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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: 1477   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a nice bubbly brown body, looks like fire (intense carbonation). Smells like dried fruits, grapes and malt. There is a slight hop presence in the flavor, but otherwise heavy malts and dark fruits with a nice mellow finish. The high alcohol is hidden very well in the dry finish with just a hint of cloves.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madslaursen (11) - - NOV 4, 2011
God helstbt julel med lidt umami-smag. Bliver dog lidt for sd i lngden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3293) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
750ml bottle, dark brown-amber color, with a thick bubbly beige head, yeasty, spicy, chocolatey dark dried fruit nose, of dates, raisins, figs, with a sweet toasted, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, brown sugar accent, with a faint lavender, rose flower petal, fruitcake note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth, yeasty, fruity, spicy, roasty, toasted, caramelized, bready, biscuity malt, chocolatey character, with some coriander, brown sugar, cookie dough, faint candied orange, tangerine peel, dried raisin, date, fig, plum flavours, with some light chocolate chip cookie, brandyish liquor notes, and a brown sugar, faint molasses undetone sweetness, leading towards a warming, yeasty, fruity, spicy, light chocolatey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14660) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Sampled from bottle at Scopeys 2nd East Croydon Beer tasting, thanks to Paul. Pretty clear amber color, small off-white head. Smell is just sweetness. Taste sweet, alcohol, red fruits. High carbo, medium to full body. Decent beer, but too much carbo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Nose is sweet malts, phenolics, and cinnamon with other holiday spices. Flavor is sweet complex malts and dark fruits. Dry with alcohol warmth in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4618) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Big bottle courtesy of Lynn. Huge fluffy head that sticks around forever. Belgian yeast, dough, syrup and spices. Taste is cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruit, coriander and sweet. Warm burn on the way down. Nice sipper - spices arent overdone. Sitting by the fire on a cold night brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (13311) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2011
Year old bottle at the 2nd East Croydon Beer Tasting, from Nelson Wines. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is wood, nut, fig, syrup, Christmas spice, light smoke, pear and booze. The taste is fig, wood, dryness, raisin, currant, prune, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate and warming alcohol, with a dry woody finish. Full body, fine carbonation, good balance and depth of flavour. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (19501) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle at the East Croydon Beer Tasting, October 2011, thanks to Paul. Pours cloudy brown with a full, off-white head. Candi, booze, caramel malt, light yeast aroma. Very sweet flavor, berries, candi sugar, caramel and toffee. Medium to full bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Warm finish with slight sting, great fruit character, raisins, figs, plums and grapes. Light spices. Pretty superb stuff. Highly, highly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Yummmm! Delicious blend of raison/grape fruit tones in a sweet belgian yeast which has a very complex envelope of leathery slightly vanilla spicey tones. Love this beer and have to thank Ron S. for it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (5932) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 750mL corked bottle poured hazy brown with red highlights when held up to a light source. Aromas of caramel and roasted malts with some chocolate and spice. Tasted malty sweet with some yeast and spice and some hops in the finish. A very well done Christmas ale to enjoy for the holiday season.


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