Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Every Christmas it's almost guaranteed that I'll receive a bottle of Corsendonk Christmas Ale as a gift. An appropriate gift to be sure and always happily received.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale (8.50% ABV) is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed by Brouwerij Corsendonk.

As the name would suggest, this is a good Christmas beer. For a strong ale, the alcohol is well concealed and this brew goes down way too easy.

This Christmas ale has a lot going on flavorwise. The smell and taste are malty with hints of dark fruit, burnt sugars, and seasonal spices like nutmeg and clove. The sweetness is offset by a mildly bitter finish that balances out the flavors The spices linger pleasantly on the palate after the beer is gone.

If you're a fan of Belgian brews, Corsendonk Christmas Ale is something to look forward to every year.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Beerd'd Grinch

This cocktail came up in my Facebook feed I thought to myself, "This sounds yummy but I can make it better!"

"How?" You  might ask?

Beer. Duh.

I added beer, omitted the soda, and reduced the amount of orange juice. The result was a less sweet, boozy-ish green drink. Very festive! 

I used Roy Pitz Best Blonde lager. I think a hefeweizen or a fruity wheat would work well, too.


 The Beerd'd Grinch

3 Oz Peach Schnapps
3 Oz Bacardi Puerto Rican Rum
3 Oz Blue Curacao Liqueur
10 Oz Orange Juice
12 Oz Bottle Beer

Mix well. Pour over a glass filled with ice and top with a cherry.

Ho Ho Ho, bah humbug, or whatever.