Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Reviewed by on December 5, 2018 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Shepherd Neame

  • Origin: Faversham, Kent, England

  • Rated On: December 5, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Let the festive season commence, as it is at least post-Thanksgiving and post-Hallowe’en, amirite?

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar blotchy lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, some muddled pome fruitiness, a hint of earthy spice, and some plain leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, baked apples, faint generic citrus notes, and more earthy, spicy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt keepin’ on keepin’ on.

Overall – this is an approachable enough version of the style, simple in its bearing.  Something to sip on while sitting in front of a fireplace, listening to distant relatives’ stories, or the like.  And the well-hidden extra 2 points of ABV may surely help one get through the latter.

Brady White

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