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RATINGS: 889   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Poured a dark garnet with small beige head. caramel malt aroma. taste is of caramle malt, toffee, some roastiness and dark fruit notes with a slightly bitter finish. medium bodied but slightly watery. good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Bought in the 12 oz brown glass bottle. Pours a dark ruby colour very appealing ..small head which dissapears very rapidlly leaving a ring around my glass. Rich deep aromas almost like the rich plum pudding I used to get back home in Scotland..though I sense some salted butter too. Taste is very nice smooth at first and rich plummy taste at the end..bitter hop aftertaste..slight alcohol warmth follows..Im still tasting dark unsweetened chocolate to..very nice flavour! Fels nice in the mouth not too carbonated.. Very good Christmas time ale..good winter beer!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2003
I guess this beer falls into the first style definition of old ale. It has a nice aroma smelling of malt, molasses, and some spice. The appearance is attractive. Beer pours nice amber brown with off white head that mostly diminishes. Definitely some strong lacing. Flavor department is strong. Nice malty front with smokey finish. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Oooh Yeah! Reminds the dude of NBB 1554, only a bit lighter and crisper. Great nose of citrus and crystal hops. Fantastic! Pours a deep ruby red, not much carbonation, thin head, little lacing. Palate is a bit thin, but flavor is very nice. Flavor is ismilar to NBB 1554, only it tastes like it has the addition of NW hops (I'm thinking cascades). Very good showing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
This beer's appearance consisted of a small sized creamy tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was opaque and free of carbonation with a brown hue. The nose was mildly malty with caramel notes and the same was true for the flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and watery texture and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 10, 2003
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a hazy brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma is very nice with strong notes of caramel malt. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of alcohol in it. The flavor is very nice with notes of caramel malt and alcohol with some spice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2003
Dark chestnut; thin yellowish head. Rich malts, fruity esters and preserved fruits in the nose. Taste with smoked tones, some kind of latter days' kids' sweet, dates. Full bodied, slick, oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter at first, then sweet fruits fill the inner cavities. Nothing bad. Just not to rave about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Nice head out of the bottle. Another Dark Ruby Red color. More bitter than Kilgubbin Red. Roasty taste included. This is another one of Goose Islands beer that if you drank enough could grow on you. Somebody at Goose Island knows what he's doing. Haven't had a Bad Goose yet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Brown body with a sweet fruity aroma. Full palate with a combilation bittle a sweet finish. Good beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2003
An amber brown body with light amber head. light floral spice aroma. Balanced malt and hops order the flavor profile with a light pleasant spicy bitterness to finish.


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