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RATINGS: 882   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull heavy hoppy aroma. Herbal and spicey notes. Heavy bitter flavor. Long nice bitter and slightly caramellic finish. Creamy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10520) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2010
Clear Mahogany with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with ripe fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Swet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and overripe dark fruits. Finished sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10184) - 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 (10156) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9998) - 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 (9808) - 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 (9692) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear, deep mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing. Lots of chocolate and caramel in the aroma. Nice, nutty flavor with decent balance and notes of caramel. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9114) - 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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