Karl Strauss Brewing Company just released the sixth edition of their “12 Days” annual holiday ale series. The series features complex, high alcohol, cellar-friendly beers with names that put a San Diego spin on the classic holiday tune “12 Days of Christmas”.
The goal of the series is to brew big beer styles that can be cellared and enjoyed in a vertical tasting. This year’s release, Six Suits A-Hangin’, is an Imperial Belgian-style brown ale brewed with a blend of caramel and brown malts and aged on French oak. The medium-bodied brew is packed with rich flavors of toasted malt, graham cracker, vanilla-like oak, peppery Belgian spice, and at 8.5% ABV has a smooth, warming finish. The name for this year’s edition was inspired by one of the tell-tale signs of a San Diego winter: the fullsuits of surfers hanging out to dry on balconies just like stockings over a fireplace.
“Each of these limited release beers were brewed to improve with age with the hope that people will enjoy a bottle now and lay down another for years to come,” says Karl Strauss Brewmaster Paul Segura.
Preceding beers in the series include Five Wee Heavy Bells Scotch on Scotch Ale, Four Scowling Owls Belgian Trippel, Mouette a Trois Holiday Fruitcake Ale, Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, and Parrot in a Palm Tree Baltic Porter. “Each of these limited release beers were brewed to improve with age with the hope that people will enjoy a bottle now and lay down another for years to come,” says Karl Strauss Brewmaster Paul Segura.
You can pick up a bottle or (two!) of Six Suits A-Hangin’ for your collection at any Karl Strauss location, or at select retailers throughout California. A very limited amount was bottled, so get yours before it’s gone.
Six Suits A-Hangin’ Imperial Belgian-style Brown Ale
Beer Specs: 8.5% ABV 35 SRM 24 IBUs
Bottle Copy: Winter in San Diego means surfers break out their fullsuits. And while you may not find many stockings hung by the chimney with care, you’re sure to see those wetsuits hung out to dry on plenty of balconies across the county. Six Suits A-Hangin’ is the 6th installment in our “Twelve Days” holiday series. This Imperial Belgian-style brown ale is brewed with caramel and brown malts for rich flavors of graham crackers, roasted nuts, and peppery Belgian spice. Aging on French oak adds a hint of vanilla. As for the finish? It’ll warm you from your head to your frozen toes.
To learn more about Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s “12 Days” series, visit http://www.karlstrauss.com.
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