Our Theakston Christmas Ale owes its origins to a rather curious event that took place in December 2011. Out of the blue, we had an inquiry from one of the many Theakston enthusiasts in the USA who wrote asking for details of a beer called Theakston Christmas Ale. We were puzzled as, at the time, there was no such thing. Further inquiries revealed that a reference to this beer had been made in the Christmas episode of a nationally broadcast US TV series called NCIS. In the closing sequence, the manager of the NCIS team was seen hammering a wooden tap into a wooden firkin and stating, “This is Theakstons Christmas Ale; it has been flown in all the way from Yorkshire in England where they have been brewing beer like this since Charles Dickens time.” And with that the programme ends with scenes of members of the team happily clinking glasses of the ale to a back drop of the famous Christmas song ‘Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!’
It aroused the attention of the media in this country and before we knew it camera teams were at our door in Masham. Our Director, Simon Theakston was asked whether Theakston Christmas Ale was an existing member of our wide range of cask ales to which he replied, “Well it wasn’t; but it is now!” and so another Theakston legendary cask ale was born. Being Christmas it is important to encapsulate as much of the special spirit as possible. The beer therefore if full of the most generous amounts of raw materials, including pale, crystal and dark malt, a subtle but complex blend of hops together with raisins and cinnamon to give the most beautifully satisfying ale best taken in front of roaring fire in the company of great friends. Christmas Ale will bring out the best flavours of almost any food but in particular strong cheeses, desserts including Christmas Pudding, and roast haunches of venison and prime British Beef.
berkshirejohn (3686) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, gravity dispensed, at the Stag & Hounds, Binfield, Berkshire. Copper coloured with a ring of translucent head; aroma of Christmas spices, with cloves to the fore; these come through in the taste as well, but aren’t overpowering, there’s a sweet malty body with some tart fruit; the finish is dry with lingering spices. Definitely seasonable, but a touch to many spices for me.
mike_77 (2019) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown colour. Spicy, fruity, sweet aroma with some apple and hop. Smooth, creamy texture. A full flavoured, fruity bitter with a hint of spice and warmth.
undercurrent25 (900) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich and tasty, bitter style beer, with hints of spice, cloves and xmas pudding, very seasonal
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