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RATINGS: 890   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 11, 2006
I actually liked this beer. The extra spice is good when compared to other GIís, and they didnít mess it up by making it to sweet. For the price of a six pack, Iíd be more than happy to have this around.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2012 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy deep brown ruby-ish color with "floaties" and small tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, nuts and sweet malt. Taste is roasty caramel malt, dark fruit, spices and some hop bitterness. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (410) - Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This is one day expired but its still delicious. There is almost and oaked flavor with is great. Nice feel on the palate. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
Seemed along the lines of a brown ale. Wasn't much to look at, brownish color with a small bubbly head. Too watery without much body. Nothing exciting.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Itís a deep amber pour, itís 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 Iíd really seek out.

3.6
   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.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjaxson (369) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
It pours to a pretty reddish brown with a fluffy head that lingers. It has a scent that is part bakery and part fruity. I expected mostly sweetness but got a sweet-bitter combo--very different and certainly not typical for a brown ale. No real spice presence as found in many Christmas concoctions. Worth the investment. This was the 2011 maltage-hoppage of the ale.


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