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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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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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4.1
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2013
A - Dark ruby-black with a big finger of frothy dark khaki head. Fades slowly. S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugars, some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish. D - Great balanced Quad. Good mix of yeast and malt flavors.

4.2
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
December 2010. From a 750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown. Lots of spices, brown sugar and dried fruit aromas. Awesome seasonal beer.

3.8
Palme (4857) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2013
0.75l corked bottle from Etrè. This is a deep brown one, almost what you might call a bit murky in color and it has a medium sized somewhat fading light brown top that clings to the sides of the glass. On the nose I get a strong and powerful I’m-Belgian expression. Tons of that Belgian yeast with alcohol and candied dark sugar. There are spices in this also; I get cloves and cardamon mainly. Some chocolate paper traces also present. Quite nice. It’s somewhat lively - and again "Belgian" on the carbonation this, and it has a nice gliding-oily mouthfeel. Up on the taste I get licorice, Belgian yeast, alcohol, dark burned syrup. It’s also kinda peppery and spiced with more cardamon and cloves, and it has a subtle but most definitely present acidity-sourness that gives it a new twist. Ends with even more licorice and a gentle but present nice alco-burn in the aftertaste. Ho-Ho! I’m getting in that nice Christmas mood while/after drinking this! 25.11.2012

3.7
omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2013
Thank you Jesus for this beer. A little late on delivering this to my door, but a good Christian will forgive you. Does the monks finger, and his happy demeanor concern anyone else? And the beer is good too.

3.6
RexTalionis (3825) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours dark brown in color with a thick creamy tan head. Sweet darker fruits as plums, raisins and dadels in flavor. Some dough and dark bready notes as well. Sweet malty, slightly vinous notes, some dough and them darker fruits again are apparent in the taste. Pretty heavy with some dark sweet fruity influences.

4.4
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 750 bottle on a cold wintery night. Pours dark reddish brown with fine lacing. Dark fruits with spices in the nose. Nutmeg, clove spices that blend well with the dark fruit and malts. Well carbonated lively palate. Very warming finish. Damn good beer tonight. This is a well balanced full flavored beer. First rate March 2013. Been drinking it much longer. Just up the score, its that good.

4.3
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
This seems just a tad lighter than the Abt 12 but very similar. Not a bad thing! Pours dark brown, aromas of dried fruit, brown sugar, and spices. Really complex aroma. Flavor follows suit, very rich and complex. Long finish. Impressive beer, definitely something I could drink every holiday season.

3.8
wordemupg (9) - calgary, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
13/07/09 750ml corked bottle i got at dalhouise co-op A dark brown with some ufo’s S quite nice some raisins booze and lots of spice, T also quite nice yeast, bread and yes lots of spice, raisins, and nutmeg sits heavy booze is there but would not guess 10% M thick but not creamy nor chewey, good carbonation, Solid overall D not the best day for drinking, "summer" night in calgary would have been better as a winter warmer (DUH)

3.7
weihenweizen (4208) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle set on the counter for half an hour and then poured into a trappist glass. Pours tranlucent dark/medium brown with small beige head which dissapates quickly. Little lacing, medium/thick body, well carbonated, and light dark fruit aroma. Taste is dark candy sugar, some honey, some booze, and some dark fruit (mostly raisin). This is sweet, a little hard to drink, and pretty close to St. Bernardus 12.

4.1
bartlebier (4214) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2013
Sample from 75cl bottle @ BrugsBierFestival 03/02/2013. - slightly distracted by animated talk with the brewer at the stand, but as far as I remember this was just as rich and somewhat sweeter and spicier than regular Bernardus 12, which in turn is even smoother and more elegant. Expertly brewed, no apparent alcohol whatsoever.


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