Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Beer of the week - Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Christmas is the time to indulge when it comes to beer. It's now that, without a hint of guilt, you can crack open that special bottle you've been keeping under the stairs or explore the stronger beers on the beer shop shelves. Shepherd Neame brew a strong amber winter warmer for their festive Christmas offering.

After tasting their excellent new beers (the India Pale Ale and Double Stout) expectations were high. Sweet caramel with a hint of dried fruits on the nose promises some winter cheer but the flavour is surprisingly dry. However the 7% ABV is very apparent as is the healthy dose of lingering spicy hops which warm your tongue and belly.

I would normally prefer a richer, fruitier beer for Christmas but I would happily drink this at the end of Christmas lunch with some mince pies or figgy pudding!

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