Winter White Ale Bell's Brewery Comstock, Michigan
Warning: This beer isn't available in Colorado as far as a know, but a friend who lives in Indiana brought it to me as a gift, so what the hell.
Also, when I blogged about the superiority of Colorado and California beers during the Great American Beer Festival last October, I was roundly criticized by those from the Midwest and East Coast (and Texas, but I ignored you, y'all). And some of you suggested Bell's. Furthermore, when my Holiday Beer slideshow hit Digg.com, I was also called out by people who think I love Colorado and Cali too much.
Anyway, this is classic Belgian White, and it shows off one of the greatest things about holiday beers: namely that there are so many different styles.
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While English Strong Ales, porters and stouts are the most popular and the most traditional, different breweries take wildly different approaches, and it makes for a fun ride across a wide spectrum of tastes. Belgian white are typically a summer beer, but Bell chose to make theirs for the winter. Cool.
Imbued with the classic Belgian white flavors of coriander and orange zest, this wheat beer has a sweet, smooth, almost creamy taste and feel. I could almost picture myself drinking it out of a giant stone mug while I was schussed along a snowy path in the back of a horse-led sleigh. I have quite an imagination, by the way.
Anyway, thanks for the beer, Sean. - Jonathan Shikes
To read about numerous other holiday beers, click on our Booze News archive and scroll down.