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RATINGS: 885   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4219) - 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 (4963) - 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 (8007) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 Bottled. Beautiful rich red color, delectable nose, somewhat spicey finish, dry and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1338) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Nice spicy aroma. Good flavor with good hops. Nice deep coppery color. Very good texture. Good Beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Malty aroma, sweet almost fruit taste. Malt sweetness on the finish. Good Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Had this on tap at a nearby restaurant. Goose Island always seems to give their best efforts on their seasonals, so I had fairly high expectations of this one. Flavor was full, slightly spicy, and hoppy. Nice color, too. A good Xmas ale!


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