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RATINGS: 874   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7253) - 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 (2324) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Didn’t seem to be as impressed with this as everyone else was. Aroma was somewhat weak, though I did detect as interesting hint of mint, taste was fairly mild , malty and again a hint of mint and some other spices. Seems like a holiday brew geared towards the masses

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
On tap. Dark red, "new motor oil" color, tan head with good lacing. Aroma was ginger, fruit(cranberries, grapefruit). The taste was holiday spices and a grapefruity hop bite. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Cola brown color with a tinge of red held in the light. Decent off-white head with persistent lacing. Moderate carbonation. Has that dark fruity malt aroma that lets you know it will start sweet. Also has a little buttered toast to it. Hop aroma is present but subdued(as it should be for the style). Tastes as advertised with a little chocolate and a fairly long, bitter finish. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Decent winter ale, can only find as part of the sampler pack up here so I won’t be revisiting too often.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
This is a very dark red, almost brown. It had a nice head with some thin lacing. I wasn’t able to detect too much aroma. This was better once it warmed. some spice, malts and a bit of hops int he flavour. It had a good palate, a bit thicker. No a bad winter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2004
a little chocolate, some spice. nice and hoppy finish piney and some citrus. slightly creamy mouthfeel. an easy drinking ale. quite smooth and nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Somebody called this a "winter lager," and so I’ll be kind and chalk that up to inexperience... Anyway, dark garnet with a small, beige head. You MUST allow this beer to warm up to get good flavor and scent; served cold, this is a fair beer at best. Aroma heavily toasted malt, lots of raisin/date, and some brown sugar/caramel. Flavor very malty with a lot of sharp, sugary sweetness; a little of that dark fruit vibe; a touch sour; light hop bitterness lingers. Slightly thin; too sticky. Not bad.


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