This is a seasonal release from the August Schell Brewery of New Ulm, Minnesota. It uses a different recipe each year. This year it is a 7.5% ABV Biere de Noel.
The beer pours a dark chestnut brown in color. There is a short head of off-white to light brown foam. The aroma is malty, yeasty, earthy, figs, spices and dark caramel. The taste is rich and fruity, caramel and dark fruits, with a bit of clove-like spiciness and a touch of nuttiness. It is nicely carbonated and drinks easy for its big flavor and relatively high alcohol. There is a light bitterness on the finish and it is relatively dry.