November 29th - December 3rd, 2017 | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Portland, Oregon

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

2017 Sunday Brunch Beers

The 2017 Sunday Brunch Beers will be announced soon! In the interim, please peruse the list below from 2016 to get an idea of the type of beers you may expect.

2016 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.

  • Brasserie Dubuisson

    Brasserie Dubuisson
    Scaldis Noel (2012) [Draft]

    Belgian AleABV: 13.0%
    This 13% Belgian Golden Strong Ale / Barley Wine is a huge holiday beer from Brasserie Dubuisson. It's has a classic caramel malt and holiday spice aroma, with marzipan, caramels and subtle peach note flavors that will have aged and transformed into plum, dates and deep caramels, with a lingering cognac warming finish that will play off the pastries nicely.

    Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • 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 Saison 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

    Additional cellar aging has tempered the spices slightly and made this beer a much more balanced experience. Always a great beer, just a little better now. Perfect inspirational beer after all the gifts have been open, and before the clean up begins!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Brouwerij Van Steenberge

    Brouwerij Van Steenberge
    Piraat (2014) [9L (Salmanazar)]

    Belgian Golden Strong AleABV: 10.5%
    Piraat is a wickedly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits.

    Ertvelde, East Flanders, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    9L Salmanazar! A trippel by strength, an IPA by history. Piraat's powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt and a mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits. Piraat is a great food beer. In the 17th and 18th century, a strong ale (10.5%) like Piraat was highly prized by the seafaring captains for its keeping qualities and its high and healthy food value. The daily distribution of a pint of this ale kept the pirates in good health and gave them the spirit to survive the hard life on the sea.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • *Mystery*

    Vintage Sour Beer (2009) [6L (Methusaleh)]

    Blended Sour AleABV: 10.3%
    This beer is a blend of strong blonde quads and triples that were barrel-aged while souring in the barrels, then blended with spiced blondes and aged further while conditioning. This is one of only a handful of large format bottles of this Silver Award winning beer.

    We would expect that the bourbon and spice profile will have softened and surrendered their spotlight to become part of the flavor symphony that will no doubt now be lead by the tart dryness and soft oak notes that the lactobacillus and the barrel will have imparted after its long slumber.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    La Folie (2012) [Draft]

    Sour Brown AleABV: 7.0% • IBUs: 18
    La Folie, French for "the folly," is a wood-aged sour brown spending one to three years in big oak barrels known as foeders. When the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry and plum skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will leave you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.

    Fort Collins, CO

  • Oersoep

    Pomme Bruxelles (2014) [Draft]

    Sour Cider BlendABV: 6.0% • IBUs: 32
    Dry-hopped blend of a cider and a 1 year old wood-fermented sour. A funky, fruity aroma of green apples, wood and gooseberry lends itself to the tart taste of green apples, wood and some citrus.


  • St. Bernardus Brouwerij

    St. Bernardus Brouwerij
    Abt 12 (2014) [6L (Methusaleh)]

    Abt/QuadrupelABV: 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
  • Three Mugs Brewing Co.

    Three Mugs Brewing Co.
    I Want Samoa Dat [Draft]

    Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout
    The Girl Scouts are knocking at the door, but, instead of a box of cookies, they're bringing you a delicious Samoa cookie in a glass. A Pro/Am 2016 collaboration with Jeremy Speer, this beer is rich and chocolaty, with caramel and coconut. They used hundreds of caramel cubes, plus pounds of cacao nibs and shaved coconut. Take a bite... They bet you can't drink just one.

    Hillsboro, OR

  • 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! La Fin du Monde was developed through 18 months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It is brewed in honor of the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the *end of the world* when they discovered North America, 'the new world'. This triple-style olden ale recreates the style of beer originally developed in the Middle Ages by trappist monks for special occasions and as such it was the first of its kind to be brewed in North America.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Unibroue

    Trois Pistoles (Rum & Cognac) [750ml]

    Belgian Strong Dark AleABV: 10.0%
    As the roasted aromas with chocolate, brown rum and spice start to take hold of your senses, a slightly sweet backbone, enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices, dances across your palate for a smooth finish like an old port. This incredibly rare edition has been aged for 8 months on rum and cognac barrels.

    Chambly, QC

    Pouring from 750ml bottles as part of brewmaster Jerry Vietz's Special Project collection.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Unibroue

    La Fin du Monde (Tequila) [375ml]

    Belgian Triple-Style Golden AleABV: 10.0%
    With aromas of honey, spice, coriander, malt, and alcohol, it has a subtle, but noticeable floral bouquet. It is mildly yeasty, with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes that are followed by a smooth, dry finish. This special release has been aged 8 months in tequila barrels.

    Chambly, QC

    Pouring from 375ml bottles as part of brewmaster Jerry Vietz's Special Project collection.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff