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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Nice deep dark brown ale with no head except around the rim. There is lacing. Smells nice and malty, nutty. Taste's a little bit like snow (except with a much better flavor). Bites your tongue a little bit I quess I'm trying to say. Nice nutty flavor. Nice and smooth with a slight warming feeling, but more important a flavor that grows after you've swallowed the beer ending in a nice bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Clear garnet body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is light sweet, not much else. Taste is smoke, mild fruity sweet, some spice. Minimal finish. Light body.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Boring. Watery feel. Smokey, coffee taste. Needs more hops, less smoke flavoring. I'm not too impressed, sadly. I bought this one because my local beer store closed before I could get my Anchor Liberty Ale, so I was stuck with what the gas station offered. It is nice that they have Goose Island products though. It just tastes uninspired... A clone of some other Goose Island beers with some slight changes.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craven5000 (98) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
I had to make a small attempt for the tan head, which dissipated quickly. Despite the body being a nice dark ruby red, it felt very light and a bit watery. It was surprising in both how smooth it was and how light it tasted. This is the most pleasing ale I have had.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Deep ruby red appearance. Smells of strawberries and woody raspberry. Very smooth throughout, sweet wood and chocolate with a light fruit touch leading to a wet, sweet finish. A very good Xmas beer, one of my favorites.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Decent looking ale, deep garnet-brown with a dense tan head and good retention. Nice malt aroma, roasted barley with a hint of smoke. Has some hop aroma there as well. Flavor is less impressive, smoky malt and slightly bitter. Finishes dry. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Nothing exceptional, but a decent brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Medium sized, thin brown head sits on a pretty dark red/brown color. Aroma is malty and chocolatey, slightly sweet. Flavor is malty at first, with a smokey middle, and a smooth finish, with just a bit of an off metalic note creeping in. Palate is a little thin, but not bad. Overall it's a decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark, red-brown color, spicy aroma and flavor. Very smooth, thick feeling beer. One of the best winter beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark red pour with nice foamy head. Very spicy and malty. The hops are damn good. SMell of hops and malt. Very good beer, can't stop drinking them during the season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark red brown color with small white head.Aroma is of caramel and roasted malts.Flavor has a nutty caramel taste that gets sweeter as you go.Nice fruity bitter finish.A solid Christmas brew!


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