Get merry with these Christmas beers!
We’ve been hard at work (yes, really) sampling some new (to us) Christmas beers that are available this festive season.
Cottage Delight – Staffordshire Brewery gift pack
if you’re looking for a pack of Christmas beers, Cottage Delight has put together this trio of beers.
The gift pack is available to purchase from CottageDelight.co.uk and the beers include:
Golden premium ale
A really lively, clear golden beer with a great head. Pleasant sweet aroma with a metal tinge but thankfully it doesn’t smell like turkey! It has a light taste with mild bitterness. It’s soft, smooth and lemony.
Strong ruby beer
A very dark red/ruby beer which is very lively with malty dark chocolate, raisin and fruitcake aromas. The taste is malty and dry – there’s a sour blackberry flavour and it’s actually a bit fino sherry like!
Santa’s Christmas Cracker
Light hoppy beer
A very lively, clear and golden beer with a good head. The aroma is reminiscent of a sweet cereal pilsner with a bit of plastic. It’s a light ale with an upfront sweetness and a lasting bitter finish, like that of Seville orange marmalade.
Allendale – Christmas Ale
Traditional Christmas ale
Good head, dark red and lively with a Seville orange marmalade aroma. The taste is sweet with rich malty toffee and biscuity notes and possibly even a wee bit smokey. This isn’t a spiced ale which we thought it would be.
Available to buy from alesbymail.co.uk (£2.94 per bottle).
Brewdog – Hoppy Christmas
Thin head, clear amber/lively, mixed fruit and plastic aroma. Tropical taste – orange, papaya, mango, pineapple, lime with a mild sweet finish. Not quite sure what makes this a Christmas beer as it tastes just like an IPA, though it is strong like a Christmas beer (and a lot of Brewdog’s other beers!). It’s by far the fruitiest of the beers on our list.
Available to buy directly from brewdog.com (£1.95 per bottle).
Cheddleton – Christmas Ale
Traditional Christmas Ale
750ml resealable clip top bottle
Brewed at the Staffordshire Brewery in Cheddleton, like the gift pack beers above, this has a surprisingly low ABV for a Christmas Ale. This is triple-filtered and sold in resealable 750ml bottles to keep you going throughout the festive period! It’s dark ruby red, lively and has a good creamy head. The aroma is malty and nutty with a hint of vanilla and the taste is initially sweet with tart red berries to follow. It actually tastes quite strong for the low alcohol content!
Available to buy from CottageDelight.co.uk. Click for 500ml bottle (£2.95) or 750ml bottle (£8.95) – we had a 750ml bottle but the 500ml is obviously better value though doesn’t have the resealable clip top.
Flensburger – Winterbock
German winter bock
330ml resealable clip top bottle
Not totally sold out this one. A clear golden beer with a thin head. It’s sweet and tastes like a strong lager, there’s no winter spice. A bit boring to be honest!
Available to buy from beersofeurope.co.uk (£2.29 per bottle).
Fyne Ales – Naughty
This is a rich, pitch black ale brewed with ancho chillies so you’d expect this to be hot and spicy but thankfully just the smokiness of the chillies comes through – think of the flavour of paprika. So it’s dark and smokey with a good head and sweet liquorice flavour. There is also a “Nice’ beer produced by Fyne, a white IPA, to contrast with this offering.
Hardknott – Figgy Pudding
Festive seasonal beer
Dark dark red, lively, huge foam head. Aroma is very potent – lots of spice and molasses so there’s a savoury HP sauce aroma. Strong but still sweet though not tasting any fig, in fact there’s a savoury taste too with a dry, bitter finish but this could be the closest thing to the Marmite of beer!
Available to buy direct from hardknott.com (£2.49 per bottle).
Hopback Brewery – Pickled Santa
Christmas Ale brewed with spices
Lively, dark amber ale with a great head. The aroma is a bit yeasty and smokey. Taste-wise it’s quite low on spice for a Christmas ale brewed with spices!
Available to buy from maisondubiere.com (£3.38 per bottle).
Ridgeway – A very bad elf
Special reserve ale
Good head, very lively, clear amber. Strong but smooth, full-bodied. Very sweet toffee/caramel malty flavour and pleasantly drinkable for the alcohol percentage!
Available to buy from beersofeurope.co.uk (£3.29 per bottle).
Ridgeway – Black Elf
Black pale ale
Good head, pitch black, very lively. Metal aroma. Light, smooth, sweet roasted malty taste with porter notes of dark fruit. Bit of a spicy savoury finish and rather enjoyable.
Available to buy from beersofeurope.co.uk (£2.49 per bottle).
We hope this little roundup helps inspire you to try some new Christmas beers this festive season!
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