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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.


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This beer did not have much head. It was brown in color and had a smooth taste. There was no bitter finish to this beer. I really did enjoy this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled 11.1.04. Poured a deep garnet with a creamy well-retained beige head... with a well-coating lacing all the way down. Aroma first struck as a big, spicy Belgian ale... rich Christmasey spices, some caramel, chocolate, and floral hoppage. Full, creamy mouthfeel with spice notes around the edges. Flavor is a pleasant extension of the aroma. Spicy malts were well-balanced with caramel and the floral hops. Well-rounded, very tasty brew.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Dark brown in color. Taste of malt, faint hint of semi-sweet chocolate, and spicy floral hops. Taste much the same. Nothing exciting here.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Pour is a dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is a very nice malt with a dark fruit or cherry spice to it. Flavor on the other hand can be a bit watery but is still detect carmal malts and fruits. Hops make and appearence as well. over all ok but nothing really stands out to put it over the top.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Deep ruby red with a good chunk of creamy thick tan head. Nose is nice. Very malty. There are some cherries, dark dried fruits, molasses, and some light floral english hops as well. Initial thought was that this was all malts and a thick smokiness. As I drank more, more fruits and hop tones came out. Those cherries in the nose were apparent in the taste, along with with some light hops, maybe some orange peel, and very very subtle spicing. Lots of caramel malt to serve as the backbone. I enjoyed the relative lack of spicing, as some of these Christmas beers seem to go overboard. This one reminded me more of a fruity Bock. Bottle says this beer is bottle conditioned, but I just dont see that. Most of GIís beers, especially the bottled ones, are mediocre and uninspiring, but I found this one to be rather good. Merry Christmas all!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
ipa like aroma, dark pour, growing on me as the season progresses, kind of a tinny after-taste

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle, Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Malty and hoppy flavor. Some smokey notes. Flavor is malty and spicey. Finish is hoppy. Ok beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a somewhat dense tan head. Aroma is OSA-like with some leaves and smoky malts. Taste is strange with some brown sugar and cinnamon but thereís an off flavor Iím not digging too much. Me suspects use of an English yeast (Ringwood?) that Iím not a big fan of.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
On tap @ Ardor. Good looking dark amber color with a nice off white head leaving some nice lacing. A spicy aroma which leads to a fairly complex body of spices, hoppy bitterness and some carmel malt flavors. Very drinkable, I would try this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2004 bottle-aged in my cellar for a year. Nice beer, better than I remembered last year. Lots of malty, toasty goodness and a clean finish. One of the better X-mas seasonals


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