St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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Brewed by Brouwerij St. Bernard

Watou, Belgium

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

10% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 29123 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

lightstruck 100%
bread crust 100%
can-liner 100%
cooked tomato 100%
isoamyl acetate 100%
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Overall Rank315
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank30 of 1166
Style Percentile97.4
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.962
Weighted Score3.884
Standard Deviation0.318

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  • PALEALERIDER 2131 reviews
    rated 4.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    750ml bottle. Pours a huge bubbly beige head and has a cloudy murky brownish appearance. Very thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of yeast, spices, toasty malts, dark fruits. Flavours of dried type fruits (raisins, plums) has hints of molasses, yeast, barley malts. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is nicely hidden, cannot tell this is a 10% abv beer.

  • CHOPZ 5184 reviews
    rated 3.8 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours clean deep amber colour with a hauge frothy light-beige head, good retention and foamy lacing. Belgian Ale yeast smell with spices, hops and some hints of dark fruits. The taste has some sourness from the cherries, mild spices and the Belgian Ale yeast. Some dark notes lingers. Goes down quite easy and all very well-balanced.

  • GIVMEBEER 794 reviews
    rated 3.9 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Good stuff as usual from St. Bernardus. Small persistent head over a dark mahogany body. Fruity, dark malt and spice aroma. A multitude of flavours all come together to make this an excellent Christmas brew. A tad sweet but after a few Guinness this will give me quite a buzz.

  • CYRENAICA 2049 reviews
    rated 4.5 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    750ml bottle
    10.0% ABV
    King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    November 20, 2014
    The 2014 Birthday beer. The beer pours a murky reddish brown with a huge generous rocky light tan coloured head that lasts. The aroma yeast, dark fruits, fresh baked bread, roasted malt, and spices. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with above average carbonation. The flavour was dark malt, plums, nutmeg, yeast, and roasted malt. Another great beer from my favourite brewer!

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.8 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    Bottle shared w/ Tim. Dark ruby brown off-white lacing foam. Sweet caramel aroma and taste, bit too sweet. But may be I should not drink a Christmas beer in August. (Efteling 201408)

  • FISHINGFAST 603 reviews
    rated 4.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    WOW! This is a fantastic ale. I ordered one with my cigar and was blown away with the taste. I drank that one right down but went slower with the next one. I had time to read the label and feel the head buzz from the high abv. I took a six pack home with me for Christmas.

  • RICHSBEER 1651 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby and a nice light tan head with good lacing. The aroma is malt, cinnamon, cloves, raisins and plums, brown sugar. The taste is malt, dark fruit, brown sugar,cinnamon, cloves, hints of licorice. The mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol very well integrated.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Beer no. 2 of my 12 Beers of Christmas 2012. Light brown pour, tall frothy off-white head, heavy lacing throughout, light carbonation. Paired with my Christmas dinner. Rich aromas of caramel, ripe fruits, vanilla, some nuts, dark bread and malts, light cocoa, brown sugars, earthy hops. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is rich, ripe dark fruits, rich cocoa, slight nutiness and vanilla, very light molasses. Rich and very very satisfying. Now my favorite Christmas beer. Thank you lilmiss (Aimee) for trading me this wonderful Belgian standard.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This is a great abbey beer in its own right but I had it next to several other Belgian Christmas beers and it didn't quite stack up to the rest. A bit over fizzy and just not all that complex, still far better than any American abbey attempt.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A brown color with a tan head. Aroma contains some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and spices. The flavor is sweet and slightly boozy with some caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, and spices. Alcohol shows up in the finish but not over powering. Overall a good winter beer. Tap at Brick Store.

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