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RATINGS: 873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and some nuts. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit, mild spices a bit of toffee and some nuttiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pour is hazy orange/brown with a large tan head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, vanilla, and just a touch of bitter hops. Flavor leans towards the sweet side at first (vanilla, dark fruit sugar, caramel), and transitions into a slightly bitter and spicy finish. Decent winter warmer, a tad thin in the body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
From notes: 2012 version. Poured hazy orange-brown with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Light aroma of candied fruit and maybe a touch of caramel. Body is medium-to-full, with a very slight thickness. Flavors of orange, spices and some honey, with citrus peel in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (395) - Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This is one day expired but its still delicious. There is almost and oaked flavor with is great. Nice feel on the palate. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hercamund_Hops (29) - Rooster Poop, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 3/9/13 7.3% 2012 bottling ...bottled on 9/12/12 LOOK: red/brown/orange with khaki head and floaties NOSE: light resiny hops and malt, a little bit of that breadiness and something juicy like red grape juice or a rose’ wine TASTE: hoppy cranberry juice, some maltiness, short tart fruity finish FEEL: smooth, good balance OVERALL: kinda having a hard time discerning this beer ...I think drinking it fresher would have helped ...it does come across as very well crafted though, and it’s pretty tasty and easy to drink ...I will try this again next Christmas for sure ...Chilled to room temp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1743) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
2012 Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma, medium bitterness, plenty of malt and spice with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1002) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
’12. Cloudy brown, persistent ring with heavy lacing. Fairly heavy carbonation. Flat nose. Dark toffee sweetness, carbonation driven palate, then slightly metallic tinge, but interesting spiciness. Better than I expected. Solid holiday brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body with light carbonation. Deep spicy perfumy sherry aroma with herbal linoleum and honey notes. Dryish cardamom and honey taste with perfumy spicy soy sauce notes. Mid-to-full body. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dry honey and soy sauce aftertaste with spicy cardamom and cloves notes, with a background of linoleum and chocolate. Really nice. Well balanced and harmonic. (0.65l bottle, from ... I forget where. 2009 vintage.)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (449) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle, pours a deep copper. Taste is caramel and bready malts, a little dark ftuit. Some light spice, not overdone like most christmas ales.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyW68 (811) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Dark copper pour. Aroma of caramel, pine and spice. The taste is sweet front and bitter back. Not bad, but there are many better christmas beers out there.


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