Brewery Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium. Let me start with the label. Santa is flying over a quaint snow-covered town with a Christmas tree and some holly in the foreground. Let me tell you--Santa in this depiction hardly has reindeer flying his sleigh. Those are freakin' Clydesdales!
There's a story on the side that starts with how this beer is "brewed exceptionally for Christmas". Hmmm. Perhaps they really meant to say "especially"? I wouldn't admit it if so, LOL. You can read the story for yourself below, but it apparently "improves with age" (don't tell Total Wine their $10 bottle could have been $12 if they'd have hung on to it). Bottled 08/08/11 in a wine-sized bottle.
Caramel and brown sugar and raisin aroma, nicely sweet and rich, with some all-spice added on top. Prunes and raisins and cherries, fruitful flavors with a hefty dose of the 10.5% alcohol. Fruit soaked in booze, but not overdone, pretty yummy.