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The Twelve Beers of Christmas

Andrew Nagy
Posted: December 21, 2012

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Unibroue's Trois Pistoles (9 percent a.b.v., $8.99 for 750 ml bottle)

First brewed in 1997, this abbey style strong dark ale is the second Canadian beer on the list. This brew uses a Belgian top-fermenting yeast, and another yeast is added just before the liquid is bottled. This bottle-conditioning triggers a natural fermentation in the liquid and protects it from oxygen, meaning it can be aged for up to eight years.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy brown with a fluffy beige head and lacing to match.

NOSE: Floral bouquet of grapes, berries and zest with a hint of banana, chocolate and dark rum.

PALATE: The effervescent liquid starts out with immense notes of dried plums and sour apricot before the smooth roasted chocolate, fig and oak finish.

CIGAR: Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 4 (91 points) The salty cigar notes keep the dried fruit notes at bay, allowing the cigar's woodiness to bring out the pleasant oak and fig finish.

Grand Teton's Coming Home 2012 (10 percent a.b.v., $14.99 for a 750 ml bottle)

Part of Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve Series, which started in 2010, Coming Home is another bottle-conditioned beer. Two-row pale barley from Idaho, as well as German and Belgian specialty malts, are used in the brew. To balance the malts, five pounds of American hops, Chinook and Galena, were added, along with Bravos grown in Idaho.

APPEARANCE: Pours translucent copper with a green tinge. Head is creamy white with sticky lacing.

NOSE: Strong notes of wood, pine and grass are complemented by floral and grapefruit notes.

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