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


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RATINGS: 1500   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wekker84 (2240) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2012
750 ml bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel dark fruits liqueur alcohol and spicy flavor malts spicy dark fruits liqueur alcohol and some hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft @ Dutchs. Pours a dark copper color with a large, foamy beige head. The aroma has a nice mix of pitted fruits, cocoa, holiday spices, caramel, and yeast. The flavor has juicy dark fruits, cocoa, sweet caramel and holiday spices. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness and bready yeastiness. Medium bodied with a lightly dry finish. The 10% is warming as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12483) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2012
from Au Grain dOrge, Neuchtel - hazy dark ruby-brown beer under a creamy and long lasting beige foam, nice lacework; aroma of yeast, banana and spices; figs maybe; velvety palate, pretty sweet with some late dry bitterness; long spicy, malty finish with lingering notes of matured bananas - too sweet to be really great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molly75 (301) - (Madrid - Espaa), ITALY - JAN 14, 2012
[ ASPETTO ] color marrone scuro, con riflessi porpora controluce, opaca ma senza evidenti sedimenti [SCHIUMA] color nocciola, media presenza , piuttosto grossolana e persistenza medio-bassa [ OLFATTO ] buona intensit : lieviti evidenti, note biscottate su un dominante fruttale che, combinandosi con note alcoliche, ricorda frutta sotto spirito. [ GUSTO ] intenso, con un inizio dolce ( biscotto , caramello); si ripopongono evidenti i lieviti e frutta matura (quasi fermentata) ; una leggera astringenza fa da sottofondo per un finale speziato e alcolico che si converte in un retrogusto che rivela a sorpresa una gradita amarezza. [ TEXTURE ] corpo medio, morbida in bocca; carbonazione media, percezione alcolica evidente COMMENTO FINALE la lunga attesa, aspettando cio loccasione giusta per aprire questa bottiglia da 75 cl (alcolicamente) importante, forse ha giocato a sfavore, lasciandomi nel complesso un poco deluso. Per capirci: prodotto molto buono, non ce che dire: un complesso fruttato - speziato al naso come in bocca, alcol evidente che scalda e contribusce alla complessit della speziatuta finale, lieviti molto piacevoli. Di fatto, nonostante i 10 %, una christmas ale equilibrata, facilmente bevibile e con un tocco finale amaro che smussa limpatto di ogni sorso, preparando il palato per il successivo. Nonostante tutto, come dicevo, mi aspettavo qualcosa di pi, forse una maggior finezza complessiva o quel tocco speciale che si ricerca in ogni birra di alto livello; come in questo caso del resto. Quindi: buona, ma non eccellente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2221) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
750ml from IPB.
Appearance : Deep amber with medium foamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Big yeast with some spices. Light fruits, light caramel.
Taste : Yeast with overcooked caramel. Some spices as well. Mineral finish with lots of yeast and spices. Light astringency on finish. Some bitterness as well.. a bit more than usual for the style.
Overall : Not bad but nothing very special. Interesting yeast and spices. Interesting caramel notes. Nothing special...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750ml bottle. Deep brown pour with a good amount of off-white head. Deep malts and dark fruit in the aroma with some spice as well. Less spice in the flavor but even more malty goodness. Another winner from St. Bernard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7172) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle - Dark brown with a foamy head. Dried fruit, marzipan and spice in the aroma. Fruity and rich taste with raisins, marzipan and nuts detected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2012
Dark brown color with tan head. Sweet aroma with some spices. Flavor is fruity wite taste of candy sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Enjoyed out of at tulip glass from a 750Ml bottle, chilled at about 40+ degrees; on New Years Day with a good friend. When poured the head is 2 inches or greater with nice creamy lacing after each sip. The aroma carries fruity esters from the malt and reminds me of a warm pastry. The color is that of hand pressed apple cider; a dense and cloudy mahogany with no noticeable particles in the glass. This is a flavorful beer, each sip has a smooth malty fruit like sweetness, with noticeable yeast and an appropriate spice finish. Out of the 50 or so beers I tried in 2011 this is a new favorite and a great way to kick off 2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2172) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 750ml bottle: This one pours a very cloudy mahogany brown color. There was almost no head on it, and left no lacing. Nice nose! Christmas spices, caramel malt, faint dark fruits, some breadiness and Belgian yeast notes. The taste is very good. Rich malts, not too much sweetness, dark fruits, yeasty and bready, Christmas spices. Definitely a keeper! Has this on tap at Monks also and was equally good as the bottled version!

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