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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 2002:Dark oarnge with a fat,dense,head.Strong piney hop aromas. Belgian malts,toasty,fruity,alcohol aromas as well.Palate seems a bit light.Little more malt with those hops.Strong fruity,sweet malts,toasty mouth.Finish is bittersweet with a touch of alcohol almost giving it a vinous effect.Mind you this is probably about 70deg.now.Well,for 6.29 a sixer,20 a case,you can't beat this.Darn good deal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 12oz. bottle: This beer pours a clear, caramel color. Mine had very little head on it. The aroma is a little nutty and spicy, as well as having some roasted malts in there. The taste is somewhat roasty, nutty, spicy, with a little hopiness thrown in the background. A nice brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
I canít help i love Christmas and these seasonal brews are just like family on the holidays.You can definately taste the spices good head nice dark color nice balance and a good spicy aftertaste that doeasnít get to overpowering something that fits under the tree quite well

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2506) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 2002: Pours with an attractive, round bubbled, bottle conditioned foam with moderate retention. English hops were the first to grab my nose. Immediately following are heavy doses of ginger, mint, cedar, hint of bubblegum, and herbal-like medicinal notes. Flavors are notably complex. Spices are in the forefront, then comes the hint of piney hop, underlying nutty malt and chocolate/caramel, maple, and a hint of rye. Finishes with substantial piney hop burps and both toasted/candied malt flavors simultaneously. Decently assembled, albeit unadventurous for a winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
avrv99 (17) - USA - NOV 10, 2002
not a bad brew at all...usually only drink one or two a year, and I always tell myself I should get more. High quality, I especially like the finish, very smooth; a quality product like most of what Goose Island makes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2002
spicy aroma hits you,pours to a nice looking deep amber color in this glass.Mint,spice cake,sage is strong here,Pine hops,.Nice choice for the Christmas season.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1680) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Medium brown ale. Strong hops dominate most of the way. Noticable malt and syrup flavors. The sweetness tries to break through, but the hops still reign.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Draught. A light brown color not too unlike Newcastle. The aroma was certainly of fresh pine trees. The flavor was dominated by sweet, nutty malts and generous spices. A nice hop kick to the finish and you have one tasty, easy drinking beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Well its good, but not what I expected. Its more like an IPA cause of the very hopsy somewhat bitter, yet rich flavor. I wanted something a little less bitter. But it really has character. But not the type Iím thinking of for a Christmas Ale. Iím thinking of something with the alcohol level this stuff has, but a little sweeter, like Samuel Adams Winter Lager, which I passed over to buy this stuff. I wish I had stuck with the Samuel Adams Winter Lager to warm me on this cold night. But I can tell this is a quality brew, just a bit off of from my type.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3254) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 A unique flavor that is full of hops and a bitter-sweetness that is hard to describe. A great winter beer. ruby red appearance, minimal off white head-nose is spice-wonderful! taste is huge malts up front followed by a crystal hop bite in the middle. Is that a smoke finish i detect? kinda feels like it. regardless, a great beer!!


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