“Géants” in French means “giants” and the town of Irchonwelz in which the brewery is found has an annual “giants march.” And according the Shelton Brothers, the brewery is “housed in a medieval castle in the town of Irchonwelz, in the French-speaking south of Belgium. Its majestic gate stands stands high to allow the passage of the occasional visiting giant.”
This particular ale is 8.5% alcohol by volume and Shelton Brothers has it classified as a gruit. Their description reads:
The Brasserie des Géants, or Giant Brewery, is housed in a medieval castle in the town of Irchonwelz, in the French-speaking south of Belgium. The Géants Christmas beer came out in 2007, and it’s their best one yet. Rich and warming, and just a bit spicy (thanks to the delicate addition of a special aromatic herb from the region of the brewery), this festive ale has everything you want in a Belgian beer – but not the cheap sugary flavor that the more commercial breweries use to reel in a less sophisticated crowd.
I reviewed this myself, back in 2010. It’s a big, rich, cloying beer that is perfectly decadent for the season.
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