Monday, 9 December 2013

Beer of the week : Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

It's that time of year when breweries bring out their Christmassy wintery offerings. These can be stronger, darker, spiced, and often more malt led in their flavour profiles. But here's something a little different from Sheps and in their typical Kentish ways it draws on hops to celebrate the season.

Their spicy hops come through on the nose but with a little background caramel. And the hops dominate the flavour too with a powerful bitterness. Unlike some other Christmas beers this is not too sweet but this is not a typical Christmas beer. It's almost refreshing but at 7% the alcohol is definitely there.

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