by Brouwerij Van Den Bossche

This beer has been tucked away at the back of our cool room since the start of the year.  Most of the Belgian Christmas beers are only released late October or November, so miss our last container for the year.  To ensure we have some suitably festive beers at this time of year, we keep a couple back for inclusion at the appropriate time.

So let the festive season begin with this Kerst Pater Special Christmas Beer from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche.  The brewery is most known for the Pater Lieven beers (of which we’ve featured a few), or the Buffalo Belgian Stout.  But this seasonal beer is always one to look out for each year.

It has many of the traditional dark beer flavours like chocolate, a hint of coffee, raisins, plums or prunes, brown sugar, red berries and more.  It is different to many Christmas beers in that the spicing is very subdued.  Not much to pick out really, though the hops do give a little earthy note to the moderate bitterness that bites back just enough to offset the sweetness.

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