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


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RATINGS: 1492   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours out a dark brown to settle a nearly mat black with a small sense of brownness to its body. Very heavy looking and an impressively tall capping to top it off of light crispy brown foam thats a bit rough and tumbled. Kinda crunchy looking at first but developes into a moderately creamy bubbleness and density as it sits. It keeps well and stretches all sorts of wonderful lacing that looks of wet powdered sugar. Nice lofty aroma of cookie dough and spice. Crisp yet round with a full on malt tilt of breads and dark fruits. Mostly figgy, touch of raisin, perhaps some dates and molasses covering the big breadyness. Nice yeastyness to it which seems to be adding a root beerish type of hints to its dryness. Slender hops add some grassyness to its spicy complexity which included some anise, cinnamon, mint, and ginger cookies. Flavors are bold, lasting and carry alot of what the smell leads to with its big maltyness and yeastified balance. Firm grip of dark candish malts leads right in with a nice holiday cake-like dimension of figgyness first, then dark cherry, dates, chocolate covered raisins, and then the peppy spices. Notes of root beer, anise, pepper, carrot cake, and ginger make their way in and out of the malty doughy darkness but linger mostly across its finish with a slender, delicately woven dryness of grassy hops. Pretty damn solid! Perhaps not quite a match to the Abt 12, but damn if its not close! Feel is big, bold, and beautiful. The girth is massive in the body of this stuff. Heavy yet smooth, crunchy and crisp yet creamy with a whole lotta malts to create an exceedingly thick bread/cake-like structure of body. Not to mention the subtle details of yeasty play, dark fruity tang, perfectly intensed warmness, hoppy dryness, and spice. Which all lasts forever and a day the second it spills on to your palate. Wow! Great stuff! No big surprise really. St. B knows how to impress and this is perfect for the holidays!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (19) - 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 (32) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1245) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2017
Cola colored beer with massive foamy beige head, Cookie dough, rock candy and sweet tea with traces of allspice. Sweet toasty malt, alcohol isnt shy up front, very sweet, dusty, perfumy aftertaste, a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1263) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 16, 2017
330ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen. Pours red brown with an off white head. Aroma of malt and Belgian yeast. Sweetish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (820) - SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Flaska frn 2014, ca 2,5 r gammal lite drygt. Provning med Nerikes lsllskap. Mrkbrun, ngot murken med beiget skum. St, maltig doft av rsocker, torkad frukt, pumpernickel. Stor kropp som dock frsvinner aningen snabbt. Maltig och st i smaken med lite rostade toner tillsammans med torkad frukt och brnt socker.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tgrtnr (37) - Augsburg, Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 250 ml from tap at tAntwaerps Bierhuyske. Served in original glass. Complex spice aroma. Cinnamon, cardamom, anise, clove. Black cherry. Dark chocolate. Surprisingly not that malty. Fantastic finish. Soft carbonation, oily texture. What a beer - my first 5 here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dropi6 (159) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Backlog, z czasw przed założeniem konta na ratebeer w ramach uzupełnienia profilu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banzale (190) - FRANCE - FEB 1, 2017
Acheter tabac&co palais des bires dans famiflora dottignies . Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur brune profonde , pas de brillance et de reflet un peu trouble . Mousse abondante mais redescende assez vite pour laisser un col de mousse plutt fin. Au nez : cest le malts caramel qui est bien prsent ! Un peu dpice aussi mais tout en douceur. En bouche : cest assez doux malgr ce quelle affiche ! Trs aromatique ! Le malts caramel est bien quilibr donne un got caramel et sucre progressive. Un peu dpice en fin de bouche . Carbonnisation bien faite . Un bonne bire dhiver qui rchauffe et fait du bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1495) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (5.00):
Interesting & drinkable but disappointing when compared to the previous St. Bernardus offerings & definitely lacking something. Opening a lot weaker than expected with a light, sweet taste, it didnt seem like a 10% beer. There was good carbonation & the darker fruits were nice but they seemed fleeting & not strong enough. It was a relatively easy beer to drink though with a subtle tang & okay balance but it was a little underwhelming & easily my least favourite St. Bernardus beer thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quick3Beers (1087) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, nice off-white head with medium bubbles. Banana nose. Who you calling banana nose? Not so much in the mouth though, turns more caramelly with faint coriander and yeasty spice. Very good beer.

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