Christmas beer is brewed only once per year by the Belgian brewers. It is a tradition that dates back several decades. It was originally meant as a Christmas gift from the brewers to their customers. Some brewers add particular spices to their regular beers, other make their beers stronger while some others create a totally new beer for the occasion. The last few years, some smart marketers have found out that if they rename their Christmas beer to winter beer, they can sell it all winter long.
The typical winter beer is a dark, rather strong beer, which gives drinker some warmth during the cold winter days. Although this is the general trend, there are also brewers who make amber or even blond Christmas beers. Also those beers are slightly stronger and with more spices than regular blonde or amber beers.
One of the first Belgian Christmas beers, and still one the most famous, is Bons Voeux by Wallonian Brewery Dupont. This blonde beer is considered as the brewery’s top beer, even though it is only available a few months per year. Other well-known Christmas- and winter beers include Leffe Christmas Beer, Bush de Noel, N’Ice Chouffe and Dobbel Palm. The beers in this collection are usually only available from November until around February, although we continue selling them after that period as long as we have them in stock.