Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Noel de Calabaza
Belgian strong dark ale; 9%
Every single Jolly Pumpkin beer is one you should be drinking, especially if you're a sour fiend, but the Christmas seasonal Noel de Calabaza is just something really, really special. With holiday-themed flavors of figs, raisins, and the faintest hints of toffee and chocolate and cinnamon and clove, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale will most definitely leave visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Raspberry Eisbock
Kuhnhenn has a cult following and is known for experimental strong ales; you'd be hard-pressed to find a beer nerd that has a bad thing to say about the bourbon barrel-aged 4th Dementia Olde Ale. But what about the experimental strong lager? The Raspberry Eisbock is consistently rated one of the best beers in the world. It tastes like a concentrated raspberry chocolate truffle and is more of a cordial than a beer at a highly deceptive 15.5% ABV.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company DRIPA
American double/imperial IPA; 9%
Kuhnhenn's flagship and most popular beer is DRIPA, a double rice IPA that took home the gold in the IPA category at the 2012 World Beer Cup, aka the Oscars of beer. At 9% ABV, DRIPA doesn't play around, and it inevitably gets mentioned in almost every conversation about the best beers in the state of Michigan because those who know, know. Look for it in bottles (FINALLY) this year.