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RATINGS: 880   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10201) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10125) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
Bottled 2009. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. ARoma of fruits, light caramel and spice. Flavour flowers, fruits, cocoa, spice and light liqourice. medium bodied. Dry herbal bitterness in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10124) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
The importer has glued a label claiming 7% on this bottle, but I suspect it must be the normal version. It’s hazy, red-brown with a creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of fruit, malt, caramel, raisin and peach. The flavor is moderately sweet, bordering to sweet with a slightly dry citrus bitterness, mostly in the finish. It has notes of peach, malt, caramel, citrus, melon and light raisin. It’s refreshing, pleasant and uncomplicated and the body is quite full.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Amber/mahogany beer with à beige head. Malty aroma, milky, yeasty, à little roasted, some spices, bready. Spicy flavor, malty, hoppy, some fruits, nice body. Malty finish with spices.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draft at Stoney’s, recommendation of Matt, thank you sir. Dark golden brown, huge off white head. Aroma of caramel and light spice. Taste is subtle nutmeg and cinnamon, nice malty sweetness. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9747) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Reddish brown ale with no head. Aroma of raisin, wet dog and musk. Raisins and prunes taste overshadowed by evil carboard, some nice hops in mid tastting, a sweetness lingering in mouth. Medium bodied, but falls flat at end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bomber 2009 poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, toffee and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth malty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours hazy brown with spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), light hops (perfume), light yeast (dough) with notes of banana and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Bottle @ home, picked up at Aggie Liquor in Fort Collins. This is the first time I’ve seen it in Foco. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a creamy, light brown head. Just a touch fruity, plum, toasty caramel malty, a bit nutty aroma. Creamy, hazel nutty, light vanilla, toasty malty, light herbal bitter hoppy flavor. Not bad but I’m not blown away. Note: as it warms up there is a chocolate covered raspberry note that is nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Brown pour, tannish head. Nice caramel up front, some hops and spice. Flavor is really a great mix of caramel, some good spice, resinous hops...a great holiday beer for sure.


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