. BREWMUSKCLES (2696) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2017
dark dried fruits and caramel with good alcohol. luscious and deep with a morphing finish as it is complex. surprisingly mellowing as is expected by the style but not anticipated in the taste. good winter spice. dorain (407) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-04 getrunken. Ein tolles, durchgereifte Christmas Ale was zur kalten Jahreszeit sehr gut paßt. Ich hatte schon lange dieses Bier nicht mehr im Glas und bin nicht enttäuscht worden von diesen Klassiker. Kaum Süße und eine runde, aber tiefe Malzigkeit. Lecker! Ronritter (776) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2017
12oz bottle dark brown pour with off white head dark fruit and malt aroma taste is caramel rasin and licorice fairly boozy
BeerRenter76 (1019) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/27/2008. Nice christmas beer here, it poured a deep brown almost black body with a light thin cap that left some good lace. Aroma and flavors of plum, raisins, bready malts, clove, spices, and some floral notes. Overall a pretty good brew thats worth a try. Tometclo (297) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2017
Mousse beige importante, couleur brune opaque. Arôme épices, fruit noires, cerises. A la dégustation c’est renversant, quel pep’s! Les épices et les fruits noirs sont d’une profondeur, la cerise est bien marquée, on retrouve également le pruneaux. C’est une bière remarquable de Noël, dans la lignée de la Brasserie. Une excellente découverte. 33 Cl Bootlegger Paris
azzurro (285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Wow. J’ai été chanceux d’acheter cette bière par hasard a la LCBO durant les fetes. Je m’en fais des reserves l’an prochain. trop bon! Niko100 (2942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy color; Aroma of sweet malt, some yeast, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (notably plums & apples), caramel, raisons, and cinnamon; Nicely balanced & fairly complex; Really good seasonal brew. visionthing (5407) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 24, 2017
33cl bottle from Sip, Tallinn. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a lasting, off-white head. Malty and fruity aroma with Belgian yeast, hints of bananas, caramel and mild spices. Medium sweet with classic Belgian flavours and a light bitterness. Well integrated alcohol. Pleasant winter warmer.