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RATINGS: 882   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2009
cloudy brown pour with lacy tan head. initial nose is of slight hoppyness. Delicious smooth malt on the palate with a nice clean finish. no real bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2009 edition. Pours amber with small lasting head. Scent is of slight roast with hops and a slight nuttiness as well. Scent is a bit bland. Taste is slightly hoppy with roasted nut notes. Slightly bitter finish. Pretty decent beer.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Reddish-brown with quite the large. Smells of strong caramel and roasty malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a little darker than medium amber, slightly hazy. Smell is a little lax, but ok. Taste is solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Surprisingly pleasant, smooth, beautiful deep red, creamy head, lightly chocolate and cinnamon, toasty-nutty, do I hear sleigh-bells?

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
On tap @ Goose Island pub - linconln park. Clean, non-hazy look, very faint/delicate aroma, delicate foam/head, and slight carbonation. iíts a little less substantial than i would expect in a holiday ale., but nonetheless a nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
Wonderful, deep brown/amber color, and a respectable, but mostly diminishing head. Nice lacing. Delightful, inviting aroma. Flavor is of roasted nuts, coffee, and very bitter chocolate. Actually, I think this one is maybe a little too bitter. As one rater before me noted, it might be interesting to put a bottle in storage and see what itís like in a year or so.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BazookaJoe (238) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber/copper with a tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, malty toffee. Flavor is a decent balance of malts and hops with a bit of spices thrown in. Finishes slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Nice deep brown color with a medium white head served in a goblet. Aroma was nothing to speak of, however, and flavor was unremarkable. I tasted some malt and some spice notes, but not much to differentiate it from the decent but unremarkable flagship Goose Island Beer, Honkers Ale.


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