Brasserie Du Bocq was founded in 1858 by brewer Martin Belot. ‘Gauloise’ was the first beer he produced, paying tribute to the Gallic brewing know-how.
The Christmas seasonal is ruby red colour with a lively head of fine bubbles. The aroma is full of sweet dark fruit notes, with a sherry hint and some slight spicing.
It is very much like a Belgian dubbel, with the addition of some spicing. Dangerously easy to drink, it has a sweet malty body which seems balanced by the gentle spices with cinnamon and a touch of licorice. It is sweet without being cloying.
The beer has previously been known as ‘Bocq Christmas’ and ‘Regal Christmas’, before being incorporated under the ‘Gauloise’ label.