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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13033) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottled, 355ml from Beers of Europe, Norfolk at 6.2% ABV. Brown with off white head. Sweet, malty beer with an underlying nuttiness along with sweet caramel and toffee. Sticky and quite cloying in nature, some fruitiness. Not a favourite but ok.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12776) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Amber with a small white head. Sweet caramel malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and cloying toffee flavour

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12684) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12051) - Escondido, California, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12025) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11920) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2009
big bottle shared by ungstrup clear brown, smooth light brown head. hoppy aroma, faint malts. nice.. flavor is bitter hops, sweet caramel, sweet malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy reddish-copper color with a large foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, spicy and citrus notes. The is very citrusy, anise and other spices, candied citrus, sweet toffee malts and a slight lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Decent, but a little sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11360) - 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.


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