A festive addition has joined the imported beer portfolio of importer Pierhead Purchasing.

The colourful Meteor de Noel from the Meteor Brewery near Strasbourg in France is a 5.8% abv dark and sweet-flavoured mulled ale, with woody undertones and hints of aniseed, lemon and ginger. The brewery was founded in 1640 and has been run by the Haag family since 1898.

Michael Cook, director of imported beers, said: "The combination of a premium beer from a well established brewery and characteristically festive mulled spices works exceedingly well, making Meteor de Noel the perfect beer to stock for Christmas and New Year."

The 650ml bottles, which retail at £2.99 each, join Pierhead's portfolio of beers from around the globe. Other recent additions include Alhambra Reserva 1925 from Spain, the Czech Republic's Gold Bohemia and Jenlain Six from France.