Review – Great Lakes Christmas Ale
From Great Lakes: AVAILABILITY: November – December , TYPE/STYLE:
Holiday Ale: A robust style of beer made with spices to celebrate the festive season. , FOOD COMPLEMENTS: This festive brew is a perfect addition to big holiday feasts and goes particularly well with the fruit cakes and breads of the season. , BRAND NAME: In the spirit of the giving season, this special brew is crafted to be the perfect holiday gift.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Great Lakes Christmas Ale – 12 oz. bottle poured into my New Belgium glass. 7.5% abv. Obtained in a trade from Jim M. on ratebeer.com.
Appearance: Dark translucent red. A faint gathering of suds at the top, almost no head.
Aroma: Cherry pie filling, cinnamon sticks.
Taste: Tastes like Christmas. Lots of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, ginger. Finishes with a moderate hop spice note.
Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Very smooth.
Overall: Too bad this isn’t easier to get. This gives Anchor Christmas a run for its money, as for a beer that screams Christmas Beer!