Delirium Noel – One of my all-time favorites. Epitome of Belgian holiday brews IMHO.
Scaldis Noel – Another fantastic holiday beer but with a slight burn to it. Go figure, it’s 12% ABV.
Great Lakes Christmas Ale – Haven’t tried this one. Must remedy that.
Gouden Carolus Noel – This one is good but just not in my choice top 10. It’s rather basic compared to the first two.
Penn St. Nickolaus Bock – Haven’t tried this one, but I haven’t bet a bock I haven’t liked.
Tröegs Mad Elf – This one is just nuts. It’s good, but a bit all over the place, flavor-wise. Not sure what kind of adjuncts they have going on in there, but it could have been simplified.
N’ice Chouffe – Great beer, great artwork on the bottle (as always). These happy little gnomes will help you escape the winter cold.
Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper – Haven’t had this particular one. Had a different Santa’s Little Helper. Santa must really be leaning on quite a few helpers these days.
Custom Brewcrafter’s Christmas Ale – Haven’t had it.
Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap – Haven’t had it.
I was surprised to see Corsendonk Christmas Ale wasn’t on the list. Bad Kegworks! Bad!!! Corsendonk Christmas is a staple here in upstate NY. I strongly suggest you try it from a hand-drawn cask.
I was glad to see the Bad Elf series didn’t make the list. While the artwork is amusing, that’s all they really have going for them. I found all of them to be unbalanced. I’d add Santa’s Butt to this list of “don’t bother” beers as well.
Finally, give George Gale’s Christmas Ale a shot. It’s not for everyone, but it’s quite good. Thick and almost brandy-like, it’ll warm you right up.