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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: 1501   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 pi se consumata alle temperature indicate..san bernardus vince su tutta la lunea..inferiore ad altre natalizie ma comunque sopra la norma!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4526) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2941) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2012
A brown color with a tan head. Aroma contains some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and spices. The flavor is sweet and slightly boozy with some caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, and spices. Alcohol shows up in the finish but not over powering. Overall a good winter beer. Tap at Brick Store.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sblsimone85 (379) - USA - DEC 13, 2012
Una classica birra di natale. Al naso alcol e frutta rossa, al palato invece un buon corpo ed equilibrio x una bruin più forte dallo spiccato aroma dolce. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours very dark ruby with huge rocky white head that stays bubbly throughout. Lots of fruity aromas. Citrus, banana, raisin, clove are all apparent. Strong flavor. Can taste raisin and figs. Alcohol taste is heavy as well, like brandy perhaps. Very malty, little to no hop presence. Huge body and tons of carbonation. Very lively brew with a velvet like texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavisesq (38) - - DEC 12, 2012
On tap into tulip glass at Duke's Alehouse. Spicy nose. Tastes malty sweet with notes of licorice, spice, and alcohol. No bitterness until mild late.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
akoeninger (740) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Dark with huge giant head. Very fruity nose of sweet fruit. Banannas and cloves rather than pine like an ipa. Taste is spicy with lota of ethers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4567) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a dark caramel brown from the bottle with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, allspice, nutmeg, and dark fruits. Taste follows, with a hint of booze and belgian yeast, finishes with a slight peppermint note. One of the best winter seasonals Ive had that isnt a stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Just oatrageous brew here. The pour is a gorgeous bright amber and murky burgundy body with a thick beige that dies to a dense cap leaving some beautiful lacing. The nose is sweet, caramelly, lightly spiced with nutmeg and allspice coming through with a spruce and ginger note. A beautiful quad style with earthen malt notes, toffee, biscuits and dark dried fruits. Simply sublime flavour with huge toffe, prune and sweet caramel notes amidst sweet bready toffee notes and spices. Just and awesome brew.


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