Day 7 of Taste-Mas 2016: Shepherd Neame & Co. Christmas Ale 500 ml

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CHRISTMAS ALE
THIS CHRISTMAS, PUT AWAY THE PORT, FORGET THE FIZZ, AND RAISE A GLASS OF BEER TO THE FESTIVE SEASON!

Christmas Ale is brewed using 100% natural ingredients, drawing chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep below Shepherd Neame’s site, along with the finest malting barley and Kentish hops.

The seasonal ale boasts warming notes of fruits and spices, blending pale and crystal malts with Target and Challenger hops for bitterness, and Goldings hops for aroma.

In keeping with Shepherd Neame’s long heritage, the festive ale has a traditional packaging design, with a vintage, Dickensian-style bottle label and pump clip.

“Christmas is about tradition, and as Britain’s oldest brewer we are very proud of the special beer we have created for the festive season. It is a glowing amber winter beer with a heady, fruity nose – the perfect accompaniment to the sticky pudding sweetness of festive fare.” ~ Head brewer Richard Frost. 500 ml, 7% alc./vol.

www.shepherdneame.co.uk

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  One thought on “Day 7 of Taste-Mas 2016: Shepherd Neame & Co. Christmas Ale 500 ml

  1. Russ
    December 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Amber in colour, not super foamy or carbonated. Notes of toffee and molasses. To me, reminiscent of some other popular red ales. Nothing too exciting, but I also have no complaints about this beer.

  2. Russ
    December 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve been a day behind for two days. Yesterday I did friday’s Winterbeard and then couldn’t work up the courage to crack open the GLB Imperial Stout. Today, I decided to get back in sync. And who knows, maybe tonight I will open up that big scary GLB. (But maybe not. We’ll see…)

  3. December 25, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Yep, a nice mild “regular” ale for the Day of Christmas. It’s very yummy and easy to drink; nice amber colour with hints of caramel and toffee with molasses on the palette.

  4. Chuck
    December 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    So I’m a day late. Scotch got in the way.

    This is not what I expected. I figured this would be a brew with lots of seasonal spices and lots of cloves.

    Thankfully it is as you both have said – a nice “regular brew”. I like the flavour profile – not hoppy, a real drinkable beer!!

    Happy Boxing Day everyone!

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