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


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RATINGS: 1476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1919) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Tap. Very dark with thick foamy head. Light toffee and spicy aroma. Sweet flavor with a sweet after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2336) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2011
Good beer, yet I expected a little more from them. The syruppy palate is nice, almost like maple syrup. The taste itself shows hints of banana and spices, that come more to the front as the beer warms. With 10% it is a little overpowering. On tap at De Pintelier in Groningen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Streets (29) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Had at rattle with Andy. Pours a mohagahny color and smells sweet. Fruity with hints of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StuffWine (155) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2011
Deep red-brown hue, pale tan head that just stayed forever. Sweet aroma of malts, plum, cloves, tied together with soft alcohol. Taste of soft malts, spice, alcohol, all well blended. A long finish of cherries with hints of plum and berry and a pleasant lack of bitterness. Lively on palate with good moderate body. Overall, warms the belly, gives christmas cheer (10% alcohol). Would buy again for a christmas treat to self. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pour is a brownish sticky lacy. Smell is cinnamon caramel molasses ginger. Taste is ginger caramel apples brown sugar and cloves.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Poured from 750 ML bottle into St Bernardus goblet. Deep amber pure maple syrup in color with a very dense tan head. Bottle date is 2010 (best before 12.05.15). Aroma has distinct licorice and black pepper. Flavors consist of concord grape, papaya, orange, licorice, chocolate taffey. Warming alcohol in finish which is semi dry. Medium bodied with a candied fruit sweet mid palate giving way to spicy peppery phenols. Very drinkable with layers of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (746) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2011
From the bottle: rich dark amber color with plenty of well sustained tan suds. The aroma is sweet mostly, dark fruits or bananas, caramel, some alcohol, some spices. It actually smells a bit like a fruit cake. It tastes a bit like fruit cake as well; toasted bread crust, some alcohol, cherry syrup, but not tart, sweet but not cloying. Luscious and smooth. Would go great with some spice cake. DELICIOUS

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2011
Dark brown colored beer. Very complex aroma and tast. A bit fruity, also herbal, anice and caramel. Taste is rather malty sweet, some alcohol. Full bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Watou (23) - Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
What a find this holiday season. Aroma is delicious with the malty, earthy and heavenly scents expected of a St Bernardus. Pours a dark brown with a nice one inch head that lingers on the side of the glass. The taste is strong, lightly sweet, malty with hint of raisin or fig. Almost has a slight chocolate tone. Danced on my tongue as all of the St Bernardus brews do. Overall, wonderful. I admit it, Im totally biased in favor of the St Bernardus beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10878) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours very dark brwon with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruit, cinnamon and other spices, Taste is sweet malty, yeast, riasins, plums, little brown sugar, dark chocolate, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body, (abit to ) lively carbonation, alcohol well hidden. Very nice christmas beer, think ill save a few for next year. 261211

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