Christmas Ale - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.23/5 rDev 0%
Large 75cl bottle (2012?) served in a large Piraat tulip.
A: Dark but clear red-brown body. Large, durable, off-white foamy head,with exceptional lacing. Patchy sticky lace decorates the glass well after tipping.
Aroma: Dark fruits and dark bread crust. Faint spices. yeast and an unfortunate touch of must comes with the yeastiness.
Flavor: Sweet, but not overly so, with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Hints of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. A suggestion of rum. Dark fruit in abundance. No mustiness, thankfully. Complex and layered. Faint, ripe banana. Loads of depth here, and other flavor components come and go, adding to the enjoyment of this great ale.
Feel: medium body. Medium-heavy but soft carbonation makes for a light and lively feel.. Smooth, sticky and gently warming.
O: More like an ABT 12 than St. Bernardus Prior 8. Better than the Prior 8 and, if not for the aroma, it would be better than the ABT 12 too. Despite the Xmas theme, quite enjoyable in the summer. Highly recommended.
06-27-2014 20:32:25 | More by chinchill
3.81/5 rDev -9.9%
even In the summer this beer is good.
slightly cloying but the spice kind of balances it well.
A-brown with a lot of carb and foam
S-spices , molasses, sugar , yeast and a bread or dough quality
T-almonds ,oak or wood, vanilla , cloves , cinnamon , dried cherries.
M-heavy carbonation , sweet , heavy
O-I like this beer on a chilly evening when I only want one beer .
06-15-2014 00:27:04 | More by steelersfan6669
Christmas Ale from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.