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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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3.8
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
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Ha, looks like I’m 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
TET (3031) - 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
omhper (25108) - Tyresö, 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
ThreeCats (900) - ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2011
Pour like dark red wine with the biggest head I’ve 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
lusikka (7813) - 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
TBone (17528) - 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.

3.9
benpickens (512) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Red brown; very porous head; ample carbonation; head fades quickly but a thin long lasting layer remains; sweet and crisp; aromas of cola and cinnamon; reminds me of Abt 12 just with spices. superb.

3.9
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle: The aroma is an excellent combination of cherries, apples, cinnamon, raisins, and chocolate. The beer sits in the glass looking a dark brown, but when held to the light, it’s a somewhat transparent dark copper. It has a somewhat fizzy two finger white head that quickly diminishes to a thick ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate cherry, citrus, and caramel apples. The finish has light-moderate raisin, cinnamon, and a touch of chocolate. The 10% abv is very well hidden. It’s medium bodied with lively/prickly carbonation that stings the tongue a little. Overall, I love the nose and the flavor is almost on par. The prickly carbonation is a big drawback for me.

4.1
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours dark, reddish brown with a generous head. Malt, bread, fruit, and a little sour funk in the aroma. Taste is sweet and spicy, with fruit and Belgian yeast. Alcohol and carbonation provide balance in the finish, as well as a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Merry Christmas indeed!


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