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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: 1501   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nrresundby, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown like color with a beige head. Aroma is of dark fruits, cherry, red apple, subtle over ripe banana, some spice like cinnamon, clove and pepper. The flavor follows the nose, dark bread notes, dark fruits, cherries, red apple, spices like cinnamon, clove and pepper and over ripe banana. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a pretty tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teddybeer (3697) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2011
75cl bottle. Dark brown with frothy tan head, medim persistence. Aroma is sweet, sugar and slightly spicy. Flavour is to dry fruits, nuts and toasted almonds, bready and plumbcake texture, spicy, candy sugar and a long final slightly sweet. Texture is oily. Carbonation is flat to soft. Body is high.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (2069) - FINLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Dark beer with off-white head. Aroma has dried fruits and caramel. Flavour is caramel, sweetness and dried fruits. Not very complex.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Cloudy brown body with fluffy off white head so thick looks like a desert. High carbonation lifts fruity esters with candy sugar. Apple pie, cinnamon, dark fruits taste. A fine abbey ale to celebrate Christmas!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Ha, looks like Im the first North American to rate this one today. Merry Christmas, all. Hazy chestnut pour with a huge, soft light tan head. Nose of stewed fruits, lovely powdery Belgian yeasts and candied sugars. Baked apples, cinnamon, and caramel also present. Lovely soft palate. Sweet but a lovely Christmas treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2930) - Kaarina, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2011
A reddish, dark brown beer with a almost big and beige head. Aroma is interesting, sweetness, dark fruits, some Rodenbach -like sour cherries and spicys. In taste there are bananas, plums, some gingersnaps and alcohol is noticed at only warming feeling. Almost full bodied, lots of carbonation, thus drinkability is not too heavy. Succesfully and tastefull beer with X-mas feelings, even luckily, this is not spicybomb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24623) - Tyres, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled. Hazy mahogany colour, persistant head. Rich marzipan aroma. Mid sweet full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Candi sugar, banana and almonds. Some spicy hops surface in a mid bitter finish with some alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (886) - ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2011
Pour like dark red wine with the biggest head Ive ever seen on a beer. Aroma of dark fruit and, oddly, mint. Also malty and rich. Surprisingly light on the tongue at first, with berry flavors and alcohols developing as the palate progresses. Definitely something to drink slowly, and if possible, with a friend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2011
750 ml bottle.
Pours a deep, hazy amber colour with a large off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits and yeast. Rich flavour of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, licorice, syrup, spices and some bready notes. Full bodied, thick and sticky mouthfeel with a rich, malty, sweet finish. Quite complex and really enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17048) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled 750ml (BZ)
Dark ruby color, huge cloudy off-white head, lace. Quite dry aroma but has dates and raisins, hints of anise. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is quite alcoholic, dark fruits (date, raisin), kandi sugar, hints of licorice. Warming. Typical wellbrewed abbey ale from St. Bernardus.


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