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

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RATINGS: 1565   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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4.2
Gerbeer (4158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours slightly cloudy dark brown with medium head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, roasted malts and spice. Very much the same flavors with a bit of toast and marmalade and possibly a hint of cinnamon. Smooth and warm. Very similar to the Abt 12 though a bit thinner.

4
southernolkart (55) - - DEC 30, 2012
Pours with a nice rich tan head. Heavy Belgian yeasty aroma with bubble gum and dried fruits. Taste is like eating a mouthful of Belgian yeast with bread, molasses and dried fruits. Very creamy with a heavy mouth feel. This is is a Belgian ale on crack. Would definitely drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750mL bottle. Best before: 07/25/17. A deep reddish plum colored pour with a massive meringue-like beige head. Candi sugar, caramel, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemons, citrus zest, wheat, and a yeasty tanginess in the aroma. Medium-bodied and kinda sticky on the way down. Caramel, candi sugar, bananas, plums, and raisin bread upfront taste-wise. A yeasty/citrusy tanginess/zestiness at the end. A moderately dry finish. Some spiciness (cinnamon & nutmeg) and a fair amount of warming alcohol throughout. I can’t believe I haven’t rated this before.

4
planky84 (3514) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle from Beautiful Beers Beer Store, Bury St Edmunds. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Very nice nose of caramel, dates, figs, sultanas and Christmas pudding. Rich, warming flavours of chocolate, dates, prunes and raisins. Bloody nice Christmas ale.

3.4
Lanchester (197) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a luxurious hazy brown hue topped with a thick and ever-replenishing tan head, looks great. Inviting aroma of booze, candied fruits, and a touch of molasses. Fruity and malty flavors complement each other at first, however I felt the alcoholic heat and boozy notes to undermine the complexity of the brew. Beautifully effervescent and full bodied on the palate, however I recall enjoying their Abt much more than this offering.

4
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle opened on Christmas eve and shared with family. The pour is a dark murky brown color with a thick fluffy head that lasts. Lacing clings to the glass after each sip giving the beer an exceptional appearance. The aroma has an array of plum, prune, light spice, raisin bread, and yeast. The flavors tilt a bit on the sweet side of things as it’s not as spicy as expected. A lot of Belgian yeasty notes mix with raisin bready flavors, fruity esters, and candi sugar. Rich in the body and warming in the finish with some gentle alcohol heat. This isn’t as good as their regular version but it’s not too far off either.

4.3
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 27, 2012
csakajosor.hu Sötétbarna színe van, habja bézs színű, vastag, tömör, olyan, mint egy tollpárna, krémes és igen kitartó. Illata sötét aszalt gyümölcsös, fűszeres, belga élesztős, gyógynövényes, medvecukros. Belekóstolva is érzi az ember ezeket az aromákat, amik rendkívül selymesen, finom likőrösen simogatják a nyelvünket, egy kis komlóval és csokis malátakeksszel kiegészítve. Testes, sűrű de nem nehéz és apró buborékokkal van tele és kellemesen bizserget, melegít. Utóíze keserédes, fűszeres. Igazi karácsonyi sör, amivel azért óvatosan kell bánni, mert könnyen elbódít.

4.1
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a deep garnet with a light tan head. Aroma has dark pit fruit, candied sugar, spice and esthers. Taste is sweet with a little bit of bitterness. Very smooth even with some alcohol warmth. A fantastic Christmas beer!

4.6
beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Dark brown. Big head with lots of lacing. I got mostly earthy type aromas like hay, wheat, ’harvest’. I taste wheat, some fruitiness (esp banana), spices. Complex balanced flavor Great beer.

3.5
CanCrusher (1181) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle 0,75L. Dark mahogany colour, with small light brown head, that turns into a crown quickly. Very fruity nose - strawberry, grape, dried grape, nuts, banana and some earthy notes. A lot of fizzy carbonation and kinda sharp mouthfeel as a result of that carbonation. Mouthfeel is light sweet at the start and turns into moderate bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body with dry texture and fizzy carbonation. Alcohol is somehow hidden, but you can feel it...


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