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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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3.6
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.

4.7
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, I’m totally biased in favor of the St Bernardus beers.

3.8
Camons (12445) - 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

4.1
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

3.9
hawthorne00 (3946) - 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 aroma’s 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.

4.2
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.

3.7
leaparsons (10546) - 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.

3.8
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, 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
teddybeer (3782) - 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
BeerBaboon (2093) - 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.


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