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RATINGS: 880   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3115) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2004
My sweet baby of a girlfriend grabbed a sixer of this for me the other night while I was at work. I enjoyed it with her when I arrived home. Kudos babe!! Nose of perfume & pine with underlying hints of spice. Pours a dark walnut with garnet highlights. The large tan rocky head is fully lasting with great lacing. The flavor reminds me of GL Edmund Fitzgerald; totally robust & very complex with a humdinger of a finish. The lively dry body feels very sharp at the finish. I thought this a Robust Porter, so if you are inclined to that sort, you need to try this for the holidays.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Large lasting light tan head on a brown body. Moderately malty w/ toasted, bready, and roasted malts. Lightly woody hop aroma with some ginger and nutmeg aromas as well. Well balanced w/ roasted and toasted malt flavors. Some spicy ginger mid palate, and a dry herbal hop finish & aftertaste. Some light acidity and coffee roastiness in the aftertaste as well. Medium body, dry m/f, and medium carbonation. Very well made Holiday ale for my tastes. Very moderately spiced, not overdone as a usual w/ some spiced beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Brown body, with a smallish tan head. Some hops and malt in the aroma. Nice bitterness over a malty backround, predominately hops in the flavour. Average palate. Quite nice. Toronto Christmas Party 2004.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
On tap-Palmer’s in LaGrange. Reddish brown look promises a winter warmer. Nice spice in the aroma. Good, round, malty spice flavor. A little walnut or vanilla, maybe. Could use more ABV for better cheer. All told a good Goose.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Aroma of piney hops, and creamy malts. Falvor is nuts, hops, and a fruitty finish. Has darker undertones. Nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7583) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
This holiday beer is a reddish-brown color with a thin dark beige head that dissapeared pretty fast. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is pleasantly roasty and malty, with a bit of spice thrown in. The flavor is hard to categorize, as it has elements of a Belgian and an Alt. Fruit, malt, spice and caramel flavors are all there. The finish is sweet fruit with a touch of hops. Overall this is a good beer for the holidays.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours red/amber-mahogony with slight tan head. Nose is hoppier than expected, mildly spicyand of toasted maltyness. Flavor is bitter, yet sweet. The malt tones come through in smooth creaminess. There is a nice balanced finish. This beer would be nice with Christmas dinner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours brown with a tan head. Fruity raisin, malty taste followed by a sweet slight hop twinge. Full mouthfeel. I could see myself putting a few of these down on xmas day.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Herbal nose - almost like iced tea. Hints of milk chocolate, ruch ruby with a tan head. Kind of a hearty IPA. Herbal hops. Rich malt. Bitter herbal finish. Mouthfeel is creamy & coating.


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