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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: 1565   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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tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by SlovakSniper, thanks Patrick! Dark brown/mahogany with a medium fully lasting beige head and good lacing. Aroma of cherries, spices, port, yeast and slight malt. Taste is also of cherries, port (more than in the aroma), spices (less than in the aroma) and yeast. Not too sweet. Moderate to lively carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Mouthfeel is almost winey/port. My favorite Christmas Ale to date! Very complex and great balance. The "christmas" part of this beer (spices, cherries, etc.) are perfectly integrated to the beer, which is often not the case with christmas ale. Another homerun by St. Bernardus Browerij!

4.1
JStax (7316) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle thanks to weihenheizen. Pours a darker brown color with a beige head of foam and good retention. The aroma is sweeter and more estery than the Christmas beers I’ve come across previously. Taste is fruity sweet with a more mellow spiced side. Full, thick mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.7
ronaldtheriot (2021) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale has a thick, frothy, light beige head, made up of very tiny bubbles. The appearance is brown, with evident tiny bubble streams up the side of the glass and a nice lacing sheen. The aroma is of a strong, yeasty, fruit (plum, raisin, dates), brown bread, and a mild spiciness. Taste is similar, with even some banana showing up. There is an underlying alcohol presence, which, however, is not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale finishes mostly dry, mellow, and drinkable. One can certainly detect brandy-wine type qualities here, and it’s nice to see a Christmas beer without all the offensive, over-the-top flavoring. Overall, this is a world class beer! A true beer fan must try it! RJT

3.9
Bricktop86 (937) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours dark brown red with minimal head. Aroma is banana spice and caramel. Taste is very sweet.

3.8
Iphonephan (7484) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
On draft at rustico Alexandria. Pours a clear deep red with an off white head. Fruit and caramel nose. Cherries, raisins and a hint of wintergreen. Smooth slightly bitter finish.

3.9
abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
750 ml bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Misty mahogany with a white rim. Fruity spicy Belgo yeast candy rock sugar band aid on the nose. Sweet mellow bitter and Christmas spices. Medium body. Light alco warmth.

3.5
ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours watery murky red with a thick and super creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is banana, clove, and yeast. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malts with slightly spicy finish. The 10% abv is well concealed. Funny that this qualifies as a Christmas beer in Belgium, doesn’t taste much different from a standard dubbel. Nice beer, all the same.

4.1
fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Enormous, creamy head with yeast residue clearly present. Aroma is of yeasty citrus, bananas and dried apricot, with hints of persimmon and cinnamon spice. Creamy and spicy, with dried fruit flavors picking up vinous prune and chocolate complexities, lingering with velvety sweetness. Well-balanced Christmas Ale, warming.

3.9
bytemesis (9515) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy red amber with a medium tan creamy head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is spicy, with notes of coriander and cinnamon, as well as caramel, raisins, and perhaps other dried fruit. Flavor is about the same, light to medium sweet, light warming, light orange zest tartness on the tongue. Medium body, light warming finish gives away an otherwise well masked ABV.

3.6
mickmac (491) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a dark clear red-brown body and a small tan head. Aroma-taste: strong candi sugar, fruity, caramel with a sweetish minerally body. Medium bodied.


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