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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1564   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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4.3
nuplastikk (6511) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2017
750ml bottle, aged the better part of two years at least. Still hold up quite well, massive beige head on top of a thick, opaque brown body. Pretty much the best Christmas beer out there? Deep, chewy, thick malt tones....dough, chocolate, well integrated spice tones. Pleasant fruity trappist yeast tones. Phenomenal mouthfeel, soft and fluffy, but rich. Nutmeg, orange peel, cinnamon...all faint and well incorporated. World Class.

4.1
kwik-lime (2116) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Bottle from Beers of Europe. Sweet malt, some spice and a rich character of prunes and raisins. Hints of sugar and vanilla. Gorgeous, another lovely beer from St B

4.2
Bijl (882) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2017
Donker Amber, crèmekleurige schuimkraag Die snel inzakt,  troebel en redelijk koolzuur. Aroma: Fruitig, donker fruit en rozijn, rood fruit... bessen. Daarnaast kruidig en vol moutig, donker brood. Duidelijke Belgische gist hint.... banaan / kruidnagel. Smaak: Smaak is vrij zoet met een mooie kruidigheid die past bij een kerstbier. Beetje karamelk met vanille en banaan / kruidnagel van de gist.  Lekker donker fruit met een kruidige hint bijna kruidenboter achtig.  Dit is echt kerstbier pur sang! Medium body, voldoende koolzuur, prikkelig mondgevoel.  Afdronk is warm en kruidig.

3.9
Derbeth (1126) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 25, 2017
On tap. Black colour, ruby reflexes, pretty lacing. Aroma is red fruit, raisin. Alcohol does not disturb. Light sweetness. Quite different from typical dark Belgian ales. Good!

4.1
nathanvc (796) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Christmas beer evening; shared with Anke!
Pours hazy dark brown with a lasting, frothy, tan head. The strong aroma contains licorice, caramel, candi sugar, some vanilla, (coffee) liquor, hops & faint spices. It tastes medium to heavy syrupy sweet and light spicy bitter; lingering sweetness into the not so bitter finish, with warming liquor. Full body, oily texture, fizzy to lively carbonation (almost too much). Merry Christmas, indeed!

3.8
LazyPyro (1798) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours deep dark brown ruby colour with a very minimal beige head. Rich fruity, malty, spicy aroma. Taste is rich, sweet, malty, dried fruits, raisin, plum, spices, warming booze, finish is dry, boozy and spicy. Full bodied, average carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Decent Christmas beer, the sheer booziness of this one reduces its drinkability somewhat... one to share I suppose.

3.1
WillemsUrenkel (2087) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2017
0,33 l bottle. Pours out in a very dark brown nearly black with a small beige head. Smells sweet malty alciholic. Taste starts more dry, malty with sugar sweetness in the background. Some dark fruity elements. Hints of barrel wood. Heavy and complex, no easy drinking stuff.

3.5
Blastomorpha (150) - - DEC 24, 2017
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thick and lasting white head. Very inviting. Aroma is nutty, with typical belgian yeasts in evidence. Taste is remisiscent of Abt.12 but less complex somehow: malty, banana and a little of spices. Quite sweet but balanced by a bitter finish, when I can get some alcoholic warming too. Nice Christmas ale, but I like prefer the Abt.12 over this.

4.1
Dawsemeister (50) - - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Bottle 2017(?) - a satisfying pop from the cork, and the familiar Belgian beer smells of caramel, bubblegum and booze soaked fruits. Very lively, which detracted a bit for me, as it was so fizzy I got hiccoughs, but with the size of the bottle this died down after a while. Tastes great - warming brandy notes and candied peel, but with loads of dark treacle; like black strap molasses. Great Christmas beer!

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Sarlacc83 (2435) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. A: Opaque mahogany in color with a huuuge pillowy creme head. N: Minerality, clove, toffee, bread, raisin and plum present themselves immediately. Wasail spices, cinnamon, and cherry. Peppercorn. Heavily toasted biscuit. Pumpernickel. Some walnut and charred hazelnut. Marshmallow. T: Quite sweet and bready with lots of dried fruits - figs, raisins, prunes. Lots of Christmas spices with more of the wassail. Spiciness and a touch of bitterness. More of the toffee. M: Medium body with creamy carbonation and a light alcohol touch. O: A pleasant Christmas ale. The Abt 12 is readily apparent and the spices add a festive element to it.


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