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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1508   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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3.5
NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Dark red brown with a foamy head. Vinous brown red with a syrupy head. Need to reevaluate when I’m sober.

3.9
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle from Sigels liquor store in Addison, TX. Fantastic strong Belgian dark ale with a big fruity nose. Flavors of Belgian yeast, dark berry fruits and holiday spices! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
hiq (11) - koolskamp, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2012
Another suburb example of genuine belgian strong dark beer. Nice to enjoy in the winterseason, but i like to drink them late at night in summertime when its about 2 years old. The maturity adds the best of flavours to it.

4
AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Acquired this at State Line Liquors in early January of this year. It’s the 2011 batch . Enjoyed in a St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Very dark plum like brown. Huge cork pop and huge head. About 5 fingers even on a slow pour that faded slowly. Nice lacing.

S - Huge dark fruits. Loving the raisin and plums in this.

T - Sweet dark fruits. Dried apricots and figs. Grape skins, brown sugar and a lot of candied sugars. Spicy peppers. Hint of metallic taste at the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, heavy body. Hint of booziness.

O - Wow. This is a great beer for cooler weather. The beer is maybe just slightly too sweet. Still, nice and balance is doing great after this year of aging.


4
fletchfighters (1532) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
Lots of spices, rum, raisin and plumb. Well hidden ABV and a good beer for the winter months.

4.7
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
A classic for sure. Great spicy aroma. Very sweet from start to finish but towards the end it isn’t as objectionable. Spices and flavors are cherry, cocoa, real nice banana, cinnamon, clove, nutty. By the time you finish the bottle you are exactly where you want to be. Satisfied! Quality beer that grows on you.

3.6
ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2012
At cellar temperature and into the breweries own chalice. Deep mahogany and dazzling through the lights, interspersed by very fine streams of minute bubbles. Cap is a solid mass of Belgium’s finest export; a two inch pillow that lasts and leaves a thick, clotted lace. Strange, complex nose has me darting between carob, warming cocoa, chocolate icecream, mace and exotic spices, dark, damp timber and moss, bready yeast, marzipan and almond nougat. Pleasant, creamy mouthfeel with a noticeably warming finish. Bitter herbs in back, level candyish fruit sweetness with plum and chocolate heading the mid-palate. Nuances of marzipan, toffee, wood and heavily roasted grains give it depth. Long, dry, stone-fruit and dark malt swallow edged by more bitter herbs, yeast and a very subtle touch of metallic tannins. A clearly indistinct ale and sadly a shadow of this breweries other ales but still a delicious brew alone. (Corked 75cL, 2011 (?), Mane Liquor, Belmont)

3.8
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus branded goblet. The bottle creates a loud pop when I pull the cork, but it is no gusher. A burgundy brown colored beer is full and rich to the eye, with a full eggshell white head that is initially huge before settling down a little bit. The aroma is full of plums, dates, and a bit of raisins. Holiday spices light up the nose as well. All of these aromas exist in front of a full caramel malt. My first sip is quite sweet. Brown sugar, plums, dates, figs, and raisins are the most noticeable at first. The holiday spices from the nose come through as well; nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all work well with the fruit notes. A bit of bread crusts and sweet caramel provide the malt presence. There is a bit of booze and light dry bitterness toward the end of the sip. From the pop of the cork, it was obvious that this is a well-carbonated brew. It is a overly creamy carbonation with a little bit of a bubbly nature as well, as I am used to in the abbey ales. The flavor starts sweet and sticky and finishes with a light residue on the lips. Overall I thought this was quite complex and enjoyable. Pretty much what I would expect out of St. Bernardus.

3.7
tiong (7305) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 28, 2012
750ml bottle from Bierzwerg

Pours dark brown with a foamy head. Strong fruity and malty aroma with ripe fruits, caramel, syrup and solvent notes. Very fruity and malty taste with hints of caramel, ripe fruits and solvent. Finish is malty and sweet. A bit unbalanced, perhaps slightly too fruity and has some unpleasant notes.

3.8
HopfenWeisse (1536) - - APR 20, 2012
750ml bottle from Bierzwerg. Dark brown colour with small head. Aroma is spicy. Flavour is malt, sweet, spices.


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