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Review by joe1510 on 12/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2009
750ml
$10.99
Binny's Orland

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale pours the darkest red imaginable. If this beer is not directly backlit it borders on black. When backlit there's a mahogany hue with tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A one finger beige head formed on the pour that had strong staying power from the massive amount of carbonation. Leaves drink lines after each sip. An excellent looking beer.

Smell is full of candy and spice. Brown sugar, gingerbread cookies, some spicy yeast, cinnamon, and dark bread. This beer really does bring out the smells of Winter and Christmas.

The massive carbonation seems to get in the way of the flavors slightly. It's good without a doubt but the carbonation has things moving far too quickly. All the aromas mentioned above are present in the flavor as well and meld nicely. Flavor is slightly more spicy with hints of pepper.

The carbonation is a little too much. Does give a nice frothy mouthfeel but pushes the flavors through too quickly. Leaves a nice tingle on the back of the tongue.

This beer goes down easily and is definately enjoyable. That said, two goblets in a sitting is enough for me.

Another beer of the highest quality from St. Bernardus. Of course that's to be expected. This beer has some really nice Christmas spicing.

Reviewed: 12/17/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 09/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 9 13 3 7 2009
Merry Ho ho ho this fat man! Pours a merky brown color with some lighter tan hues throughout. A off white colored head left good retention but limited lacing. Both did not last through the tasting.

The nose has a lot going on. Some lighter malt notes with a light chocolate aroma and a touch of caramel. Some complexity but limiting in a way. A noticeable spice aroma. Some baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a light ginger aroma. Some other spice notes, white pepper and a light pear note on the backend. Yeast is noticeable, and distinct with St Berny beers.

The taste is a bit more one sided to the spices, relative to the nose. The same spices mix in with more of a hint of cloves and cinnamon. The ginger backs off but there is a rose peddle flavor on the back end. The yeast also comes out with more of a light fruity taste. Almost like a fruitcake like taste. The malt is present but is limited with more of a malty taste and hints of coco. Some minor heat and a touch of fusels as well.

The body is closer to moderate but a bit much for a Belgium holiday beer. Some heat from the alcohol. Overall good but very muddled together. Would have liked to see the spice back off and more Belgian characteristics come out.

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2007
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-23-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Picture of a jolly Monk with a green background, a red stripe in the bottom and red edges and white clunky snow.

From the bottle:
“St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales brewed by brewery St. Bernardus since 1946. This specialty ale of 10% alc./vol. is characterized by its deep dark color with a creamy, thick head, and a full, almost velvety mouthfeel with a fruity nose.”

Pours a caramel color and settles into a ruby/brown color in the glass. A good dose of foam, about a finger or so. Great retention, there is almost a nice ¼ of an inch pillow of white head and constant bubbles down the center of my Chimay goblet.

Aroma is yeasty and bread-like, dark candied sugar, sweet dark and ripe fruits and caramel, maybe a hint of cinnamon.

Taste is of dark fruits up front with some bread qualities and a slight alcoholic finish.

The beer is very carbonated, maybe a little too much since it stings a bit as it rests on the tongue. I feel that the carbonation imparts a bit on the flavors, it would be a little easier to detect more flavors with less carbonation. Let this one get to room temp. though, it gets a little better and less carbonation sting.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0
Corked and caged. Served at about 55 degrees. Poured into one of my St Bernardus chalices.

A - Huge pop on the cork. Agressive pour yields a large, fizzy, very light brown head. Sort of looks like the head on a root beer. Very good retention. Nice sticky lacing leaves a web on the glass. Body is a medium colored brown, clean and clear.

S - I could smell the fruit notes as soon as I poured this one as it sat on the computer desk in front of me. Red fruits with cherry being most present and dark fruits with figs and dates. Belgian yeast and light spice cake.

T - Starts off with huge fruity notes of bing cherries, fig, dates, and raisins. Fruit gives way to some spiciness, much like that of spice cake as noted in the smell. Fruit cake. Yeast is there throughout, but doesn't seem to ever come forth as the forward flavor. Alcohol comes in towards the end, but isn't too hot. Spices come back for an encore at the end along with a light bitterness.

M - Great feel on this one. Velvet smooth on a full bodied beer.

D - Probably not my favorite St Bernardus beer, but excellent in it's own right. Love the mouthfeel and will have to lay a couple of these down to see how they age.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Duckboy on 12/28/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
Poured a very dark amber into my St. B's chalice. Ivory, heavily bubbled foam that settles to a tight half-finger head with nice lacing. Complex smell with plenty of bread, fruit and spice, with a slight cocoa aroma and that classic St. Bernadus yeast.

Lots of dark fruits, yeast, and breadiness; not as complex as the Abt 12, but still quite nice. Peppery and flavorful all around. Very smooth with good carbonation and a fairly thick mouthfeel.

Top notch holiday brew; little high on the ABV but very impressive all-around.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 18 5 10 0
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!

Served In: Pint Glass

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