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RATINGS: 873   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 this beer surprised me...great appearance (a deep brownish red); a somewhat flowery, spicey aroma with citrus hints; a toasted chocolatey taste, with some spice notes;a pleasant beer drinking experience

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidemaster (257) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 One of the best winter lagers, full of flavor, deep rich red, smooth toasted grain, cereal, taste, with a hint of chocolate. perfect for the holidays.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Deep, mahonony color with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, toast, and fruit. Great flavor of toasted grain, milk, caramel, mixed fruit, oily hops and an underpinning of dry chocolate. Solid, medium body with some creaminess. This tastes more like a well-made American brown ale to me than an Old Ale. Also, this sample was from the 03 version.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Deep garnet with a tan head. Aroma is of yeast, spice, and fig. It has a chewy mouthful. Tastes is yeast with spice, and prominant fig with other dark fruits. Plum and currants were noticable. The malts and the hops are easily noticable in this beer. I definately prefer the IPA over this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Surprisingly pleasant, smooth, beautiful deep red, creamy head, lightly chocolate and cinnamon, toasty-nutty, do I hear sleigh-bells?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Good but not top notch. Toasted biscuits,mild chocolate and spices. Not bad mid level holiday beer. Buy it on sale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Very dark brown with a nice red peeking through the edges when put up to light. A large off white, creamy head tops the great looking body. Nice bready and yeasty aroma. Also has notes of cinnamon and some mango. Tastes of toast and nutmeg. Also has a little bit of pear. A very nice offering. Probably the best I have had from GI.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5486) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Solidly dark red with big rocky head. Uncharacteristicly hoppy, grapefruity nose. Another surprise, after the aroma, comes the flavor ... coffee-full, yet light-bodied, with a bit of holiday spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Beautiful, dark ruby color, cream-colored head, thick and sturdy. Aromatic, soft and spicy, floral notes,nuts, sweet fruits. Full body, sits thick in the mouth. Warm, but not too strong. Tilted to malty side, but hops play their part. Great winter ale, but not as dark and stormy as I prefer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 This pours a deep ruby red with a thin tan head. The aroma is one of dried fruits, spices, and citric hops. It has a deep, creamy mouthfeel with a slightly tart finish. A good winter drink.

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