November 30th - December 4th, 2016 | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Portland, Oregon
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More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren't beers you'll find in the supermarket - our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival.

Sunday Brunch Beers

2016 Sunday Beer Brunch Beers

The 2016 Sunday Beer Brunch Beers list will arrive this fall. In the interim, please feel free to review last year's beers below.

2015 Sunday Brunch Beers

The Sunday Brunch Beers are exclusive to the Sunday Beer Brunch, which requires a separate admission. These beers are generally rare or vintage releases of styles well paired with the featured European-style brunch menu. In addition to the tap offerings, there are also some 1.5L-9L bottle-conditioned Belgian beers that get uncorked to put the finishing touches on the incredible Sunday Beer Brunch event.

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Do You Want To Build A Snowman? (2014) [Draft]

    Barrel-Aged Golden BlendABV: 6.8% • IBUs: 20
    With brewers as excited as kids building a snowman after winter's first blizzard, this collaboration blend with Holiday Ale Festival's Preston Weesner pulls in four different barrels from the cellar, including Cuvee de Bubba, Pinot Noir re-fermented Kolsch, Tequila Barrel Aged El Oso Lager and Demolition Derby.

    Cloverdale, CA BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Block 15 Brewing Co.

    Block 15 Brewing Co.
    Framboise White [Draft]

    Belgian-Style White AleABV: 8.0%
    A Belgian style white ale open fermented with a special blend of Belgian yeast, lactobacillus and brettanomyces. Matured three seasons in chardonnay barrels with organic golden raspberries from Denison farm.

    Corvallis, OR

  • Brasserie Dupont

    Brasserie Dupont
    Avec Les Bons Voeux (2014) [Draft]

    SaisonABV: 9.5%
    Translation: "With the best wishes of the Brewery Dupont". This is their Christmas beer, a Christmas Saision if you will. The effervescence brings forth a lemony nose with hints of clove, banana and pepper. Its malty richness stays on the tongue until the next sip. This very complex, yet extremely drinkable "winter saison" comes across at 9.5%.

    Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

    Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
    Samichlaus (2006) [3L (Double Magnum)]

    DoppelbockABV: 14.0%
    Samichlaus Bier is brewed only once a year on December 6th and is aged for 10 months before bottling. Samichlaus is one of the rarest specialty beers in the world, ideal for aging, and older vintages become more complex with a creamy, warming finish.

    Vorchdorf, Austria BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    3L Double-Magnum! This beer was cellar aged for 9 years and will certainly have mellowed with age as vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

    Finnriver Farm & Cidery
    Stone & Pome Cider (2014) [Draft]

    Barrel-Aged Plum & Peach CiderABV: 6.5%
    A bright, dry contemporary cider made with Washington organic apples, aged for six months in Bourbon barrels from Fremont Brewery and then blended with organic plums and peaches from Pipitone Farms in Rock Island, WA for a sensation of soft ripe fruit and a velvety peach texture. The plum and peach sweetness that fills the nose is elevated to holiday status with a touch of vanilla, calling out the natural vanillin of the oak barrels.

    Chimacum, WA

  • Great Divide Brewing

    Great Divide Brewing
    Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti (2008) [Draft]

    Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutABV: 9.5% • IBUs: 75
    A generous infusion of local Denver espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasted maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature.

    Denver, CO BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    This one is from the deepest recesses of the cellar. We would expect some of the Espresso notes to have subsided and for huge milk and dark chocolate notes to be almost overpowering. Looks like you won't have to choose between a beer or an Espresso to start the day!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • St. Bernardus Brouwerij

    St. Bernardus Brouwerij
    Abt 12 (2010) [6L (Methusaleh)]

    Belgian AleABV: 10.5%
    The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory colored beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavor.

    Watou, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    6L Methusaleh! Originally brewed for the Westvleteren Monastery after WWII this beer uses the original yeast and is basically the original Westvletern 12. This Classic Belgian quad can have flavors of candy, fruit and light spice notes when fresh. Courtesy of this mellowing through aging, it should have more caramel and candy notes.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • St. Feuillien

    St. Feuillien
    Triple (2009) [9L (Salmanazar)]

    Strong Belgian-Style TripelABV: 8.5%
    This beer has a white, smooth and very compact head. Its pale amber color is very characteristic revealing a distinctive maltiness. It has a rich aroma with a unique combination of aromatic hops, spices and the typical fruity bouquet of Belgian-style fermentation. Secondary fermentation in the bottle gives it a unique aroma due to the presence of yeast.

    Le Roeulx, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    9L Salmanazar! This benchmark-style Belgian triple bottle has been cellar-aged for 6 years, elevating this beer above its peers. The hallmark maltiness has given way to a crisp refreshing dryness that lingers on the palate, while the champagne like bubbles carry the hop aroma throughout the beer ending with a soft dry floral note. This is a great opportunity for the group to share a beer.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Unibroue

    La Fin du Monde (2007) [6L (Methusaleh)]

    Triple-Style Golden AleABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 19
    To this date, La Fin du Monde has earned more medals and awards, including some of the world's highest honors, than any other Canadian beer. It is mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish. Its nose has a floral bouquet, with aromas of honey, spice and coriander.

    Chambly, QC

    6L Methusaleh!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff