November 28th - December 2nd, 2018 | 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

2017 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 (2010) [Draft]

    Belgian Golden Strong 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

  • Brouwerij De Brabandere

    Brouwerij De Brabandere
    Petrus Aged Pale (Single Foeder #204) (2016) [6L (Methusaleh)]

    Fouder-Aged Pale SourABV: 7.3%
    Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s - and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas. Its champagne-like essence is undeniably recognizable.


    In this rare opportunity, we have the chance to enjoy a 6L Methusaleh from the single fouder #204.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Brouwerij Van Steenberge

    Brouwerij Van Steenberge
    Piraat (2016) [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
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Fort (2015) [12oz]

    Strong Belgian Ale with RaspberriesABV: 18.0%
    Fort features a Belgian-style base, dosed with over a ton of raspberries. It follows a similar fermentation process to the one on used on other Dogfish Head super-high ABV beers, such as 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

    Milton, CT BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    The aging has mellowed and rounded this beer out to give a smooth raspberry permise.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Evil Twin Brewing

    Evil Twin Brewing
    Imperial Biscotti Break (2015) [Draft]

    Imperial StoutABV: 11.5%
    The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" festive food culture, extravagant architecture and spectacular live entertainment. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

    Brooklyn, NY

  • Fort George Brewery

    Fort George Brewery
    Fields of Green (Codename: Abigail) [Draft]

    Juicy IPAABV: 7.6%
    This evolving series is an exploration of hop-perception, pushing the limits of your lupulin receptors. Each batch is limited and brewed exclusively for the Pacific Northwest. Hops, malts, and yeast may vary from batch to batch. The 7.6% ABV will always remain the same. This version, Codename: Abigail, features Mosaic, Azacca, Mandarina Bavaria, and Citra hops.

    Astoria, OR

  • Holiday Ale Festival

    Holiday Ale Festival
    Mystery (2008) [9L (Salmanazar)]

    Strong BlendABV: 10.0%
    A one of a kind blend that you do not want to miss out on.

    Portland, OR

  • St. Bernardus Brouwerij

    St. Bernardus Brouwerij
    Abt 12 (2015) [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