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


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RATINGS: 1507   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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BlackHaddock (7233) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
On 15th Dec 2011 I wrote this: At last Iíve had an on-tap St Bernardus Christmas Ale that I could review (the other times Iíve drank it I didnít really have reviewing opportunities, beerfests etc). This time however was different: the lovely Red Rose bar in Brugge being the venue. 33cl for Euro 4.00, worth every cent. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet it looked the business in every way: Jet black with a deep beige crown of tight bubbles sat on top. The head stayed and gave waves of lacing as I wolfed the brew down. The smell was of dark, rich, candied fruits with a good measure of caramel and malts thrown in. The taste always blows me away, creamy, rich and hearty in every way, yet itís so mellow the 10%ABV does not show at all; this is a dangerous brew and so, so easy on the palate it just slides down the throat at an alarming rate. A brew to savour, but very difficult not to quaff at pace and order another, and another, and another. Whatever spices they use just enhance the flavours from the mash tun and helps to turn the brew from excellent to superb. A true classic and a beer Iíll never tire of drinking (if Iíve got the next day off).

jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Deep, opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is Belgian yeast and flavor is sweet Belgian yeast and spice, nice Christmas ale. Higher ABV is hidden. $11.20 for a 750ml caged & corked bottle from Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
So I figured, what better time to drink a Christmas ale than the middle of a abnormally warm February. . . .Pours a mahogany brown with a decent fizzy sticky off white cap. The aroma is spice, dark fruits, carmalized sugar, touch of apple, dough, awesome. The flavour is fantastic, starts out with a tingle of spice on the tip of the tongue, carmalized sugars and dark fruits sweeten things, a strange kinda bitterness at the back of the tongue, like apple skin sorta, mixes with a sweet warm alcohol note, it works, and itís good. The foamy mouth feel. AWESOME!

Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 (750ml Corked) Proper review when I sober up next week . A rich ,spicy , robust offering from that alcoholic monk . I love the smooth malt complexity profile located with in all St Bernardus beers.

Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2012
A good Christmas beer. Spice flavor. Spice smell. Good pour strong palate. Would drink again

mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
750ml bottle in Chimay glass. Pours fairly dark brown. A bubbly foamy 1 finger light head dissipates leaving a film across the top and lacing the sides. Aroma has the Belgian smell. Flavor has a bit of a carbonated alcoholic bite on the front end. Otherwise it has a nice mildly tangy or fruity flavor that is tempered and erased by carbonation and alcohol aftertaste.

RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle poured into tulip. Appealing dark amber color with ruby red highlights when held to light. Thick, frothy head that lingers long. Beautiful, complex aroma of all those characteristics of a great Belgian dark: spice, yeast, raisin, fig, black cherry, sweet malt, sherry, fruitcake, caramel drizzled sugar cookie. Remarkable. Lively on the palate, ample yet soft carbonation. Taste is on-point as well. More Belgian spice is present upfront before a boozey middle gives way to a fruity, sweet slightly astringent finish. A dry, warming alcohol feeling sticks around for a while. Just a touch too sweet taste-wise, but just a fantastic beer overall.

dlovell2 (2091) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Dark brown with amber and creamy tan colored head. Malty aroma with dried fruits, spice and alcohol. Malty flavor with fruity spicy flavors. Creamy feel in mouth. Get some warming from the alcohol but it is masked very nicely.

wekker84 (2360) - 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

alexsdad06 (10281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft @ Dutchís. 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.

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