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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: 1494   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
Ron (3994) - 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.

4
cpcollin (1) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
Pours a rich dark brown into a Westvleteren Trappist glass. Head dissipated quickly. Great mouthfeel. Raisins, plums, and just a hint of spice. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Fatehunter (2568) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Big three fingers of head, a dark reddish/brown colored body. Smells of pine, caramel and overripe plums. Quite malty and the accompanying sweetness. A bit of lemon at the end, but not really bitter. Some plum and banana in the mix too. Great balance and flavors. Medium body, slightly sticky texture. Carbonation on the high end. Can’t go wrong with this beer, though the high carbonation did detract from the otherwise amazing experience.

3.7
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark amber, almost brown color. Thick creamy tan head. Aroma was dark fruit, plums and figs. Flavor was dark fruit, raisin, plums and figs. Some candies in there. Medium body. Heavy mouthfeel. Syrup like. Longer finish. Pretty good beer.

3.8
theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Aroma is belgian esters forward. Light clove and banana, sweet bread grain, slight alcohol, cherry, plum. Appearance is hazy dark mahogany with gigantic head that does not dissipate. Taste is a very malty fruity beer. Sweet and sour plum and cherries forward, raisin, currant, almond, candied sugar, herbal. Hint of roast. Palate is fairly full but alcohol and a hint of tartness help cut through the thick body and leave a fairly crisp finish. Very smooth, rich and almost creamy feel on the tongue. Hides alcohol very well, but is present in a nice warming way. Overall I think I expected a little more depth and complexity but still an impressive beer.

4.4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Sweet, rich, Belgian candi sugar aroma. Murky, dark brown body with large lasting yellowish tan head. Candi sugar goodness with just the right level of heat. Raisin notes. Highly carbonated. Excellent.

4.1
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Pours into chalice very dark brown with cream off white head that lasts. Rich aromas of banana, rich bready grains, grapes, plums, clove. The taste is malty, lightly peppery with a mellow but deep grainy feel lightly spiced seemingly from only the grains and yeast, rich fruits ranging from banana to apple to dried fig and plum. Great soft filling carbonation makes the beer feel lighter and brightens the sweetness and fruits. It has this creamy tingle that almost evaporates as it goes down, too smooth. Drying finish with dried fruits and a soft grainy Belgian sweetness. Smooth Belgian brown, lightly warming and great for those early winter nights.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
750ml bottle, shared with friends while playing Cards Against Humanity. Hazy, dark red color. Good creamy khaki head. Good smooth lighter carbonation, medium body. As Robby said, "tastes like Christmas". Dark fruit, spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Some orange peel. Light honey. Good lightly spicy light sweet taste. Light banana. I’m surprised I like this so much, as I didn’t really care for the Abt 12. Better than expected, for sure.

3.1
Jabeeri (2) - - NOV 8, 2012 does not count
It was great beer just not seasonal enough. I couldn't taste winter or Christmas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Toffee, banana, brown sugar and spice aromas. Flavors mirror the aromas. Overall a fantastic Christmas ale.


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