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

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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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4.5
Ysok02 (1913) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2017
Robe brune dense, fine mousse crémeuse. Nez puissant et complexe sur des notes de banane mûre, sur un fond de fruits jaunes, d'épices, les notes maltées sont discrètes, l'ensemble est puissant et complexe. Bouche à l'attaque ronde, fruitée, bulle élégante et acidulée, beaucoup de longueur et de persistance, finale qui reste fraîche et fruitée. Une superbe bière dans un style totalement différent de la précédente, beaucoup de buvabilité et de plaisir immédiat.

3.9
elosop (496) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2017 Rödsvart med tjockt beige skum. Doftar sötsyrlig torkad frukt, lite choklad, krydsor och malt. Smaken fyllig, kryddig, lite choklad och malt. Eftersmaken lång, kryddig med värmande alkohol.

4.1
pleispleis (223) - Maccagno, ITALY - DEC 23, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 bottiglia 75 cl, schiuma fine beige media media persistenza, color marrone intenso, al naso malto spezie prugna sciroppata zucchero di canna uvetta, in bocca malto caramello prugna sciroppata zucchero di canna uvetta, amaro moderato, carbonatazione media, corpo strutturato, sciropposa. amaro moderato, Retrogusto di castagne nel finale. L'alcool è ben bilanciato ma non perdona. Ottima birra di Natale. 23.12.17

4.4
crazy_cat_lady (748) - - DEC 20, 2017
Bottle from the LCBO from some time ago (not sure when, probably at least 3 years; no date markings on bottle). Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of burnt sugar, toffee, plums, cloves, nutmeg. Taste is slick and oily. Flavours of plums, toffee, burnt sugar, toasty malts, clove. Quite carbonated.

3.8
PabloZab (1750) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 20, 2017
Tap (Pogromcy Meatów, Wrocław). Dark with belgian notes and delicate hint of booze. Sweet with oily consistency.

3.9
eruizgarcia (367) - - DEC 19, 2017
Fruity and boozy with strong malt, prunes and some yeast in the aroma. First very sweet then the booze kicks in. Really warming and good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
ArtificialCyst (1406) - Szczecin, POLAND - DEC 19, 2017
Tap at Słody. Aroma: Caramel, dark bread, dark dried fruit, raisins, cloves, intensive. Appearance: Dark brown body with a nice head. Taste: Full, sweet, intensive, quite soft with a very light bitterness. Palate: Sweet long finish, high body, medium carbonation

3.7
asedzie (835) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2017
"Last Christmas, I gave you my heart...the very next day..." You know the rest. Bought at Beer Auntie (Beer Lady in Shanghai - she also has Westveletern) .Nose has some mild spice for the style - maybe just a bit of coriander - other than that some very enticing carmelized malt aromas. Flavor is a full on malt circus, a little sweet and a little bit of umami, with some floral notes in there as well. Just an afterthought of floral hop flavor in the finish with some light sweetness. Very good - this was bottled a year ago on 11/2016 - it probably has some mellowness vs the fresh version, but I mainly tasted a pretty assertive winter ale with a low amount of spice.

3.8
thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Year after year, St. Barnardus Christmas Ale is named one of, if not the best, Christmas Ale in the world. I like the beer but not my first choice. I prefer Corsendonk to this Belgian Christmastime beer.

4
Jesper86 (171) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2017
Nice twist on the Bernardus formula. More spicy. Some bay leaf and eucalyptus. Bold beer.


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