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RATINGS: 885   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.


3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

2
   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.

3.7
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2002
spicy aroma hits you,pours to a nice looking deep amber color in this glass.Mint,spice cake,sage is strong here,Pine hops,.Nice choice for the Christmas season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (348) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Warm, rich, and spicy. Notes of bread and carmel. Pours a deep amber with a medium brown head.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
clean and clear with a nutty brown color and orange highlights. butterscotch is the shade of the 1/2 inch head. citric dry hops and a little caramel malt are the backbones of the aroma. different for a christmas beer. it is mostly centered around the hop profile. fresh and juicy hops, with a touch of roasted malt. crisp toasty finish. wouldn’t have even guessed this one was aged on wood of any kind, must not have been for very long.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
A very nice Christmas offering. Pours out to a dark ruby in the glass with a decent head. The aroma had a slight yeast smell to it with light fruit. Taste is very malty with a slight plum taste. A good beer to enjoy on a cold evening.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
2009 vintage....22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a hazy orange/copper color. Flavor: Full bodied, with hints of raisins and dried fruits, with a kiss of orange peel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sawbuck (341) - 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.


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