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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1504   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 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 (7244) - 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 (2185) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
750ml bottle. Rating #715. Murky dark brown with some red highlights and a big tan head. Fruity aroma, dark cherries and pear with a very subtle sweet spiciness. Flavor is sweet, plums and apples and a bit of brown sugar in the finish. Nice stuff. (2090)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Very nice pour, heavily carbonated, smells strong and fruity, tons of bready yeast filled foam floating on top. Taste is very good, dark, fruity, and complex, alcohol comes through slightly but not too much in the end, slight bitter taste as well. This would probably age extremely well. All in all very well done, exactly what I expected from an excellent brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kyle50216 (17) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2011
A very delicious ale. has a sweet yet full of spice flavor with hints of ginger. This is the perfect beer for a cold Christmas day. goes great with a deli sandwich with thick bread and hot soup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Tap at Milltown. Murky brown with a small off white head. Lots of lace. Nose is super banana, very estery, but mainly just banana. Flavor is similar, some spices, but banana dominates. Not a huge banana fan and its not str8 banana by any means but thats definitely the presiding flavor. There was a couple next to me from new zealand who i conversed with while drinking this beer which led to my shitty notes and fond memory of drinking this here beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (2075) - 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.

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