21 Beers to drink in winter

The cold is here and the low temperatures ask you to leave the cold blonde aside to invest in warmer drinks, right? Wrong! This is the time of the year when you can discover new flavors and labels, investing in beers for the winter .

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The difference here is in the choice of styles. For cold days, the recommended beers are those with higher alcohol content - which promote a warming sensation - and more intense and complex flavors (with labels even aged in barrels), such as a Stout, Tripel, and Barley Wine, for example.

In contrast to the so-called Brazilian 'pilsen' beers, which bet on refreshing and cold temperatures, these beers must be tasted above 6 degrees Celsius for better enjoyment (some are even keeper beers). For this very reason, some breweries bet on seasonal beers for this time of year.

Check out some suggestions of beers for the winter:

1. baden baden chocolate (6% ABV)

Style: Specialty Beer

Despite its name, this beer does not have chocolate in its formula. To have the sweet aroma, Baden Baden Chocolate gains cocoa in its boiling and vanilla in its maturation, besides the traditional barley and wheat malts. It retains a bitterness characteristic of toasted malts and hops, and harmonizes with brownie, petit gateau, and white chocolate.

Buy Baden Baden Chocolate

2. bier Hoff Jerimoon (8% ABV)

Style: Wood-Aged Beer

It may sound strange and exotic around here, but beers made with pumpkin have long been part of the tradition in countries where Halloween is celebrated, especially in the United States.

The brewery from Curitiba bet on the foreign style, producing with the combination of five types of imported malt, caramelized pumpkin, and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg and allspice.

Buy Bier Hoff Jerimoon

3. cafuza (9% ABV)

Style: Black IPA

Another home brew beer that gained fame until it went into factory production. It is a blend between an Imperial India Pale Ale with the dark malts of a Stout, resulting in a mixture of aromas and flavors featuring coffee, chocolate, caramel, and citrus aromas. It was considered by many to be the best pot beer.

Buy Cafuza

4. bambergerator (8.2% ABV)

Style: Doppelbock

This Doppelbock from Bamberg is seasonal and highlights the presence of malt, both in aroma and flavor. The hops balance the sweetness of the malt and make the beer much more palatable. Despite the high alcohol content, it is not predominant in aroma and flavor, offering the warm sensation needed for a winter beer.

Buy Bambergerator

5. tupiniquim/Evil Twin Brazil Metro Man Imperial Stout (10.7% ABV)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

A collaboration beer between the Danish Evil Twin and the Brazilian Tupiniquim. Black color, good cream formation and medium persistence, in the aroma notes of coffee, bitter chocolate and caramel being felt also in the taste. The finish is mildly bitter. Goes well with brie, gouda and cheddar cheese; pork loin, feijoada and barbecue.

Buy Evil Twin Metro Man

6. Dum Petroleum (12% ABV)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

The recipe was made by home brewers when there was still no Imperial Stout brewed in Brazil. It is an oil-black drink with the addition of cocoa and oats. The result is aromatic notes of coffee and dark chocolate, coming from the toasted malts and the addition of Belgian cocoa.

Buy Dum Petroeum

7. Wäls Quadrupel (11% ABV)

Style: Belgian Quadruppel

With all the Belgian tradition, Quadruppel is a beer for those seeking great sensory experiences. The beer is matured with French oak chips soaked in genuine cachaça from Minas Gerais. With a fruity and spicy aroma, the label is elaborated with several types of malts, hops, and Belgian characteristic yeasts.

Buy Wäls Quadrupel

8. Colorado Ithaca (10.5% ABV)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Although it is Brazilian, this Imperial Stout is typically British in style. Ithaca is a high fermentation, high alcohol beer, brewed with generous amounts of malt and hops, added with a touch of burnt rapadura, a genuine Brazilian flavor. The label won a gold medal in the British-Style Imperial Stout category at the 2014 Brazilian Beer Festival.

Buy Colorado Ithaca

9. midnight Jupiter (6.5% ABV)

Style: Porter

The Brazilian Júpiter Midnight Robust Porter is a full-bodied Porter with oatmeal, woody notes from oak maturation and low bitterness. It won the gold medal in the Porter category at the 2015 Brazilian Beer Festival. Dark brown liquid, low foaming, with coffee, vanilla and roasted aromas, it goes well with grilled meats and parmesan cheese.

Buy Jupiter Midnight

10. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

The Brooklyn seasonal beer has a dark color with medium-brown foam formation. The aroma is of coffee, bitter chocolate, and dried fruits. The flavor comes with chocolate, espresso, toffee, and intense hop bitterness.

Buy Brooklyn Black Choolate Stout

11. Eisenbahn Dunkel (4.8% ABV)

Style: Schwarzbier

Suitable for low temperatures, this Dunkel is of the lager type, low fermentation, and its recipe includes five different types of imported malts. The result is a taste and aroma with roasted notes reminiscent of coffee. It is one of the most awarded Brazilian beers in international competitions.

Buy Eisenbahn Dunkel

12. Bamberg Rauchbier (5,2% ABV)

Style: Rauchbier

The Brazilian beer with the largest number of awards won bets on a peculiar German style. Both in aroma and taste, it is the smoked beer that stands out. A good option to accompany feijoada and sausages.

Buy Bamberg Rauchbier

13. gouden carolus tripel (9% ABV)

Style: Belgian Tripel

Brewed with noble ingredients, only Belgian hops, and bottle-refermented, this golden-colored beer has an alcohol content of 9%. The Belgian beer has a dense, creamy collar and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Buy Golden Carolus

14. Guinness (4.1% ABV)

Style: Dry Stout

The traditional Irish beer is a great choice for winter. The stout has high fermentation and is made with roasted malt, which gives it its distinctive dark ruby-red color and toasty taste. Another highlight is the type of hops used, which gives the label a balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Buy Guinness

15. dangerous (9.2% ABV)

Style: Imperial IPA

The award-winning Bodebrown brewery created this North American-style beer to satisfy the needs of hop aficionados for increasingly intense products. Developed in 2010, to be part of Bodebrown's line of extreme beers, it was the 1st Imperial IPA beer registered and produced in Brazil.

Buy Dangerous

16. leffe brown beer (6.5% ABV)

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

Produced since the 13th century by the monks of the Belgian Abbey of Leffe, the label presents an interesting combination of toasted caramel aroma and a light sweet touch at the end.

Buy Leffe Brown

17. Arabic Hop (5% ABV)

Style: American Pale Ale

The beer is made with a special coffee, grown in the Serra da Mantiqueira, in Minas Gerais. Contrary to popular belief, the drink is golden in color. It has an intense coffee aroma, accompanied by citrus. On the palate, caramel is added. Dry finish. It won gold in the 2015 Brazilian Beer Competition.

Buy Arabica Hop

18. Baden Baden Celebration Winter (8% ABV)

Style: Doppelbock

A limited edition, this label was elaborated especially for the winter season. With a dark brown color, roasted malt aroma, and a hint of chocolate and coffee, it is recommended to be served with feijoada, red meat, pork, and parmesan, roquefort, and gorgonzola cheeses.

Buy Baden Baden Celebration

19. Way Amburana Lager (8.4% ABV)

Style: Wood-Aged Beer

For you who enjoy drinking whiskey or aged cachaça, why not beer? This label was matured in a typical Brazilian wood: Amburana. The result is a dark beer, with notes of caramel, dark fruits and cachaça.

Buy Way Amburana

20. Bodebrown Wee Heavy (8% ABV)

Style : Wood-Aged Beer

Bodebrown was inspired by Scottish beers from the Dunbar, Alloa, and Edinburgh region to create this label, matured for 6 months in 750 liter amburana vats, previously used for the production of cachaça by cachaçaria Weber Haus. With a reddish-brown color, it has aromas of toffe and dulce de leche, vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of cachaça.

Buy Wee Heavy

21. kasteel Winter Ale (11% ABV)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

A seasonal label, its success was such that it soon became part of their regular line of beers. With an intense ruby brown hue, the aroma has intense notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a warming alcohol content.

The taste remains with the strong presence of coffee and chocolate, followed by toffee. The bitterness is soft and dry, the alcohol perception is noticeable, but not overpowering, carried by the notes of rum and vanilla. The drink is very reminiscent of an iced moccacino.

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