To finish things off for our December pack of course we have the obligatory Belgian Christmas beer. And this was a new one for me.
Brasserie De Bocq is a fairly large (for Belgian breweries) regional brewery in the town of Purnode in the province of Namur. The original brewery was started in1858 when a farmer decided to make some beer in the winter months.
It changed hands early in the 2000’s, but still remains an independent, family-owned enterprise, most known for their delicious Belgian Witbier Blanche De Namur. Other notable labels are the Gauloise and Corsendonk beers, with the Tete De Mort series coming into being much more recently.
Our Christmas beer pours a brown colour with a billowing white head that sticks around for the duration of the beer. Aromas of brown malts, caramel, dark fruits, licorice and spices are all present.
All those aromas are present in the taste. Early sweetness of those caramel malts and dark fruits make for a tempting start. But it doesn’t take long for the Christmas spices to make themselves known. Licorice for sure, coriander (always a good bet with Belgians) and a little woodiness present as the beer progresses.
For a Christmas beer it is quite easy drinking, not overly complex but a nice beer that definitely bring the Christmas spirit to your glass.