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Specialty Belgian malts create a deep garnet color and a truly rich old European flavor in our classic Christmas Ale. And the generous amount of crystal hops adds that extra spicy aroma to your pint, perfect for a wintry night. Our Christmas Ale brings good tidings and joy to each Holiday Season. A two-time Gold Medal Winner in the World Beer Championships.

The original Goose Island Christmas Ale clocked in at 5.7% ABV. There was no 2010 vintage. The 2011 vintage saw a bump to 6.2% ABV but no new entry. The 2012 vintage was bumped up further to 7.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ken1 (876) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
Tasted 2011 version in december 2012. A nice floral aroma. Flavor is floral bitter with a well rounded aftertaste. Color is red amber with a white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle (2011 vintage, 11/11/11 #1240). Pours a murky brown. Lots of particles floating around in there. Tan head with brown specs that look like dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is combination of nuts, some dark fruit, and just a bit of roast. Texture is very creamy. Rarely does something exceed my expectations like this did. Definitely one the most satisfying beers I’ve had in a while. Almost drank it for Christmas 2012, but put it back in cellar to develop like the label said. Very very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
culchiem (2475) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Nutty brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is light malt. Flavor is malt, nut, all a bit watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
(bottle - 2012) dark with malt aroma. Flavor is malt, some spice, alcohol, some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
kachell123 (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
The spice is far too overpowering. The smell is fantastic, and if it had about 1/2 the spice i would really enjoy this brew. Unfortunately, as is it’s like pumpkin pie with too much clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2013
Bottled at Monk’s Café Sveavägen, on December 9, 2013.
Marked 2011, bottled 11/11/11.
Cloudy brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, Madeira scent. Sweet, malty, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1058) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2008 12oz bottle pours ahazy brown with a small off white head. caramel and malt aroma taste is the same

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1501) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2011 Vintage. I remember trying this back in 2011 and not liking it, so I forgot about the other 3 bottles in my basement for a while. Light brown / dark amber pour with a slight head. Kind of a fruit cake nose, malty with some belgian stuff going on in there. Mouthfeel is nice. Nice spices, some odd metallic bitterness in the finish. Maybe I got a bad batch? Maybe this needs to sit a few more years?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markkind (43) - - NOV 23, 2013
Super malty on the nose. Like walking into a mash room. Dark and opaque, with bits floating around. Lightly carbonated, malt character continues on the palate. Finished smooth without much to suggest its ABV. Great by fireside. Paired with a lentil/squash/carrot soup. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Nice and smooth. Taste of sugared plums? and other fruits. Hops, malts, fruits, and spices make this a delightful Christmas ale to drink. If I can find it, I’ll buy it again.

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