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


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RATINGS: 1499   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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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 (2236) - 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 (2389) - 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 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft @ Dutch’s. 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.

Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2012
from Au Grain d’Orge, Neuchâtel - 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

molly75 (301) - (Madrid - España), 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 intensità : 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 cioè l’occasione 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 c’e’ che dire: un complesso fruttato - speziato al naso come in bocca, alcol evidente che scalda e contribusce alla complessità 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 l’impatto di ogni sorso, preparando il palato per il successivo. Nonostante tutto, come dicevo, mi aspettavo qualcosa di più, 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.

Fred82 (2331) - Québec 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...

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.

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