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RATINGS: 873   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.


1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Reddish coloring. Beer had a rusty taste to it that was not pleasing. Had at Tulley’s in Cincinnati.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (317) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Has a distinct sweet spice taste (I can’t identify the spice, nutmeg?) that gets better the more you drink.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (314) - IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
Ruby red. Nuts and sweet caramel. Spice in there. Flavour is big Nutty sweetness with cinnamon on finish. It’s too sweet for my taste. Low carbonation which takes away from it and it has a lot of water in it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2009 bomber. Hazy orange with a light off-white head. Fruity nose - grape, apple, maybe some pine, too. Flavors are sweet toffee malt and lightly spices, with a medium crispy/grassy hop note. Smooth palate and nice body. A pleasant Christmas ale - malty, but balanced well to the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2003
An amber brown body with light amber head. light floral spice aroma. Balanced malt and hops order the flavor profile with a light pleasant spicy bitterness to finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolfunnj (311) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
aroma of ginger and spice with caramel maltiness..slightly cloudy brown with a tinge of red creamy off white head plenty of lacing..tastes of gingerbread pumpkin cinnamon and whipped cream with a generic hop bitterness in the background..a bit light but oily//creamy mouthfeel..nice xmas ale overall best had with dinner/dessert this is the 2012 version however at 7.3 abvl

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Bubbly, fully diminishing head w/ disappearing creamy top. Dark bronze with a little red. Aroma has spicy hops, ginger, cereal, and vanilla. Mild but complex. Flavor is malty and true to the aroma. Bitter, wheaty aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and a little creaminess. Overall good. Changes profiles as it warms up. I like it better towards 55F.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Deep crimson, dark brown beer. Full and creamy caramel head. Complex malty nose, hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, lemongrass, and black pepper. Medium bodied with a high drinkability. Finishes clean and slightly dry. A very nice seasonal.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2002
A great Christmas gift by my inlaws. Thank you

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 Purchased in bottle in Menomonee Falls, WI. This beer poured an opaque dark tone. It smelled of chocolate covered hops, with a rather unpleasant hint of raw sewage? There was definitely something odd in the smell. The taste was of deeply roasted maltiness, along with a hoppy/piney flavor. Again, chocolate lacings. The mouthfeel overall was thin, and it left a slightly bitter aftertaste. I’m curious to try letting this decent beer cellar for a bit first next time.


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