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


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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (2207) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Dark cola brown with a dense tan head of very tiny bubbles. Aroma is rich cola notes, and taste is the same, with slight cherry funk on a strong dark base. Can’t believe I’ve had it so many times, and am just rating it now. VGF #2, she made a funny face

higgsbison (184) - 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

Michael27 (2214) - 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?

PhillyCraft (7584) - 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.

Lager43 (51) - 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

KevinReddirt (197) - 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.

BREWMUSKCLES (2720) - 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.

dorain (459) - 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!

Ronritter (837) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2017
12oz bottle dark brown pour with off white head dark fruit and malt aroma taste is caramel rasin and licorice fairly boozy

BeerRenter76 (1028) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/27/2008. Nice christmas beer here, it poured a deep brown almost black body with a light thin cap that left some good lace. Aroma and flavors of plum, raisins, bready malts, clove, spices, and some floral notes. Overall a pretty good brew thats worth a try.

Tometclo (308) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2017
Mousse beige importante, couleur brune opaque. Arôme épices, fruit noires, cerises. A la dégustation c’est renversant, quel pep’s! Les épices et les fruits noirs sont d’une profondeur, la cerise est bien marquée, on retrouve également le pruneaux. C’est une bière remarquable de Noël, dans la lignée de la Brasserie. Une excellente découverte. 33 Cl Bootlegger Paris

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