12 Beers Of Christmas: 8 – Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Beer Review

3.5 stars

Although the beers so far in this collection have been at least wintery in nature – mostly dark and often strong – this is the first genuinely seasonal beer. It’s become a bit of a Christmas staple for me, not because it’s the most incredible beer ever made but because its arrival marks the beginning of the festive season.

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Christmas Ale is exactly what it says on the bottle; Christmas distilled into beer form. It’s a dark amber coloured 7.0% ABV beer, with a deep fluffy head on it.

The aroma is sweet toffee with a little mulled spice, and just a touch of cereal in the background.

In the mouth it’s rich with sweet red fruit, more subtle spice and a touch of pepper in the background. The bitterness builds up to an almost sharp finish, giving a slightly acidic kick.

It’s still a nice beer, but it’s not as magical as it is in my memory – I’m not sure if that’s down to the beer or my taste, though. It’s still worth 3.5 stars though.

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