You did it. You made it through 2017. And boy what a year it has been. From January to December, inauguration to #MeToo, we made our way to the end–hopefully unscathed. And we thought 2016 was a doozy.
To commemorate the final hours of 2017, we hope you’ll be with friends and family. We hope even more that you’ll have something special to toast with when the countdown starts. The traditional choice is Champagne, of course, but what if you’re a beer lover? There’s no need to trade in your pint glass for a flute. Instead, pick up one of these bottles you can pop right alongside that bubbly wine. Here are our beer picks for New Year’s Eve.
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
This top-fermented, Canadian stunner has won numerous awards and praise on the international level. At 9% ABV, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is a Belgian triple with a thick, creamy head and delicate effervescence. A medium body delivers pleasant aromas and flavors of citrus and banana with a faint hint of pepper. This is a good beer to share while you reminisce on all the good that happened this year, like when April the Giraffe finally had that dang baby.
Chimay Premiere Ale
You probably know how amazing Chimay beers are, but did you consider them for your midnight toast? If not, please do. A beer of this quality should certainly be in the running for your New Year’s drink. Copper color and fruity flavors give this darker brew a complex palate that pairs nicely with various cheeses. Or, you know, pigs in a blanket.
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Another Belgian beer, St. Bernardus Abt 12 ups the ante as a quadruple with a 10% ABV. With a dark copper pour and a thick, creamy head, the palate opens with flavors and aromas of cherries, chocolate, plums and a touch of banana. Easy-drinking, yet deliciously complex, St. Bernardus Abt 12 is full-bodied and showy–a good one to share with friends as well. Drink it while you contemplate all the things you saw on the internet over the last 365 days, like Salt Bae and covfefe.
Chimay Grande Reserve Ale
Pour this dark ale if you didn’t invest in cryptocurrency this year. The beer is smooth and complex, kind of like crytocurrency if you really think about. But what this beer has that BitCoin doesn’t is tangibility and flavor. Malt, caramel, bread and spice weave through the palate of this warming, 9% Belgian. A touch of raisin and a hint of yeast round out Chimay’s Grande Reserve with elegance.
Our final pick for New Year’s celebrating is Lindemans Framboise, a full-flavored lambic that can be served solo or added to flavor the Champagne that will undoubtedly make its appearance just before midnight. With tons of raspberry flavor, this beer is perfect for special occasions just like this.
What will you be drinking when the clock strikes 12? Tell us in a comment below or tweet us @abcbeercountry.
Happy New Year’s!