It’s the home stretch for the 12 Beers of Christmas 2013 beer review series and it’s already 2014. Yeah, I should’ve had this series finished a while ago but… I didn’t. I do hope you all had a safe and happy New Year though.
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, 10% ABV
The beer pours out a dark brown color, like mahogany, with a beige colored, long lasting head. The aroma is perfumy, fruity, and malty. The flavor has dark fruit notes (raisins and dates), with a peppery yeast quality, malty, with medium-low hop bitterness. There’s also a noticeable alcohol quality that isn’t boozy but is pleasant. The body is medium-high, the carbonation is high, and the finish is dry.
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is one of my favorite beers regardless of what time of the year it is. It has a layered and complex malt flavor that has delicious dark fruit quality that is balanced by its soft alcohol quality. For a 10% beer, it’s pretty smooth as well. Man, this is delicious!
Yeah, I wasn’t able to finish up the review series in 2013. I ended up getting pretty hammered at my brewery holiday party, and hungover the following day, I just couldn’t find it in myself to review a beer. Then New Year’s Eve hit and well… we all just drank, everything. So, here it is, a great beer to start the new year.
Happy New Year!