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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: 1507   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
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Approximately 2 oz. sample poured from bottle at beer class at Total Wine & More in Chantilly/Fairfax, VA. Murky, dark brown with small off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of raisins , plums, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and yeast. Taste of toffee, brown sugar, roasted malt and yeast. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Dark brown with a dense khaki head. Aromas of bubblegum, sweet cherries, dark bread. Flavor profile carries lots of fruity yeast and bubblegum, some dark toffee, hint of anise, some alcohol sweetness. Full bodied and a clean finish with high carbonation. The best Belgian Christmas/Noel ale. Period.

4.4
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On draught at Roscoe’s Holiday Summit. Dark and fruity, with plum and banana flavors. Definitely a favorite holiday ale.

3.9
solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Great beer from great brewery. Pours mahogany with super tight lacing and decent head. The character involves banana in in a kinky way, caramelized malt, a ruby colour in the light. An amazing beer to do these guys more than credit on all levels. I hate Christmas but I love this beer. On tap Blue Monk.

4.2
nj_BierMaven (124) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
On tap @The Tap Room, Somerset Hills hotel. Inky dark, understated nose, the first taste came off metallic, made me wonder about the keg or tap equipment. After a few minutes it was obvious that it was too cold - upon warming the malty and hints of spice flavor emerged, a harmonious balance offset by the perfect note of bitterness. Fantastic brew to be sipped fireside or the cozy Tap Room atmosphere. Complex, compelling, nice way to celebrate the season if you only want one or two beers.

4
jw0406 (1264) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
750 ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a big off white head. Aromas of dark fruit,cherries sweet malt, Full bodied, incredibly smooth for such a big beer, excellent.

4.1
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 Pours a very dark red brown with a khaki head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smells like a St. Bernardus, but more cherry, spice, and vanilla. Very appealing.Mouthfeel is airy and creamy, very nice. Just enough carbonation to keep things alive.Tastes amazing. Sweet cherry/vanilla with yeast/bready overtones. Delicious.

4.7
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2012
750mL bottle. Epic. Looks like normal St. B, brown in color, good lacing, khaki head, a little bubbly and unstable. Aroma is complex, I get currant, and a bit of unfermented yeast. Taste is complex as well, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and a taste of alcohol as well. Surprisingly drinkable despite its complexity. Perfect aftertaste and finish. I knew I’d love this one.

3.8
77ships (9632) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
Van ’t vat @ ‘t Antwaerps Bierhuiske – heel donker, kastanje / meubel bruin, helft van de glas wordt gevuld door een romige, lichte melkchocolade kraag. Ruikt naar cacao en chocolademelk oplospoeder, melkchocolade, donker fruit, pruimen en bruine suiker. Smaak is eveneens cacao, chocolademelk, noten, melkchocolade, donker fruit, pruimen bruine suiker met een duidelijk wat ijzer op het einde dat er niet hoort te zijn (de leidingen), licht geroosterd brood. Het ijzer stat mij in de weg, stuk te licht. Ik had een vollere betere 12 verwacht maar dit is minder indrukwekend, te licht, te simpel een beetje afwijkend. Slecht is het niet maar ik had toch meer verwacht – misschien moet ik dis is eens van de fles proeven.

3.8
Ron (3919) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at MacGregor’s. Very dark brown with a large creamy head, appears black in a glass. Aroma is clean with notes of cherry. Texture is thick and smooth, sweet sugar and chocolatey notes with bits of cherry. Carbonation is medium but compliments this well. Finish is smooth with a slight tartness. Extremely good.


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