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


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RATINGS: 1501   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (751) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2011
Dark brown colored beer. Very complex aroma and tast. A bit fruity, also herbal, anice and caramel. Taste is rather malty sweet, some alcohol. Full bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Watou (23) - Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
What a find this holiday season. Aroma is delicious with the malty, earthy and heavenly scents expected of a St Bernardus. Pours a dark brown with a nice one inch head that lingers on the side of the glass. The taste is strong, lightly sweet, malty with hint of raisin or fig. Almost has a slight chocolate tone. Danced on my tongue as all of the St Bernardus brews do. Overall, wonderful. I admit it, Im totally biased in favor of the St Bernardus beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (11755) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours very dark brwon with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruit, cinnamon and other spices, Taste is sweet malty, yeast, riasins, plums, little brown sugar, dark chocolate, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body, (abit to ) lively carbonation, alcohol well hidden. Very nice christmas beer, think ill save a few for next year. 261211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 In 705 ml bottle; aroma somewhat sweet with a strong spicy (almost peppery) note. Poured a rick dark black/brown with a thick coffee colored head. Taste of spice and dark fruit, very easy drinking and a very good beer. Wish I had more ... Updated 12.23.13 bottle 330ml ... a little more orange/citrus aroma and taste this year. Still an amazing beer .. glad I found more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3814) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2016 [12/11] Bottle. Dark brown with a large quivering beige head that lasts and laces. Aroma of dried fruits, plums, leather, oranges, alcohol, mace, cinnamon. Creamy mouthfeel with overt alcohol. Sweet with dried fruit, caramel, some chocolate, spices emerge with struggling bitterness at the very boozy end.

[12/16] Small bottle. Expected to just (now) say "too spicy", but no: the aromas lovely and a balance of supposedly Christmassy spices and dried fruit/ cake/ leather things. The taste is maybe a little overspiced, but the St Bernardus cheery drinkable balance endures pretty well here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dzimm27 (143) - - DEC 25, 2011
Very dark brown with a large creamy head, appears black in a glass. Aroma is clean with notes of cherry. Texture is thick and smooth, sweet sugar and chocolatey notes with bits of cherry. Carbonation is medium but compliments this well. Finish is smooth with a slight tartness. Extremely good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (10402) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Near black with hints of purple and a large cream foam. Aromas are dark chocolate and boozy Christmas pudding with marzipan and spices. Vinous with oak and blackberry. Flavours are cola and chocolate with plenty of spices and pepper. Warming alcohol with raisins, yeast and vinous notes. Festive spices to finish. Suitably festive.

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