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Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer

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  • Beer
  • Specialty Type Beer
  • Spiced Beer
  • Winter Seasonal Beer

    Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer

    Winter Seasonal Beers are beers that suggest cold weather and the Christmas holiday season, and may include holiday spices, specialty sugars, and other products that are reminiscent of mulling spices or Christmas holiday desserts.

    Aroma: A wide range of aromatics is possible, although many examples are reminiscent of Christmas cookies, gingerbread, English-type Christmas pudding, spruce trees, or mulling spices. Any combination of aromatics that suggests the holiday season is welcome. The base beer style often has a malty profile that supports the balanced presentation of the aromatics from spices and possibly other special ingredients. Additional fermentables (e.g., honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.) may lend their own unique aromatics. Hop aromatics are often absent, subdued, or slightly spicy. Some fruit character (often of dried citrus peel, or dried fruit such as raisins or plums) is optional but acceptable. Alcohol aromatics may be found in some examples, but this character should be restrained. The overall aroma should be balanced and harmonious, and is often fairly complex and inviting.

     

    Appearance: Generally medium amber to very dark brown (darker versions are more common). Usually clear, although darker versions may be virtually opaque. Some chill haze is acceptable. Generally has a well-formed head that is often off-white to tan.

     

    Flavor: Many interpretations are possible; allow for brewer creativity as long as the resulting product is balanced and provides some spice presentation. Spices associated with the holiday season are typical (as mentioned in the Aroma section). The spices and optional fermentables should be supportive and blend well with the base beer style. Rich, malty and/or sweet malt-based flavors are common, and may include caramel, toast, nutty, or chocolate flavors. May include some dried fruit or dried fruit peel flavors such as raisin, plum, fig, orange peel or lemon peel. May include distinctive flavors from specific fermentables (molasses, honey, brown sugar, etc.), although these elements are not required. A light spruce or other evergreen tree character is optional but found in some examples. The wide range of special ingredients should be supportive and balanced, not so prominent as to overshadow the base beer. Bitterness and hop flavor are generally restrained so as to not interfere with the spices and special ingredients. Generally finishes rather full and satisfying, and often has some alcohol flavor. Roasted malt characteristics are rare, and not usually stronger than chocolate.

     

    Mouthfeel: A wide range of interpretations is possible. Body is generally medium to full, and a certain malty chewiness is often present. Moderately low to moderately high carbonation is typical. Many examples will show some well-aged, warming alcohol content, but without being overly hot. The beers do not have to be overly strong to show some warming effects.

     

    Overall Impression: A stronger, darker, spiced beer that often has a rich body and warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cold winter season.

    Vital Statistics: OG: Varies with base style
    IBUs: Varies with base style FG: Varies with base style
    SRM: Varies with base style
    Usually somewhat dark.
    ABV: Varies with base style
    Generally above 6%.
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    Abita Christmas Ale
    MonkMonk   556 0 1 0

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    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Christmas Ale (November – December) rounds out our calendar. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year, offering a unique product crafted with special care. Enjoy your holidays with Abita Christmas Ale. The spicy character is excellent with traditional holiday foods such as gingerbread or...
     
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    Alaskan Winter Ale
    MonkMonk   711 0 1 0

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    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    27 IBU's
    Availability:
    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale, this ale balances the sweet heady aroma of spruce tips with the clean crisp finish of noble hops. Its malty richness is complemented by the warming sensation of alcohol.
     
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    Anchor Christmas Ale
    MonkMonk   622 0 1 0

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    Seasonal/Limited Release
    The brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer are proud to announce the release of our thirty-sixth annual “Christmas Ale.” Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor have brewed a distinctive and unique “Christmas Ale,” which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is...
     
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    August Schell 2010 Snowstorm Dunkel Doppel Weizenbock
    MonkMonk   661 0 2 0

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    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    7%
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    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Much like snowflakes, no two Snowstorm beers are alike. Once a year, our brewmasters lock themselves in the testing room with a secret selection of fine malts and hops, only emerging when they've hit upon something truly extraordinary. Some of our past Snowstorm recipes, like Firebrick, proved...
     
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    Boulevard Brewing Nutcracker Ale
    MonkMonk   706 0 1 0

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    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    38 IBU's
    Availability:
    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of freshly harvested Chinook hops.
     
    0 (0)
    MonkMonk   562 0 0 0

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    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    40 IBU's
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    Seasonal/Limited Release
    Our special Holiday brew, Ebenezer Ale is a smooth ale with a complex palate derived from four different roasted malts and a blend of local and imported hops. Deep mahogany in color, its malty first taste and full body is balanced with a light hop aroma, leading to a caramel...
     
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    Great Lakes Christmas Ale
    MonkMonk   541 0 1 0

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    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
    International Bitterness Units (IBU):
    40 IBU's
    Availability:
    Seasonal/Limited Release
    A holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon.
     
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    Green Man Holly King
    TheCellarMonkTheCellarMonk   607 0 2 0

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    Serving types:
    Bottled 12oz
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    Winter
    This rich holiday ale is perfect to warm away the winter chill. Extended barrel aging delivers unrestrained oak and bourbon flavors. Tasty hints of chocolate, vanilla and tobacco round out the complex notes. The Holly King personifies the nature of the Green Man in all his winter glory.
     
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    Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus
    MonkMonk   521 0 1 0

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    Serving types:
    Bottled 330ML
    Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
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    Holiday
    Santa Claus Beer is brewed only once a year on December 6 and aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve...
     
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    Weyerbacher Winter Ale
    TheCellarMonkTheCellarMonk   628 0 1 0

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    Serving types:
    Bottled 12oz
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    • Winter
    • Seasonal/Limited Release
    At Weyerbacher we’ve created a Winter Ale that is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly...
     
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