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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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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.

4.6
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.

3.4
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - 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 it’s not str8 banana by any means but that’s 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.

3.3
tia (2226) - 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.

3.5
dutchbeerpages (2439) - 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.

3.8
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.

3.9
StuffWine (167) - 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.

3.6
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.

4
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.

3.9
swanmann (773) - 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


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