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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natejgood (399) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a medium brown with a bit of red to it. The aroma is a roasty and malty with hints of fruit. The beer drinks pretty smoothly without having too much flavor. That said, it has the body and flavor to warm the body and soul on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 It’s a deep amber pour, it’s clearly filtered. We had no idea what the alcohol % was when we drank it. The bottle claims the flavor will continue to develop over 5 years. Not sure about that. Generic malty flavor, kind of reminds me of tea. Strange. Not something I’d really seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Deep brown with mahogany highlights. Small white head. Aroma of spices and a bit of malt. Sweet malty body with more spices coming through. Short hoppy finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
This beer is a wonderful blend of holiday cheer and malty goodness. I saved this one until after the holidaze and wish I would have bought more. Great smoothness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2012 bottle to glass. Deep red/brown unfiltered, roasted colored head. Not overly spiced or overly anything. Nice and malty, great seasonal brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
This bottled beer is quite sweet with raisin and plum flavours to the fore as well as hints of orange rind and dried fruit. Oddly, it tasted boozier than it is. I brought some back to England from Chicago and shared with friends. I now wish I had saved a bottle or two for Christmas day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sawbuck (375) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Nice aroma of fruit, alcohol, spices, and candy. Nice dark red color, with thick tan head that holds up well. Initial taste is sweet spices, hoppy bitterness surronds hidden caramel like malts. Finishes long with bitterness and candy cane like spiciness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a reddish color with very little head. Aroma of hops is very present. Taste of hops and coffe is strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Warm, rich, and spicy. Notes of bread and carmel. Pours a deep amber with a medium brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Dark red brown color with small white head.Aroma is of caramel and roasted malts.Flavor has a nutty caramel taste that gets sweeter as you go.Nice fruity bitter finish.A solid Christmas brew!

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