Lobethal Bierhaus Christmas Ale 330ml $4.90
Alister Turnbull’s Adelaide Hill brewery spices its very dark Christmas ale with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and Belgian candy. But the spices sit subtly behind the malt. High alcohol (7.5 per cent) adds extra body to the already rich, sweet malt flavours sitting at the centre of this round, soft, after-dinner brew.
Beer Here Jule IPA (Denmark) 500ml $15.50
The vibrant, deep golden colour matches the zesty, pungent, citrus-like hops aroma hovering over the sweet malt. The opulent palate combined sweet malt with alcohol, cut by the citrus flavour and assertive bitterness of the hops, giving the pleasing effect of bitter orange rind in a fruitcake.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2011
First published 7 December 2011 in The Canberra Times