The Lost Abbey Gift Of The Magi Review

Tradition has it that 3 kings from the East visited the baby Jesus bringing with them gifts. One king brought gold, another brought frankincense, and the other myrrh.

The Lost Abbey has created a golden beer, brewed with bark of frankincense, and spiced with myrrh to commemorate the Magi.

Gift of the Magi pours caramel with a firm, tan head of foam. The aroma is sweet malts, toffee, honey and whiff of alcohol. It tastes complex, with sweet malts, hops that reveal themselves after a moment, spice, lots of bread from the yeast, and a touch of Brettanomyces funk. It has a medium body, good soft carbonation and a slight burn from the 10% ABV alcohol.

The style is Bière de Garde. This is a style of unfiltered farmhouse ale brewed in Northern France. The term means “beer for keeping.” Gift of the Magi is made for aging. It is bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast, which over time, will become drier with more Brett funk that characterizes farmhouse ales.

The traditional date of the 3 king’s visit to Jesus is January 6, Epiphany. Lost Abbey’s Gift of the Magi is a splendid way to mark the occasion.

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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