In Cleveland, there is only one way to celebrate the holidays-
November 22nd, the night before Thanksgiving
Der Braumeister’s The 12 Beers of Christmas is here!
Make a toast to local beer, craft beer, imported beer, hard-to-find beer, and the world’s best Christmas ales. Santa’s sleigh visited jolly ol’ England, Ohio, Belgium, and Germany to collect his beers, bringing all the good beer lovers of Cleveland the best ales from around the world! As a result, we promise both naughty and nice!
Christmas (Noël), Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu, Blond, 7 ABV: This blond beer with coppery highlights is both balanced and smooth. On the nose, we let ourselves be enveloped by aromas of roasted malts and caramel. On the palate, the same flavors return, plus touches of dried fruit and grapefruit. A note of Port ties together this beautiful marriage of fine flavors.
N’ice CHOUFFE, Achouffe Brewery, Dark Strong Ale, 10 ABV:When the little animals in Fairyland hibernate, the Achouffe gnomes love to gather in their cottage. They spend long evenings telling the best Ardennes stories by the gentle firelight while enjoying a delicious N’Ice CHOUFFE. Smooth and robust, with spicy notes of thyme and Curacao, this dark beer warms both hearts and atmospheres, making even the coldest winters joyful.
Corsendonk Christmas Ale, Brouwerij Corsendonk, Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 8.1: This beer is a rich, dark, joyous brew to celebrate the holiday season. Its chocolate malt and spiciness aroma are reminiscent of the beautiful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy, and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.
St.Bernardus Christmas Ale, Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV, Quad, 9.8 ABV : This Christmas beer pours a reddish-brown color. Big malt sweetness on the nose, with brown sugars and spice. The flavor profile of big malts, dark fruits, soft herbs, and balanced yeast create a warming alcohol and mild hop bitterness: Heavy-bodied but crisp upfront. Rated one of the best Christmas beers in the world!
Avec Les Bons Voeux, Brasserie Dupont, Saison, 9.5 ABV:Very well carbonated. Smooth and creamy texture. Similar to the regular Saison Dupont, but with a bit more spice and a much higher ABV (6.5% for the Saison Dupont vs. 9.5% for the Avec Les Bons Voeux). Dry finish which is reminiscent of champagne. Pair this one with our meat and cheese plate, the landjager!
Kriek-Brut,Brouwerij Liefmans, Fruit Beer, 6 ABV: Rosa Merckx was the first official female brewmaster and operations director in Belgium. She began work at the Liefmans Oudenaarde brewery in 1946 and took over as brewmaster in 1972. This cherry beer was brewed in her honor. Blended with various ages of Oud Bruin and Goudenband beerit won World’s Best Kriek Beer at the World Beer Awards and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Awards for the category of “Belgium’s Best Kriek / Framboise”.
Aventinus Eisbock, Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn, Weizenbock, 12 ABV:Some of the best beers in the world have been born from a “mistake” and that is certainly the case with Aventinus Eisbock. Spicy flavors of plum, banana and clove reveal themselves along with a hint of bitter almond and marzipan. At 12% abv the beer has a touch of a digestif-like heat at the finish. Due to the special frost-maturing process this beer is not bottle fermented.
Gouden Carolus, Brouwerij Het Anker, Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 9 ABV:Using the same recipe since 1962 this ruby red ale delivers the taste of Christmas with every sip. The malty warmth and fruitiness, define this world renowned holiday brew. From the oldest brewery still producing beer in Belgium – Gouden Carolus From Brouwerij Het Anker, Belgium, Named for the gold coins of the Emperor Charles V. Gouden Carolus is brewed using traditional methods and a recipe with top fermentation. It improves with age and will charm you with it’s warm, coppery color and rich bouquet.