Tis the season to knock back a few Christmas beers. Below are the final six beers you need to drink this year before Christmas. You can find last week’s picks here or last year’s picks for part one and here for part two.
1. Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper
There are many things to like about Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper. For instance it’s a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 10.9%. Coming from Denmark, this beer pours out dark brown with a medium khaki head. It smells of chocolate and dark dried fruit like raisins, dates, cherries and plums. The taste follows the nose but there’s even more of a sweet taste.
2. Breckenridge Christmas Ale
Hailing from Colorado, this beer is made in the style of a Winter Warmer. Breckenridge Christmas Ale has a 7.1% ABV and pours out a medium shade of copper with a thick white head. Its aroma is malty and sweet like caramel. Its taste is similar with malt and caramel but there’s also more of a deeper sweetness that tastes like dried fruit.
3. Goose Island Winter Ale
Most of the beers on this list are on the higher end of the ABV spectrum except for this brew. Goose Island Winter Ale comes in at a 5.3% ABV, which is on the average side of things. Coming from Chicago, this brew pours out a deep brown that’s almost black with a pearl-white head. The beer smells sweet, malty and there’s a slight roast to it. The beer also tastes roasted but has an added flavor of caramel but it’s not as sweet as its aroma.
4. The Bruery 8 Maids-a-Milking
This is easily my favorite beer on this list. 8 Maids a Milking is one of The Bruery’s 12 Days of Christmas series. This beer is made in the style of an Imperial Milk Stout and has an ABV of 11.3%. It pours out dark black with a small but thick mocha head. The beer’s aroma is sweet from the milk chocolate and a little boozy. The taste is definitely sweet, creamy and a little floral from the Belgian yeast.
5. Coppertail Brewing Co. Seasonal Relief
With all of the craziness that accompanies the holiday season, Coppertail Brewing wants to help and so they created Seasonal Relief. Hailing from Tampa, this beer is made in the style of a Baltic Porter that has an ABV of 8.5%. It pours out brown with a tan head. The beer’s aroma is of roasted chocolate and coffee. While the beer’s taste follows the aroma there is an added taste of sweet dried fruit.
6. Brasserie d’Achouffe N’Ice Chouffe
This would be my second favorite beer on this year’s list. N’Ice Chouffe is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has an ABV of 10%. The beer pours out a deep shade of copper with a thin tan head. Its aroma is sweet like dark fruit and booze. The taste follows the nose pretty closely but for some reason you don’t taste the alcohol. This is pretty amazing because of the 10% ABV you’d normally expect that in the taste.
Mahr’s Brau Christmas Bock
Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale
Stone Brewing Enjoy By 12.25.15
Mikkeller Til Fra
Anchorage Brewing Company Whiteout Wit Bier With Brett
So when you’re decking the halls, try a few of these beers and let me know what you think of them. Are there beers would you have added that I didn’t put up here?
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