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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: 1501   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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgil68 (28) - - JAN 27, 2017
This holdover from Christmas puts with a huge tight head that stays the color is a clear dark leathery topaz sienna color. Spicy yeasty nose some banana ester. Some alcohol heat but balanced with the malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
txspartan (1052) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2017
Head disappears somewhat quickly. Not much aroma. Smooth burnt malt flavour. Slight carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1714) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2017
A slightly hazy, dark brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is fruity with notes of plum and grape. It has a full body with smooth texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with a mildly boozy, slightly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (502) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Ar: Pungent ripe banana; peach, black pepper and clove; some hints of dark caramel. Ap: Deep brown with amber highlights; medium dark tan head with moderate-good retention, settles to a ring of fine bubbles and a thin cap of haze with a few suds. T: Sweet banana up front, mingled with notes of clove and alcohol; moderately sweet with peach, plum, and more banana mid-palate; finish is banana, peach, and fruit leathers, with a low bitterness, slight black pepper, and toasty, rich caramel. P: Medium-full body with high carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: Solid Belgian Christmas ale; there is a robust fruit and spice character, though banana is without a doubt the most prominent; good sweetness and carbonation, and the dry finish keeps it drinkable; alcohol warmth is a bit noticeable, but not terribly of style for a big, winter beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (981) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Dark fruit and cherry aromas along with a slight sour note and a touch of cream. The color appears to be a dark brown until its put under a bright light where it appears almost a deep rose color which is beautiful. The taste follows from the aroma with cherry, plum, cranberry and apricot along with a very slightly sour woodiness and a bit of Belgian yeastiness. The body is relatively thin for a Christmas beer with this level of fruit and alcohol, but its not watery. And speaking of alcohol, this does *not* seem like a 10% ABV beer (which is dangerous)! Finishes with light candied sweetness and lasting fruit flavors, as well as a faint earthy hop bitterness. Delicious Belgian Christmas ale!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (2447) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle Aroma-dark fruits, caramel Appearance-brown, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly sour, lightly bitter, Palate-full body, creamy, lively, long finish, Overall-very good

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSteveBrule (51) - - JAN 12, 2017
Pours a deep brown with a tan, lingering head. There's a good bit of yeast in this bottle. I swirled and poured it all, so there's a good fruity yeast aroma. This is predominant on the nose. Yeast comes through in the flavor as well. There's a good bitterness that sticks around and a somewhat silky, fizzy mouthfeel. There's slight warming in the lower esophagus but not much. There's a tad of vinous, boozy tang on the tongue, though. A good Christmas Belgian ale. Could have more flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Half of an 11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on Christmas Eve, 2016. A 07 07 19. Cloudy, root beer float-like appearance. Brown with a large amount of frothy, short-lasting, taupe head. Tangy orange aroma. Lemon juice scent. Smells like a Tripel. Cola flavor with spices. Turmeric and cumin as well as licorice. Nutty taste. Lively and frothy in the palate. Medium body, light for the ABV. Overall, decent but does little for me. Another disappointment from St. Bernardus, a brewery the reputation of which far exceeds the enjoyability of its products.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jybi (238) - FRANCE - JAN 8, 2017
Une claque! Cest une vritable claque prise en dcouvrant cette St Bernardus Christmas Ale. Et pourtant jy tais prpar, je savais que jallais aborder une bire dexception. Mais lmotion est toujours indescriptible en dcouvrant ce type de bire que jappellerais bire "cathdrale". "Cathdrale" car linstar de ces rfrences architecturales la fois impressionnantes par leurs dimensions, leur assise au sol mais galement par leur profil lanc et leur finesse, la St Bernardus Christmas impressionne par son ampleur et son intensit gustative mais galement par la finesse de ses armes et son lgance. "Cathdrale", car linstar de ces chefs duvres btis par lhomme o chaque pierre rvle en elle mme de milliers de dtails raffins et lgants, sassemblant dans une parfaite harmonie, la Saint Bernardus Christmas a une complexit gustative exceptionnelle voluant tout au long de la dgustation dans un parfait quilibre. Dj, en verre, notre bire est prte nous amener vers llvation. Un brun profond, opaque, coupl une effervescence marque lui confrant une splendide mousse beige, crmeuse de deux centimtres dpaisseur. Le nez est alors alors un premier pas vers les 7me ciel avec des armes la fois pics et fruits : cannelle, badiane, cerise, pruneau, poire et abricot sentremlent pour notre plus grand plaisir. La dgustation vous confre alors des motions que seuls les grands chefs uvres sont capable de procurer. Le syndrome de Stendhal nest pas loin. Lattaque est pleine et soyeuse sur la cerise, le raisin et la cannelle avec une dimension vineuse certaine. Cest alors lexplosion en bouche, pruneau, chocolat, cerise et date sintgrent une amertume, trs pointue, cisaillant les armes et trs bien soutenue par les 10% Abv. La corpulence est exceptionnelle et lharmonie sans faute. Le final, finira votre lvation par une dclinaison dpices : cannelle, badiane et thym notamment donneront une nouvelle dimension et une multitude de dclinaisons....Un nol tout simplement magique, qui ne demande qu tre partag avec ses proches.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltsterMash (31) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Pours almost like a Champagne once the cork is popped, lots of head retention with a dark color almost like a brown ale color. Also has a haze to it (chill) Taste has lots of dark fruity character mixed with spices and banana from the yeast. Finishes dry, medium sweetness. Light bitterness. Overall I really liked the warming sensation to this beer while drinking it. The alcohol is present but not at the forefront. Definitely a nice winter beer to have on a cold night.


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