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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matzou (130) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2016
A: fruity, sweet, hint of sourness like peach. A: amber clear body, 1 finger white head T: slighty grainy, bitter slighty sour taste ? P: mdium light body medium low carbonation. O: good, very drinkable good contrast between sweetness and bitterness/sourness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Clove and savoury. Full malt. Nice and rich but finishes with anaceed and clove. Not my. Thing at all. Not bad but I cant really drink it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adasko (2046) - Poznan, POLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Beautiful deep copper color with ruby red reflections. Not very good quality head, beer seems to be over carbonated. But still look very good. Aroma is rich, sweet, malty, fruity, dense, very pleasant. Has a notebook of some dehydrated fruits, spices even without a touch of alcohol. Taste is also very rich, full of flavors. Less sweet, but still left your lips a bit sticky. Notes of malt, dark bread, fruits and dry fruits are present. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing - was expecting thick and dense body - it is not. Whats more - its realy over carbonated. I do not like strong beers to be that much carbonated. Nevertheless, in overall - it is an awesome beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6878) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2016
330ml bottle [Thanks to St Bartlebierius, OCSO (Ordo Cervisipotorum Strictioris Observantiae) for catering!]. Cloudy chestnut colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Slightly pungent alcoholic aroma, notes of dried fruit, raisin, prune, banana, date, fig. Taste is sweet, slightly sugary, hints of rock sugar, treacle, some alcohol, notes of dried fruit, raisin, apple, hints of fresh red apple, pear sirup (Grafschafter Birnenschmaus). Full body, smooth, soft, silky palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1393) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bouteille avec un BB du 06/08/2019. Robe brune trs fonce et somme toute claire surmonte dun gnreux col de mousse blanchtre et onctueux. Armes de sucre candi, gele de bleuets, tarte aux mres et fraises, malt caramlis, nougat et levures belges. En bouche, une foule de petits fruits confits, caramel chaud, mlasse, levures belges. Quelques saveurs dpices sucres et de cacao, ptisserie, pruneau, banane. Texture onctueuse/soyeuse, corps moyen rond. Trs bonne.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inoven (446) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Flesje gedeeld met familie. Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Fruitig aroma, smaak is caramelachtig met en zoet. Nasmaak is iets hoppig.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomHendriksen (213) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Fles gedeeld met Inoven BartvG en JoepvW tijdens tweede kerstdag. Het is een lekker donker bier met wat weinig schuim. Het heeft een lekkere zoete geur en smaak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnG_BrgNor (600) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown with nice lasting head. High carbonation. Aroma is dominated by plum, brown sugar and some malt. Taste is sweet malt, fruits, bread and yeast. After a couple of seconds the alcohol is noticeabe in the taste. A bitter ending also. Nice. Will have this every christmas.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Estebanik (896) - Lublin, POLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Piana gruboziarnista, acz zaskakująco trwała. W aromacie czerwone owoce, brzoskwinia, dosłownie dotknięcie przypraw no i niestety, zmywacz do paznokci. W smaku czerwone owoce, jest wytrawnie, nawet nieco kwaskowato, nasycenie bardzo wysokie. Wdczany finisz. Piwo generalnie sprawia niezłe wrażenie, można w nim odnaleźć elementy genialnej dwunastki, z tym, że jest kompletnie nieułożone. Mogłem trochę je przetrzymać w piwnicy.


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