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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 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 (1454) - 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 (1031) - 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 (2200) - Lewes, 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 (223) - 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 (1444) - Royal Oak, 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 (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4775) - 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.

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