Yesterday we went in with the big guns yesterday and brought to the beer loving folk seven of our favourite Christmas beers. It was all “ho, ho, ho” and not a single “bah humbug” was in sight when over 20 tasters went through not only some pretty sublime beer, but also home made mince pies, piggies in blankets and a selection of Christmas cheeses and yup, you guessed it, Tom’s home made pate.
If there’s anything more Christmassy, we really don’t want to know about it.
Here’s our top festive beer selection:
Great Orme Brewery – Brewdolph 5%
Quite the traditional British Christmas ale this one. Brewdolph is a spiced dark ale. It’s packed with flavours of grain and malt with hints of mulled wine and seasonal spice.
Leffe – Christmas 6.6% – Belgium
Leffe Christmas is a seasonal beer that can be savoured every year during the holiday season. The fruity, spicy bouquet makes this a heartwarming beer full of character.
Black Christmas is a festive stout with subtle roast character that plays well with fruity and slightly tart notes from the cranberry. Sorachi Ace hops, which there are plenty of in this beer, gives hints of vanilla and coconut.
This festive pale ale is an ode to the simcoe hop and tangy sweet citrus aromas of papaya and pineapple.
Huyghe Brewery – Delirium Christmas Ale 10%
Delirium Christmas Ale is chestnut amber in colour, Aromas of caramel malt, fruit, spices and the sweetness of the alcohol. In taste there is a strong presence of alcohol, very spicy, slightly bitter.
St Bernardus – Christmas Ale 10% – Belgium
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales by Brewery St. Bernardus. Deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose.
Abbaye Des Rocs – Speciale Noel 9% – Belgium
The Speciale Noël is based on the brewery’s flagship Abbaye des Rocs dark ale brewed from seven different malts and Belgian, German and Czech hops, with subtle spicing. It pours a hazy ruby colour with a thick sediment and a good yellow head.
No wonder I was knackered after a session with these crazy Christmas beers. All available from Chester Beer & Wine, by the way, for your purchasing please. You’re welcome.