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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1508   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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3.7
Jabic (589) - 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.

4
J_man (996) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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
msbernac (2617) - 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
DrSteveBrule (52) - - 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
islay (2755) - 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.

5
jybi (321) - FRANCE - JAN 8, 2017
Une claque! C’est une véritable claque prise en découvrant cette St Bernardus Christmas Ale. Et pourtant j’y étais préparé, je savais que j’allais aborder une bière d’exception. Mais l’émotion est toujours indescriptible en découvrant ce type de bière que j’appellerais bière "cathédrale". "Cathédrale" car à l’instar de ces références architecturales à la fois impressionnantes par leurs dimensions, leur assise au sol mais également par leur profil élancé et leur finesse, la St Bernardus Christmas impressionne par son ampleur et son intensité gustative mais également par la finesse de ses arômes et son élégance. "Cathédrale", car à l’instar de ces chefs d’œuvres bâtis par l’homme où chaque pierre révèle en elle même de milliers de détails raffinés et élégants, s’assemblant dans une parfaite harmonie, la Saint Bernardus Christmas a une complexité gustative exceptionnelle évoluant tout au long de la dégustation dans un parfait équilibre. Déjà, en verre, notre bière est prête à nous amener vers l’élévation. Un brun profond, opaque, couplé à une effervescence marquée lui conférant une splendide mousse beige, crémeuse de deux centimètres d’épaisseur. Le nez est alors alors un premier pas vers les 7ème ciel avec des arômes à la fois épicés et fruités : cannelle, badiane, cerise, pruneau, poire et abricot s’entremêlent pour notre plus grand plaisir. La dégustation vous confère alors des émotions que seuls les grands chefs œuvres sont capable de procurer. Le syndrome de Stendhal n’est pas loin. L’attaque est pleine et soyeuse sur la cerise, le raisin et la cannelle avec une dimension vineuse certaine. C’est alors l’explosion en bouche, pruneau, chocolat, cerise et date s’intègrent à une amertume, très pointue, cisaillant les arômes et très bien soutenue par les 10% Abv. La corpulence est exceptionnelle et l’harmonie sans faute. Le final, finira votre élévation par une déclinaison d’épices : cannelle, badiane et thym notamment donneront une nouvelle dimension et une multitude de déclinaisons....Un noël tout simplement magique, qui ne demande qu’à être partagé avec ses proches.

4.1
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.

4
wrlangin (224) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2017
330 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars in Brisbane. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aroma is malt and subtle cherries. Typical soft Belgian fermentation. Flavours are cherries and dark fruit Really enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Delicious Christmas beer I wasn’t able to enjoy until a week after Christmas this year. Big aromas of sweet plums, figs, and sweet bready malt. Very true to the Abbey style. Taste is almost tart which is interesting. I got a ton of fresh cranberry juice and plums. Super bready and sweet, just a classic for the holidays. Awesome as always.

3.7
knasputte78 (661) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2017
Brun i färgen. Jäst i doft och smak men balanseras upp av malt och lätta julkryddor. Lite tunn hade förväntat mig än mer tryck i smakerna ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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