Words by: Simon Difford
Beers specifically brewed for consumption over Christmas and the winter months are becoming more commonplace. These winter warmers are typically full-bodied with a high alcohol strength, often giving them an extended shelf-life meaning they can be laid down for future Christmases as they develop in the bottle. They are also often flavoured with spices and other seasonal ingredients.
Anchor Christmas Ale 3/5
Box Steam Christmas Box Blonde 4/5
This Christmasy golden ale is described as being "a hoppy, citrus Christmas ale".
Box Steam Christmas Box Dark 4/5
First released in November 2012 as a Christmas-themed limited edition, this porter styled ale is described on the label as being "a dark and spicy Christmas ale".
Brains Santa's Beard 3.5/5
Santa's Beard is a milk stout brewed with roasted barley and five different malts: Pale Ale, Munich, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts with lactose sugar providing balancing sweetness. Santa's Beard is designed to be drunk with cheese or Christmas pudding.
BrewDog Christmas Porter 4/5
BrewDog Hoppy Christmas festive pale ale 4/5
BrewDog Santa Paws 3/5
Brooklyn Winter Ale 5/5
Burton Bridge Festive Christmas Porter 4/5
By The Horns Jolly's Revenge Festive Stout 3.5/5
De Koninck Winter Ale 4.5/5
De Ranke Père Noël 5/5
Père Noël is a Belgian strong pale ale brewed by Brewery De Ranke with pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt, Brewers Gold hops and Hallertau hops and has the addition of liquorice.
Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël 4.5/5
Dorothy Goodbodys Christmas Ale 4/5
Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Cracker ale 4/5
Dubuisson Scaldis Noel 5/5
Erdinger Schneeweie 3.5/5
Gauloise Christmas Beer 4.5/5
Goose Island Christmas Ale 5/5
Gordon Christmas Ale 4/5
Gulpener WinterVrund Winterbier 3.5/5
Hook Norton Twelve Days 4/5
Indigo Imp Winter Solstice 3.5/5
Pickled Santa Christmas Ale 3/5
Ridgeway Bad Elf Winters Ale 4/5
Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf 3.5/5
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf 3.5/5
Ridgeway Seriously Bad Elf 4/5
St Feuillen Cuvee de Noel 4/5
St Peter's Christmas Ale 4/5
Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 4/5
This winter warmer style ale from Kent's Shepherd Neame is also available on draught during December.
Shepherd Neame Rudolph's Reward Ale 2.5/5
Slaapmutske Christmas Beer 3.5/5
Titanic Christmas Ale 2.5/5
Warm Welcome Nut Brown Ale 4/5