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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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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3.8
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
On draft at rustico Alexandria. Pours a clear deep red with an off white head. Fruit and caramel nose. Cherries, raisins and a hint of wintergreen. Smooth slightly bitter finish.

3.9
abemorsten (3615) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
750 ml bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Misty mahogany with a white rim. Fruity spicy Belgo yeast candy rock sugar band aid on the nose. Sweet mellow bitter and Christmas spices. Medium body. Light alco warmth.

3.5
ACHops (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours watery murky red with a thick and super creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is banana, clove, and yeast. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malts with slightly spicy finish. The 10% abv is well concealed. Funny that this qualifies as a Christmas beer in Belgium, doesn’t taste much different from a standard dubbel. Nice beer, all the same.

4.1
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Enormous, creamy head with yeast residue clearly present. Aroma is of yeasty citrus, bananas and dried apricot, with hints of persimmon and cinnamon spice. Creamy and spicy, with dried fruit flavors picking up vinous prune and chocolate complexities, lingering with velvety sweetness. Well-balanced Christmas Ale, warming.

3.9
bytemesis (8423) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy red amber with a medium tan creamy head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is spicy, with notes of coriander and cinnamon, as well as caramel, raisins, and perhaps other dried fruit. Flavor is about the same, light to medium sweet, light warming, light orange zest tartness on the tongue. Medium body, light warming finish gives away an otherwise well masked ABV.

3.6
mickmac (486) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a dark clear red-brown body and a small tan head. Aroma-taste: strong candi sugar, fruity, caramel with a sweetish minerally body. Medium bodied.

3.9
inbirraveritas (1578) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2012
Draught. Opalesquent reddish dark brown body with a pillowy tan head on its top. Tart, dried fruity nose and aroma escorted by caramel, brown bread, spices and hintz of chocolate underpainted by alcohol. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Tart-bitter and warming finish with nuts, some herbs and alcohol. Fine brew

3.7
zaf (308) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2012
aroma: caramel, alcohol, nuts, apparenza: red, cloudy, frothy, gusto: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, palato: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, birra molto particolare..rossa/scura con schiuma abbondante..aroma molto particolare,frutta scura e alchool in prevalenza..gusto morbido con schiuma bella compatta..malto,castagne,frutta scura..dice molto di più se consumata alle temperature indicate..san bernardus vince su tutta la lunea..inferiore ad altre natalizie ma comunque sopra la norma!

4.2
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Malty caramel aromas. Deep Chesnut brown with a small deep beige head. Sweet to semi sweet. Full bodied with a sweet finish.

3.8
callmemickey (4543) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Deep chestnut brown, large medium tan head, good lacing. Nose and flavor are full of dark fruits, chocolate, christmastime spices, brown sugar, caramel, and yeast. Medium to full bodied, even, gentle carbonation, semi-sweet throughout, nice clean finish.


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