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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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3.9
DraftDodger (1855) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2018
Copenhagen 11/2 2018 (a little late for Christmas). 75 cl bottle from Ølhandleren in Hørning. The usual happy beer drinking monk on the label - this time with a Christmas cap of course. Small pins assuring me that the beer is produced by a Belgian family brewer and that Belgian hops are used. Very proud to be Belgians it seems. Pours hazy maroon with a red hue and very big off-white head. Settles as creamy 0,5 cm thick blanket of foam. Substantial lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozy with tart fruity notes. Dark lightly roasted malts, caramel, marzipan and light notes of acidic tart berries. Soft yet prickly carbonation and soft medium thick palate. Flavor has strong warm sweetness with a sugary quality. Followed by light tart bitterness. A very nice and sweet way to get a decent buzz. No wonder the monk looks so happy.

4.4
blackisle (2940) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2018
Caged and corked bottle 75cl. from cellar, since October 2013, opened with a good ''plop'', @home served in a trappist glass. Strong nose of sweet malts and xmas spices; opaque deep ruby brown, small quite loose beige head, mostly diminishing, light lacing; rich aroma, sweet roasted malts, candied dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, licorice, cinnamon, cloves; mellow taste, light heavy sweet and slightly bitter, roasted malts, dark fruits, ahorn syrup, toffee, cinnamon, hint of anis; mild sweetbitter aftertaste, warming alcohol, spicy and nutty and syrup notes; full-bodied, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation; very good example of the style, round and rich, a festive beer for sure and a superior one!

4.1
Frothmeister (847) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2018
750ml bottle. In the cellar since at least 2015, maybe 2014. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with large beige cap. On the nose, a light acidic lambic note, nuttiness, nutmeg, and vanilla cake. Medium bodied and sweet with dried fruit, light earthiness, faint dark bread, and a streak of minerality that opens up into brown sugar, dried fruits, light dark rye bread, faint spice, with some mineral bitterness in the finish. This is lovely stuff. I think I like it better than straight up St. Bernardus Abt 12.

5
oblaten (57) - SPAIN - FEB 5, 2018
Ale de abadía belga natalicia. En mi opinión la mejor de las St. Bernardus, aunque la 12 es tambien estupenda. Color oscuro, aroma agradable no exagerado, espuma blanca moderada semi-persistente. Gusto dulce, suave, afrutado que esconde perfectamente el alcohol. Una maravilla de sabor. Retrogusto agradable, ligeramente refrescante y dulzón pero no empalagoso. El amargor apenas se nota. la diferencia con la 12 es que tiene un poco menos de cuerpo y se bebe mejor y no deja la pesantezza y el retrogusto seco de las cuadruples. Le doy un 5/5. Chapeau!

5
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miki74 (171) - Sabadell, SPAIN - JAN 20, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2018 Degustada de tirador,buen cuerpo,color marron oscuro,cerveza tipica de navidad,gustos a maltas y especies.

3.5
TheKernOwl (217) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Possibly the fruitiest Christmas I have had. Lots of baked apple/toffee apple on the nose and in the (sweet). Not as spiced as some, but maybe there is some cinnamon and cardamom you can imagine. Lots of caramel and toffee malt. Smooth drinking.

2.8
Beamer (146) - Malden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2018 Smaakt voor mij als frambozen met alcohol met een iets bittere afdronk, jammer de andere van St Bernardus zijn onderscheidender en hebben meer body,

4
vmario (117) - POLAND - JAN 13, 2018
Czerwono-brązowe. Piana z ładnym lacingiem. W zapachu słodki alkohol, karmel, dalej słód i drożdżowa owocowość. W smaku trochę gorzkie, gładkie, przyprawowe. Alkohol lekko rozgrzewający, szlachetny, dobrze ułożony. Wytrawne. Stosunkowo pijalne.

4.1
Karbulot (144) - Gdansk, POLAND - JAN 8, 2018
Uważajcie na to piwo, niebezpiecznie pijalne, niesamowicie gładkie. Nawet w przełyk nie piecze. Czuć banana, suszone owoce, przyprawy.


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