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Festive Real Ale

If you love real ale, make sure you look out for our festive beers

We have a range of 25 festive ales for you to try. You can download the full tasting notes by clicking here, or scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Here are some of our favourites:

BUTCOMBE CHRIS MOOSE 4.1% ABV

Butcombe Brewery, Somerset. Est. 1978

This deep red-coloured beer has an initial rich flavour, with full, dry-roasted notes developing – to create a real depth of flavour and a pleasing, balanced bitterness.

Hops: Bramling Cross, WGV

 

MORDUE TINSEL TOON 4.3% ABV

Mordue Brewery, Tyne & Wear. Est. 1995

This smooth Christmas beer is deep amber in colour, with a pleasing, fruity aroma which leads to a subtle citrus flavour, before culminating in a sweet malt finish.

Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Magnum, Summit

 

ORKNEY CLOOTIE DUMPLING 4.3% ABV

Orkney Brewery, Orkney. Est. 1988

This seasonal beer is a light tawny colour, with a rich, fruity nose, leading to a soft, rounded palate with seasonal spices to finely complement the malt and hop flavours.

Hops: Bramling Cross, First Gold, Fuggles

 

WHARFEBANK ANGEL DELIGHT 4.5% ABV

WharfeBank Brewery, West Yorkshire. Est. 2010

This full-bodied golden ale is brewed using a delicate blend of malt and hops, resulting in a smooth, balanced flavour, with generous citrus and spicy notes emerging.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Pilgrim, Summit

 

WICKWAR A CHRISTMAS TALL TALE 4.5% ABV

Wickwar Brewery, Gloucestershire. Est. 1990

This russet-coloured seasonal ale is created by a combination of rye and the finest malts, resulting in a full, balanced flavour, with hints of spice and a subtle hoppy finish.

Hops: Goldings, Magnum

 

BATEMANS ROSEY NOSEY 4.9% ABV

Batemans Brewery, Lincolnshire. Est. 1874

This consistently popular seasonal brew is deep amber in colour, with a seductively spicy aroma and full-bodied character – rich, fruity and full of malt flavours.

Hops used: Challenger, Goldings

  

EXMOOR EXMAS 5.0% ABV

Exmoor Ales, Somerset. Est. 1980

This strong, ruby-coloured ale has a smooth, moreish flavour, its flowery and citrus hop aroma being balanced by the richness of the malt flavour which develops into a finish of spicy and fruity hop notes.

Hops: Celeia, Challenger, Fuggles, Goldings, Styrian

Festive Ale

Download the tasting notes here