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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours light brown with a thin white head. An ordinary brown with a little extra spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours red/amber-mahogony with slight tan head. Nose is hoppier than expected, mildly spicyand of toasted maltyness. Flavor is bitter, yet sweet. The malt tones come through in smooth creaminess. There is a nice balanced finish. This beer would be nice with Christmas dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Interesting beer - an "old ale" - my first of this variety. Very tasty. Not overly spiced as advertised, in my opinion a good thing. A smooth brew with a hoppy characteristic. Very appropriate for the season. A rebuy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Always liked this one at Christmas. The 2011 bottling. Nice dark copper but slighly hazy. Nice slightly off white head. Piney aromas with a little Christmas fruit behind it. There’s a bit more of the fruits on the palate - not a Christmas cake like as some beers, but there’s a hint in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Pours mahogany amber with a bunch of little bastards swimmin’ around, finger and a half of off-white fluff. On the nose there’s pumpkin, nutmeg, clean hazelnut and typical ’mineral’ brown ale smell. A nice tasting brown that doesn’t get muddied up by the spice as I feared it might. Love the consistency of this, nice soft silky body that gets a boost from the latte-like head. A good brown ale that isn’t as invasive as a lot of holiday spiced brews - I’ve never aged a American brown before but I think I might age the other half of these since they encourage it, seems like things might get interesting after a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigcat03 (263) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 2007 version - Bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into trappist glass (says on the bottle to pour into goblet) - Pours deep burgundy with no visible head; Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a small hint of spice to the nose; Roasted malt, grassy hops, and a big floral hop note on the initial taste; Mostly floral hops on the backtaste; Nice medium almost creamy palate; Pleasant carbonation; Pretty good offering overall from Goose Island. Hoppy, like all of their beers I’ve tried so far. The bitter backtaste lasted a bit too long for me. Very nice palate though;goes down VERY smooth! I think I’d drink it again. Reminds me of New Belg 1554 in a way except more heavily hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
Ok so I see this stuff at a dollar store in a small town $3.40 a six pack. What the hell its cheep. Dark reddish brown, thick tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, a hint of coffee. Medium bodied sweet flavor a little grainy and a bit of fruit, hop bitterness cleans it all up in the end. I’m buying more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle thanks to G. Poured orange in color Aroma of spice and hops, Taste is Spice hops Brown Sugar, Dark fruits. Good texture, and a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2004
Clear deep ruby with a medium diminishing light brown head. Nice woody and sweet aroma of plum, raisin, vanilla, milk chocolate, cherry, and roast with hints of pine and ginger. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice fruity sweet flavor of plum, red apple, apricot, roast, milk chocolate, ginger and pine. Very good, a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Brownish looking body and light head, good mix of fruits and chocolate malts, but did have a bit of a lingering aftertaste.

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