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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.


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 (1934) - 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 (1245) - 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 (6323) - 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 (620) - 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 (1156) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1299) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Copper color. Aroma has spices with caramal malt. Medium light sweetness, light bitterness. Average carbonation. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Pours a nice dark amber color, good creamy head. Huge malty vanilla nose, flavor as well, just a mouthfull of malt. I can stand a few around the holidays but definately not a year round one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1010) - SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2013
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.00):
Sweet with some good caramel malts and dried fruits. There is a nutty aroma too and a fair bit of spice too, this is backed up with some subtle hops.
Dark ruby to copper colour with a pinky sized, bubbly and tan brown head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing too.
Sweet with a few caramel malts and some dried, darker fruits, notably some cherries, figs and plum. There is also a touch of hops that comes across lighter than it did on the nose. Quite creamy and with a lot of spice, there is also some brown sugar.
Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a good balance between the sweet malts and the bitterness with the faintest of alcohol tastes right at the end, this is all rounded off with a nice touch of hops.

Definitely something different and not at all what I was expecting when I learnt that this one was a brown ale. It wasn’t as malty as I was expecting and there was more hops too, that and it was sweeter than your usual brown ale in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
I would rate this higher because I like the nutmeg and spicy tones but there is this weird mocha flavor which doesn’t appeal to me. 2012 bottle.


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