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


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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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GuideDogSaint (1500) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 16, 2017
330ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen. Pours red brown with an off white head. Aroma of malt and Belgian yeast. Sweetish finish.

Samuel214 (1147) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Flaska från 2014, ca 2,5 år gammal lite drygt. Provning med Nerikes Ölsällskap. Mörkbrun, något murken med beiget skum. Söt, maltig doft av råsocker, torkad frukt, pumpernickel. Stor kropp som dock försvinner aningen snabbt. Maltig och söt i smaken med lite rostade toner tillsammans med torkad frukt och bränt socker.

tgrtnr (187) - Augsburg, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 250 ml from tap at t’Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Served in original glass. Complex spice aroma. Cinnamon, cardamom, anise, clove. Black cherry. Dark chocolate. Surprisingly not that malty. Fantastic finish. Soft carbonation, oily texture. What a beer - my first 5 here.

dropi6 (418) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Backlog, z czasów przed założeniem konta na ratebeer w ramach uzupełnienia profilu.

Banzale (313) - FRANCE - FEB 1, 2017
Acheter à tabac&co palais des bières dans famiflora à dottignies . Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur brune profonde , pas de brillance et de reflet un peu trouble . Mousse abondante mais redescende assez vite pour laisser un col de mousse plutôt fin. Au nez : c’est le malts caramel qui est bien présent ! Un peu d’épice aussi mais tout en douceur. En bouche : c’est assez doux malgré ce qu’elle affiche ! Très aromatique ! Le malts caramel est bien équilibré donne un goût caramel et sucre progressive. Un peu d’épice en fin de bouche . Carbonnisation bien faite . Un bonne bière d’hiver qui réchauffe et fait du bien.

flying_pig (1571) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£5.00):
Interesting & drinkable but disappointing when compared to the previous St. Bernardus offerings & definitely lacking something. Opening a lot weaker than expected with a light, sweet taste, it didn’t seem like a 10% beer. There was good carbonation & the darker fruits were nice but they seemed fleeting & not strong enough. It was a relatively easy beer to drink though with a subtle tang & okay balance but it was a little underwhelming & easily my least favourite St. Bernardus beer thus far.

Quick3Beers (1234) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, nice off-white head with medium bubbles. Banana nose. Who you calling banana nose? Not so much in the mouth though, turns more caramelly with faint coriander and yeasty spice. Very good beer.

cgil68 (32) - - 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

txspartan (1080) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2017
Head disappears somewhat quickly. Not much aroma. Smooth burnt malt flavour. Slight carbonation.

Finhead (1762) - 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.

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