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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (934) - 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 wasnít 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.

   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 doesnít appeal to me. 2012 bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vmilaxer29 (404) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2012 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy deep brown ruby-ish color with "floaties" and small tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, nuts and sweet malt. Taste is roasty caramel malt, dark fruit, spices and some hop bitterness. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillHick420 (424) - North Dakota, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
Pours dark brown with tanned head. Some nose of coffee and spices (nutmeg?). Strong aroma of licorice, some coffee, spices, and somethings I canít identify, but have tasted before. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bonus bottle thanks Aaron. Pours dark brown with a velvet hughes and light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dark fruit and very malty. Tastes carmel and raisin with a nice belgian yeast, and is a hot beer that is good on a cold xmas night. overall this is a good beer but be careful because it can come up and bite you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Pours a four-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Murky brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar and malty nose and flavor is caramel and spicy malt. Bottled 8/31/2012, $2.80 for a 12oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Warm, rich, and spicy. Notes of bread and carmel. Pours a deep amber with a medium brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
30th November 2011
Slight haze on this deep amber beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Smooth semi dry palate. Nice smooth malt base. Well balanced hops with sweet orange dominating. Finishes semi dry. Decent and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (676) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2013
2012 version, 7.3% ABV. 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass. Hazy brownish-mahogany color with a small beige head. Fruity (raisins, bitter oranges) and nutty nose, with caramel malt, some chocolate and spicy hops. Aromas of some spices as well (nutmeg, clove) with mellow roast. Sweet flavor of mostly rich caramel malt, with warming alcohol, medium bitterness, fried fruits, some rum like notes and faint tartness. med-full bodied, better when warmed up, chewy and a bit medicinal. OK.

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