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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10663) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (598) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13318) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craven5000 (120) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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