Ho ho ho y’all! If there’s anything screams “Noel” more than Christmas beer, mince pies, piggies in blankets and cheese I don’t really want to know about it. Needless to say the Christmas beer tasting session I hosted in Chester Beer and Wine yesterday ticked all of my festive boxes.
It was all “ho, ho, ho” and not a single “bah humbug” was in sight when we tried 7 different Christmas style beers and wolfed down some homemade mince pies, courtesy of hubby. He wasn’t even there last night (chefs are apparently super busy during the festive season, who knew) but again his craft threatened to overshadow my beer choices… and this time that took some doing, because as you can see below, I went in with the big guns straight away.
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.
So if you weren’t sure what to fill your boots with this Christmas, now you know.
What’s your favourite Christmas tipple? Tell me all about it. ❤ ❤ ❤