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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 small tan head, nice and tight. burnt orange, brown body. nutmeg/spice, very faint fruit, slight hop... slightly acidic when drunk on a clean palate, i like this brew with or after festive foods like chocolate cookies and such. something about those malts indeed, "specialty belgian" - righteo! good brew. a festive ale indeed! UPDATE 3/13/05: heaven! Ben & Jerry’s oatmeal chunky and this... wooh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
12 oz: dark mahogoney with purple hues. Thin tan head that slides down the side of the glass and diminishes quickly. Lovely piney aroma that has some subtle raisiny malts as well. Flavours were on the thin side, but there were some interesting spices in the finish. Pretty easy drinking for an old ale, and a great deal for $1.50 and the corner tavern: Friar Tuck's!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Dark brown colour with a nice thick light brown head...the way an old should look like! Hoppy aroma with the essence of 'wet feet'. A bit of fruit is noticed, but mostly hops and some malt. Medium-bodied; Flat taste with tobacco, smoke, mushrooms and a fair amount of hops noticeable in the taste. Aftertaste shows some prolonged musty qualities, but offers some subtle spiceyness. Overall, a decent beer...I was expecting a bit more from the appearance! Regardless, I was lucky to taste this twelve ounce bottle, acquired in a recent trade with BigBadBear63, sampled on 19-December-2003. Thanks again Mike!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Dark tawny brown color with light head and a tad of lacing. Aroma at the start is hoppy but eventually rounds out to a light salty maltiness. Flavor is mainly malty but is well rounded. This is the best old ale I've had to date by a long shot. Thanks Secret Santa!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Very thin head that dissappears almost immediately. Dark ruby color with very few bubbles. Aroma is slightly chocolatey. Taste is slightly piney and not too bitter. Mild enough for me to manage a six pack. I'm not sure how "Christmassy" it is, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Rich amber hue with a minimal head, fairly good lacing and a spicy hoppy nose. Light to medium in body with a malty, bready flavor and a good hop presence. The finish was medium and smooth. To me it seemed conservative for a Christmas ale but was well rounded and fresh tasting, and I think I'll have another.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours a nice dark brown, mahogany almost witha thin layer of off white head. Malt nose with some offsets of small hops. Floral mostly. Nice malt start on the flavors that goes smooth then ends in a bitter finish of hops. Spices are there as well, hard to distinguish. A bit thin in the body department, but the palate isn't that bad. Overall, I'd say nice beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Draft: beautiful looking beer. Deep garnet with an off-white head. Unfortunately to me the impression just about ended there. Mildly malty. Kinda spicy, but it just didn't finish for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 9, 2003
Nice spicey aroma without being overpowering. The color is a nice deep copper. The flavor was mildly hoppy with some orange in it. There was only light carbonation in this beer, but it was clearly there.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear, deep mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing. Lots of chocolate and caramel in the aroma. Nice, nutty flavor with decent balance and notes of caramel. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, clean finish.


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