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RATINGS: 889   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.


4.2
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenDover (216) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (730) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (521) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4776) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1081) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Taste is dark fruit, brown sugar, charred wood and booze. Bizarre and complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (111) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2476) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2013
From the 12. fl. oz. bottle marked bottled on 08/31/12-0936. It pours a cloudy amber-brown with a lingering, foamy tan head. The aroma has an old ale feel to it with a malt forward ester along with toffee, butterscotch, and dried fruit. Hops are played down. The body is a bit better than medium. The taste is surprisingly bitter considering the aroma is more sweet, which is why I think old ale. However it wasn’t dark enough for an old ale. Still, it holds up well 10 months after it was bottled.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2013
bottle into glass, murky brown dark pout, off white heasd, malty aroma, taste is malty mild bitterness, pretty dam good for a brow

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Vintage 2011. Had my eye on it for a while, finally tried it. Unfiltered, Murky Orange Brown, Small Head, Lots Of Lacing. Sweet Smell. Sweet Toasted Caramel, Molasses and Raisins. Pleasant sweet and creamy aftertaste. Absolutely loved this one. Thank God for Christmas in July, gives me an extra opportunity to savor it and enjoy twice a year. Niiiice. Recommended.


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