The First Pour: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Availability: Seasonal – Winter
You probably thought the holiday season was over and that the jolly man in the red suit had already headed back up to the North Pole, but we’re here to tell you that you can still find him at Cicero’s enjoying a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.
This Belgian Strong Ale pours out a dark brown color – think olive juice – and has a creamy head that gives way to lacing that lingers for the entirety of the beer. The smell is a strong, fruity aroma that packs a powerful punch of pears and apples with a slight hint of citrus. This is one of those beers that you know what the taste will bring off the smell. At first sip you get a dominant pear punch that gives way to a malty apple juice finish. Looking at this beer you don’t notice any carbonation, but this beer does have a carbonated mouthfeel. We both agree that one of these would be enough for us due to the overwhelming fruitiness of this brew; the apple juice taste lingers long after you’ve finished the beer. This Christmas Ale doesn’t drink like a 10%, so be careful because you might find yourself feeling a little more like Blitzen than Rudolph.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.