Beer # 63 Biere De Nöel

Big Sky Biere De Nöel

Name: Biere De Nöel

Style:   Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region:  Missoula, Montana

ABV: 8.75%

How served: 750ml capped and foiled bottle poured into a Bon Secours glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Amazing. 

I paired this beer with: Baked Manicotti   (great pairing, yummy!)

Tasted on: Christmas eve., Thursday December 24, 2009.

Note:  This was beer was made only once.  This was bottle #705 of 1800 made.

I was very impressed with this beer.  It was smooth, well balanced and very drinkable for a Christmas beer, or even  for any beer. If some how you can still find this beer, I say stock up.   I am looking forward to trying other beers from Big Sky in the future after absolutely enjoying this beer.  Great beer & Merry Christmas!!!

On the Label: A strong Belgian style dark ale, Biere De Nöel is brewed in small quantities for the Holidays, hand packaged & bottled conditioned, this beer is best poured gently and enjoyed at 50° .

On my quest for at least one Christmas/Winter beer a day between Thanksgiving & Christmas, this is the last of my 29 daily x-mas beers I’ve had.   I will now give my liver a day to rest on Christmas day, then…..

On Boxing day I will be sucking down a few Westvleteren 12’s, 8’s and maybe even their blonde.  Then I’m going to be drinking a very sour beer, more so then the Rodenbach grand cru, their Foederbier, which you can only find at…  🙂 

Merry Christmas from the BEER STOCKED REFRIGERATOR

Beer # 62 ‘t Smisje Kerst

't Smisje Kerst

 

Name:  ‘t Smisje Kerst 

Style:   Belgian Strong Dark Ale 

Brewery: Brouwerij Smisje website 

Country: Belgium 

Region:  Oudenaarde 

ABV: 11.00% 

How served: 330ml capped bottle poured into a Moinette chalice.      

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing, I used this as an after dinner digestif.  

Tasted on: Wednesday December 23, 2009. 

Note:  This was brewed and bottled by De Regenboog, Brugge.  This a wonderful beer that improves as it warms in the glass.  It is extremely drinkable for being 11% abv & spiced, as both are well hidden.  

BTW, the 2009 versions of this beer has drop the leading ‘t from the name and is now simply Smisje Kerst.  I believe when this beer was brewed at De Regenboog in Brugge the name started with a  ‘t, now all of their beers have dropped the leading ‘t when they became “officially” Brouwerij Smisje in Oudenaarde. 

On the Label: Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander & grain of paradise).

This is the 28th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 1 more beers until Christmas!

Beer # 61 Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Name:  Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Style:   Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Brouwerij Corsendonk website

Country: Belgium

Region:  Oud-Turnhout

ABV: 8.50%

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Liefmans chalice.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled Sea Scallops and couscous.

Tasted on: Tuesday December 22, 2009.

Note:  This tasted more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale then a Christmas Ale, as the coriander was well hidden, with only a hint of spice in the aftertaste.   This was a very enjoyable beer, if you don’t like spices in a beer, well then this is the Christmas beer for you!!

From their website: Corsendork Christmas Ale is brewed every year during the holiday season and is available from November until the end of February.

For this reddish brown Christmas beer, the Corsendonk brewer uses roasted malts, the finest hops and selected yeasts, spiced up with a touch of coriander.  With its delicate malty nose, Corsendork Christmas Ale has everything what only the very best Christmas beer could possibly offer: a round, balanced taste with a dry and refined aftertaste.

 This is the 27th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 2more beers until Christmas!

Beer #60 Special Holiday Ale

Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale in collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin & Stone Brewing

Name:  Special Holiday Ale

Style:   Winter Warmer

Brewery: Nøgne Ø & Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & Stone Brewing Co.  website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 8.50%

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: a NY Giant blow-out win over the Washington Redskins on MNF!!

Tasted on: Monday December 21, 2009.

Note: This was brewed only once.  It was bottled and brewed by Nøgne Ø.    This was their 2nd collaboration of these 3 brewers on a holiday ale.   I really tried to like this beer, but it was just a tad bit over spiced for my taste buds.   If you like juniper berries, well then you would love this beer.

On their label: This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008.  Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different!  Skål!

This is one of my “bonus” christmas beers.  Cheers!!!!!

Beer #59 Affligem Noël

Affligem Noël

Name:  Affligem Noël

Style:   Belgium Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Brouwerij Affligem  website

Country: Belgium

Region:  Opwijk

ABV: 9.00%

How served: 750ml Corked & caged bottle poured into an Affligem chalice.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Chicken marinated with a lemon butter sauce and baked with spinach & broccoli.

Tasted on: Monday December 21, 2009.

Note:  This was corked on 10/2007.  This was very light and refreshing “Christmas” ale. It was not the best Christmas ale, but it is one I would have again.

On their label: The Affligem Abbey ales are being brewed in Belgium according to the original recipe since 1074.  For the season we offer you our best wishes and an especially delicious ale.  Rich and dark like our Double.  Sumptuous and smooth like our Triple.  Enjoy!  Serve Affligem at cellar temp. (44-48°f).  Christmas Ale Brewed with spices and caramel color added.

This is the 26th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 3 more beers until Christmas!

Beer #58 Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

Name:

 Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

Style:   Baltic Porter

Brewery: Ølfabrikken website

Country: Denmark

Region:  Roskilde

ABV: 11.00%

How served: 750ml Corked & caged bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: A Cuban sandwich made with pork and ham smoked in the back yard.

Tasted on: Sunday December 20, 2009.

Note:  This was a very pleasant surprise. This was a thick and chewy beer which paired great with this smoked Cuban sandwich. 

From their website: Bottom fermented porter made with Danish honey and matured for four months before bottling.

 This is the 25th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 4 more beers until Christmas!

Beer #57 Warmer Winter Winter Warmer

Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer

Name: Warmer Winter Winter Warmer

Style: Winter Warmer

Brewery: Cigar City website

Country:  USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 10.00%

How served: 750ml capped bottle poured into a Cigar City Tulip glass.    

My Overall Opinion: Very Good 

I paired this beer with: An assortment of food at our neighborhoods 17th annually tractor Christmas parade.  

Tasted on: Saturday December 19, 2009.

Note: Great winter warmer for the South Florida winter.  Drinking this outside today, in a cool 63 degree South Florida day.  As our cold front came through today, the rest of the north east coast is being hammer with a ton of snow.  Too bad you aren’t in S. Florida today enjoying this beer with me.  As a winter warmer goes, this has a very nice hop presence and the typical Cigar City taste, which is great!!

From their website & on the label:  “We brew this English-style Old Ale with American hop varietals to celebrate the idea of a snowy winter landscape, if not so much the reality of it as we experience it here in Florida. Dark copper to amber in color, it has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma with underlying notes of chocolate. The flavor begins with a dark caramel to medium toffee sweetness balanced by a firm citrus dryness and then moves into a forward malt character with hints of chocolate and rye in the finish and a lingering citrus and pine note. It pairs well with spiced ham and ridiculously warm winters. Enjoy one with the air conditioner turned down low.”

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