When we think about Belgian Christmas beers, the words big, dark, roasty, spicy come to mind. But a few breweries do something a little different for their winter seasonal beer, and that’s exactly what we have here from Brouwerij Haacht.
Our beer pours a lovely amber colour with a creamy white top. I noticed on pouring my beer that little beads of foam were dancing across the top. Completely inconsequential to tasting the beer, but I liked it!
The beer has a sweet and spicy aroma, malty and fruity with a background of herbal spice.
And that is exactly what comes through in the flavour. The early sweetness is of toffee malt, with a little yellow stone fruit. That quickly gives way to the noble hop bitterness and that herbal spice character. The beer finishes quite dry, with a pleasant prickly bitterness.
A tasty departure from the normal Christmas beers, and with the lower ABV easier to squeeze into a winter evening tasting session!