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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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 (8119) - 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 (1206) - 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 (1879) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (781) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle from Voldby. (2012 vintage). Dark reddish/amber colour with a good beige head. Malty spicy aroma. Taste is malt, hops, spice and fruits. Moderate nice bitter finish. Nice Christmas ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (889) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 13, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Says 8.3% ABV. Pours a dark, murky brown with a half inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, hops, citrus, spice and pine. Similar aroma. Has a nice full body with a clean, warming finish. Enjoyable and a good beer to have during the colder months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thick whitish head. Aroma of malts, citrus and some spices. Taste has roasted malts, mild hops and a some citrus and fruit are noted up front, with some cloves, banana and spices in the end, with the hops dominating. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

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