First, some musical accompaniment…
If we’re going to be discussing a bunch of beers with names like Noel, it’s important to get into the festive spirit. Through the web, we can’t provide an olfactory or gustation experience, but we can set the mood auditorily.
Winter Beer Season
As beer seasons go, winter beers (and most especially Christmas beers) have what’s probably the tightest window. Spring beers show up in February and stay on tap until May. Summer beers might appear in April and are available through August. Fall beers appear in August and remain popular through Thanksgiving. Winter beers are lucky if they’re on the shelves in November and are getting pushed out by February. Christmas beers have an even tougher go of it. You’ll get funny looks eating a candy cane in January…and the perception taints the beer world too.
Fortunately, with Norey’s Winter Beer Tap Takeover, we’re not expecting the nine beers we’re tapping December 9th to make it to the New Year.
The Nine Beers We’re Tapping
TO ØL Barrel-Aged Snowball Saison
Enough heavy dark obnoxious sweet super malty x-mas and winter beers. When you eat heavy duck with fat gravy, the last thing you want is another heavy sweet malt liqour!
NO! you want something that can help you sink the dinner, ease you stommach and cleance your throat. And that is exactly what Snowball Saison will do. It is a SUPER sparkling crisp and dry Saison that has been after fermented with milk acid bacterias and dry hopped over and over to give the beer a crisp and smooth tart finish (not to mention…. there is a lot of hops of course…)
Have a nice winter!
De Dolle Stille Nacht
Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers, brewed for Christmas. It has a very potent beer (12% ABV). It has been boiling for many hours, brewed with pale malt with white candy sugar in the kettle. The Nugget hops gives an extra bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness due to the density. The taste triangle is completed with some acidity of the fermentation. It is a very interesting beer to age. We have samples of every bottling we have done so far and aging hasn’t decreased the quality of this beer. Keep some samples at 10°C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!
Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas
A Christmas IPA brewed with ginger and pine needles.
Alcohol volume: 10% ABV
Colour and sight: chestnut amber. A fine, white, creamy and lacing foam.
Scent: A complex entity of caramel malt, fruit, spices and the sweetness of the alcohol.
Flavour: A strong presence of alcohol, very spicy, slightly bitter. The aftertaste is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter.
‘Bestefar’ is the Norwegian word for Grandfather. In this case, it refers to the Father of Father Christmas, or ‘Nissefar’ as he is known in Norway. Bestefar is the perfect companion for a cold winter night, spent contemplatively in front of a fire or for those fireside moments that are a bit more ‘festive’. It is complex, a little bit wild…and it might just be the best by far!
From the brewer:
“Belgian strong ale with the good old taste from when all the farms used to brew their own beer. A dark strong ale, well balanced and full of malty and fruity flavors. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered.”
Style: Winter/Holiday Beer
The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming
7 Swans-A-Swimming is the 7th beer in our “12 Days of Christmas” series. For this verse of the story, we chose the path we don’t often take – we brewed to style. No bells, no whistles, just our best take on the Belgian Quadrupel style. Brewed with nothing but water, malt, yeast, hops and a bit of Belgian dark candi sugar, this beer may not be as out-of-the-box as some of our past winter brews, but it’s just as tasty. Rich and complex, this robust dark ale juggles notes of raisin bread, dried apricots, burnt caramel and roasted pecans. The sweet flavors provide a full body and the bright yeast wafts the sweet holiday notes out of the glass, into your life. 7 Swans-A-Swimming is a perfect holiday sipper. Delicious right now, but suitable for aging up to 5 years, upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.
Christmas ham, green bean casserole, sweet potato pie, family and friends.
Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper
A dark strong Belgian ale brewed with: water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings), spices (orange peel and coriander seed) and ale yeast. This year’s version of Santa’s Little Helper is a real winter warmer. It is inspired by the Belgian Christmas beers, known for their thick warming body, light spices and balanced hop profile. Orange peel and coriander seed gives, along with the extreme fermentation temperatures, a massive mix of fruity nuances, which makes SLH07 an orgy of aromas and flavours. Merry Christmas!!
Baladin Nöel du Baladin
Le Baladin Noel is brewed in the tradition of an ancient winter warmer. A strong complex beer that will keep you warm during the cold months of winter and accompany any festivities.
Le Baladin Noel’s is an ale with an incredible complexity of aromas: flowery of rose, hint of dried fruits, caramel tasting, banana, cherry, plum, toffee, cocoa, licorice and peppery notes. Excellent with black chocolate, a glass of Noel is perfect for a special night.
During the Holiday season, it is customary in Belgium to brew a bolder beer as a holiday gift to loyal patrons. At an impressive 12.5% ABV, one little Scaldis Noël bottle contains a great and impressive beer. It has a burnished ruby-copper color and a spicy aroma with notes of caramel and marzipan. With hints of anise, the beer has a long warming finish. Brewed in limited volumes, this Dubuisson offering has become a classic beer for the holidays and New Year’s celebrations.
We’re looking forward to tapping all these beers and seeing everyone December 9th!