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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (675) - 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 (830) - 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 (2099) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaMick (43) - Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Dark caramel color, medium to heavy mouthfeel. Little to no head. Low carbonation. Malty with a spiced nose and flavor. Lighter in taste, color and mouth, plus more drinkable than Bourbon County Stout. Sipping beer quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Pours a dark reddish-brown, half an inch of dense off-white foam. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Taste is sweet and malty, but countered by a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. Just a hint of a tinny overtone that detracts from the flavor, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (477) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Has a distinct sweet spice taste (I can’t identify the spice, nutmeg?) that gets better the more you drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Aged very well. Very nice color almost looks like apple cider. Flavors mellowed together. Very subtle and complex. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3286) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2013
2012 Vintage. Poured a reddish brown with no head. Aroma of alcohol infused berry fruit. Full body, flavour of the aroma, very vinous and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1036) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Taste is dark fruit, brown sugar, charred wood and booze. Bizarre and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Not bad, but flawed. This was bottled in Oct 2011 and the bottle says "ages up to 5 years" whether or not the age of this had a negative impact on the flavor is not something I can speak to as I’ve not had a ’fresh’ one yet. Anyway, I love how muddy the color is, it’s caramel colored but a little murkier - certainly looks delicious. The good is that this does christmas ale right - lots of warm brandy sensations, with subtle spice touches. The bad is that it’s quite yeasty and almost too rich with not enough to show for it.

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