Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 12: Holiday Spiced Ale

21st Amendment Holiday Spiced AleToday’s beer comes from this glowing recommendation from Hedonist Beer Jive: 21st Amendment‘s Holiday Spiced Ale. You’ll only be able to pick up this beer in San Francisco, though; they have it on draft and in 22-ounce bottles to go. Their description:

Our special holiday offering is sure to brighten up the holidays with a deep copper color and rich malty flavors. Brewed with secret holiday spices reminiscent of those holidays sitting around your grandmother’s kitchen while she made minced pie and kept telling your brother to keep his fingers out of the whipped cream. Mmmm, pie.

And that recommendation I linked to says:

I did a fly-by after work and picked one up – and have to say, this is seriously one of the best holiday beers I’ve ever had. It balances 8% alcohol with the most lush batch of spices known to man – jeez, I don’t know what they are, but I tasted just about everything in there – cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, and maybe even some cocoa dust or something. It’s got a medium body that makes it go down really easily, and yet is most certifiably a strong ale, made both for beer lovers and lovers of beer.

Here’s the page for it on BeerAvocate, but there’s only one review so far. This definitely sounds like a winner.