Must try holiday beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mlager90, Oct 29, 2013.

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  1. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    This years is really good. It has tastes of Gingerbread and Molasses with a nice spice finish and what we all thought was a hint of sour. Very crisp dry and delicious!
  2. RaggaD

    RaggaD Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2013 Florida

    Just picked up a bomber of St. Bernardus Christmas, think I'm gonna enjoy it tomorrow while watching some football.
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,753) Mar 18, 2010 California

    The only one I ever buy on a yearly basis is Anchor OSA.
  4. Jayeblue24

    Jayeblue24 Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Idaho

    I think Widmer's Brrr is quite Dlish
  5. darky

    darky Initiate (173) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Oooooooo....forgot about that gem. Maybe it's just me, but that beer always tastes sour to me, and I love it!
  6. gueuzedreg

    gueuzedreg Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Colorado

    speaking of spice (not the 90's soft-core porn tv station), I got to send you some Hunahpu's Stout from Cigar City. I am curious if you would like it.
  7. basics

    basics Initiate (88) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

    This isn't out yet, right? Vanilla bomb extraordinaire.

    p.s. that's a siq glass.
  8. withoutlimits

    withoutlimits Initiate (70) Aug 5, 2013 North Carolina

    No, it's not out yet. Although Thirsty Monk in Asheville has the bourbon barrel version on draught right now.
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  9. basics

    basics Initiate (88) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

  10. withoutlimits

    withoutlimits Initiate (70) Aug 5, 2013 North Carolina

    That's what I would think, but I saw a friend post it on Untappd and she said it was a huge let down. I don't know what to think... her beer knowledge leaves a bit to be desired, but Highland doesn't really do anything barrel aged. Maybe it's due to lack of experience?
  11. basics

    basics Initiate (88) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Hmm, I'd definitely still try it if I stumbled on it. You're right though they don't do many (I can't think of any) barrel aged beers.
  12. azorie

    azorie Champion (892) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    Please list your top whatever of XMAS ALES. No winter warmers please, NO LAGERS please. ALE ONLY
  13. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Sierra Nevada: Celebration
    Anchor Brewing's Holiday Special
    Bell's: Christmas Ale
    ..there really not need be, far as am I'm concerned, for any others.

    - "Honorable Mention" - Thirsty Dog: 12 Dogs of Christmas & Troegs: Mad Elf (eh, they're alright..others like them a lot though).

    -Cheers !
    #133 baconman91, Nov 6, 2013
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  14. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Defender (666) Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale is an obvious choice.
  15. Beerswag

    Beerswag Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 California

    Nogne O- winter porter
    De Struise- reserva "Tsjeeses"
    Anchor brewing- Holiday special beer
    Trader Joe's-celebration ale brewed w/spices
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  16. Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer

    Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2013 Ohio

    Hopping Frog Frosted Christmas .. only Christmas beer I drink.
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  17. Quickicks

    Quickicks Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2013 North Carolina

    Other than some that have been mentioned already,

    St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
    Fantome Noel
    Scaldis Noel Premium
    Gouden Carolus Noel
    Delirium Noel

    Yes I prefer Belgian christmas beer to domestic.
  18. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg Disciple (366) May 17, 2013 Illinois

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Revolution's Fistmas Ale.
  19. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,682) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Anchor's is usually really good...but occasionally can be rough.
    Celebration is a must every year.
    Frambozen is really good, although not as common as it should be.
    I like most of the Sam Adams Winter pack, although there are some lagers in there, too.
    If you're craving something candy-like, Harpoon's is great.
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  20. craigo19

    craigo19 Devotee (463) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan
    Society Trader

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Anchor, Dark Horse 4 Elf.
  21. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (320) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    St. Bernardus is at the top for me as well. Have yet to try Fantome, Scaldis, Gouden, and Delirium as all great too. Mikkeller's Santa's Little Helper is also good.
  22. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Defender (683) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina

    SN Celebration
    FFF Alpha Klause
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  23. Scope4Beer

    Scope4Beer Initiate (148) Sep 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    St. Bernardus Christmas is the best in my book. I also enjoy Delirium Noel. And I live close to Troegs, so I'm always happily stocked up on Mad Elf too. I love SN Celebration, too, but I prefer the Belgian flavors for actual Christmas beers, not just something that's a seasonal release.
  24. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poo-Bah (2,043) Dec 15, 2012 California

    Sierra Nevada Celebration I like. This year I'm going to try St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (missed it last year).
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  25. opwog

    opwog Zealot (586) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    SN Celebration comes out each winter and has a snow scene and is a great beer, but in no way does it remind me at all of a Christmas ale. Anchor's, while slightly different each year, has been my beer that really signifies the holiday season. Same with the Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. And for the first time, I have been in a state that has Odell's and I have to say that I really loved the Isolation as a winter warmer.
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  26. Kjanisch7

    Kjanisch7 Initiate (147) Jun 26, 2013 New Jersey

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  27. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (470) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    what does the poster have against lagers? I love Celebrator Dopplebock around Christmas. (love the little goat charms on my tree as well.) I also really look forward to Abyss and Gouden Carolus Noel, along with several other Christmas Belgian Strong darks.
  28. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (470) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I love all of those except for Scaldis- which tasted like rocket fuel last time I tried it. I'd replace that with Guuden Draak.
  29. ArkyVaughan

    ArkyVaughan Meyvn (1,057) Nov 1, 2013 New Jersey

    St. Bernardus Christmas is tops for me. While not a Christmas beer, Great Divide Hibernation is a great winter seasonal.
  30. ParkerAE

    ParkerAE Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2013 California

    FFF Alpha Klaus
    SN Celebration
    Bell's Winter White
  31. Providence

    Providence Crusader (751) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Why no lagers? Serious question.

    I was going to say Smuttynose S'muttonator, but your rules don't allow me to.
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  32. Preluderl

    Preluderl Zealot (500) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Troegs Mad Elf is my favorite. I love Great Lakes Christmas Ale as well but BA classifies it as a Winter Warmer.
  33. azorie

    azorie Champion (892) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    but you did anyway, shame on you you broke the rules. Lager are mainly winter warmers for xmas was why.
    Plus I like ale mostly. Belgian in general. its ok we will not punish you this time.

    TBH honest I did not care, and I figure no 1 really reads half these posts anyway, or cares.....
    meaning we all go off topic at times. On top of all that I wanted to preempt all the Xmas postings, lol. I know I am crazy.
  34. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,682) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Not to derail this, but most traditional Christmas lagers are some form of "Christmas Bock" - not a winter warmer.
  35. azorie

    azorie Champion (892) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    So TRUE! extra points to yea, post them bocks. lol
  36. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Devotee (400) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Are you saying most Winter Warmers are lagers?
    Cause they aren't.
  37. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Aspirant (200) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia

    Does an FBS float with Eggnog ice cream and cinnamon count?
  38. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (363) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Available in Germany only during the Christmas Market season. Last year I ordered a 10er that arrived just in time for Christmas. This year I think I'll have to go for the 20er.
  39. Providence

    Providence Crusader (751) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I'm confused, when I think of a "winter warmer" I think of an ale. In fact, and for what it's worth, beeradvocate lists "winter warmer" as an ale.
  40. azorie

    azorie Champion (892) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I guess I was going for beers (ales) that have Xmas on the label or made just for it. Not just for winter. Bottom line post what you want, it was just for fun.
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