Mommy mixologist: Twelve beers of Christmas

Partridges, French hens and turtle doves are for the birds. This maid of drinking will be celebrating the holidays with liquid gifts of barley and hops.

Affligem Noel Christmas

This Abby Ale’s yeasty aftertaste was a bubbly hit with the male tasters in our group. Be careful, because at 9 percent alcohol and a larger 9.4 oz size you could get Blitzened faster than you think. (Central Market, $6.79 ea)

Rating: 4 out of 5 glasses

Bad Elf Winter’s Ale

The only thing bad about this golden ale is its name.

Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

Neither naughty nor nice, this bland brew was utterly forgettable.

Rating: 2 out of 5 glasses

Leinenkugel Fireside Nut Brown

The weather outside might be frightful but we’d rather freeze our butts off than get close to this fire.

Rating: 1 out of 5 glasses

Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout

This is one lump I would like to get in my stocking this year. If you like the flavor of Guinness you will love this beer. (World Market, $5.99 ea)

Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses

New Belgium 2 Below Ale

Fresh and crisp, this beer would taste great with a lemon. Perfect for lighter beer drinkers that want to step outside of the box, but only with one foot.

Rating: 2 out of 5 glasses

Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer

Get two glasses and your favorite elf and cozy up to the fire with this dark and full-bodied local brew. (Central Market, $1.99 ea)

Rating: 4 out of 5 glasses

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Santa would be proud to wash down his cookies with this brew. It’s hoppy flavor made this our favorite beer of the bunch. (Central Market, $5.99ea)

Rating: 5 out of 5 mugs glasses

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

This better-than-averarge micro brew is easy to drink and has a smooth finish.

Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Who needs spiced cider when you can have spices in your beer? The bright flavors of cinnamon, orange and ginger will warm any Grinch’s heart.

Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses

Shiner Holiday Cheer

Want to impress your holiday honey? Pour her a glass of this fruity and light beer that’s brewed with perfect Texas flavors of peaches and pecan.

Rating: 3 out of 5 glasses

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale

A bit bitter for our taste, and an average flavor kept us from celebrating this ale.

Rating: 2 out of 5 glasses