So as the festive season approaches, even some of the supermarkets try and get into the ‘seasonal beers’ thing. Here are two more I found.
Wychwood Bah Humbug! 5% ABV
A Christmas Ale from the people that brought you the Hobgoblin brews.
I stumbled across this brew on a trip to a local supermarket and recognised the bottle and label style as Wychwood, and as I’ve enjoyed quite a few of their brews I figured I’d give it a try.
As befits the festive season, Wychwood have added Cinnamon to the mix, giving, they allege – “a beer with all the fruit flavours of mince pies, Christmas Pudding and Christmas cake all rolled into one”.
It pours a rich chestnut colour, with a fulsome head, this looks promising.
The nose is perhaps less promising, there’s not much of a nose to speak of.
The flavour is better, the cinnamon brings, as the brewery suggests ‘a spicy, almost banana-like flavour’, it’s not quite Christmas pudding richness, but there’s a caramel sweetness from the Maris Otter barley that complements the cinnamon.
A little research suggests that in previous years this had been brewed up to 6% ABV, now THAT would be a Christmas brew I’d like to try!
Sadlers Reigndeer Aler 5% ABV
I also spotted this on the shelf, and while I wasn’t impressed with the ‘Boris Citrov‘ by Sadlers that I tried earlier this year, I’ve learned to always give a brewery a second chance
Reigndeer pours a rich, dark amber colour, with a full, frothy, white head.
The nose is malty, with hints of spice, and the flavour follows that, it’s mostly malt with an almost metallic hop bite.
As I mentioned earlier, I try and give brewers a second chance, having done that I don’t think I’ll be offering Sadlers a third. It’s a pretty lacklustre brew, almost a ‘pouraway’, packaged to appeal to Christmas shoppers, I guess it keeps the brewery ticking over, but that’s a far as it goes.
I really need to find a new brewmonger!
Anyway, it just leave me to wish all Brewclub readers the very best for the festive season.
Bob the Brit