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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen2 (2462) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
2012 vintage. 7,3%. Unclead brown. Little head. Aroma of dates and other dried fruits. Similar taste and aftertaste with orange marlelade, pale toffee and sweet vanilla.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen1 (4120) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Flaske (11.05.12), 7,3%: hm, litt svak aroma sier Sigmund og vi nikker alle bekreftende. Uklar og lite skum. Smak av litt sure plommer kombinert med maltsødme. Ikke god, ikke dårlig, bare litt kjedelig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7123) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Weak aroma of caramel and toffee, spices. Taste is light sweet, malts and red ripe fruits, Fresh mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6115) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. 2012 vintage, 7.3% ABV. Weak aroma, brown malts and bread, hints of stale jam. The flavour is better than the aroma, malty with a slightly warming mouthfeel. Hints of spices. Okay, but not really impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3439) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
355 ml bottle kindly shared by Sigmund. 2012 vintage ABV 7,3%. Muddy nut orange body, no head. Dried dates and figs on the nose. Sweet and papery. Full bodied and flat. Alco warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (3158) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a big foamy two finger white head that appears and settles to a half finger giving way to some nice lacing left behind in rings. No carbonation is seen rising due to the dark body. The smell was based around some caramel, bread, and malts. The taste takes those previously mentioned aromas to make it exceptionally sweet. There’s a slight toastiness coming out as well. On the palate, she sat about at a medium with a dry finish and a sticky aftertaste. Overall, not bad for a American Brown Ale that’s a seasonal. I’d probably get it again, but not necessarily need it for the Christmas season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4462) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
bottle. 2011 vintage. rich brown ale with caramel malt. mild hops and substantial holiday spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2702) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. Goose Island is becoming one of my top 10 breweries. Nice blend of roast, spice, fruit and caramel. Finish was mild hoop and some medium spice. It was good for this time of year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2761) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
12oz bottle (2012 vintage) shared by Phil at Crossroad Spirits. Thanks Phil. Pours a nice amber/brown color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, light spices, and lots of malt. Taste is also very malty, sweet chewy caramel, and light spices. Good stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (1022) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
There aren’t many winter beers that can match the appeal of Christmas ale. The rich dark brown color is beautiful. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and just a bit boozy. That taste? It’s got lots of toasted malt, sugar, dark fruit, and spice. A brilliant medley of flavor for a fireside nightcap.

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