Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 11: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

St. Bernardus Christmas AleToday’s pick is St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, which is available for the first time this year. (It’s new enough that they don’t yet have it on their own website!)

It’s a Belgian Strong Ale with a whopping 10% alcohol by volume. The reviews are positive and sound to me like there’s a lot of sweetness and fruitiness in this beer, paired with "typical" Belgian spiciness—not unlike a good fruitcake, I’m thinking. Sounds like a perfect dessert beer.

And this might seem like a strange criteria for a beer, but I think it’s the most festive bottle of this year’s selection so far… it reminds me of a tree ornament. Very nice!

BeerAdvocate score: 87/100, 100% approval. RateBeer score: 3.73/5, 94th percentile.


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