‘Tis the season to be merry, so we here at ArkansasBeerBlog want to make another Christmas beer suggestion. When you are in doubt as to what to buy your beloved beer geek, just remember you can’t ever go wrong with a famous Belgian brewery. Especially one that that makes an EXTREMELY similar (or perhaps better?) beer compared to Westvleteren 12 – the supposed “best beer on earth,” or rather one of the best beers on earth.
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Belgian? Check. Historic brewery with hundreds of years of tradition? Check. Will it get better with age? Check. Santa hat? Check.
St. Bernardus follows the seemingly Belgian Christmas tradition of making a really strong beer that gets you a little tipsy around your extended family; whom have all crowded into your home for the Holidays. They won’t notice though! They are too busy commenting on the handsome Monk on the label. What is he doing, anyhow? Singing? Waving his finger at you for being on the naughty list? As you hear these arguments, you will step in and explain how he’s drinking some world class beer…. then you’ll get in an argument with your cousin about that thing he did last year. He just won’t let it go.
Jeez. You go back to enjoying the beer, which smells of caramel, cloves, and dark, raisiny figgy fruit. The taste gives you dark fruit as well as tree fruit, brown sugar, caramel and classic bready malt backbone. Hints of spice legitimize the label. The high ABV is subtle, but provides a great warming quality.
Trust us beer geeks – this is the perfect gift for someone who appreciates good beer, or for someone who just wants a little liquid relaxation while dealing with dozens of people who claim they are related to you.
We gave this beer 4.5 diamonds