Worthwhile French Beers: Thomas Beckett Bière de Noël

24 12 2009

As Calvin’s Dad once said, “I think Santa would rather have a cold beer.”  (Enjoy that link, by the way.  Terribly distracting.)

Bière de Noël

According to the brewer, the Thomas Beckett Brewery, which is based in Bourgogne, this Christmas brew is part of a tradition born in the north of France.  The master brewers of the region got into the habit of concocting beers enriched with spices such as coriander, cardamom, and cloves.  They shared these special seasonal brews with their best clients and closest neighbors.

Luckily for the rest of us, they eventually decided to start sharing with a broader audience.  This beer pours out in a clear, chestnut/mahogany-colored stream, and settles in the glass with a fluffy, pillowy, tan head.  It smells of dark roasted malt, reminiscent of molasses or chocolate, with hints of chestnut and spice.  In the mouth, the tiny bubbles announce and incredibly smooth and balanced beer, with a roasted, slightly sweet flavor.  Vanilla and tobacco make non-obtrusive guest appearances, and an ideally subtle warm spiciness (notably clove and nutmeg) imbues the whole without ever becoming overpowering.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Originally published on Croque-Camille.



4 responses

25 12 2009
hungry dog

Oh my, this sounds delicious and so season-appropriate! Enjoy, and merry christmas to you!

Hungry Dog

25 12 2009

Twas the night before Christmas….and we are missing you!

with love,
maman and ton pere et ta soeur

29 12 2009

hungry dog -And a belated merry Christmas to you, too!

maman – Vous me manquez, aussi. Gros bisous, et bonnes fêtes de la fin de l’année!

7 01 2010

Oooh. I love Christmas beers. Do you think it is too late to find more of this around town – I’m so sad I missed it!!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday – looking forward to hearing about it soon!

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