12 more beers of Christmas: part 1

One of the best ways to help bring in the holiday season is partaking in Christmas beer. Last year I presented 12 of the best Christmas brews that you can drink (find part one here and part two here) and because you’ve all been good this year I wanted to give you 12 more.

 

1. Bell’s Christmas Ale
The first beer on this list comes from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bell’s Christmas Ale is made in the style of a Scottish Ale and has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 5.5%. It pours out a deep shade of amber and has a thin pearl white head. The beer’s aroma smells sweet while its taste is significantly less sweet but has generous amounts of malt.

Bell’s Christmas Ale (Photo credit: beerpulse.com)

Bell’s Christmas Ale (Photo credit: beerpulse.com)

2. Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt
The producers of Reindeer’s Revolt, Ridgeway Brewing, have some of the best-named Christmas beers. Brewed in the style of an English Strong Ale, this beer packs an ABV of 6%. Pouring out a light caramel with a thick white head, the beer’s aroma is a little floral or vegetable-like with a slight hint of malt. The taste is floral and a little bitter but there’s also an underlying malty taste. In my opinion, this brew needs to warm up a little before you drink it, don’t serve cold.

Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt. (Photo credit: sheltonbrothers.com)

Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt. (Photo credit: sheltonbrothers.com)

3. Brouwerij De Ranke Père Noël
Père Noël, Father Christmas in French, isn’t your average Belgian Christmas beer. It’s actually a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that has an ABV of 7%. It pours out muddy orange with a big white head. Its aroma is sweet and herbal from the hops while its taste is sweet like bread and malt. Even though its taste is sweet there’s a bit of hops, which leads to a bitter backend.

Brouwerij De Ranke Père Noël. (Photo credit: ithinkaboutbeer.com)

Brouwerij De Ranke Père Noël. (Photo credit: ithinkaboutbeer.com)

4. Anchor Brewing Company Christmas Ale 2015
Now I reviewed this beer last year, but I believe that it’s fair to list again because its recipe changes every year. This Winter Warmer comes in with an ABV of 5.5%. It pours out medium brown and has a light head. The beer’s aroma is complex and contains hints of pine needles, ginger, nutmeg and molasses. While its taste is not far off from the aroma it also has a similar taste to cola.

Anchor Brewing Company Christmas Ale 2015. (Photo credit: beerstreetjournal.com)

Anchor Brewing Company Christmas Ale 2015. (Photo credit: beerstreetjournal.com)

5. St. Peter’s Brewery Winter Ale
One of my favorite breweries from England, St. Peter’s in Suffolk, seems to always produce outstanding beers and this trend continues with their Winter Ale. This brew pours out a dark brown with a tan head and has an ABV of 6.5%. Its aroma has notes of coffee and sweet chocolate with roasted undertones. The taste is also roasted but with added flavors of nuts, caramel and dark fruits.

St. Peter’s Brewery Winter Ale. (Photo credit: beersforbreakfast.wordpress.com)

St. Peter’s Brewery Winter Ale. (Photo credit: beersforbreakfast.wordpress.com)

6. Schmaltz Brewing Company He’Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer
The final beer on the list this week goes out to our friends of the tribe. Hailing from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Company, this beer packs an ABV of 8%. This Hanukkah beer is made in the style of a Winter Warmer and pours out a dark brown with a lighter brown head. The beer’s aroma is sweet of chocolate, caramel and cherries while its taste pretty much follows the nose only with more of a roasted undertone.

Schmaltz Brewing Company He'Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer. (Photo credit: shmaltzbrewing.com)

Schmaltz Brewing Company He’Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer. (Photo credit: shmaltzbrewing.com)

 

Honorable Mentions
Frankenmuth Christmas Town Ale
Warsteiner Winter Special Edition
Anchor Winter Wheat
Abita Christmas Ale
Lost Coast Winterbraun
Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper

 

You can find the second half of this list next week. In the meanwhile pick up a couple of these and let me know what you think?

Cheers!

 

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