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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drywallman (329) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2002 vintage: It had a raisiny, and current like aroma as experienced in the past. Had the deep amber almost red color as advertised. A little vanilla was detected, and it seemed a touch ísmokierí in flavor than in the past. Maybe due to this being higher in alcohol content that what Iíve been drinking lately. Definitely a winner again, and a seasonal favorite from here in Chicagoland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Surprisingly good. Beautiful deep amber color, rich malty aroma, perfectly spiced with a touch of clove and vanilla, easy to drink, and hops you can appreciate from top to bottom. A mild form of the style -- at 6.8% and as something you can see right through, this is a light beer out West -- but itís still tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2002
On tap, 2002. A surprise, didnít expect this level of quality from this brewer (maybe 3-year old memories ought not to be trusted?), but its a top-notch seasonal, with its weak nose (smoky bar might help explain that) the only detriment. Translucent copper; lovely creamy head. Nose though weak has some nice spiciness. Flavor seems to be somewher between the robust, spicy-sweet darker holiday brews and the hoppier apricot/orangey type, and its a great balance. Vanilla, maple, fruits, spices, mmm. Wonderful mouthfeel, luscious like a great ripe pear but with a nice kick. Gotta get some bottles before heading back to VT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
She has a small, off-white head, with a fair amount of lacing. She is a little cloudy in appearance color is an orangish ruby. her taste is moderately sweet with a generous dose of bitterness..though not too bitter for the dirty ladies. Solid..! :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
spicy hop nose, light ruby hue, hop sweetness with a spicy biscuity finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I love the Christmas brews and this is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I love the spiciness, it reminds my of the holiday season and I will have this every year that I can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2002
ReRate: full hop bouquet, looks like watered down blood with a small but lasting head. wierd spicey feel that works the inside of my cheeks. very spicey

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Very fresh, hoppy, even salty aroma coming from the dark copper body. Kinda tastes like a pale ale with lots of caramel malt. All of the spice is from the hops. The finish is crisp and refreshing. This is one of Goose Islandís best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 2012 version. Dark chestnut with red highlights and quite a few suspended particulates. Tan head is large and fully lasting, leaving frothy, mashmallow-y lacing. Aroma of ripened dates, rich caramel malt, cinnamon graham cracker, molasses. Moderately sweet flavor, rich ripened fruit (plum, raisins, mild banana), light alcohol, nutmeg and mild roast (old coffee) in the finish. Full bodied with nice, soft yet sturdy carbonation. Not at all what I remember this being, although it has been a decade.

12/15/2002 3:59:28 PM
Rerate: Dark red, tan head. Head had good lacing, but fell quickly. Aroma is very sugary sweet, with mild hops. Mild hop initial flavor. Much more watery than I remember, and little spice. Light coffee-ish aftertaste, but not much. Not as rich and flavorful as 2001ís. 7/4/5/3/15, 3.4 total

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
pours deep red/amber color with a thin off white head leaving behind some decent lacing. aroma seems fairly well-balanced between the hops and malt. more of a malty feel in the mouth with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

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