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


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RATINGS: 1500   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (1191) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Older bottle, not sure how old but its gathered some dust over the years. Really nice mahogany copper color. Age has hurt the head potential here. Rich malty nose, some dark fruit and slight alcohol present. Alcohol burn up front is distracting as is prickly carbonation. Malt flavor and body are big here but Im still struggling with. Tobacco, cocoa flavors, a bit yeasty/bready flavor round things out a bit. I feel the handling of this bottle (sub optimal) has lead to some deficiencies. Id certainly welcome the opportunity to try this again as this is no fly by the night brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (5072) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 24, 2017
33cl bottle from Sip, Tallinn. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a lasting, off-white head. Malty and fruity aroma with Belgian yeast, hints of bananas, caramel and mild spices. Medium sweet with classic Belgian flavours and a light bitterness. Well integrated alcohol. Pleasant winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2918) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2017
01 - Bottle. BB date Sept 2018; Drank Jan 2017 - Deep Reddish-Brown in colour. Good creamy off-white head. Good lacing. Spicy and fruity aroma. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, plums, dates, banana. Quite vinous. Spicy; Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. Yeasty; sedimented. Malty; bready malts, caramel, candy sugar, hint of chocolate. Smooth. Good balance. Sweet spicy fruity yeasty malty throughout. Warming alcohol. Enjoyed this. Good Christmas Ale! (2017-01)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emelie (65) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Rdbrun, ngot oklar. Doft: Syrligt, malt, lite vinig, torkad frukt. Smak: Malt, pumpernickel, syrlig, lite coca cola, kryddig (typ kryddpeppar), lite alkohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (3065) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2017
Flaska drucken med lfreningen. Smak och doft av torkad frukt, marsipan, smrkola, karamell, kolaremmar, pple. Stor kropp och stma, rund och len, fruktig, fin beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
comperchris (127) - - MAR 17, 2017
Lovely Christmas beer, looks like coke, smells like cough drop, and tastes of cloves and Christmas in a glass. Hides the alcohol content well but is a mice slow drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
szymonskc (776) - Skrcz, POLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Zapach intensywny, słd, suszone owoce, przyprawy, karmel, toffi, marcepan, alkohol. Kolor brązowy, mętne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, średnia pełnia, przyprawy, karmel, cukier, suszone owoce, śliwki, alkohol. Goryczka niska, wysycenie średnie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lkowalkowski (261) - POLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Barwa ciemna, pianę gęsta i obfita. Aromat intensywny, bardzo ciekawy. Przyprawy, karmel, chleb, cytrusy... W smaku trochę słodkie, trochę kwaśne, delikatna goryczka. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stupre (141) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle purchased @ La caisse de bires. Bire assez crmeuse aux notes de rglisse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (66) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 22, 2017
Heavily carbonated with pronounced longing aftertaste. Yeasty notes as well as aniseed spices. Dark brownish colour with large bubbles. Its tangy, but in a pleasant way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svitankova (33) - UKRAINE - FEB 19, 2017
033 bottle. Pours deep brown, tan fine head, low retention. Aroma is sour-sweet, hints of licorice, candied apples, caramel, lemony notes, toffee, caramel. Taste is full-bodied sweet maltiness, caramel, slight tartness, sugary notes, honey, sweet finish, almost no hops. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

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