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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1479   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
karpik (856) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Dactyls, figs, raisins, caramel, orange, spices in nose. Pours dark brown with beautiful beige creamy and lacy foam. Taste is sweet with lots of dried fruits, caramel, candied fruits, spices. Low bitter finish, average body, no sign of alcohol. Overall very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (367) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 5, 2017
Color marrn oscuro, opaco, con capa de espuma marrn de dos dedos de grosor (estilo espuma de afeitar, buena retencin). Carbonatacin media. Aroma a caramelo, especias y frutas. Sabor que sigue al aroma, algo ms dulce de lo esperado, con ligersimo amargor final. Indudablemente rica, pero tampoco encuentro qu tiene de especial en referencia a otras belgas de su mismo estilo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyScallywag (321) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Has a nicely spiced taste with a semi-dry caramel finish. Not sure if it was just stored improperly, but there's a slight metallic taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (540) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2017
1/2 pt at six degrees north glasgow pours a dark brown with beige head Aroma is dark fruit sultanas prunes etc Taste is sweetish malty spice cinnamon clove long spicy finish good beer as usual from this brewery

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
basjansen14 (88) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2017
Heerlijk bier met een zeer volle smaak. Te complex om allemaal op te noemen. Een van de beste quads ter wereld.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (1149) - POLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Piana dość obfita, gruba, mydlana, szybko opadająca do pierzynki. Barwa rubinowa, klarowna. W aromacie kandyzowane morele, rodzynki, melasa, karmel i zioła, ale też trochę starego chmielu. W smaku podobnie, dość słodkie, ale nie zalepiające, sporo kandyzowanych i suszonych owocw, miodu oraz cała masa przypraw. Goryczka nieduża, w posmaku lekko szałwiowo miętowe nutki, może anyż... Wysycenie średnie, treściwe i pełne w odbiorze, ładnie schowane 10% ABV.
Jako piwo świąteczne wypada bardzo dobrze, ale że jest robione na bazie ABT to uważam, że dodatek tych wszystkich przypraw i ził raczej wpłynął niekorzystnie i piwo smakuje mi mniej od oryginału.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AntonyWilson (231) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 31, 2016
750ml: Pours a dark brown with tan head. Slight cinnamon aroma, clove and caramel. Lovely flavours of molasses, caramel and stewed fruit. Overall a top 3.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2731) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a fluffy white head, aroma is fruit and malt with a hint of sugar, the taste is medium bitterness with a very soft dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (512) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
The aroma is Belgium yeast, bread. Pours a copper/brown with mostly diminishing beige head and very good lacing. The taste is sweet then a touch sour. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation fizzy and the finish long. Very good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lupuLust (239) - Freiburg, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2016
24.12.2016 - No. 24 from my advent calender. Resinous dark dried fruits. Thick body with lots of alcohol.


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