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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of molasses, coffee, and roasted malt. Bitter finish. Flavor of roasted coffee, spices, and a hint of smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12042) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
My bottle is like BOBANDDOUG’s. Bottled 10/08/07. I’ll put one away. Aroma of rather darkly roasted malt. Some hop as the glass approaches the lips. Reddish tinged amber color with a beige head that is quite refined (bottle conditioned!). Medium bodied with refined carbonation. The flavor is roasted malt with some subtle floral hop and some resin. The finish is fairly dry, with some harsh roast notes, and some floral hop bitter lightly building. A dark winter brew, but not overly Xmased. Could be a year round dark ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11994) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from 2009. Hazy brown/amber with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, nut, hops and sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle. copper colour with a beige head. Aroma is spices, alcohol, cloves, toffee. Flavour is spices, hop, malt, cloves. OK beer

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11913) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11617) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle at JF’s, from BOE, 20/04/13. Presume 2012 vintage - bottle states 7.3% ABV. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin beige film that retains well. Nose carries dark fruit notes, caramel malt, sugars, hops bringing up the rear. Taste comprises brown sugars, light spice, dark fruits, caramel, hint of booze. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry in the finish. Really good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11611) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Moderate malty aroma with light cereal. Appearance was deep red/brown with average light brown head. Good blend of bitter and sweet finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11546) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Amber with a small white head. Sweet caramel malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and cloying toffee flavour

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11362) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
2009 version. Pours clear amber with a small, creamy, yellowish head. Aroma has fruity hops, coriander, cloves, yeast. Highish, prickly carbonation, fine dryish mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, coriander, lots of cloves, caramel. Good dryness with a relatively long aftertaste. Some anise in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a rich tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-caramel/some chocolate, dark fruit, some citrus hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses/some chocolate, dark fruit, some citrus hops. OK carbonation. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.


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