12 Beers of Xmas – Day 11 – Westvleteren 12

On to the penultimate day now and it’s time for what is probably one of the most famous beers around.  Many people seem to be of the opinion that this is the best beer in the world… I’m not one of them though. It’s good,…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 10 – Raconteur

I’ve had this one hidden away at the back of a shelf in my garage since last Christmas.  Part of the 2013 ‘Barrel Trinity’ from the Wild Beer Co, I drank the Ninkasi Premier Cru and Whiskebeest not long after I bought them but for…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 9 – Black Ops

We’re three quarters of the way through the 12 Beers of Christmas now, so not many more to go (if you’re struggling with the maths after all the beers, that’s just three more after today!). Stepping up to the plate today is Black Ops from…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 8 – Caractere Rouge

This is the second Rodenbach in my 12 beers, but this one is a little different to the last.  Caractere Rouge is aged for 2 years in oak barrels, but then gets 6 months on cherries, raspberries and cranberries. There’s a good pop when the…

Brewday – Saisons in the Sun

Today is my final brewday of 2014, slightly delayed from the original planned date due to an ingredient mix up and various Christmas things.  It’s a second re-brew of my favourite beer from this year, a saison with a big citrus hop hit.  If I manage to get…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 7 – Ratchet

It’s Boxing Day, which means day 7 and that we’re past the halfway mark for the 12 beers. It’s been good so far, with some interesting stuff being drunk by everybody. I’ve been looking forwards to opening this one since I bought it, having tasted…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 6 – AB:16

Christmas Day and it’s time to bring out the second of the substitutes, Brewdog’s Abstrakt AB:16.  I nearly gave up on this one before I’d even got it open though… that cork must have taken me 10 minutes to get out!

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 4 – Santa’s Little Helper

After reading a few of the blogs from yesterday’s 12 beers of xmas it occurred to me that I didn’t have any actual Christmas beers in my selection. That needed addressing, so a quick visit to the rather excellent Independent Spirit of Bath (@indiespiritbath) was…

12 Beers of Xmas – Day 3 – Ola Dubh 18 yr

On to day 3 and it’s time for an old favourite to come out.  The Harviestoun Ola Dubh range is great, and I’d have been happy having any one if them in my selection.  I’ve picked the ’18’ for no other reason than it was…