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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1499   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zaf (308) - - DEC 15, 2012
aroma: caramel, alcohol, nuts, apparenza: red, cloudy, frothy, gusto: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, palato: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, birra molto particolare..rossa/scura con schiuma abbondante..aroma molto particolare,frutta scura e alchool in prevalenza..gusto morbido con schiuma bella compatta..malto,castagne,frutta scura..dice molto di più se consumata alle temperature indicate..san bernardus vince su tutta la lunea..inferiore ad altre natalizie ma comunque sopra la norma!


3.9
GhostS (483) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 14, 2017
Aromă dulce-acrișoară, cu multe pomușoare negre ușor acre și puțin fermentate, malț, dulceață de fructe negre, puțină caramelă. Gust ușor, bine carbogazat, specific acrișor și pișcător, puțină dulceață de fructe negre, malț caramelizat, puține condimente, ceva drojdii. Foarte bună, fără urmă de alcool (10% declarați) în gust sau aromă.

3.8
Mariox (291) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Fajny aromat ciemnych owoców takich świątecznych, karmelu i przypraw korzennych, ale bardzo niewiele. Estry dobrze się komponują wśród delikatnych fenolowych nut. wysycenie i alkohol nie wychodzą na pierwszy plan.

3.2
Smithld1 (309) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle. Interesting. Tastes better than it smells. Lingering aftertaste. Decent booze hit with Christmas fruits. The carbonation makes it less than smooth. It's ok.

3.7
higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
November 2016. I am writing this the day after. I quite enjoyed it, quad like. Strong notes of fig. Prominent Belgium yeast. Effervescent. I have had this a number of times since. Probably my favorite quad after Rochefort 10 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
Michael27 (2280) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Händlerlieferung). Tiefes Braun mit viel Schaum im Glas. Im Antrunk nicht doll, das Weihnachtliche kommt spät. Wo bleibt der viele Alkohol?

4
PhillyCraft (7707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Backlog. Many draft and bottles over the years. Color is brown with some red hues mixed in. Nose is rich cherry, raisins, fig, candy sugar, christmas tree, pine, and oak. Flavor most of the same with tons of complexities and rich belgian yeast/fruit notes. Warming but not boozy. One of the best Christmas beers.

3.9
Lager43 (54) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Superb Christmas Ale. Be sure to serve at about 50 F. Very full effervescent taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
KevinReddirt (209) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2017
So maybe I should not be sampling Christmas Ale the first really hot weekend of the summer. But it is St. Bernardus, why not? Put away after a spring trip to eastern New Mexico, saved until now. The 750 ml bottle gives an amber-brown body and a healthy beige head. An inviting nose, I detect yeasty bread and tropical fruit, maybe a little floral. I taste to get currants, figs, some hard candy sweetness. It finishes dry in the mouth, very little bitterness. Glad I got a try at this. Other Belgians deliver more.

4
BREWMUSKCLES (2727) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2017
dark dried fruits and caramel with good alcohol. luscious and deep with a morphing finish as it is complex. surprisingly mellowing as is expected by the style but not anticipated in the taste. good winter spice.

4.3
dorain (514) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-04 getrunken. Ein tolles, durchgereifte Christmas Ale was zur kalten Jahreszeit sehr gut paßt. Ich hatte schon lange dieses Bier nicht mehr im Glas und bin nicht enttäuscht worden von diesen Klassiker. Kaum Süße und eine runde, aber tiefe Malzigkeit. Lecker!


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