Next up the Christmas offering from a brewery just recently sampled - St Feuillien.
Pours a deep, dark, hazy, amber that is made all the more murkier with loads of suspended yeast - think of it being a beer globe....seasonal!
This is topped by a dense, creamy, tan coloured head that really lasts and lasts - very nice.
Gorgeous rich aroma of spiced bread, toffee like sweetness, dark dried fruits (figs, raisins and plums) but also a banana like perfume and along with that clove. Perhaps not as powerful as others in the style but no less enjoyable, just mellow.
Taste is all the above but turned up to 10, first sip and you get deep sweet malts and caramel, then hints of orange peel and cherries, spices like cinnamon and clove along with a gentle hop bitterness and finishing with a nice alcohol warmth.