Thursday, December 20, 2012

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is St. Bernardus Christmas Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 

From the St. Bernardus website: “St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is a dark seasonal brewed in the classic 'Quadrupel' style of Belgium's best Abbey Ales. (10.0 % ABV) Similar to all the beers from our brewery, it greets the drinker with the signature aroma of the St.Bernardus house yeast strain (in use since 1946!) Rivaling the complexity of the St.Bernardus Abt 12, St.Bernardus Christmas Ale offers a spicy, mint-like flavor profile exuding the tastes of warming alcohol, fermented molasses, apricots, licorice and marzipan that are highlighted by the perfect balance of brewing sugars.
The perfect companion to enjoy a (cold?) winter evening, with or without the company of your friends!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark brown/amber with a huge beige head and good lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits, bready malts, caramel, spices, Belgian yeast and brown sugar.
Taste: Caramel malts, Belgian candi sugar and Belgian yeast, dark fruits, cloves and cinnamon.
Overall: Extremely drinkable, balanced, full bodied and smooth, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ale is an excellent addition to your Holiday celebration.  At 10% ABV this will get the party started!


Mark Harvey

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