I got into the Christmas beer thing a bit late this year, especially since I focused on pumpkin beers for awhile. I saw this one on tap and had to give it a shot.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Trivia: According to stkillian.com, “Brewed with Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops. This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. Its aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderfull smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.”
Random: The other half and I managed to buy each other 2 of the exact same gifts this year.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It was very slow to dissipated and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of Belgian yeast and dark fruit with holiday spice too. The taste was teeming with spice and dark fruit, specifically raisins and currants and dates. There was yeast present too, but it didn’t take away from the dark fruit or spice. This had a thick body with light carbonation, making this a perfect holiday sipper. The booze was hidden with some warming on the long, spicy finish. I really enjoyed this beer, although it wasn’t mind-blowing and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try this. If you can still get your hands on this one, make sure that you do.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0