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

bottled
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3525) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle from K&S in Bruges. Pours very dark brown with a big frothy cream head. Nice sweet aroma with cristmas cake, plum amd red wine. The taste is rich and vinous with raisin and plum along with caramel and peppery spice. Walming booze and a touch of aniseed. Full mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2969) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2016
750 ml bottle purchase at the Hawkesbury LCBO on November 10, 2016. Dark brown, small head. Spicy yeast aroma, notes of malted ripened red fruit. Spicy field berries taste, light sweet notes of barley malt, light sour finish. A quintessential Xmas ale!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (212) - - DEC 25, 2016
SB bestllning, flaska. Fin etikett. Komplex arom honung och frukt. Cittus. Vacker frg. Spritsig. Fin konkurrent till champagne. Utskt. Ingen enighet om champagneutsagan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (422) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Very sweet malty aroma with yeast presence. Dark brownish amber color with a think highly carbonated head. Taste is sweet with fruits, dark malts, some alcohol, bread, light bitter. Fuller body, smooth body, drier finish. Glad we left this out for Santa

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (1255) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2016
0,75l bottle from Damian Bottle Shop, Pours dark brown to red liquid, medium frothy tan head, Aroma: sweet, ripe bananas, candied orange, apricots, raisins, cherries, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, light to medium sour, banana, candied fruits, raisins, warming alcohol, Palate: full body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long banana candied fruits aftertaste, Overall: enjoyed, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1123) - Kiel, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2016
Nasal geht viel belgische Hefe an den Start. Ein karameliges Malzfundament wurde erfolgreich erschaffen. Spicearomen und Flavours machen auch mit. Besonders der Nachhall ist citrussuerlich und trocken rotfruchtig. Classic BSA Stuff vom allerfeinsten. Aber leider auch kein Ausreier der wilden Sorte. 0,75l Bottle aus dem FINESTBELGIANBEER Online Shop. Unter 5 😀. Denke ich hatte ne ganz frische 2016ner Edition. Wrd ich gern in ein paar Jhrchen nochmal vernaschen. Nur um zu berprfen ob sich dann die etwas garstig Sure zhmen lassen hat. Und vielleicht wird dann ein unfassbar explosives Spektakel entfacht..?!?!?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
simontomlinson (109) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Rocky beige head stayed on a murky dark brown lightly effervescent body. Dark fruit, demerara sugar, malt, spicy aroma. Full bodied, smooth on the tongue & very slight tickle on the back. Quite dry on the aft. Dark chocolate, malty, plum, banana, orange, stewed fruit & quite boozy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aukedebier (18) - KAUTTUA, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bought from drankdozijn.nl in a 750ml bottle with cork. Appearance: Dark brown beer with a beige head that reduces quite fast. Nose: fruity, banana, malts and some yeast, very pleasant. Taste: banana, warm spices and dark but not black malts. Alcohol is present but not too much. Hops are well balanced, like always with beers from St.Bernardus. This beer has some hints of anise. Otherwise I do not taste too much Christmas in it. Never the less a great beer!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarrach76 (128) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2016
Brune lgrement trouble surmonte dune mousse type champagne, ivoire, qui disparait rapidement pour laisser un collet de quelques millimtres. Nez trs riche, trs ptissier, liquoreux avec une bonne dose dalcool. De bons malts chocolat, des crales chaudes rappelant le bon pain sorti du four et beaucoup de fruit, banane, pche, abricot, citron, pruneau, mirabelle, mangue, goyave, poire, noix, datte, amande, raisin sec, quelques traces de rose... De bonnes notes dpices, poivre, cannelle et vanille, un ct acidul trs vivifiant avec quelques armes de balsamique et des parfums dherbes (thym, coriandre, origan...). Sublime sur tous les plans ! En bouche, grosse surprise : bire beaucoup moins sucre quil ny parait, amertume franche et lgre scheresse, alcool gnreux, carbonatation solide. La deuxime gorge rvle la levure, les crales et les notes boises. La troisime est directement sur les liqueurs type mirabelle et prune ainsi que sur les vins ptillants (Champagne, Clairette, Lambrusco etc.)... Les suivantes vont voluer sur les houblons, trs vgtaux et assez secs avec une grosse longueur, les notes de terre et de tanin qui rappellent quelques vins du ct de Bordeaux. Le final est excellent, lalcool descend dlicatement mais srement le long de lsophage, larrire-bouche sarrtant sur ce ct liqueur, les pices et les herbes ainsi que sur quelques crales. Bire trs complexe qui demande tre apprivoise en plus dtre assez surprenante. On retrouve en bouche et avec plaisir quelques notes de balsamique et de Lambic qui rappelle la Bourgogne des Flandres, cest un rgal ! Cette bire de Nol nest peut tre pas ma favorite dans le genre, mais je dois reconnatre un travail de brassage assez exceptionnel voir gnial qui menchante le corps et lesprit. Je ne vois rien rajouter en ce 24 dcembre ! Cest dj le rveillon... Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-grve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1474) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. Pours clear reddish darkish amber. Aroma is dirty spicy herbal yeast, also candy and almond. Body continues, sweet but still not super heavy. Some fruit, also booze. Palate is sweet and sticky. Very nice.


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