If you don’t know, Krampus is an Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore character, described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. Some are swatted with a bundle of birch branches, while the truly wicked are stuck in his basket and carted off to the underworld. In many Europe countries, Krampusnacht is celebrated on December 5.
Krampus, the beer not the character, is a Belgian abbey/trappist-style dubbel with notes of dark chocolate, cherry, and peppep. Yum!
I picked one up after work tonight. Make sure to grab one before it is too late!
We are sure that Krampus himself would agree that this Abbey Dubbel is warming, highly drinkable, and very festive indeed – just the thing to settle the nerves after a hard night of attending to the mis-behaved.
Aroma: Spicy & malty
Character: Sweet start with a soft, dry finish
Flavour: Dark cherry, chocolate & pepper
Grain: Biscuit, Caristan, Pale Ale
Hops: Assertive & balanced
Food: Red meat, washed-rind cheeses, Swiss milk chocolate
He was covered in fur from his head to his foot, the colour of midnight, the colour of soot. A bundle was squirming, slung over his back, & he looked like a thief, sneaking off with his sack. His eyes were like embers, glowing fierce in the night – I froze in the shadows to hide from his sight! A bundle of branches held tight in his fist, reminded me that this was no happy tryst. He had cloven hooves & a serpentine tail, my shameful behaviour he was here to wassail. He was wickedly bad, an evil old devil, & I cringed when I saw him, his whole being so dreadful. The glint in his eye & the nod of his head soon gave me to know I had plenty to dread.