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RATINGS: 889   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.


3.4
   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. Iím buying more

3.4
   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 swimminí around, finger and a half of off-white fluff. On the nose thereís pumpkin, nutmeg, clean hazelnut and typical ímineralí brown ale smell. A nice tasting brown that doesnít 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 isnít as invasive as a lot of holiday spiced brews - Iíve 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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
First Old Ale, to me more of a warm brown. More spices a la Great Lakes Xmas would have been nice, but very pleasant.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Tap, goose in wrigleyville. The aroma is lightly spicy, mostly malts. A bit of caramel, with a dry hop finish. Tasty, but generic.

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.

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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redtechnj (244) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Aroma- Spices, Sweet chocolate, some caramel Appearance- Clear medium brown with a medium beige head. Flavor- Bitter hops- roasted malt, spicy chocolate


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