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


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RATINGS: 1504   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (595) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (1002) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tometclo (280) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2017
Mousse beige importante, couleur brune opaque. Arme pices, fruit noires, cerises. A la dgustation cest renversant, quel peps! Les pices et les fruits noirs sont dune profondeur, la cerise est bien marque, on retrouve galement le pruneaux. Cest une bire remarquable de Nol, dans la ligne de la Brasserie. Une excellente dcouverte. 33 Cl Bootlegger Paris

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
azzurro (182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Wow. Jai t chanceux dacheter cette bire par hasard a la LCBO durant les fetes. Je men fais des reserves lan prochain. trop bon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy color; Aroma of sweet malt, some yeast, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (notably plums & apples), caramel, raisons, and cinnamon; Nicely balanced & fairly complex; Really good seasonal brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (5243) - 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 (3041) - 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 (84) - 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 (3133) - 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 (139) - - 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.

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