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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
12 oz bottle. Tasted this and the Breckinridge Xmas Ale back to back on Christmas Eve. Amber color, off white head. Malty nose, real inviting aroma. The flavor starts malty and sweet and transitions to bitter, citrusy, and floral aromas. Dry finish. This beat the snot out of the Breckinridge Xmas ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Dark ruby-amber colour. Aroma and flavour are both malty and spicey. Mellow, but nice. [Toronto Christmas Party ’04]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Much hype, but just average. Tan head on brown body. Had the spice in the nose, but not in the beer. Medium body, noyhing lasting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Nice tan head and a sweet, malty, spicy nose. dark amber red-brown. Head is thin and fizzy. Big malt and and big body. A bit roasted and a little warming. Sharp on the tongue, and a bit spicy, in a good way. A fine beer for the season, maybe a bit too laid back for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Armyboy30 (1) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004 does not count
To the last losers from Canada and Ohio...go drink your wine coolers and leave the beer tasting to people who know and love beer. For a Christmas ale this is a very good one. If you like thick, dark and somewhat bitter beer is hits the spot on a cold day. This beats most beers that are made everyday. This needs to be made year around.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Reddish brown ale with no head. Aroma of raisin, wet dog and musk. Raisins and prunes taste overshadowed by evil carboard, some nice hops in mid tastting, a sweetness lingering in mouth. Medium bodied, but falls flat at end.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours a pretty color, but the lack of head doesn’t help the score. Overall, this beer is very boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Deep ruby color, foamy tan head. Predominantly malty, kind of earthy. Light yeast in there as well. Dryer on the tongue, medium bodied. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle pours a reddish hued brown, medium sandy colored frothy head, decent lacing, with very light carbonation.   Slight coffee and carob mix on the nose.   Dominant tobacco and overcooked vegetable up front, followed by some subtle carob and roasted malts.   Body and mouthfeel seem somewhat average.   Finishes rather bland, strong malts with a smattering of carob, smoke, and hops.   Pretty uneventful.   Thanks goes out to TAR for the trade!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Thanks to Indra for this one! Deep ruby color that forms a small tan head. Rich malty yeasty aroma. Sweet nutty flavor with a dry palate and medium body that lingers on the tongue. Aspects of a beer bigger than it’s 5.4% alcohol.


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