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RATINGS: 875   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
Seemed along the lines of a brown ale. Wasn't much to look at, brownish color with a small bubbly head. Too watery without much body. Nothing exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 I love this beer. Very aromatic with hops and chocalatey/slightly roasted malt. Flavor is dominated with spicey hops, good malt background follows. There is a lasting spice that I can’t put my finger on, but since I’ve had so many of these it is just the "GI Christmas Flavor". Also, when I belch after having a couple of these, man do they taste good. Another reason to drink this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
Ok so I see this stuff at a dollar store in a small town $3.40 a six pack. What the hell its cheep. Dark reddish brown, thick tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a hint of coffee. Medium bodied sweet flavor a little grainy and a bit of fruit, hop bitterness cleans it all up in the end. I’m buying more

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Moderate malty aroma with light cereal. Appearance was deep red/brown with average light brown head. Good blend of bitter and sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Reddish brown with a foamy head. Malty and moderately spiced. Good but not execptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2487) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Bottle: Ash/ smokey wet leather on the nose. Orangy/brown color. No head. No sediment. Coffee, pine, carmel,smoke all come to mind in the flavor. Clean, tad thin. Tasty, damn familiar. Like something else I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $5.99 for a 6-pack. Gorgeous in appearance... almost maroon with a nice, fluffy tan head. Good lacing. Nice, deep scents in here. Sweet orange, pine... smells yummy. Hmmm... slightly chocolate, slightly orange, really good. A bit thin in the ,outhfeel, but I actually like this beer without a lot of carbonation. Verrryyy yummy winter brew, and very reasonably priced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 2003 bottle. Seemed like a mix between an American Pale ale and and English Strong. Beautiful reddish-brown ruddy color, tons of tan creamy head. Smells of cherries, mild plums, cinnamon, candied apples, brown sugar and some hops. I was surprised that as the beer warmed I could taste some moderately bitter hops tones, but they would mix in with the creamy texture and get lost in the big caramel-brown sugar malt flavor. Medium to full body, tending more towards medium. Robust and even a touch of smoke at the beginning, I thought I tasted it at least. I just cant get in to these type of beers as much because my palate seems to want the huge complexities of the best English Strong Ales where you seem to be able to easily pick out many many different flavors. This one is more homogenous but still very well done and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5751) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Reddish brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of roasted buttered dark bread, caramel, nuts, aromatic hops, ripe fruit, pepper, and leathery yeast esters. The taste starts very traditional sweet malts and lightly bitter hops. The finish picks up more bitterness along with a undertone of spice. The mouthfeel is lively and a touch watery, quaffable, smoky dryness upon the finish. A good brew which I have drank for the years produced, always a favorite around the holidays, just don't expect your socks to get knock off with the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
pretty yummy - very hoppy in a nice grassy way initially, settles into a bit of a sweet leathery must. Not as "old" as some others and with a touch of too much sweetness for the style, IMO.

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